The Critical JourneyWritten by admin on Nov 10, 2017 in - No Comments
Have you ever found yourself asking the question: Where exactly am I?
Perhaps another question: Where exactly is God?
Today we begin a new adult Sunday School class that will be a 8-10 week journey together as we slowly engage with the book The Critical Journey by Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich. I had the blessing of reading this book roughly four years ago and I am excited to pick it up again with my new church family.
In the first chapter of the book we read, “This is a book especially for those who want to be or are on the spiritual quest for a greater realization of God in their lives.” This is a great summary of what the book is about and this statement has weight when considered in the realm of spiritual formation.
I remember my first time through this book thinking a couple of different things:
“Ok good, I am not alone in that thought or question.”
“Wow, being stuck in my journey of faith is a common occurrence and I am not doing anything wrong.”
“Finally, someone is naming what I have been sensing over the past 3-4 years in my spiritual life.”
It describes the 6 stages in the life of faith as well as the markers or indicators that would signify motion or movement in the spiritual journey. Here are the stages briefly:
Stage 1 – The Recognition of God
Stage 2 – The Life of Discipleship
Stage 3 – The Productive Life
Stage 4 – The Journey Inward
Stage 5 – The Journey Outward
Stage 6 – The Life of Love
And we can’t forget about the thing referred to by the authors as “the wall.” This is such a good read and Ron Sears and I are so excited to take you through it for the first time! Hope you can join us!
grace and peace,