The lessons in this 5 session DVD study provide principles for maturing as a Christian by some of the greatest voices in Christian history: the Desert Fathers and Mothers, St. John Chrysostom, St. Benedict, and Thomas a Kempis.
Provided with the DVD is a Leader's Guide to help with discussions and activities on the topics of conversion, prayer, how to love, Benedict's Rule of Life, how to have an intimate relationship with God, and what it means to "pick up your cross". The leader may want to add Scriptures or lessons to make a 10 week study. Students will need access to (available separately) The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Contemporary English Edition), The Love Chapter: The Meaning of First Corinthians 13 by St. John Chrysostom, The Good Life: Benedict's Guide to Everyday Joy, The Cloud of Unknowing Contemporary English Edition, forward by Robert Benson and The Imitation of Christ Contemporary English Edition, forwarded by Br. Benet Tvedren.
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Join these two dynamic Christian teachers - a founder of the New Monastic movement and a professor of Christian spirituality - and your group will learn about five of the essential classic spiritual works of the Christian tradition.
With Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Lauren Winner you will discover: The meaning of conversion and prayer from the Desert Fathers and Mothers. How to love from the sermons of St. John Chrysostom. St. Benedict's Rule of Life and how it became one of the foundations of Western Christian spirituality. How to have an intimate relationship with God according to The Cloud of Unknowing. What it means to "pick up your cross" in the Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis.
Discovering Christian Classics: 5 Sessions in the Ancient Faith of Our Future provides a five week study with Jonathan and Lauren that is excellent for any high school or adult formation process. In addition, this Discovering Christian Classics DVD includes a Leader's Guide that enables you to extend the length of the learning, creating a summer-long program, a ten week class, or whatever fits your needs. The Study Guide provides summaries for each session, discussion ideas, and group exercises that are designed to make this resource an essential part of Christian formation teaching and discovery in your congregation.Includes a leader's Guide.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a leader of the New Monasticism movement and the author of many books including The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture. Lauren F. Winner is the bestselling author of Mudhouse Sabbath and Girl Meets God, and is Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School.
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