Spiritual Life at VOX

This next season we are going to be taking a closer look at what it means to be spiritual practicing a life seeking and following Jesus. Ronny Roa offers vision around this idea and we'll be spending Sundays and mid-week time exploring the idea of reclaiming a spiritual life in our modern day. 

Safe to Reclaim - Teaching Vision 2018

Spiritual practices have been around since before Jesus’ day and have always been a key essential for those seeking a deeper connection with the Divine.  Adele Calhoun writes, “From its beginning the church linked the desire for more of God to intentional practices, relationships and experiences that gave people space in their lives to ‘keep company’ with Jesus.  These intentional practices, relationships and experiences we know as spiritual disciplines.”  At VOX, we already engage in some communal spiritual practices including hospitality (table fellowships), Eucharist, corporate worship, liturgical confession/readings, however we believe there is not just a need. but also a desire for our people to find deeper connections with Jesus.

VOX has within its foundation a distinct sensitivity to spiritual abuses and some religious misgivings, therefore we must be mindful of how these reservations may affect receptivity. Simultaneously, VOX also has within it, a deep desire to know the real Jesus and have deep personal experiences with Him.  At VOX we always start from a place of grace and completeness, and as such the practices are not a way to manipulate or conjure God, or even find favor with God.  Dallas Willard says, “The aim and substance of spiritual life is not fasting, prayer, hymn singing, frugal living, and so forth.  Rather, it is the effective and full enjoyment of active love of God and humankind in all the daily rounds of normal existence where we are placed.”  This will be the basis for why we want our people to engage in an active communal spiritual life.

In order to introduce this cultural mindset it will be imperative for us to undergird this with a clear vision, clear teaching and available space to actively participate in different practices.  While teaching from the stage is certainly a major entry point for this vision, it simply cannot be the only way in which we communicate our desire to engage.  Some options will be holding Sunday classes monthly, email sign ups for weekly liturgical calendars and readings, some shifts in service oriented practices as well others.    

Fall might be a potential place to begin implementing some of the practices with the launch of a sermon series through the book of Acts.  Acts would seem like a fitting book as we draw on some of the practices that were established by the first church a few thousand years ago, as well as gain some understanding and history about our roots as a religion.