Pastoral care is a ministry of guidance and the pastors has the aptitude to influence the mind-sets of others, by promoting spiritual growth. Providing pastoral care can overlap with personal and professional relationships. Pastoral care Is when pastors and ministers keep us centered on what is essential in the healing process and in our relationship with God, the Almighty. Moreover, in the midst of the chaos and grief of a
By quoting a psalm, “Grant me Lord to know and understand” (Augustine, 3) on the faith one must have in God, Augustine establishes himself with a knowledge base to better communicate that he is well versed in scripture and that his musings in the narrative have their basis in the Holy Book. He frequently interjects these quotes from scripture to begin a series of questioning. This serves to make his point of view more relatable to the audience, an audience that may not have converted to catholicism yet. By asking these questions Augustine awkledges the doubts that happen when someone believes in God, doubts that he had for the time before his conversion to catholicism. Even the fact that he writes these questions and admits to not having answers is
There are lots of things that are useful to Christians in there walk of faith. Prayer and the reading of the scriptures are considered the primary resources to equip a Believer. But other things, such as scripture memorization, worship music, and Christian literature can have a very positive impact. “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis is a fictional story written in the form of a series of letters.
How I balance theological wisdom, psychological guidelines, and my personal belief system is having the ability or aptitude to discern and to judge what is morally right. The information I gain from theological wisdom which entails "Christian theology wisdom" supports my own methodology and belief system. In regards to the psychological guidelines, I am compliant with the rules and regulations and ask the Holy Spirit for assistance if needed. Thus, this is how I find balance within theological wisdom, psychological guidelines, and my personal belief system. I learned that theological wisdom is gained from God, the Almighty and it is depicted as an aspect of God.
In Thomas Long’s The Witness of Preaching, he aims to urge the reader to become a reliable witness of the gospel by way of ample preparation before entering a pulpit. The text offers to the reader a deeper understanding of the ministry of preaching. A useful component of the text contains informative bits of information that make the reader aware of the lengthy but necessary preparation needed for an adequate explanation of the scripture. Of primary importance is the consideration of the congregation when a preacher is first approaching the text. This point is of vital importance as it signifies that the speaker is a member of the body of Christ and the congregation.
Christianity is a central element in much of Flannery O’Connor’s writing. Keeping her faith in mind, one is able to grasp and decipher O’Connor’s stories. Key themes in her writing include the struggle for redemption, the search for Christ, and the realization of grace. O’Connor’s stories tell of people in need of salvation and the violence that highlights that need. Often, it takes an internal crisis to awaken these spiritual matters.
3:16-17). Baxter correctly highlighted the primary duty of minister in correcting those disobedience or rebellious flock – “To bring your people to submit to this course of private catechizing or instruction; for, if they will not come to you, or allow you to come to them, what good can they receive?” However, when we look at today’s congregation, especially old believers, their mindset had changed – though at the beginning of salvation, they humbly followed all the minister’s instructions diligently for their soul’s healing, but after sometimes, they hardened their heart to any kind of pastoral treatment as though they are superior than their shepherd. They will not come to us and will not allow us to come to
Introduction In human existence culture and spirituality and two separate subjects yet they overlap. Culture belongs to the human sphere while spirituality has its place in the divine. Culture has either good or bad features; and can only be measured by a standard objective. Spirituality has to do with a person’s position before God. The aim of this essay is to discuss the relationship a Christian is to have with his culture and the standard to judge culture.
If the first assessment did find religion relevant, the second assessment would be vital to gain knowledge about the clients’ spiritual beliefs and experiences and how they related to the client’s problems and eventually solutions. Hodge concluded that, as religion and spirituality are critical features of many peoples’ lives, it is essential to assess clients in order to fully understand them and treat them in the most effective and individualizes way possible (Hodge,
Personal Position Spiritual discernment is a process that integrates prayer and knowledge of the Bible within decision-making, taking the process of strategic thinking beyond what is rational or political, to the level of the sense of the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Characterized by listening to God and putting situations into biblical context, spiritual discernment is a discipline viewed as a transformative process of divine-human cooperative imagination, while discovering and choosing decisions that lead to actions (Mellon & Kroth, 2013). According to Horton (2009), there are three major approaches to spiritual discernment: the bull’s eye approach, the wisdom approach, and the relationship-formation approach. Individuals who adopt or practice the bull’s eye approach believe that God has a perfect detailed plan for their lives and they are responsible for discovering that plan and following it. By making the right decisions, that are gradually revealed by