Parts Work, Part 1

Podcast Episode 129

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Spiritual transformation in Christ is the process of all of the essential parts of the human self being effectively organized around God,
as they are restored and sustained by him.
Its result is love of God with all of the heart, soul, mind, and strength, and of the neighbor as oneself.
Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart


The most important thing you can ever know about a person is that they bear the image of God. 

But what does this mean? 

There is a Father, providing abundantly generative life to all who choose to receive it.

There is a Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who daringly stands forever in solidarity with us amidst our messy and beautiful humanity. 

And there is the Holy Spirit, wildly leading us in our moment-by-moment lives. 

As we explore the landscape of our triune God, we discover that God is a dynamic, interactive community of persons. What might he be revealing about the wildly complex landscape we find within our own souls?

You know that feeling: Part of me wants to do the very thing I don’t want to do. 

Saint Paul wasn’t immune to it. He said, “Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.” (Romans 7:21-25, MSG)

How do we make sense of this seeming duplicity within? 

Even more, how do we participate in a process through which, over time, every disintegrated and fractured part of our brilliant personality can be brought back into alignment and abiding connection with God?

Friends, I want to invite you to take a huge risk and begin to wonder with me about the parts of us we find “covertly rebelling.” 

This is a dynamic series intended to serve as an immersive introduction to the integration of our many parts within.

In this first part, I want to invite you behind the scenes to a session from our most recent Become Good Soil Intensive.

We’re all trying to make our way home. What if that is as true within us as it is true without? What if Love is the answer, not only in our external world, but in our internal world as well? Enjoy.

For the Kingdom,

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