IFD181 – The Practice of Love
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What happens when people begin to practice love? What would happen if we actively chose to engage a deep sense of love even in hard places? The possibilities include a love for God, a love for the self, a love for a neighbor, and even a love for an enemy.
Jesus invited people to engage love as a way of living. It was the defining act of what it meant to live. And in doing so, he opened up a world that revealed something extraordinary: the Kingdom of God. To live a life based on the practice of love requires courage and conviction. It often means facing fears that are not easily overcome. But in the end, the practice of love invites us to discover something deeper about what it means to be human.
This 4-week workshop led by Jonathan Brink is designed to create a space for each participant to engage the words of Jesus in a very practical way. Over the four week experience, participants will engage the tangible practice of love in one of four categories: Loving God, Loving the Self, Loving the Neighbor, and Loving the Enemy. Participants will work through the obstacles that arise, develop an awareness of the cost and value of love, and then write about their experience.
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Jonathan is an author, coach, speaker, and consultant. He is the author of Discovering the God Imagination: Reconstructing A Whole New Christianity. Jonathan currently serve as Managing Director for Thrive Ministries, focusing on the missional discipleship process and exploring what it means to really follow Jesus in his mission of restoration and reconciliation.
He also serves on the leadership team for Transform, a missional community transformation network. The purpose of Transform is to bring together men and women who are on the verge of starting new communities (i.e., community catalysts) or are already cultivating new communities and to give them the encouragement and resources they need to get started and be sustainable
He is a son, a husband, and a father and lives in Folsom, Ca, with his beautiful wife and amazing three children. He has a BA in Bible from William Jessup University and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.
You can find him blogging daily at http://jonathanbrink.com