Small Group Studies: Freedom Was Enough and Emotionally Health Spirituality

Small Group Life Episode 3 – Freedom: Freedom Was Enough

General Editor – Steve Gladen

Jesus came to set us free. We are not free only to obey the law. We are not free only to worship. We have not been set free only to live up to some – any – expectation. We have been set free simply because God does not want us living in bondage. In other words, our freedom was enough.

Freedom: Freedom was Enough captures the journey that all followers of Christ experience from bondage to authenticity in our walk with Jesus. Exploring themes such as bondage, fear, legalism, pride, transformation, and authenticity, Freedom Was Enough will help your group discover what life with Christ was always meant to be.

Life seldom happens in neat, tidy ways. It tends to come at us like a story – full of unexpected twists and turns, laced with adventure, wrought with adversity – and is always meant to be experienced within the context of community. Small Group Life has been created as a guide for your spiritual pilgrimage. In these pages you will participate in a study of God and His written Word. You will grow in your knowledge of Christlikeness and apply all of these to the leadership and ministry that come from a heart fully alive. The sum of these parts moves us toward redemptive community.

Freedom was Enough is the third episode of the Small Group Life series. Steve Gladen, Pastor of Small Group Community at Saddleback Church, is General Editor of the series.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality By Peter Scazzero

A review by Vinnie Cappetta, our PDSGN Area Point Leader for the New England Area which includes the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

I did this study with a small group here at our church and I couldn’t stop some of them from talking at the end of the night.

The eight-week study of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality took us beyond merely reading about emotional health and contemplative spirituality to introducing us to a life with God that goes beyond the “tip of the iceberg spirituality.”

The study included four resources: the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality book, the newly revised workbook, the small group study DVD, and the Begin the Journey with the Daily Office book.

During the the eight-weeks we studied:
Week 1: The Problem with Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality
Week 2: Know Yourself that You May Know God
Week 3: Going Back in Order to Go Forward
Week 4: Journey Through the Wall
Week 5: Enlarge Your Soul Through Grief and Loss
Week 6: Discover the Rhythm of the Daily Office and Sabbath
Week 7: Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult
Week 8: Go the Next Step to Develop a “Rule of Life”

The Emotionally Healthy Small Group Study DVD included eight sessions, presented by Pastor Pete Scazzero, which prepared our group for each week’s in-depth study into the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality process. Pete’s 6-10 minute presentations introduce the topic for the week and explain the principals to be examined.  Peter doesn’t come off as a polished speaker, but the things that God has taught him will absolutely rock your small group’s world.  It will help them learn how to better relate with one another and people in their everyday lives.

In addition, the DVD includes Guidelines for Leaders and Leadership tools to assist and equip the Small Group leader in leading a healthy and successful small group.

The Begin the Journey with the Daily Office booklet introduces a revolutionary spiritual discipline intended to slow people down amidst the relentless demands of life. Each Office includes time for silence, Scripture, a rich devotional, prayer and a probing question. This eight-week book covers the eight themes found in the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality book and workbook.

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