Renovaré (pronounced “ren-oh-var-ay” is a Latin word meaning "to be renewed”) is a process that inspires, resources, models, and advocates a life centered in God and experienced through spiritual practices. Four groups offered at various times provide lots of opportunities to find a group that works in your schedule. Beginning the week of January 7, Renovaré groups will begin a new study. Join us!
NOOMA videos by Rob Bell
JESUS LIVED WITH THE AWARENESS that God is doing something, right here, right now, and anybody can be a part of it. He encouraged his listeners to search, to question, to wrestle with the implications of what he was saying and doing. He inspired, challenged, provoked, comforted, and invited people to be open to God’s work in this world. Wherever he went, whatever he did, Jesus started discussions about what matters most, because for Jesus, God is always inviting us to open our eyes and join in.
YOU ARE INVITED to join in as Renovare participants watch the NOOMA videos, have discussion to gather the group wisdom, and do spiritual practices to integrate what they learn. These are short, 10-15 minute films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus and promote spiritual reflections on individual life experiences. Each is a stand-alone study, so no worries if you have to miss a gathering.
Click here to access the videos, questions, and spiritual practices we'll be exploring each week: https://www.firstlutherancr.org/renovare-blog
Rob Bell is an American author, speaker and former pastor. Bell was the founder of Mars Hill Bible Church located in Grandville, Michigan. He is a leader in the emerging church movement, an unofficial camp that re-evaluates traditional Christian doctrine and tries to view the Bible through a fresh lens. Eugene Peterson, author of The Message writes, "In the current religious climate in America, it isn't easy to develop an imagination, a thoroughly biblical imagination, that takes in the comprehensive and eternal work of Christ in all people and all circumstances in love and for salvation. Rob Bell goes a long way in helping us acquire just such an imagination."
Join A Group
Please join us for this 8-week study beginning the week of January 7. Choose a group that works with your schedule:
● Mondays at 9:30 a.m. in the Youth Room
(young Moms, childcare provided)
● Mondays at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel (women)
● Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel (men)
● Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in Room 312 (women)
Get The Materials
No book is required for this study, but you'll want to be sure to sign up. A link to the NOOMA video along with the questions we'll explore during our group time will be available each week. Contact Marcie Watson, Director of Spiritual Transformation, at (319) 365-1494, ext. 107, email@example.com, or sign up online below.
If you would like to know more about Renovaré Spiritual Transformation Groups and how, through them, you can open yourself to God’s healing transformation in your life, please contact Marcie Watson, Director of Spiritual Transformation, (319) 365-1494, extension 107 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renovaré teaches that “freedom comes not from the absence of restraint but from the presence of discipline. When we are on the spot, when we find ourselves in the midst of a crisis, it is too late. Training in the spiritual disciplines is the God-ordained means for forming and transforming the human personality so that when we are in a crisis we can be “response-able”—able to respond appropriately.”
Each week group members are challenged with a spiritual discipline to help them concentrate on their relationship with God. What are these spiritual disciplines? They include prayer, study, rest, service, simplicity, and celebration. The Renovaré workbook describes spiritual disciplines as “an intentionally directed action by which we do what we can do in order to receive from God the ability to do what we cannot achieve by direct effort.” It is not in us, for example, to love our enemies. We might desire to love our enemies, but the strength to love our enemies is simply not within our natural abilities—we cannot do it by ourselves.
But this fact of life does not mean that we do nothing. Far from it! Instead, we choose to take up spiritual practices that we can do. We place ourselves before God to allow God to change us from the inside out—indeed, we can come to the place of truly loving—even our enemies. God graciously uses our willingness to be changed to create in us the kind of person who automatically will do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. This is true freedom.