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 September 11, Renovaré groups will begin a new study. Join us!
The Magnificent Story
WHAT STORY HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD about the gospel?
About Jesus? About the Christian life? About yourself? Your answers to these questions will form a story that determines how your life will go. The answers reveal your ability to trust, to love, to hope—and even your capacity for joy.
BEGINNING THE WEEK OF JANUARY 8, Renovaré groups will explore how the power of stories can destroy us, diminish us, and deprive us, or how they can free us, redeem us, and empower us. James Bryan Smith in his new book The Magnificent Story uncovers
the true story of beauty, goodness, and truth that will satisfy the
ultimate longings of your heart.
James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, D.Min., Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, KS and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Christian Spiritual Formation Institute at Friends University.
Join A Group
Please join us for this 10-week study beginning the week of January 8. 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
The Book will be available for $20 at the Welcome Desk or in the church office. Contact Marcie Watson, Director of Spiritual Transformation, at (319) 365-1494, ext. 107, firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up online below. Scholarships are available if needed.
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 email@example.com.
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.