October 6 Lesson: Forming Christian Culture –  Creativity, Balance, Sacramentality, and the Story of the Gospel

“For a Christian is not called to flee the world or mankind, to reject or curse it. He is called to bring the light of Christ’s teaching into earthly life and to creatively reveal the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the fabric of this life. And this means that we must create a Christian culture.” In this week’s class, we are going discuss the many implications of this quote by the Orthodox religious and political philosopher Ivan Ilyin from his 1937 book Foundations of Christian Culture. Specifically, we are going to cover how we can live our faith in proper balance, neither withdrawing from world or capitulating to it, and dangers of these extremes. We will also cover the role of art, story, and creativity as means to achieve this balance while also deepening our sacramental understanding of reality, and how each of us can become lights of Christ. We will look at what the Bible, certain Holy Fathers, and others have to say about these topics.

Time: 11:30 – 12:30
Where: Church Library
Format: In-person roundtable/discussion format where all our encouraged to contribute; Live stream video nationally/internationally with interactive comments

Note: Adult Education is video live-streamed through the Orthodox Christian Network’s (OCN) Facebook page –  https://www.facebook.com/MyOCN/.  The class reaches thousands in the United States, Canada, and dozens of other countries worldwide. This is an exciting opportunity through OCN to share the Orthodox Christian faith. Video of the classes are archived and can be viewed anytime using this link – http://myocn.net/orthodox-christian-video-programs/adult-study-classes/. All archived classes will be here and available even if you don’t have Facebook.

Suggested Scripture

Christianity as “The Way” – John 14:6Acts 9:1Acts 19:9Acts 19:23-37Acts 22:1-5Acts 24:10-16John 17:14-19,

Christians and the World – Romans 12:2John 15:18-25John 17:14-191 John 2:15-17

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