Christian Discipleship Center Class

The Christian Discipleship Center is an ecumenical organization of seven Asheville churches, including Central United Meth-odist Church, First Presbyterian Church,  St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church. 

“Exploring Jesus’ Life of Prayer and Ministry” with Rev. Dr. David Keller

Although Jesus of Nazareth was a devout first-century Jew, in the twenty-first century he is often lost in the thickets of Christian theology, reflection on the wisdom of his words, and the busyness of church life. At a time in the church’s life when “spiritual formation” has become a priority what can we learn from Jesus’ Jewish spiritual formation and its influence on his life and ours? 

Using David Keller’s new book Lord, Teach Us To Pray, this four-week experience will ex-plore Jesus’ life of prayer as a devout first-century Jew and the consequences of his prayer in his personal life and active engagement with society. It will integrate substantive aca-demic presentations with contemplative prayer and discussion. It is designed for clergy and laity.  

Weekly topics will include: 

  • The formation of Jesus' life of prayer as a first-century Jew
  • Jesus' baptism, wilderness temptations, and the beginning of his mission
  • The four-fold pattern of Jesus' life of prayer; the Lord's Prayer and the Beatitudes as patterns for the life of his disciples
  • The influences of Jesus' prayer on his relationships, decisions, and involvement in the movement of God among his people.

   
Register: ChristianDiscipleshipCenter@gmail.com /(828) 230-8818
Please include your name, phone and church affiliation when you register.

Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. David Keller, has adapted this four-week series from a graduate course he taught at the General Theological Seminary in New York and St. John’s School of Theology, Collegeville, MN. He is the author of Lord Teach Us To Pray: One Hundred Daily Reflections on Jesus’ Life of Prayer (2015), Oasis of Wisdom: The Worlds of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, Desert Banquet: A Year of Wisdom From The Desert Mothers and Fathers, and Come and See: The Transformation of Personal Prayer.  

Location: Trinity Episcopal Church (Please Note: There is a nominal parking fee so you might want to carpool.)