by Glen H. Jones
Breen and Kallestad present a series of principles which they believe the Holy Spirit can use to create a dynamic church filled with enthusiastic disciples. They use a series of geometric shapes (LifeShapes) to illustrate these principles.
The circle represents a lifetime of learning. The disciples must recognize that events which come into his life are opportunities for learning. Both fortunate and unfortunate events can be avenues of growth. When we receive Christ we enter this circle of experience that eventually leads us to heaven.
The triangle illustrates the balanced Christian life. The three points of this geometric figure represent three aspects—up, out, and in—of the balanced life. "Up" represents our dependence on God. "In" stresses the importance of spiritual life. "Out" reminds us that we must reach out to others. All three are necessary ingredients of the balanced spiritual life.
The square shows us a balanced leadership style. The authors illustrate two leadership styles—disciple and pastoral—and how to grow in each one. Their illustration of delegating responsibility is worth noting: 1) I do, you watch; 2) I do, you help; 3) you do, I help; 4) you do, I watch.
Breen and Kallestad use other geometrical figures to illustrate other aspects of the Christian life. The pentagon illustrates the worth of the individual and his growth in the body of Christ. The hexagon is a tool to show us how to pray. The heptagon principle represents the complete and balanced Christian life. The mnemonic device (MRS GREN) represents the seven avenues of the Christian life: Movement, Respiration, Sensitivity, Growth, Reproduction, Excretion, and Nutrition.
Type: Christian Growth
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