The Way of Love – Rev. Scott Gunn

In this book The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus, Rev. Scott Gunn of Forward Movement begins with the two very foundational commandments of our faith: Love God and Love your Neighbor. Matt. 22:37-39. Or as John tells us – God is love, and when we love we are of God, and when we do not love we are not of God. 1 John 4:7-12. In looking at these verses, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says we are part of the Jesus Movement that is “built on the unconditional love of God for the world and the mandate to live that love.” This book is the practical guide to cultivating certain ancient Christian practices so that we may live into that love and be the Jesus Movement to and in the world. These seven practices are: Turn. Learn. Pray. Worship. Bless. Go. Rest. The Eastertide study covers seven weeks.
(Easter 2023)

The Way of Love: Turn

The first step in developing a Christian life is simply turning. We need to turn toward God and away from self-centeredness.
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The Way of Love: How to Turn

We do not turn to earn God’s love but we turn in order to give thanks and enjoy God’s vast love for us. As John writes, we love others because God first loved us. 1 John 4:19.
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The Way of Love: Learn

“Scripture is like a river again, broad and deep, shallow enough here for the lamb to go wading, but deep enough there for the elephant to swim.” We can never quit learning.
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The Way of Love: How to Pray Daily

In any discussions about prayer, the question arises about how do we learn to pray. How can we make prayer part of daily life? Rev. Gunn gives us several areas in which we can learn to pray daily.
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The Way of Love: Worship

In worship, we move God into the center of our world, and us out of it, thereby fulfilling the greatest of the commandments.
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The Way of Love: How to Worship

Deliver us, when we draw near to you, for coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections, we may worship you in spirit and truth.
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The Way of Love: Go and How to Go

The purpose of the Twelve was not to simply follow Jesus around as his entourage, but to be sent out and to proclaim that the “Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
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The Way of Love: Rest and Resting

When we Rest, in prayer or contemplation, we are saying “yes” to God; when we Rest in the presence of others, we are saying “yes” to human relationships, and when we simply Rest with ourselves, we are saying “yes” to life itself.
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The Way of Love: Next Steps

The Way of Love is not an academic study, but more of a how-to book intended to be a means for each of us to intentionally develop better everyday habits which will help us live into our life in Christ.
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