Experiencing deepening Communion in the Love of God
Imago Christi helps people Experience the Love of God
in an ongoing journey of Abiding Prayer
that fosters growth in an Abiding Communion with Christ,
reflecting His relationship with the Father through the Holy Spirit.
First Order Calling
Every follower of Jesus is called to Love - receive love from the Trinity and return it with our whole self.
Second Order Calling
From this transformative relationship of Love all other areas of life - the love of neighbor - flows.
See "First and Second Order Calling" in Formative Topics.
Give it a Try:
The Life of Imago Christi is formed by the rhythms of Abiding, Gathering and Mission. Our Abiding rhythms flow out of the personal rhythms of Communion with God that we foster in each other that focus on our experience of the Love of God. Try the following exercise on your own to foster your own Abiding, or in a Gathering of people, with whom you would like to build a Spiritual Community.
Read the following from Revelation 3:20 (TLB). “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me."
We most often hear this verse in the context of an evangelistic message. But the verse was written to a church of believers in Laodicea (see Rev 3:14)! We are going to use this verse to focus on the way that Jesus is constantly knocking on the door of our hearts, even now, offering us deep fellowship, communion, with Him, if we will invite Him in.
- Read the verse again. Revelation 3:20 (TLB). “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me." Take a few minutes to imagine the "room of your heart": What does it look like? What is in it? What are the furnishings? How do they represent what is occupying or cluttering your life?"
- “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking." Take a few minutes to listen to Jesus knocking at the door of your heart. What is your instant, involuntary emotional response? Panic? Need to straighten up? Joyous anticipation? Something else? A mix?
- "If anyone hears me calling him, open the door." Go over to the door of your heart, and open it to Him. Take a few minutes to imagine: What Jesus' instant facial, emotional response to your opening to Him? What is your immediate emotional response to Him?
- "I will come in." Let Jesus in. Take a few minutes to imagine what He would do and where He would go in the room of your heart.
- "I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me." Now Jesus invites you to table. Imagine what kind of "table fellowship" He would prepare for you? A feast fit for a king? A high tea? Beer and pretzels? Hors d'oeuvres? Wine and bread? Take a few minutes to imagine what it is like to sit and "commune" with Jesus.
- What does the Lord want to say to you? What is the Lord communicating to you in communion, perhaps beyond the words, or even without words? What is the Lord imparting to your soul, as you abide in this place of intimate communion with Him?
- How do you want to respond to the Lord now? Tell Him.
- Close your time in prayer with a song, or the Lord's Prayer.
Taking time to "fellowship" or "commune" with God is a key focus of rhythms of Abiding with Christ in the Love of God.
Sharing the details of our experience of with Christ is a key aspect of Gathering a Spiritual Community.