shame and glory: how jesus heals your self, desires, and emotions

by mako nagasawa | the anastasis center | 2016

A curriculum for small group discussion or personal reflection. Shame is the desire to hide the self. Glory is the response of God to invest Himself in us and renew His image in us. This material explores humanity as fundamentally good, but corrupted by sin, and not entirely in control of our own desires and emotions. Part of the spiritual and emotional struggle, then, is to know ourselves, know how God sees and loves us, and to receive into ourselves the Spirit of Christ, who renews the image of God in us. Peppered with insights from the early Christians, including some “desert fathers and mothers” who were the earliest “spiritual directors.”

Part One: Jesus and Your True Self

Introduction: Shame and Glory

1. Your True Self and True Desires, from God's Perspective (Romans 7:14 - 25)

2. That Which is Hidden Will Be Revealed (Luke 12:1 - 3)

3. The Glory of Christ in Us (Colossians 1:27)

4. How Jesus Purifies Human Desires for Us (Matthew 3:13 - 4:11; Romans 8:3 - 4) and Why Is Jesus Good News? evangelism paradigm 

5. How Our Choices Shape Our Desires

6. Hell as Misshapen Desire: Hell as the Love of God (and ppts)

Part Two: Letting God's Emotions Shape Your Emotions

1. The Longing and Joy of God for the Lost, Part 1 (Luke 15:1 - 10)

2. The Longing and Joy of God for the Lost, Part 2 (Luke 15:11 - 32)

3. The Tears and Anger of God for Humanity (John 11:20 - 44)

4. The Yearning of God (Luke 22:14 - 23)

5. The Eagerness of God to Help Us (Luke 11:1 - 13)

6. The Grieving of God (Ephesians 4:29 - 32)

7. The Jealousy of God (Exodus 20:1 - 6; Deuteronomy 4:1 - 24)

8. The Pleasure of the Father in the Son (Matthew 3:13 - 4:11; John 8:28 - 29)

Part Three: Maturing Emotionally With God

1.  Our Empathy (Romans 12:15)

2. Our Anger (Matthew 5:21 - 26; Ephesians 4:26 - 27)

3. Our Sorrow and Guilt vs. Shame (2 Corinthians 7)

4. Our Covetousness vs. Contentment (Philippians 4:4 - 20)

5. Our Fear vs. Jesus' Love (1 John 4:16 - 21; Luke 23:32 - 24:8)

6. Our Joy in Service (Luke 10:17 - 24)

7. Strengthening Your Truest Desires: Developing a Spiritual Rhythm of Life

8. Career Discernment: A Christian Perspective Involving Passions and Desires

9. Career Discernment: Case Studies for Cultivating a Passion for Social Justice

Part Four: Evangelism and Desire

1. Desires, Beliefs, and How We Know Truth  

2. Evangelism Through the Lens of Desire: Find Your Heart's Desire? (and instructions)   

Appendices:  For More Information 

Appendix A:  Augustine on the Human Will 

Why Penal Substitution Damages Asian-Americans A presentation contrasting guilt-oriented and shame-oriented persons, and how they tend to interact with two different atonement theories:  penal substitution and medical substitution. 

Does God Sound Like an Asian Parent?  What Language of Motivation Does He Use? (NHI blog post, Oct 12, 2015)

How Jesus Atones for My Shame (Honor-Shame blog, Nov 11, 2015) a short summary of the presentation below

Medical Substitutionary Atonement, Personal Healing, and Social Justice A presentation given at the Honor-Shame Conference 2017, a gathering of missionaries, scholars, and ministry practitioners, and short Youtube video (4.5 min) 

Beyond "Near" and "Far":  Jesus Overcomes Shame and Alienation


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