Christ has fully won our salvation for us and He has given us the means to fully access and grow in that salvation: a tripod of grace. The daily living out of our salvation, the whole of our Christian life and walk, rests on three avenues of access. If one is missing, the tripod collapses; our growth is hampered and the extent of our salvation is not fully realized. The three are dependent one upon the others, and they are inseparably intertwined.
This retreat consists of:
- four main sessions
- two personal Bible study devotionals
- optional: one monologue (See monologue topics/characters. Monologues suggested for this retreat are Let This Mind Be in You, The Hem of His Garment, or Barren Prayers—this drama is under construction.)
Introduction: The Tripod
Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and Prayer: these three stand together, supporting our salvation, enabling us to grow, transforming our lives, giving us an eternal vision.
1st main session: Scripture and the Holy Spirit
We can study the Bible and even know it well; yet, like the Pharisees of Jesus' day, we can still miss the main point. Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit who would teach us all things. Only the Spirit who breathed the Word can give us understanding and revelation, perfectly fitting the Word of God to our every day lives. Scripture alone does not transform the life. This session explains the bond between the Holy Spirit and His Word and how that affects the way we access the Word and how it works upon us causing growth and transformation.
2nd main session: Scripture and Meditation
Scripture knowledge is never the goal. The promises of God regarding the Word of God, which are wonderful indeed and very comprehensive, are not based on knowledge but on meditation. Biblical meditation has a very specific target. In order to hit the bull's-eye, God has written the Word in such a way as to enhance and engender meditation. As we meditate on God's Word, the tripod works together in marvelous ways.
3rd main session: Prayer and the Holy Spirit
Apart from the Holy Spirit we do not know how to pray as we ought. This is another blessed ministry of the Holy Spirit—to teach us to pray and how to pray. There is a bond between the Holy Spirit and prayer that is often missing in our cursory prayers. Prayer is learning to listen as well as "making known our requests."
4th main session: Prayer and Scripture
The mixture of prayer and the Word of God under the oversight of the Holy Spirit opens up to us the vision of Christ and His magnificent, eternal purposes. We begin to live on an entirely new plane. Praying through Scripture is powerful and transforming. The Model Prayer given to us by Jesus is like a zip file, packed with prayer fodder for a lifetime.
Personal Quiet Time 1: What the Word says about Itself
The Word of God uses many metaphors to describe itself. Each one is loaded with powerful insights into how the Word can change our lives.
Personal Quiet Time 2: What the Word says about the Spirit
The Word of God also uses metaphors to describe the Holy Spirit. These metaphors lead us into truths that are beautiful and breath-taking, painting pictures for the eyes of our spirit that will never be forgotten.