Adult Development & Spiritual Formation
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Dick Pritchard
January 28, 2003
"The Mind We Worship With"

I.   Biology: The Brain
A.   The sides of our brain handle the opposite sides function (left side handles right hand)
B.   Corpus Collosum (fibers) divide the two halves
C.   Left Side
1.   Dominates the right side of the body
2.   Follows time in a specific method
3.   Thinking
4.   Very logical, analytical & sequential
5.   Cause & effect
6.   Very digital (synchronized)
7.   Speech (flow)
8.   Naming
9.   Music (trained music)
D.   Right Side
1.   Dominates the left side of the body
2.   Follows time in a seasonal/opportunistic method
3.   Creative
4.   Artistic
5.   Imaginative
6.   Speech (tone)
7.   Holistic
8.   Metaphorical
9.   Facial expressions (performing and interpreting)
10.   Music (leisurely type)
E.   Both Sides
1.   Memory
2.   Speech
F.   Thought patterns go from left to right to left
II.   Questions that arise
A.   What do we do with this?
B.   How do we worship because of this?
C.   What does this say about those I should surround myself with?
III.   Exercise in using the "right" side
A.   Scripture Mark 2:1-12
Mark 2:1 When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2 So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3 Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7 "Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" 8 At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, "Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ÔYour sins are forgiven,' or to say, ÔStand up and take your mat and walk'? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"Ñhe said to the paralyticÑ 11 "I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home." 12 And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"
B.   Questions
1.   For what purpose did the friends
2.   What did they do when they couldn't reach Jesus
3.   What did Jesus see that identified his faith
4.   What does it take to produce this kind of faith
5.   Why does Jesus speak of forgiveness
6.   Do you think this is what the paralytic man expect to hear
7.   What connection was there between his sin and his paralysis
8.   Does Jesus forgive him
9.   Who can forgive
10.   How do the scribers hear him
11.   Are they correct in what they hear
12.   What is the penalty for blasphemy
13.   What is meant by which is easier
14.   Which one actually is easier
15.   Who or what is the Son of man here, compare with Matthew 9:8
C.   "Take into your body" step
1.   Who is the paralytic within me
2.   What forms of me needs healing
3.   Who is the scribe in me
4.   Why doesn't it want the paralytic to be healed
5.   What is the relationship between the scribe and the paralytic
6.   What would be involved to reconcile these
7.   Who are the four helpers for me
8.   What resources are available
D.   "Modeling clay" step
1.   Use the clay to mold the paralytic
2.   Keep your eyes closed, only use your hands!