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Adult Development & Spiritual Formation
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Dick Pritchard
January 30, 2003
"The Process of Life (cont.)"

I.   Process of Life
A.   The cycle of desired reality
1.   Story
a.   What is your core story?
b.   This will determine what your convictions are ->
2.   Convictions
a.   What is absolutely true
b.   This should tried to be kept as simple as possible
c.   These will determine what your values are ->
3.   Values
a.   What is your life's primary investment
b.   This will lead to your identity ->
4.   Identity
a.   Who you are?
b.   This will determine your behaviors ->
5.   Behavior
a.   The actions that shape my life
b.   Forces us to talk about our "story" ->(A.)
B.   Current Realities
1.   History
2.   Relationships
3.   Roles
4.   Context
5.   Structures
6.   Fears
7.   Genes
8.   Personality
9.   Temperament
10.   Charcter
11.   Health
12.   Gifts
13.   Skills
14.   Abilities
15.   Desires
16.   Resources
II.   What is more important faithfulness or happiness
A.   We know what our answer should be
B.   Most of our actions do not fall in line with the desired answer
III.   Comparative Cultural Stories
Story Convictions Values Identity Activity
God is &
God in Jesus extend life to me & brings me into His holy body
Right relationship with God
Interior life shaping; dependent & needy of Him
Participation with God; reflects His will/purpose
Consumerism
Accumulation (things, power, friends) = contentment; looking out for self
Open to options; function; controlling
Focus on looks; body priority; externals
Shopping
Individualism
God serves me; individual is central focus in society
My rights; pleasure-oriented; lifestyle options
Self-importance; external focus
Do "what works for me," what I want, what feels good
A.   Most of the time you start with external activity and work backwards to figure out what an individual's story may be
B.   This has huge implications for evangelism because it sheds light to the root of the problem
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