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Christfulness Spirituality Programme: 

About Christfulness

“Christfulness” is spirituality, practicing a faith relationship with Christ, which the term is generated from “Christ” and “Fullness”.

Christfulness points to the fullness of Christ and God’s love in Christ. When we experience the revelation of this mystery and encounter God’s love in Christ with, around and in us as a penetrating and saturating experience, we are made whole. A process of becoming whole begins. This helps us see other humans and our fellow creatures in a new way, as we relate to the image of God within them, and it opens a vision of a redeemed humanity and Earth, which is the body of Christ.

Objective: Explore Christian spirituality and the fullness of Christ as the aim and experience of practicing our faith.

Program Details

Session 1:

  • The concept of spirituality
  • Explore the role of the Holy Spirit as the source and originator in Christian spirituality
  • Review of different spiritual practices as presented by the founding fathers of the protestant churches: scripture and prayer, catechism, worship (hymns)
  • Discuss the criteria for a sound (healthy) and true spirituality

Session 2-5:  (A special focus will be designed for each session)

  • Get to know the worldview and understanding of human nature and spiritual life as growth “until we all reach unity in the faith and in knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).
  • A comprehensive understanding from  “Christfulness” perspective for the Christian worldview as well as for Christian faith practice or spirituality
  • Exercises Practice:

–          Christ with me: The experience of God’s love in Christ as a protecting and accompanying presence

–          Christ in me: The experience of being created in the image of God and of how this is restored in Jesus Christ

–          Christ in you: The experience of seeing Christ or the image of God in others

–          Together in Christ: The experience of being in Christ as a disciple relationship with Him in the Body of Christ, envisioning the consummation of creation in Christ.

Session 6:

  • Explore the role of baptism, confession and communion (Eucharist) for the spiritual life and formation of Christians
  • Get to know the ecumenical perspective on protestant practices
  • Understand the need of being rooted in the spiritual traditions, originating in the undivided Church

Facilitator:

Rev. Ole Skjerbæk Madsen (A Danish, Founder of “Christfulness”)

Date:12 Apr – 17 May, (6 sessions, every Thursday)

Time:7:30-9:30pm

Venue:Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui All Saints’ Church (No.11 Pak Po Street, Mongkok)

Session mode:Lecture, Exercises Practice, Group Discussion, Plenary Dialogue

Fee:$840

Remarks:Programme will be delivered in English, with on-site Chinese translation

Enquiry:2386 3220 / bd@tfscc.org

Enrolment:https://goo.gl/MHnG3z

 

Best Regards,

Michelle

Project Manager

Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre

Dir: 2576 2586

Email: michelle@tfscc.org

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Sermon from a board meeting at TFS by rev. Ole Skjerbæk Madsen in Cantonese

For the time being Tao Fong Shan Christian Center is promoting the concept and praxis of Christfulness. CFN is very much in line with the vision of Ta Fong Shan and the founders of this spiritual center. I was invited to conduct an Eucharistic service for the members of the board of TFS Foundation. The sermon gives you an idea of the setting in which CFN is transmitted in Hong Kong. There is an English as well as Cantonese version of the sermon. Blessings, Ole Skjerbæk Madsen

各位主內弟兄姊妹好,

我想今天在座許多位都深愛著這吹送道風、就是上帝道成肉身之道的山。在入口拱門之前,道光台轉角處,你也能常感受這風。

我們有著艾香德和道風山先哲前賢的偉大遺產。這包括靈性和物質上的遺產。建築物、墳場和這大自然,都是這遺產的重要部分;而維護建築和斜坡就是守護這遺產。這物質遺產指向靈性遺產,就是有關不同信仰或靈性傳統之人的對話和真誠交談,以及不帶批判並本色化地分享福音,然而仍清晰明確地聚焦於與耶穌基督的關係。艾香德曾努力尋索與他者於信仰和靈性操練上的接觸點,道風山見證著他要以他們不陌生的方式分享福音的心志;他們應該感到自在,從而在自己的傳統和靈性背景中找到真道和世界的光的痕跡。但在他們的真誠對談之間,基督並非隱而不說之事,因為艾香德總是指向基督。正如田樂道(Notto R. Thelle)所寫:

「他對在基督教與其他宗教之間劃界不感興趣,但很關注中心;在那裡,基督,那永恆的道,正把所有人都吸引向自己。」

當艾香德用「道」翻譯約翰福音的邏各斯(Logos),並誠心信靠圓滿妙道,這並非要引誘佛教和道教僧侶今入基督教的偽裝。他真誠向信耶穌基督,那成了肉身的道。讓我再一次引用田樂道:

「深信基督作為那成了肉身的永恆之道,艾香德確信,最終,基督對東方追求真理的精神,不會是一種冒犯或一個陌生過客。基督是他們一直在尋找的中心,是一直把他們引向真理的那一位。艾香德特別寫到其中一位曾『從內在』遇到基督的人,說他與基督的相遇是『與朋友相遇。他的靈魂充滿了深深欣賞的喜悅。』一個真正的尋求者會辨認出基督是他們一直在尋索的道。」

今天的經文談到我們作為基督徒能與眾聖徒在光明中同得基業,因為耶穌從罪惡的權勢中拯救了我們。耶穌是這世界拯救的光,或更確切地說──在約翰福音的亮光中:上帝的邏各斯或道,就是在耶穌基督裡頭世界的光,因為道成了肉身。「生命在他裏頭,這生命就是人的光。光照在黑暗裏,黑暗卻不接受光。」

那太初之道是不可言說而且超越理解的。道不可被掌握,因為上帝是「自有永有的」,除上帝以外並沒有其他使上帝存在的因。上帝是不依賴其他條件的存有,而我們的存有是依賴條件的存在;我們的存在有其因;我們是被造的。

但上帝並非未知的;那太初之道透過持續的創造行動彰顯自己。萬物是藉著他造的;凡被造的,沒有一樣不是藉著他造的。上帝藉著道創造世界,那道就是上帝不可言表的表述,因此我們稱他為上帝的兒子。當道在耶穌基督裡成為人身,在他裡面有些事我們還是不能掌握,「他在世界,世界也是藉著他造的,世界卻不認識他。」(約1:10)然而那太初之道和那彰顯和創造的道,在耶穌基督裡頭有一張人類的臉孔。在耶穌裡,上帝對我們並不陌生。祂邀請我們進入個人關係。

在那成身之道的人性裡,我們找到自己的本性。相信他,我們的本性得以回復。我們發現我們是按照上帝的形象而造的。耶穌呼召我們做世上的光,因為他就是世上的光。

我被邀請到這吹送道風的山上當牧師,介紹「基督滿全」(Christfulness)的概念和靈修操練。基督滿全的其中一各向度是實踐和經驗「基督在我裡面」。這指的是上帝或基督在我裡面的形象;這是說基督在我裡面長成,在我存在的中心,在我裡面形成;我是藉著道形成的。我的本性隨道而行,是在我裡面反映出的道。這是怎樣發生的呢?上帝藉著道,那創造世界和成為人身的道,模塑我並在我的內在反映出上帝。

我們受造以反映出上帝創造的光,上帝就能在我們裡面認出自己,我們的同胞也能從我們身上發出的光,作為上帝的反映,認識上帝。「你們是世上的光。」

基督滿全其中一個靈修練習是聆聽上帝的聲音。每當我默想聖經,我常常會把從聆聽上主所得的領受寫在筆記上──特別是一些值得與人分享的事情;為了避免誤會那些領受是否我百分之百從上主領受所得,我通常稱之為默示(inspirations),正如保羅所說,所有這些啟示都要察驗。當我默想有關耶穌作為好牧人的經文時,我領受了這默示:

你已見過那真光。我已觸碰你的心,讓它活過來。我已向你顯示我的心和父親的愛。我稱你作我的兄弟和姐妹,因為你就是。

你第一次看見那光,就像墮入愛河般,或感覺欣喜若狂。你憧憬那經驗。在這裡真好。但那光照在黑暗裡要達到它的目的。我的光在十字架上照得最清晰,正如我與那受苦的人類禱告說:

我的上帝,我的上帝,你為甚麼離棄我?在那服事的愛(serving love)最大之處,那光照得最亮。在這樣的一天,一個犯人會同我在樂園裡;在這樣的一天,罪人會得到寬恕和新的生命。

這光是你曾見過的,這光在你裡面,要被帶入世界。這比與我墮入愛河更好。這比在上帝臨在中欣喜若狂的幸福感覺更好。在你裡面照得最亮的光比這更好。若你只渴望被愛和幸福的感覺,你的光將變得黯淡。當我觸碰你的心,我定意要喚醒在你裡面的上帝形象。你在我的生命中看見上帝的形象。若上帝的形象在你身上清晰可見,你將要跟隨我。這是那服事的愛,就是我在你裡面的光。

我差遣你進入世界,即使置身於許多人之中,你都將會常感到孤單。你可能會覺得上帝似乎不在。但我藉著信在你心裡活著。當你在世上透過愛的行動、臨在和意識服事其他人時,這就是為你的同胞而做的善事──你的生命將顯得與我緊密連結,就是住在我的光裡面一樣。

在這山上服事是一種福氣,而當我們守護道風山的靈性和物質遺產時,我們是向道風山的先哲前賢盡孝。我們會以感恩的心守護他們的遺產,因此我們會一起繼續尋索與他者於信仰和靈性上的接觸點,並尋求在他們生命中道的表述、靈性操練和世界觀;我們也渴望在我們遇見的人身上找到上帝的形象。而且,我們知道我們會因此而改變,而道風山將變成忠於那託付於我們的遺產的樣式。

誠心信靠,無上主宰,創造諸有,萬德慈父。

誠心信靠,贖罪基督,領我歸父,圓滿妙道。

誠心信靠,充滿宇宙,隨機應感,清淨聖靈,阿們。

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Six Thurdays evenings on Christfulness, starting April 12th 2018 – poster in Cantonese

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What is Christfulness?

 

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Create in me a pure heart, O God

In Psalm 51:10-12 we read,

“Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

I often write what I receive listening to God when meditating on the Bible in a notebook,– especially if it’s something which shall be shared with others; I call these texts inspirations in order to avoid the misunderstanding that I am in some way a 100% pure channel for God, for, as Paul says, all revelations must be tried and tested. When I meditated on Psalm 51, I was given this inspiration:

Inspiration:

Your heart is precious to me, says I AM THAT I AM. Your heart is the center of you as a person. It’s where you find yourself as who you are. When you rest in the heart, you are your true self. And nothing can take your peace away. Nothing can threaten your self-understanding and self-worth, if your heart is pure.

A pure or clea heart is like a mirror. My image is seen clearly in a pure heart, and when you recognize my image as mirrored in your heart, there is nothing deeper, truer, higher or more real to you than enjoying my communion, sharing life with me, and living in my will.

When my image is mirrored in your heart, my presence radiates into the world from your heart, and my image in you is realized to the creatures of the earth through acts and deeds of love

I created humans with a pure heart, so that my image would shine brightly in you and you would grow into my likeness – a blessing to your fellow humans and fellow creatures. You recognize my image in my Son, Jesus Christ..

When you close your heart to me and one another and forget who you really are, the heart becomes hazy and dirty so that my presence is no longer recognized in your life, and it will be hidden to your fellow humans and fellow creatures. The light of hope is extinguished, and your will is torn apart. Sometimes you will what I will, because you have a memory of yours and mine fellowship, but more often will follow your own will to what you think will give you a greater pleasure. Your heart becomes desolate and empty, even become like stone. Then the surrounding world mirrors the emptiness, desolation and coldness of your heart.

Therefore, look to Jesus, my Son. He breaks the patterns of the impure heart. In him my image radiates unadulterated. He’ll give you a heart like his own. When you come to him with your grief because of your heart’s unrest and impurity, he will breathe the Holy Spirit into your heart. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of love, life, and truth, whose warmth will thaw the ice of the heart and make alive the stone heart. Your heart will then liken the birth cave, in which Jesus was born as God-with-you, and he will be my restored image in your heart. You will carry him with you and thereby let the light of my presence shine upon your neighbors and fellow created beings. In the power of the Holy Spirit you’ll start serving the world as I in Jesus Christ and in my creating word served you in love.

 

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Christfulness Retreat 3. – 4. Feb. 2018

Jesus og SimonDo you need to reflect, pray and meditate in the beautiful nature and buildings in Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre? Do you need a twenty-four hours break from daily life? Do you need to be silent to see God that He can show you His heart for you?

Then come to a Christfulness retreat in this springtime 2018.

Programme

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This book gives you an introduction to practise Christfulness:

 

Rev. Ole Skjerbæk Madsen

Christfulness has its origins in the experience that God is with us, and comes to life in Christ. Just as the word of God became flesh in Jesus Christ, so we in Christ are given access to the nature of God.   This book explains Christfulness as an expression of faith, a spiritual experience and an attitude to life. The book is not just a theoretical work, but also encompasses practical experience.


The content has been influenced by practice, and will also give the reader an insight into my own spiritual life. You will see this most evidently through the so called “inspirations” – passages which are my own experiences of God’s – as Father, Son and Holy Spirit – communication of God self to me during prayer and quietness in God’s presence. The second section of the book contains a description of how we practice Christfulness.

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A Christfulness Meditation

Cleansing of the heart

Sit comfortably, with a straight back; it may be helpful to close your eyes during the meditation. Feel the ground under your feet; remain grounded, breathe calmly, focus on your heart.

Jesus Christ, send your Spirit to guide us during this meditation.

Imagine Jesus Christ standing in front of you … see His heart, which is wide open toward you … full of love, appreciation and peace …

Relax in his presence … Breathe calmly … rest in your breathing out and breathing in his presence …

Breathe out and let go of what troubles you, let go of old concepts or misconceptions of who you are, who God is or who other people are …

Breathing in, receive peace, joy and love from the open heart of Jesus Christ …

Every time you breathe out, your heart and mind is cleansed more and more … And every time you breathe in, Christ will live more fully in your heart and mind …

Let this process go on while we listen to some music … Music plays …

We are about to conclude our meditation; use your concluding breathing out to share the peace, joy and love of Christ with the world around you …

May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (cf. Phil. 4:7)

This meditation may be changed into a prayer with people, e.g. at Body-Mind-Spirit Fairs 

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Homily at Christmass celebration at Tao Fong Shan, December 22nd 2017

Bible readings: Isaiah 9,2-7, Hebrews 1:1-5, Matthew 1:18-25

Dear sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ!

The Lord met Joseph in a dream and spoke to him of the child which was growing in the womb of Mary, and said to him, “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 

And Saint Mathew says that Mary giving birth to Jesus is a fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophesy, “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means God with us).”

In Jesus we meet God; God is with us in him, in such a way that we will be saved from our sins. We will be set free of that pattern of life, in which we are entangled – a life estranged from God, a life of abuse of other humans and of the created world.

We are people wandering in darkness, but in Jesus, God with us, we see a great light. When we live estranged from God, our life is darkness, we cannot orientate ourselves and find the right direction of life. But Jesus is born to be God with us, so that God is no longer a stranger to us. We’ll now walk in light, walking with him who is the way, the truth and the life.

When we live in the pattern of sin, we live in forgetfulness. We have forgotten God and all of God’s gifts; we focus on ourselves, our needs and cravings. We forget that only God is God, and live as we ourselves are Gods, or we make gods in the image of our fears, hopes or desires. Jesus is born as our Immanuel, God with us, to make the presence of God known and experienced where we have forgotten God and are enslaved in our imaginations.

When we live estranged from God, we follow the way of death instead of the way of life. Estranged from God we do not know or remember the law of life, the inner order that keeps creation together as one. This inner law is love, that we serve one another and seek what is good for our fellow humans and creatures. Instead we live for the benefit of ourselves, for having success and happiness at any cost. But that is the way of death; everything falls apart when we only care for ourselves and not for others. Jesus is born to be the prince of peace who will reign, establishing and upholding the kingdom of heaven with justice and righteousness where the law of death had reigned before.

Jesus is born to us as the Son of God, who “is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word”. He was God’s Son even before he was born to us – Son of God and Son of Man. He is the one who from before creation radiates or manifests God’s presence, expressing what lies in the heart of God the Father. God’s Son is the Word of God. Before all beginning God made room for creation, and God called into the darkness and named creation. The Word at first called light into existence. “Let there be light” – because the light is that created thing that is most like God. Through light we find our orientation in life. Through light we recognize other created beings. Light is the source of discernment, so that we know what is good, and what is evil. The Word of God however is uncreated light. The Word of God is the expression of God’s love and grace: God’s longing and will to give life and to sustain life, to bring order to the world. The Word establishes the law of life through creation. The Word of God is born to us from Mary so that the law of life may once more be known where it was forgotten. In Jesus we meet God, and we meet what we were created to be: sons and daughters of God together with him, who became the Son of Man, even though he still is the Son of God.

He is God with us that we may become humans with God –reflecting God’s presence in him to our neighbors.

Sometimes when I meditate on God’s word in scripture and the life of Jesus, I hear him talking to me in my thoughts, and I share this communication with Jesus as Inspirations. I would like to share such an inspiration, unfolding the meaning of seeing a great light:

You have seen the true Light. I’ve touched your hearts and made them alive. I’ve shown mine and the Father’s love unto you. I call you my brothers and sisters, because this is what you are.

The first time you saw the Light, it was as if you had fallen in love or it felt like a rapture. And you long for that experience. How good it is to be here. But the Light shines into the darkness to fulfill its purpose.

My Light shone most clearly on the cross, as I prayed with the suffering humankind: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? ”The light shines brightest, where the serving Love is greatest. On such a day a criminal will be with me in Paradise, and on such a day sinners will find forgiveness and a new life.

This is the Light you have seen, and which in you shall be brought to the world. This is more than falling in love with me. It is more than the ecstatic bliss in God’s presence. The brightest light in you is more than this. If you only aspire being in love and experience bliss, your light will darken. When I touched your heart, I meant to awaken God’s image in you. You see God’s image in my life. You’ll have to follow me, if the image of God shall be clearly seen in you. It is the serving love, which is my Light in you.

I send you into the world, and often you’ll feel left on your own and feel alone even among many people. You may experience an absence of God. But I live by faith in your hearts as you serve others in deeds and loving presence among those who need you at most.

Here ends the inspiration. Jesus Christ is God with us that we may become humans with God – following the way of life, living by the law of life, set free from the pattern of sin, reflecting God’s presence in him to our neighbors. May God with us grant us the courage to follow him in serving love.

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The mystery of the name

Revelation 3:12: “The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.”
From the beginning of creation I have wished to share life with you.

I created you for fellowship and communion with me. We were not strangers to one another. We shared a deep confidence and trust – as between children and their parents.
I have never forgotten you, even though you have forgotten me and my name. Therefore I invite you to know my name once more. When you know my name, you are able to call upon me that we can have an open conversation with confidence and trust. I have inserted my name in the name of Jesus; his name is mine. But his name is also a human name so that we will not be strangers…
I give myself to you in the name of Jesus. The name is full of my presence. I am with you in the name. And if you call out, mentioning my name, you will experience that I am already there and go with you.
When you speak my name it is a statement og faith and bears witness to the fact that I have made you free and have brought you out of your forgetfulness. Now you remember who I am as well as who you yourself are. You are my child,
When you pray my name and take it into your heart, I will live in your heart, and your heart I beginning to be Jesus-shaped. In the depth of who you are, my image will be seen in growing clarity – in the way in which I revealed myself to you in Jesus Christ, my Son.
I call you by your name – by the name in which you recognizes yourself as being who you are. I call you by the name, which is conveys you with an assurance of being loved and appreciated. When I call you by your name, you sense my presence and my joy, seeing you as exactly you. But you also have a new name, which binds your name into mine. Your new name isn’t necessarily another name than what is presently your name, but it is your name bound into my name. This new name may be another name – unknown to other people than yourself, but known by me and the depth of your soul. This new name always carries the connotation of “daughter of God” or “son of God” or “born of the will of God”.
And your name is written in the book of life.

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