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Spiritual Life Ministry

Contact: Rev. Ineda Adesanya

Minister of Spiritual Life
510-544-8930

Meetings Day/time: Varies

Email: iadesanya@allen-temple.org

 

The mission of the Spiritual Life Ministry of Allen Temple Baptist Church is to provide the spiritual tools necessary to undergird all other Allen Temple ministries thereby fostering and supporting the spiritual formation, spiritual growth and spiritual enrichment of its congregation and community. The Spiritual Life Ministry recognizes that individuals experience spirituality differently. Therefore, its' goal is to offer a variety of means through which one may develop, strengthen and enhance one’s relationship with God.

STRUCTURE/RELATIONSHIP

Allen Temple Baptist Church ministries are generally divided into six cluster areas: Congregational Life; Community Care; Congregational Care; Worship, Arts, Media and Technology; Christian Education; and Congregational Stewardship. The following diagram is intended to illustrate how the many spiritual tools (SP Tools) offered through Spiritual Life integrally relate to and weave through all of the church's ministries.

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Spiritual Small Groups

 Greetings Spiritual Lifers! 

Summer Small Groups have been cancelled. Please see Rev. Adesanya for other summer contemplative prayer opportunities.

 

Spiritual Life Enrichment Opportunities

Deepen your Spiritual Life at Allen Temple

Happy first day of Summer! Are you seeking spiritual formation, spiritual growth or spiritual enrichment? Allen Temple Baptist Church is home to a myriad of opportunities to deepen your spiritual life and tend to your spiritual health. Here are some of those opportunities available to both members and friends:
• Sunday Morning Worship (8:00 & 11:15)
• Seasonal Spiritual Life Small Contemplative Prayer Groups
• Individual Spiritual Direction and/or Pastoral Counseling (by appointment)
• Prayer Warriors Weekly Prayer Meetings (Tuesday’s 11:30)
• Wednesday: Eat Raw Fruits, Nuts, Seeds, Vegetables and Prayer Group
• Sunday Altar Intercessory Prayer
• ATBC Prayer and Fasting Group
• Weekly Bible Study (Pastor’s Thursday noon & 7pm, Youth, Young Adult and Teleconference for all)
• Weekly Sunday School (10:15)
• Annual Spirituality and Hermeneutics Forums
• Annual Men’s and Spiritual Life Retreats
• Weekly Body & Spirit Health Wellness Class
• Read Spiritual and Devotional material from the Allen Temple Library
• Anytime use of Prayer Room (FLC #D103) for Sacred Time with Christ
• …and more!
Come on over to the Temple to develop, strengthen, and enhance your relationship with God, the Creator, Son and Holy Spirit! It is when we are spiritually healthy that we can be the most effective disciples for Jesus Christ and agents of peace in this world.
Spiritually,

Reverend Ineda P. Adesanya
Minister of Spiritual Life

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For more information or for individual spiritual direction/coaching sessions, contact Rev. Ineda Adesanya at (510) 544-8930 or iadesanya@allen-temple.org 

 

Tell the Truth

June 25, 2017

 

Dear Allen Temple family and friends,

This is what the Lord Almighty says: Just as I had determined to bring disaster upon you and showed no pity when your fathers angered me,” says the Lord Almighty, “so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid. These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord. Zechariah 8:14-17 NIV

Last week, I was deeply moved to ponder the impact of lies on our lives and the lives of others. Our current White House administration has made “alternative facts” a thing. I came across a blog a few weeks ago that seemed to question the harm in lying, implying that lying is natural. I scrolled on without finishing the piece at the time as it had struck a negative cord with me from the beginning. Is ours a culture of lies? One of the first books I was required to read in seminary was Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. The book was used to prepare us future ministers, preachers and teachers to focus more explicitly, intentionally, and caringly on our written and spoken words; to notice not only what is included but what is excluded, for instance.

Jesus declares in John 14 that he is the way and the truth and life, and that no one comes to the Father except through him! Later in the text, we find one of Jesus’ promises to bring us into the fold.

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” John 14:15-17 NIV

Especially today, we may live in a culture of both covert and overt lies. But let us not contribute to the life of that culture. Let us instead embrace the Spirit of truth who lives with us and in us.

…and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 NIV

Rev. Ineda P. Adesanya, Minister of Spiritual Life