The first Christians were called followers of ‘the Way’ because of a particular way of life they lived. Now, the new monasticism is rediscovering the Way for believers to walk in. This talk explores examples of monastic communities throughout the Bible, from the Old Testament, to Paul’s encouragement to the new disciples of Christ, calling them to live by a rule of life in the New Testament.
The first wave of what is commonly termed ‘new monasticism’ came as a response to the aftermath of Second World War, when people had lost faith in the traditional forms of Church, and were searching for new expressions of community that reflected a genuine faith. Since then, there have been many forms of new monastic communities emerge all over the world, many within the traditional denominations and some totally independent.
The play on words in the title suggests whether our approach to prophetic ministry is profitable; meaning does it resemble God’s nature? There are two distinct prophetic ministries at the beginning of the New Testament: the ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. The first will lose his head, and the second will become the Head of all. Why?