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Title: Participating in Divine Image


Slide 1: Introduction Meaning of Theosis

  • Definition: The transformative process of becoming more like God

  • Key Scripture: "Partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4)

  • Image: Icon of transfiguration or a heart being transformed

Slide 2: Cultivate a Life of Prayer

  • Importance of continuous communion with God

  • Key Scripture: "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

  • Practical Step: Set specific times for prayer throughout the day

  • Image: Kneeling in prayer

Slide 3: Engage in the Study of Scripture

  • Scripture as God’s revelation and a guide for life

  • Key Scripture: "All Scripture is... profitable for training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16)

  • Practical Step: Daily Bible reading and meditation

  • Image: Open Bible with light shining from it

Slide 4: Practice Fasting and Self-Control

  • Fasting as a discipline for spiritual focus

  • Key Scripture: "But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face." (Matthew 6:17)

  • Practical Step: Follow the Church's fasting calendar

  • Image: Calendar or a person in contemplation

Slide 5: Pursue Virtuous Living

  • Virtue reflects the divine nature

  • Key Scripture: "Think about these things." (Philippians 4:8)

  • Practical Step: Intentional practice of Christian virtues

  • Image: A person helping another or a virtuous act

Slide 6: Commit to Community and Service

  • Community as the context for living out love

  • Key Scripture: "Use [your gifts] to serve one another." (1 Peter 4:10)

  • Practical Step: Active church life and community service

  • Image: Community gathering or service in action

Slide 7: Live a Sacramental Life

  • All of life is an opportunity for worship

  • Key Scripture: "Do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)

  • Practical Step: Consecrate daily activities to God

  • Image: Everyday life moments infused with holiness

  • Image: A cross or a refining fire

Slide 8: Conclusion

  • Summary of Theosis as a Lifelong Journey

  • Encouragement to take active steps in spiritual growth

  • Image: Pathway leading into light

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