Seminar on Sinicization of Christian Spirituality Offered at Guangdong Church

During the 30th anniversary of reopening in the coastal province of Guangdong, China, Shamian Church held a talk on spiritual meditation in the Chinese context.

On June 25, Reverend Xu Jieping, president of the Guangdong Union Theological Seminary, was invited to lead a seminar covering the following four aspects.

Meditation in the Bible

Reverend Xu first shared that an important mode of spiritual practice is meditation. In addition to telling that Isaac was meditating in the field when he met Rebecca, the Bible also mentions Jesus’ mother, Mary, Peter, and Jesus himself who often emphasized the word of God.

The role of meditation

Through meditation, believers could reflect on God’s work, practice applying God’s words and reflect on God’s laws, the pastor added. To meditate well, Xu said Christians should have a pure heart with gratitude and repeatedly read or recite a passage of scripture, especially when reading certain inspirational scriptures. If they were full of various thoughts and felt that God or others owed them something, they could not immerse themselves in the word of God.

“Meditation can open the door to experience the presence of God,” the pastor said.

Forms of Spiritual Meditation in the Chinese Context

Meditation should also be Sinicized for Chinese Christians born in China. In addition to traditional forms of Bible reading, prayer and chanting, Reverend Xu shared six forms of spiritual practice.

1. Calligraphic meditation. Believers can copy scriptures and write listening notes with pens or brush pens to meditate on God’s words.

2. Meditate while painting or making paper cutouts. People can cut paper to show scenes from Bible stories. And they can also think about the greatness of God’s creation of the universe while appreciating art, including Chinese paintings.

3. Spiritual meditation while making food. Christians can meditate on the power and actions of God in the process of making food or eating, with a saying in China that “food is heaven for the people”. Pastors can also prepare spiritual food for church members by dwelling on the scriptures.

4. Spiritual practice in traditional music. Believers can listen to hymns and traditional music to meditate on God’s revelation rather than playing with cell phones or watching short videos.

5. Meditate on the word of God during a tea tasting.

6. Meditation while practicing Chinese medicine. People can draw closer to God while following the principle of preserving health.

Reverend Xu said that “the rich cultural resources of the Chinese nation were an important condition for the Sinicization of Christian spirituality, and believers could meditate on Chinese philosophy and socialist core values ​​that are the same or similar to the Bible.”

– Translated by Abigail Wu

广州沙面会堂复堂30周年基督教中国化专题讲座:《从形式内涵探讨灵修默想中国化》

Seminar on Sinicization of Christian Spirituality Offered at Guangdong Church

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