Kairos Now

 

CARPE DIEM

 

The Bible uses the word Kairos and its cognates 86 times in the New Testament (e.g., in Matthew 8:29; Luke 19:44; and Acts 24:25). The word often includes the idea of an opportunity or a suitable time for an action to take place. When we “seize the day (Carpe Diem)” we are taking advantage of the Kairos given to us. Kairos is related to the Greek word kara (“head”). A Kairos is a time when things “come to a head,” requiring decisive action.

Question: “Is the idea of a Kairos Moment / Kairos Circle biblical?”

Answer: The Kairos Circle, or the Learning Circle, is a learning tool used by some Christian groups to assess experience and promote personal improvement and lasting change. In a Christian context, the Kairos Circle is designed to aid discipleship by guiding an individual or small group through opportunities to learn life lessons.

Following the steps of the Kairos Circle can be beneficial, if it causes one to focus more on the Word of God. The Bible tells us to mediate on God’s Word (Psalm 1) and put it into practice (James 1:22). We should also learn lessons from the events in our lives. After hearing a sermon, for example, it is good to reflect on the message, discuss it with someone, think of applications, and then act on what was learned. The same thing is true for going on a mission trip, meeting a person in need, having a car accident, or finding a job.

Promoters of this discipleship tool point to Jesus’ first recorded sermon in Mark 1:15 as an example of a “Kairos Moment”: “The time has come. . . . The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” When the people of Israel were confronted with Jesus’ life-changing message, they had an opportunity (a Kairos) and a responsibility to respond appropriately. Similarly, when Jesus called James and John to follow Him, they had a window of opportunity—would they leave all and follow Christ, or would they stay with their fish nets?

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