Led a small group of guys through this book and really opened a great discussion about the topics. Spiritual Disciplines places itself perfectly in explaining the why, but then also the how. This study will look at each of these. These three overlapping circles really represent the realm in which believers live in this world while living an other-worldly life. Read this for School, I accidentally got the study guide. Best Parts One of the best things about Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life is the easy to describe disciplines.
Philippians 2:12—13 Some Christians have taken the position that sanctification is solely God's job. Conclusion This book is an invaluable resource to all Christians. Drawn from a rich heritage, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. Ideal for personal or small-group use. Now updated and revised to equip a new generation of readers, this anniversary edition features in-depth discussions on each of the key disciplines. Now updated and revised to equip a new generation of readers, this anniversary edition features in-depth discussions on each of the key disciplines.
Description Life never settles down. Product Details Published: July 1, 2014 Binding: Softcover Trim Size: 5. Each chapter is laid out in a very helpful manner. Discussion: Post your comments, thoughts, and questions in the comments section. We must find our satisfaction in Christ alone and understand that our spiritual growth is a joint effort between God and us. He is the author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, which has a companion Study Guide.
Whitney uses these eleven chapters to explain ten different spiritual disciplines. The Whitneys are parents of one daughter, Laurelen. Discipline is one of those things that looks great on paper. This study will challenge you to regularly discipline yourself to take time to be silent before God. It's a centuries-old method of Bible study designed to create lasting spiritual change in the lives of followers of Jesus Christ. What would account for such total disregard of a discipline so frequently mentioned in Scripture and so ardently practiced by Christians throughout the centuries? The disciplines are worth the cost of practicing them, both now and in eternity.
I will engage with you at times, but the purpose is to allow everyone to have a conversation regarding what we are learning and considering through this book. The topic is simple enough to quickly grasp, but still necessary to spend a lot of time unpacking in the chapter. Perhaps it might even be one of the best books that a new believer could read to begin to lay a strong foundation in the faith. Christians are to be growing in their godliness and the word of God is teaching that we do so by disciplining ourselves. Session Five The Benefit of Fasting Fasting is the voluntary denial of an otherwise normal function for the sake of intense spiritual activity. Great book, starting a second mens group on Saturdays with coffee.
We can summarize the picture that has been sketched for us by Mark in three words: meditation, proclamation, and compassion. Since God has a purpose and goal in our godliness and we recognize it as a command rather than a suggestion, take time this summer to reevaluate your priorities, commitments, and goals in light of eternity. The are relational, not transactional. Whitney changed how Christians approached the Spiritual Disciplines. Now updated and revised to equip a new generation of readers, this anniversary edition features in-depth discussions on each of the key disciplines. Don is a frequent speaker in churches, retreats, and conferences in the U.
This first chapter is vital in understanding why this book is even important to the reader. Ideal for personal or small-group use. When you look through the table of contents it is easy to know what will be discussed. They all have different lists. He earned a PhD in theology at the University of the Free State in Bloemfonteine, South Africa in 2013.
She teaches classes for seminary wives and is an artist, muralist, and illustrator. Matthew 5:6 There's no denying the fact that we live in a culture that has made the pursuit of happiness its chief goal. He earned a PhD in theology at the University of the Free State in Bloemfonteine, South Africa in 2013. With over 300 pages of content it is a lot to cover. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life would be well worth it even if you only make it through the first 5 chapters! After graduating from Arkansas State, Don planned to finish law school and pursue a career in sportscasting. Whitney knows that the only way that spiritual disciplines will make a difference in the lives of believers is if they are regularly practiced. Mark 1:35—42 With three broad strokes of his pen, the earliest gospel writer delineated the pattern of Jesus' life and ministry.
As we explore church history, we see the heroes of the faith as spiritually disciplined people. Dedication and perseverance to the various disciplines is necessary. This anniversary edition features in-depth discussions on each of the key disciplines. Read ahead and think through the content of that chapter, and we will gather here next week to discuss what we are learning. Don is a frequent speaker in churches, retreats, and conferences in the U. Richard Foster sees them as Inward, Outward, and Corporate disciplines.
As Don Whitney begins the first chapter, he makes a very important statement. Life will soon be over, remember that only what we do for God will matter. Don lives with his wife, Caffy, in their home near Louisville. Psalm 12; Joel 1:14; Matthew 5:6; 6:16—24; Acts 14:23 Fasting seems out of step with the times. Session Two Spiritual Growth—My Job or God's? Others are determined to make themselves holy, and the church becomes a place of competition to see who is the most holy. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life was originally released in 1997 and has been influencing Christians in remarkable ways for over 20 years now. Each chapter concludes with a section offering further application.