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What is a
Discipline?
Discipline
Any activity I can do by direct
effort that will help me do
what I cannot now do by direct
effort
John Ortberg, The Life You
’
ve Always Wanted, p. 51.
What is
Spiritual
Discipline?
Spiritual Discipline
The means [of grace] by
which we place ourselves
where God can bless us
along the path to spiritual
growth.
Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, pp. 7-8.
Spiritual Discipline
The activities of mind and body
purposefully undertaken, to
bring our personality and total
being into effective cooperation
with the divine order.
Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines, p. 68.
Spiritual Discipline
A channel of God’s
transforming grace as we
place ourselves in the path of
God’s grace and seek him.
Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, p. 19.
Biblical BASIS
7b Train yourself in
godliness, 8 for, while
physical training is of
some value,
godliness is valuable
in every way . . .
1 Timothy 4:7b-8 NRSV
Biblical BASIS
7b Discipline
yourself for
the purpose
of godliness.
1 Timothy 4:7b NASB
The Nature
of the
Spiritual
Disciplines
Spiritual Disciplines
Essence of Spiritual Disciplines
A genuine spiritual discipline is a
discipline of loving obedience offered to
God with no strings attached. We put no
conditions on it. We put no time limits
on it. We add no expectations of how we
want God to change us through it. We
simply offer the discipline to God and
keep on offering it for as long as God
wants us to keep on. (Mulholland)
The Classical
Spiritual
Disciplines of
the Christian
Tradition
Spiritual Disciplines
Spiritual Disciplines
The very personalized spiritual
disciplines to which God calls us are an
integral part of the classical spiritual
disciplines of the Christian tradition.
They form the scaffolding, the structure,
the support network within which the
Spirit of God leads each of us as we
journey toward wholeness in Christ.
(Mulholland)
PRAYER
Classic Spiritual Disciplines
PRAYER
Relational, not functional
Sacrificial offering of self to God
Prayer of the saints as context
Corporate in paradigm
Classic Spiritual Disciplines
SPIRITUAL
READING
Classic Spiritual Disciplines
SPIRITUAL READING
Formational, not informational
Text controls us; we don’t
Text is the subject, not object
Contemplative, not analytic
Classic Spiritual Disciplines
SPIRITUAL READING
LECTIO: Reading
MEDITATIO: Processing
ORATIO: Responding
CONTEMPLATIO: Yielding
Classic Spiritual Disciplines
LITURGY
Classic Spiritual Disciplines
LITURGY
Worship
Daily Office
Study
Fasting
Classic Spiritual Disciplines
Retreat