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CFOR 101 (Sp '16) T07 - Disciplined Spirituality 2

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Hartmut Scherer

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Transcript of CFOR 101 (Sp '16) T07 - Disciplined Spirituality 2

(Disciplined Spirituality 2)
The Disciplines
a) Which discipline (p. 83ff) have you practiced?
Thoughts on Spiritual Disciplines
- does not look for recognition
What Are Spiritual Disciplines?
Thoughts on Spiritual Disciplines
- show kindness for people who are often
- suggestions for enhancing your
practice of prayer
- Select 1 of the 3 words and do some free
writing (~ 3 minutes)
- In groups of 3-4 share what you have written (~10
minutes); each group should come up with 1-2
questions to ask in class
Free Writing
(class exercise)
- Please write down 3 words that you
consider important of today's lesson
God's Role in Our Spiritual Growth
- What is God's role? (1. Cor. 3:6-9)
We can hoist the sails and steer the rudder, but we are utterly dependent on the wind.
b) How was your experience? (positive, negative)
c) Which discipline would you like to try out?
Solitude & Silence
Study & Meditation
Fasting & Chastity
Submission and Guidance
Simplicity, Stewardship, and Sacrifice
Worship and Celebration
- allow scripture to sink deeply into
our being (renews our thinking)
- recognizes that the sexual appetite is a
legitimate part of our nature
- encourages us to resist the painful
consequences of improper fantasies
Voluntary Submission
- seeks the good of others rather than our rights
Chastity elevates loving concern for the good of others above personal gratification.
- releases us from having to be in control
- helps us to get aware of what
God has entrusted into our hands
Thoughts on Spiritual Disciplines
Thoughts on Spiritual Disciplines
Solitude and Silence
- no interaction with other people
- deliberately speak less than normal
"The point of practicing silence as a spiritual discipline is not so we can hear God's audible voice, but so
we can be less distracted, and better hear him speak
, with even greater clarity, in his word." (David Mathis)
When ministry becomes a substitute for prayer, it becomes self-dependent and ineffective.
sins of omission
Training "Spiritual" Muscles
sins of commission
Dallas Willard - disciplines of engagement/abstinence
not doing things we ought to do
things we do that we ought to avoid
disciplines of engagement
disciplines of abstinence
helpful disciplines
Things to Ponder
(read aloud - pause - read again)
. . . train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. (1 Tim. 4:7-8)
The impact of most followers of Christ on this world is minimal because the degree to which we seek intimacy with Christ is minimal. (James Emery White,
Serious Times: Making Your Life Matter in an Urgent Day)
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