Fall Sermon Series on the Spiritual Disciplines

posted Sep 3, 2013, 11:59 AM by David Hawkins   [ updated Sep 6, 2013, 9:24 AM ]
For the months of September and October, we will be examining some of the classic, historic spiritual disciplines of the Christian Faith. This series will be based on scripture, and I will be using Richard Foster's book, "A Celebration of Discipline" as a resource. We invite you to join us as we look together at scriptures that address the ways we live our lives "worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27)." The eight disciplines we will be looking at are:

1 (September 8): Guidance. Consistently throughout the bible, scripture encourages us to seek out the wisdom of those who have gone before us in faith. This takes a certain amount of humility and trust.

2 (September 15): Confession. Confession means much more than just telling God about your sins. Confession in it’s broadest sense is the act of saying what we believe to be true for us.
3 (September 22): Prayer/Meditation. We talked a little bit about this a couple of months ago when we explored the Lord’s Prayer. I know that for me, this may be the hardest thing, the simple act of becoming quiet, of letting God direct my thoughts and my stillness.

4 (September 29): Simplicity. We are surrounded by stuff. Stuff is in our closets, in our garages, in our bookcases, in our offices, in our cars, in our brains. We can let go of some of it.

5 (October 6): Service. Bearing each other’s burdens means that we get involved in their lives. We end up knowing more about them than we wanted. We find ourselves in uncomfortable situations, wishing that we had never started in the first place.

6 (October 13): Worship. Worship is the personal and communal expression of our thanks and praise for what God has done. We can worship through our actions, as well as with our words, and with our hearts.

7 (October 20): Study. Study is the intentional remembering of what God’s people have said about God from the beginning of time, and the effort that it takes to make their confession part of our own. We won’t always agree on what God’s people have said, or what they meant, or how to apply it. But we are called to engage it.

8 (October 27): Fasting. Fasting is more than just refraining from food, although there is that. Each of us have something in our lives that fasting from it would be a spiritually healthy thing for us.