Spiritual Discipline | Saugus Church

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December 28, 2015

Spiritual Discipline…a list

Spiritual discipline defined–  Any activity that helps me grow in grace and be better connected to God, engaged in my faith.

Solitude: Refraining from interacting with other people in order to come away and be quietly alone with God and be found by Him. 

Silence: Not speaking in a quiet place in order to quiet our minds and whole self and attend to God’s presence. Also, not speaking so that we can listen to others and bless them. 

Fasting: Going without food (or something else) for a period of intense prayer, focusing on God and His will. Our fast may be to eliminate distractions and may be complete or partial.

Sabbath: Doing no work in order to rest in God’s person and provision. Making God and His worship our top priority.

Secrecy: Not making our good deeds or qualities known; humbly letting God or others receive attention as we find our sufficiency in God alone. His praise is all we need.

Submission: Not asserting ourselves and our perceived needs in order to come under the authority, wisdom, and power of Jesus Christ as our Lord, King, and Master. 

Confession: Admitting to God, yourself, and one other person your faults, your struggles, and the exact nature of your wrongs. Confession is calling our wrongdoing what it is–sin.

Bible Reading:  Trusting the Holy Spirit-inspired words of Scripture as our guide, wisdom, authority and strength for life. Striving for biblical literacy.

Worship: Praising God’s greatness, goodness, and beauty in words, music, ritual, or silence. God is worthy of our devotion.

Prayer: Conversing with God about what we’re experiencing and thinking; moving from a me-centered way of life to a God-centered way of life. We report for duty. 

Fellowship: Engaging fellow disciples of Jesus in prayerful conversations and friendship for mutual encouragement and support.

Personal Reflection: Contemplation–paying attention to our inner being in order to grow in love for God, others, and self.

Simplicity: Learning contentment by getting rid of clutter and getting by with less–not more–in a materialistic consumer society.

Chastity: Remaining pure in an unholy world, regarding sexual intimacy as exclusive to marriage rather than recreational self-indulgence.

Stewardship/Service: Utilizing the abilities God has given us by lovingly serving Him and by extending compassion towards those in need; making available to God our time, talent, and treasure. 

▪ Some people claim to reject “religion” in favor of a “relationship” with God…yet religion is the spiritual discipline of the relationship. What are you doing to grow your faith?