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“When we despair of gaining inner transformationthrough human powers of will and determination,we are open to a wonderful new realization: innerrighteousness is a gift from God to be graciouslyreceived. The needed change within us is God’swork, not ours…The Disciplines allow us to placeourselves before God so that he can transformus…By themselves the Spiritual Disciplines cando nothing; they can only get us to the place wheresomething can be done.”Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth


“When we despair of gaining inner transformationthrough human powers of will and determination,we are open to a wonderful new realization: innerrighteousness is a gift from God to be graciouslyreceived. The needed change within us is God’swork, not ours…The Disciplines allow us to placeourselves before God so that he can transformus…By themselves the Spiritual Disciplines cando nothing; they can only get us to the place wheresomething can be done.”Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth


A farmer …“This is the way it is with the SpiritualDisciplines—they are a way of sowing to theSpirit. The Disciplines are God’s s way ofgetting us into the ground; they put us wherehe can work within us and transform us.”Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth


“Spiritual practices don’t t give us ‘spiritualbrownie points’ or help us ‘work thesystem’ for a passing grade with God.They simply put us in a place where wecan begin to notice God and respond tohis word to us.”Adele Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us


“Spiritual practices don’t t give us ‘spiritualbrownie points’ or help us ‘work thesystem’ for a passing grade with God.They simply put us in a place where wecan begin to notice God and respond tohis word to us.”Adele Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us


Spiritual Disciplines are “nothing but anactivity undertaken to bring us into moreeffective cooperation with Christ and hisKingdom.”Dallas Willard, Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives


“We can become like Christ by doing one thing—byfollowing him in the overall style of life he chosefor himself...We can, through faith and grace,become like Christ by practicing the types ofactivities he engaged in, by arranging our wholelives around the activities he himself practiced inorder to remain constantly at home in thefellowship of his Father.”Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives


“We can become like Christ by doing one thing—byfollowing him in the overall style of life he chosefor himself...We can, through faith and grace,become like Christ by practicing the types ofactivities he engaged in, by arranging our wholelives around the activities he himself practiced inorder to remain constantly at home in thefellowship of his Father.”Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives


“What activities did Jesus practice? Such things assolitude and silence, prayer, simple and sacrificialliving, intense study and meditation upon God’sWord and God’s s ways, and service to others. Someof these will certainly be even more necessary to usthan they were to him, because of our greater ordifferent need. But in a balanced life of suchactivities, we will be constantly enlivened by ‘TheKingdom Not of This World’—the Kingdom ofTruth as seen in John 18:36-37.37.”Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives


“What activities did Jesus practice? Such things assolitude and silence, prayer, simple and sacrificialliving, intense study and meditation upon God’sWord and God’s s ways, and service to others. Someof these will certainly be even more necessary to usthan they were to him, because of our greater ordifferent need. But in a balanced life of suchactivities, we will be constantly enlivened by‘The Kingdom Not of This World’—theKingdom of Truth as seen in John 18:36-37.37.”Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives


An athlete in training…“no one ever says, ‘If you want to be a greatathlete, go vault eighteen feet, run the mile underfour minutes,’ or ‘If you want to be a greatmusician, play the Beethoven violin concerto.’Instead, we advise the young artist or athlete toenter a certain kind of overall life, one involvingdeep associations with qualified people as wellas rigorously scheduled time, diet, and activityfor the mind and body.”Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives


“Our mistake is to think that following Jesusconsists in loving our enemies, going the‘second mile,’ turning the other cheek,suffering patiently and hopefully—while livingthe rest of our lives just as everyone aroundus does…If we wish to follow Christ—and towalk in the easy yoke with him—we will have toaccept his overall way of life as our way of lifetotally.”Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives


“Our mistake is to think that following Jesusconsists in loving our enemies, going the‘second mile,’ turning the other cheek,suffering patiently and hopefully—while livingthe rest of our lives just as everyone aroundus does…If we wish to follow Christ—and towalk in the easy yoke with him—we will have toaccept his overall way of life as our way of lifetotally.”Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes


“But the news about Him was spreadingeven farther, and large crowds weregathering to hear Him and to behealed of their sicknesses. But JesusHimself would often slip away to thewilderness and pray.”Luke 5:15-1616


Rule of Life“A A rule of life is a way of ordering our lifearound the values, practices andrelationships that keep us open andavailable to God for the work of spiritualtransformation that only God can bringabout.”Ruth Haley Barton, Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives For Spiritual Transformation


Two Categories of SpiritualDisciplines


1. Practices of Abstinence:Practices in which we “abstain to some degreeand for some time from the satisfaction ofwhat we generally regard as normal andlegitimate desires.” This would includesolitude, silence, fasting, frugality, chastity,secrecy, and sacrifice.


Disciplines of abstinence counteracttendencies toward sins of commission and thedisciplines of engagement counteracttendencies towardsins of omission.Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives


“A A proper abstinence actually breaks thehold of improper engagements so that thesoul can be properly engaged in and byGod.”Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives


2. Practices of EngagementDisciplines which we intentionally incorporateinto our normal rhythms and routines .These would include study, worship,celebration, service, prayer, fellowship,confession and submission.


Cultivating Inner Stillness…“When I am still, compulsion (the busyness thatHilary of Tours called a ‘blasphemous anxietyto do God’s s work for him’) ) gives way tocompunction (being pricked or punctured). Thatis, God can break through the many layers withwhich I protect myself, so that I can hear hisWord and be poised to listen.”Leighton Ford, The Attentive Life: Discerning God’s s Presence in All Things


Discuss at your table1. According to the gospel accounts, what disciplinesdid Jesus practice? As a way of “sowing to theSpirit” or “cooperating with Christ and HisKingdom,” what are some ways that you can youincorporate these disciplines this semester?2. What are some ways that you could bring somespiritual disciplines into your SF group?


ResourcesBarton, Ruth Haley, Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives For SpiritualTransformationCalhoun, Adele, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform UsFord, Leighton, The Attentive Life: Discerning God’s s Presence in All ThingsFoster, Richard, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual GrowthWillard, Dallas, Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God ChangesLives


ResourcesDallas Willard’s s website:www.dwillard.orgGary Thomas’ website:www.garythomas.comRuth Haley Barton’s s Transforming Center:www.thetransformingcenter.org

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