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Spiritual Disciplines Companion

Have you ever wondered how God changes people? Maybe it seems as if old habits never change no matter how hard you try. Maybe you’ve become discouraged with your lack of growth into Christlikeness. You know that you are forgiven through Jesus’ suffering on the cross, and you realize that you are totally accepted by God on that basis. This is wonderful. And yet your desire to live in a way that pleases God somehow constantly falls short of the mark.

God desires to transform our souls. This transformation occurs as we recognize that God created us to live in an interactive relationship with the Trinity. Our task is not to transform ourselves, but to stay connected with God in as much of life as possible. As we pay attention to the nudges of the Holy Spirit, we become disciples of Christ. Our task is to do the connecting, while God does the perfecting.

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Spiritual disciplines connect us to God who wants to transform our souls. we discover these time tested practices in the Bible as we look at the everyday ways Jesus related to God. These companion studies and exercises will help you to explore sixteen core practices.

Jan Johnson has created a unique mix of inductive Bible study, guided meditation and transformation exercises spanning all the styles of learning and offering something for everyone. You can use this book effectively on your own and with a group. Discover what it means to live in the grace and light of God’s transforming presence.

Table of Contents

Introducing Spiritual Disciplines Bible Studies

SECTION 1: SOLITUDE & SILENCE

    1 Examples of Solitude: Jesus' Personal Getaways Mark 1:21-39
    2 Examples of Solitude: Jacob's Transformation Genesis 28:10-22; 32:22-33:3
    3 Activities in Solitude: Delighting in God Psalm 37:1-11
    4 Activities in Solitude: Resting in God Isaiah 30:15-22
    5 Results of Solitude: Hearing God's Surprises 1 Kings 19:1-18
    6 Results of Solitude: How God Changes You John 15:1-16
    Study Notes for Solitude and Silence

SECTION 2: SERVICE & SECRECY

    1 Doing Flows Out of Being Nehemiah 1:1-2:18
    2 Jesus' Heart for Others Luke 8:26-39
    3 Service Transforms the Soul John 13:1-17
    4 The Peril of the Hypocritical Heart Matthew 23:1-37
    5 Secrecy as a Discipline Matthew 6:1-8
    6 Simple, Unpretentious Service Luke 10:25-37
    Study Notes for Service and Secrecy

SECTION 3: PRAYER & LISTENING

    1 Conversation with God Genesis 15:1-17; 17:15-22; 18:1-15
    2 Praying with Authenticity Psalm 74:1-23
    3 The Prayer of Request Matthew 6:9-13
    4 Listening to God in Prayer 1 Chronicles 14:8-17
    5 Interceding as Jesus Did Luke 22:31-34
    6 Practicing God's Presence 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
    Study Notes for Prayer and Listening

SECTION 4: STUDY & MEDITATION

    1 Immersing Yourself in God's Thoughts Deuteronomy 6:1-9
    2 Reading and Responding to Scripture Nehemiah 8:1-18; 9:1-3, 38
    3 Comprehending God's Truth Isaiah 11:1-9
    4 Meditation and Obedience Psalm 119:97-104
    5 A Biblical Model Luke 1:46-55; 1 Samuel 2:1-10
    6 Entering A Gospel Scene Mark 10:17-23
    Study Notes for Study and Meditation

SECTION 5: COMMUNITY & SUBMISSION

    1 Intentional Community Matthew 26:36-45
    2 The Grittiness of Community 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
    3 Power and Powerlessness Mark 10:32-45
    4 When I Think I'm Right Philemon 1-21
    5 Listening Mark 5:21-34
    6 Welcoming the Stranger Matthew 25:31-40
    Study Notes for Community & Submission

SECTION 6: REFLECTION & CONFESSION

    1 Believing in a God Who Heals Psalm 103
    2 Letting God Search My Heart 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
    3  Confessing to God Psalm 51
    4 Coming Clean to Others 2 Samuel 11:22-12:14
    5 Recognizing God's Presence in My Life Psalm 65:1-13
    6 Journaling Jeremiah 15:10-21; 17:5-8
    Study Notes for Reflection and Confession

SECTION 7: SIMPLICITY & FASTING

    1 The Single-Hearted Person Matthew 6:19-24,33
    2 Less Is More Matthew 6:24-34
    3 Simple Talk Matthew 5:33-37
    4 When Fasting Becomes Feasting Matthew 4:1-11; John 6:48-51
    5 Hearts Laid Bare 1 Samuel 7:3-13
    6 What's Behind the Fast? Matthew 6:16-18; Isaiah 58:1-11
    Study Notes for Simplicity and Fasting

SECTION 8: WORSHIP & CELEBRATION

    1 Longing for God Psalm 63
    2 Responding in Worship Psalm 104:31-105:5
    3 Entering into Corporate Worship 1 Chronicles 16:1-36
    4 Celebrating the Life of God Luke 15:1-32
    5 Coming to the Table John 6:47-58
    6 Living in Transformation Philippians 4:4-13
    Study Notes for Worship and Celebration
    Appendix: Guidelines for Leaders
    Sources

Taken from Spiritual Disciplines Companion by Jan Johnson. © 2008 by Jan Johnson.
Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove IL 60515-1426.
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