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.
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
SECTION 2: SERVICE & SECRECY
1 Doing Flows Out of Being Nehemiah 1:1-2:18
SECTION 3: PRAYER & LISTENING
1 Conversation with God Genesis 15:1-17; 17:15-22; 18:1-15
SECTION 4: STUDY & MEDITATION
1 Immersing Yourself in God's Thoughts Deuteronomy 6:1-9
SECTION 5: COMMUNITY & SUBMISSION
1 Intentional Community Matthew 26:36-45
SECTION 6: REFLECTION & CONFESSION
1 Believing in a God Who Heals Psalm 103
SECTION 7: SIMPLICITY & FASTING
1 The Single-Hearted Person Matthew 6:19-24,33
SECTION 8: WORSHIP & CELEBRATION
1 Longing for God Psalm 63
Taken from Spiritual Disciplines Companion by Jan Johnson. © 2008 by Jan Johnson.