Spiritual Disciplines

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1 Timothy 4:7-8: “But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (NASB).
 
The goal of spiritual discipline is greater godliness.  Spiritual disciplines are not an end in and of themselves; rather, they are a means to an end.  The goal is not to become more proficient in reading the Bible or prayer or any other discipline.  The goal is that you might draw closer to God through these God-ordained means.  In other words, they serve to help you “walk in the Spirit” so that you “will not carry out the desires of the flesh” (Gal 5:16).
 
While each conference and retreat is customized based on your church’s needs, conferences and retreats are generally very interactive allowing you time to practice various disciplines.  Versus attempting to communicate as much information as possible in the time allotted, teaching is provided on a given discipline and then you are provided guided instruction and time to practice and experience that particular discipline.

 

 

The most common interactive conferences and retreats requested involve:
  • Bible Intake,
  • How to Study the Bible,
  • Prayer,
  • Praying through Scripture, and
  • Solitude and Christian Meditation.
 
Other disciplines (such as evangelism, service, giving, encouragement, worship, etc.) are generally provided in more of a lecture style format.
 
Personal spiritual guidance and advice can also be provided.  This service is generally reserved for church leaders, but may extend to individual congregants as requested.  Consultations regarding the spiritual life vary from one session to multiple depending on your needs and may be facilitated in person, over the phone, or through video conferencing.
 
Mediations regarding spiritual disciplines are rare, but on occasions conflicts occur so that churches request an outside perspective to help you think through the issues involved biblically.