Spiritual Disciplines: Obligation or Opportunity?

NextSunday Study Spiritual Disciplines: Obligation or Opportunity?

Spiritual Disciplines: Obligation or Opportunity?

Study by Jeanie Miley
Commentary by Cecil Sherman

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Brief Description

Periodically, a new program appears calling individuals to a deeper commitment to Christ. Generally, these programs suggest some form of accountability for practicing the spiritual disciplines. Throughout the centuries—from the Desert Fathers to the Spiritual Disciplines of St. Ignatius to the eight-point record system of 1950s Sunday schools to the contemporary practices of Richard Foster—this call to a deeper spiritual life has been part of a Christian’s journey.

Spiritual disciplines affect both the inner and outer life. The inner disciplines include prayer and meditation, fasting, Bible study and devotional reading, silence and solitude, and the practice of taking a moral inventory. The outer disciplines include worship and praise, fellowship, missions, ministry, service, and the giving of one’s resources. These disciplines help deepen a believer’s faith and increase his or her intimacy with Christ. In Spiritual Disciplines: Obligation or Opportunity?, we take a deeper look at some of the disciplines and consider their practice as a response to God’s love.

A part of the NextSunday Resources line of adult Bible studies, Spiritual Disciplines: Obligation or Opportunity? contains five lessons for use as individual study or group discussion. Each study contains lessons on the biblical material, combined with an additional commentary from an alternate, but complementary, viewpoint.

Materials Included
• 5 Sessions of Learner’s Materials
• 5 Sessions of Teaching Materials
• 5 Handouts

Sessions Included
1. Putting First Things First
2. Building a Firm Foundation
3. Taking Inventory
4. Moving Out in the Name of Christ
5. Loving One Another

Age Group

1. John 15:1-17
2. Matthew 7:24-29
3. Matthew 12:33-35; 7:1-5; 23:25-28
4. Matthew 25:14-30
5. 1 John 4:7-21

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