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7: FASTING 10 Biblical Reasons to Fast To Strengthen Prayer To Humble Oneself Before God To Seek Gods Guidance To Express Concern

for Gods Work To Express Grief To Minister to Needs of Others To Seek Deliverance or Protection To Overcome Temptation To Express Repentance To Express Love & Worship Goals/Changes: _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ 8: SILENCE AND SOLITUDE We may lay it down as an elemental principle of religion, that no large growth in holiness was ever gained be one who did not take time to be often long alone with God Austin Phelps Practical Tips: (1) Take Minute Retreats (2) A Goal of Daily Silence (3) Get away for Solitude (4) Find Special Places (5) Trade time off with others Goals/Changes: _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ 9: JOURNALING Our forefather kept honest diaries where the souls battles were recorded Maurice Roberts Goals/Changes: _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ 10: LEARNING You will be able to read relatively few books in a lifetime, read the best books Don Whitney. Goals/Changes: _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________

Growing & Changing Through Spiritual Discipline in 2013


A Sunday school lesson for Immanuel Chapel OPC 10 Areas for Focused Christian Growth Apply your heart to discipline (Proverbs 23:12)
Summarized from Donald Whitneys Book:

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life


How often do we hear about the discipline of the Christian life these days? How often do we talk about it? How often is it really to be found at the heart of our evangelical living? There was a time in the Christian church when this was at the very center, and it is, I profoundly believe, because of our neglect of this discipline that the church is in her present position. Indeed, I see no hope whatsoever of any true revival and reawakening until we return to it. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (from Faith: Tried & Triumphant) The word discipline has disappeared from our minds, our mouths, our pulpits, and our culture. We hardly know what discipline means in modern American society. And yet, there is no other way to attain godliness; discipline is the path to godliness Jay Adams

1: BIBLE INTAKE Hearing Gods Word Reading Gods Word Studying Gods Word Memorizing Gods Word Meditating on Gods Word Goals/Changes: _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ 2: PRAYER As it is the business of the tailors to make clothes and of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of the Christian to pray Martin Luther Learn to pray by: 1. Praying! 2. Meditating on Scripture Goals/Changes: _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________

4. EVANGELISM Don Whitney Asks: 1. Since evangelism is expected, will you obey the Lord and witness? 2. Since evangelism is empowered, will you believe God can use your words in the salvation of others? 3. Since evangelism is a Discipline, will you plan for it?

Goals/Changes: _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________

5. SERVING

Serve the Lord with gladness Psalm 100:2

1. Use your Spiritual gifts to serve the body of Christ 2. Understand and expect that service is often HARD work God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them Hebrews 6:10 Goals/Changes: _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________

3: WORSHIP If you will not worship God seven days a week, you will not worship Him on one day a week AW Tozer Public Worship Private Worship Goals/Changes: _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________

6. STEWARDSHIP
1. The Disciplined use of TIME Not wasting time 2. The Disciplined use of MONEY Planning for generosity

Goals/Changes: _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________