Key Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:7b “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness;”
Don Whitney writes, “We aren’t merely to wait for holiness; we’re to pursue it.”
A good place to start with a discussion of spiritual disciplines is a definition. We need to know exactly what we mean when we say “spiritual disciplines.” Spiritual disciplines are those practices found in Scripture that promote spiritual growth. These are habits of devotion that when practiced foster intimacy with God. These disciplines are not a means to themselves. They are a means or a tool by which we look more like Jesus everyday as we engage in these habits. We don’t drift towards holiness; so if we want to be like Jesus we have to be intentional about doing certain things and developing certain habits that will help us be more like Christ.
At the Creek we have identified certain core competencies (spiritual disciplines) that define who we are as a church body and set the agenda for our ministry focus. These competencies are under two headings: love God and love others. We will love God in His Word, in prayer, in our witness, and in our worship. We will love others through church community, through our ministry, through our generosity, and while on mission. We believe every member is equipped by the Holy Spirit to grow in these core competencies.
Bill Hull wisely states, “Spiritual disciplines develop habits of the heart.” They are tools—tools that foster intimacy with our God. If you’re new to spiritual disciplines and don’t know where to start, we suggest starting with two disciplines crucial for your development as a child of God— Bible study and prayer. For in these two disciplines we hear from God in the Word and then respond back to God in prayer.
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Questions to Consider:
Are you spending time in God’s Word regularly? How is your prayer life? What steps are you taking to participate in your spiritual growth?
Father, incline my heart towards obedience to Your commands. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments and turn my eyes from looking at worthless things.