<ul><li>Too many Christians maintain only superficial relationships with God, Scripture, and each other.
This leads to frustration at best; apostasy at worst.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Two categories of spiritual disciplines:
Disciplines of Abstinence
Disciplines of Activity</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Disciplines of Abstinence:
Fasting
Solitude
Chastity (1 Cor. 7:5)
Frugality</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Disciplines of Activity:
Bible Study
Prayer
Meditation
Worship
Service</li></li></ul><li>“Discipline without direction is drudgery.”<br />Donald S. WhitneySpiritual Disciplines for the ...
The goal of spiritual disciplines is to be a “disciplined” person; that is, a “disciple.” <br />
Put other ways:<br /><ul><li>Romans 8:29 – conformed
Galatians 4:19 – Christ formed
Hebrews 12:14 – holiness
1 Peter 1:15-16 – be holy
2 Corinthians 7:1 – holiness </li></li></ul><li>So how do we get there?<br />“…exercise yourself rather to godliness. For ...
Remember: There is a difference between “trying” and “training.”<br />To train, “You must arrange your life around certain...
This class will explore some of the spiritual disciplines and offer practical “how to” suggestions for incorporating them ...
BIBLE STUDY<br />2009 Barna Group study:<br /><ul><li>12% of Americans would like to increase their Bible knowledge
1% would like to increase their Bible reading </li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Hearing<br /><ul>...
Romans 10:17</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Reading<br />2008 Pew Research study:<br /><ul><li>...
45% seldom or never read it</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Reading<br /><ul><li>“Have you not r...
Rev. 1:3; 1 Tim. 4:13</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Reading<br /><ul><li>Suggestions:
Make the time
Utilize a reading plan
Take notes</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Ezra 7:10; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim. 4:13
Suggestions:
Utilize Bible study books
padfield.com
executableoutlines.com
Gospel Advocate</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Secure standard resources:...
TOPICAL BIBLE<br />
BIBLE SURVEYS<br />
BIBLE DICTIONARY<br />
LANGUAGE TOOLS<br />
HERMENEUTICS TOOLS<br />
COMMENTARIES<br />
BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE<br />
BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE<br />Logos<br />
BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE<br />e-sword.net<br />
BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Remember how serious it is.
Remember that the Bible was meant to be understood.
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  1. 1.
  2. 2. <ul><li>Too many Christians maintain only superficial relationships with God, Scripture, and each other.
  3. 3. This leads to frustration at best; apostasy at worst.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Two categories of spiritual disciplines:
  4. 4. Disciplines of Abstinence
  5. 5. Disciplines of Activity</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Disciplines of Abstinence:
  6. 6. Fasting
  7. 7. Solitude
  8. 8. Chastity (1 Cor. 7:5)
  9. 9. Frugality</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Disciplines of Activity:
  10. 10. Bible Study
  11. 11. Prayer
  12. 12. Meditation
  13. 13. Worship
  14. 14. Service</li></li></ul><li>“Discipline without direction is drudgery.”<br />Donald S. WhitneySpiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, p. 15<br />
  15. 15. The goal of spiritual disciplines is to be a “disciplined” person; that is, a “disciple.” <br />
  16. 16. Put other ways:<br /><ul><li>Romans 8:29 – conformed
  17. 17. Galatians 4:19 – Christ formed
  18. 18. Hebrews 12:14 – holiness
  19. 19. 1 Peter 1:15-16 – be holy
  20. 20. 2 Corinthians 7:1 – holiness </li></li></ul><li>So how do we get there?<br />“…exercise yourself rather to godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things…”<br />1 Timothy 4:7-8<br />
  21. 21. Remember: There is a difference between “trying” and “training.”<br />To train, “You must arrange your life around certain practices that will enable you to do what you cannot do now by willpower alone.”<br />John Ortberg<br />
  22. 22. This class will explore some of the spiritual disciplines and offer practical “how to” suggestions for incorporating them into your own life.<br />
  23. 23. BIBLE STUDY<br />2009 Barna Group study:<br /><ul><li>12% of Americans would like to increase their Bible knowledge
  24. 24. 1% would like to increase their Bible reading </li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Hearing<br /><ul><li>Luke 11:28
  25. 25. Romans 10:17</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Reading<br />2008 Pew Research study:<br /><ul><li>35% of American adults read Scripture weekly
  26. 26. 45% seldom or never read it</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Reading<br /><ul><li>“Have you not read...?” (Matt. 19:4; 22:31)
  27. 27. Rev. 1:3; 1 Tim. 4:13</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Reading<br /><ul><li>Suggestions:
  28. 28. Make the time
  29. 29. Utilize a reading plan
  30. 30. Take notes</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Ezra 7:10; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim. 4:13
  31. 31. Suggestions:
  32. 32. Utilize Bible study books
  33. 33. padfield.com
  34. 34. executableoutlines.com
  35. 35. Gospel Advocate</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Secure standard resources:</li></li></ul><li>CONCORDANCE<br />
  36. 36. TOPICAL BIBLE<br />
  37. 37. BIBLE SURVEYS<br />
  38. 38. BIBLE DICTIONARY<br />
  39. 39. LANGUAGE TOOLS<br />
  40. 40. HERMENEUTICS TOOLS<br />
  41. 41. COMMENTARIES<br />
  42. 42. BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE<br />
  43. 43. BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE<br />Logos<br />
  44. 44. BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE<br />e-sword.net<br />
  45. 45. BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Remember how serious it is.
  46. 46. Remember that the Bible was meant to be understood.
  47. 47. Remember that the Bible is intended to affect your conduct.</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Distinguish between the different types of literature in the Bible.
  48. 48. Respect the immediate and remote context.
  49. 49. Remember “the sum” of God’s word is truth (Psa. 119:160).</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Make time for study.
  50. 50. Minimize distractions.
  51. 51. Sit at a table/desk with Bible, note-taking material, and resources.</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Read a verse, sentence, or paragraph.
  52. 52. Ask relevant questions: who is speaking? To whom? What is being spoken about? Key words?</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Are there other verses that might help?
  53. 53. Write down initial insights: lessons, things not understood, etc.</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Put the passage into your own words.
  54. 54. Look for application areas:
  55. 55. A sin to confess?
  56. 56. A promise to claim?
  57. 57. An attitude to change?</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Look for application areas:
  58. 58. A command to obey?
  59. 59. An example to follow?
  60. 60. Praise to be given?
  61. 61. Evil to avoid?</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Stages of Bible study: Studying<br /><ul><li>Look for application areas:
  62. 62. Truth to embrace?
  63. 63. Blessing for which to be grateful?
  64. 64. Pray the text.</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Application: Psalm 1<br /><ul><li>Kind of Literature: Poetry
  65. 65. Who is speaking? Unknown
  66. 66. Who is addressed? Jews under OT
  67. 67. What is the subject?
  68. 68. Characteristics of blessed (1-3)
  69. 69. Characteristics of ungodly (4-5)</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Application: Psalm 1<br /><ul><li>What does writer say about topic?
  70. 70. Blessed man doesn’t live like the ungodly.
  71. 71. Blessed man enjoys word of God & thinks about it often.
  72. 72. Blessed man will reap benefits.</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Application: Psalm 1<br /><ul><li>Ungodly are not like the blessed.
  73. 73. Ungodly will be separated from the blessed.</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Application: Psalm 1<br /><ul><li>Key words: blessed, scornful, meditates, chaff
  74. 74. Lessons that come to mind:
  75. 75. God wants me to be happy.
  76. 76. God has told me how to be happy.</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Application: Psalm 1<br /><ul><li>There are things I should avoid.
  77. 77. I should develop a love for the word of God.
  78. 78. I should spend time each day studying & meditating on God and His word.</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Application: Psalm 1<br /><ul><li>There are great benefits to living a godly life: spiritual health, bearing fruit, endurance.</li></li></ul><li>BIBLE STUDY<br />Application: Psalm 1<br /><ul><li>Knowing what will happen to the ungodly, I don’t want to be among their number.
  79. 79. If I’m a righteous person, I can know that God knows me.</li></li></ul><li>MEDITATION<br />Definition: “Deep thinking on the truths and spiritual realities revealed in Scripture for the purposes of understanding, application, and prayer.”<br />Donald S. Whitney<br />
  80. 80. MEDITATION<br />Psalm 1:2 – on the law of God<br />Psalm 119:15 – on God’s precepts<br />Psalm 119:148 – on God’s promises<br />Psalm 143:5 – on God’s works<br />Psalm 145:5 – on God’s majesty<br />Philippians 4:8 – on true, noble…<br />
  81. 81. MEDITATION<br />Blessings of Meditation:<br /><ul><li>Success (Joshua 1:8)
  82. 82. Passion/zeal (Psalm 39:3)
  83. 83. Wisdom (Psalm 119:98-99)</li>

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