List of Spiritual Practices



List of the Spiritual Practices

 

As promised from Sunday here are the two lists I would refer to the most in regards to the Spiritual Disciplines. Each of these is a discipline within themselves but do remember they are incomplete standing alone.

Richard Foster’s listi:

The Inward Disciplines

Meditation

Prayer

Fasting

Study

The Outward Disciplines

Simplicity

Solitude

Submission

Service

The Corporate Disciplines

Confession

Worship

Guidance

Celebration

 

 

Dallas Willard’s listii:

Disciplines of Abstinence

Solitude

Silence

Fasting

Frugality

Chastity

Secrecy

Sacrifice

Disciplines of Engagement

Study

Worship

Celebration

Service

Prayer

Fellowship

Confession

Submission

iThe Celebration of Discipline –Richard Foster

iiThe Spirit of the Disciplines – Dallas Willard

 

 

 

 

 

What We Believe Part 2

“Born from above,” “Born again” John 3:7 I’ve always been amazed at how we say this and “Jesus is in my heart” without any questions or considerations as to how it sounds to a non-believer. This is the starting point into “seeing the kingdom of God” and being “in Christ” and as we are asking the question, “what does it take to be a member of SCC”, this is the entry point,  “you must be born from above”.

How does that happen? Nicodemus struggled to understand what Jesus meant because naturally it does sound peculiar. Jesus told him that it was a work of the Spirit. That’s good to know as it takes the pressure off you and me! It is His work. He, the Holy Spirit, “will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment” (John 16:8). This calls for a response from us to either believe in Jesus or not. Peter, on the day of Pentecost, explained to the people who Jesus was and why He had come to earth in terms they could understand. Because they understood the message, and the Holy Spirit was working in them, they responded by asking, “what must we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  (Acts 2:38) This is what makes you a member of the body of Christ.

Does that mean you can’t be a member of SCC if you are not “born from above?” That is correct. However, anyone is more than welcome to come along to all the things we do. It is an honour to be a member of the body of Christ but it does require something of us. In Luke 17:18 we see the story of the rich young ruler that wanted to know what it took to inherit eternal life. As you read the story you see that the young ruler complied with condition 1 but then failed condition 2. Condition 2 was total surrender to Jesus as Lord of his life.

In the word on Sunday we examined some of the implications of total surrender to Jesus. A new believer, as they surrender, learns obedience by becoming a disciple. It’s when we’ve been around for a while that surrender is harder because we do have it all figured out and surrender isn’t needed anymore. NOT! This is not unusual, as we see it often in scripture. God has a plan and it doesn’t always fit the religious community’s plan (Acts 10). That’s why total “surrender” has to become an everyday occurrence or we, in our “having it all figured out”, will miss what He wants to do. Best response: stay surrendered.

So, being “born from above” is a spiritual experience, that begins when the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us, but it becomes an everyday life experience that continues on throughout our life. Jesus said you couldn’t see the Kingdom of God unless you are “born from above”. Being “born from above” not only gives us eternal life but also opens the door for us to see and hear what God wants to do on His earth. His mission becomes clear to us, and in participating with Him we find great fulfilment in every area of our lives.

Life Together Part 2

Couple of things today:

We forget and happenings.

 

First happenings. We’ve been praying for happenings in our lives lately. (When God orchestrates a circumstance that allows us to participate in what He is already doing). We are becoming more convinced that God is ahead of us in working His Mission (Missio Dei). It’s the catching up, after we have been all consumed in daily life without including HIM that has our attention now. So, as we are praying that God would open our eyes to see neighbours, school mates, work mates, family, and friends as He see them, this has begun to change some of us. We are noticing people in a different light, His light. It makes us feel something towards people that is vaguely familiar.

Can you believe it? He used a dog in a happening. And Facebook! Is that possible? What about a prompting to text someone? Have you seen any happenings?

Second, we forget. It’s not just something that happens when you get older. No, we forget what God is doing because we are not consciously walking with Him. Tevya, in “Fiddler on the Roof”, had this on-going conversation with God. We forget He is always there and would love to have an on-going conversation with us. This is where the challenge must be met. Happenings are His way of helping us see what He is doing but we must be looking and having conversation with Him to see them. Interestingly when one happens, it peaks our interest to look for another. Let’s don’t have a sleep and forget what we were doing. Start the day with that on-going conversation. Make moments in the day (“times of prayer” Acts 3) that bring the focus back to Him.  Try a 10:30 am and 2:30 pm alarm on your phone for example. Most of us remember Him at lunch as we say grace but we need little reminders throughout the day until we have trained ourselves to acknowledge that His presence is always with us.

So, continue to pray for a happening in your life, and while you’re at it pray one for me and at least 2 other members of SCC.  Be expecting to receive one as well.

Let’s not forget who we are! And the best way to do that is to remember who HE is all the time!

What We Believe

Thanks for looking at the web site. Every other week I plan to post something relevant to what we believe and our life together. So at least visit the site every second and fourth Sunday week. We may allow comments or questions later as it is continually being developed and this section will only be available to members.

Speaking of members. What qualifies someone to be a member of SCC?  This is where we will start.

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