Spiritual Disciplines

“The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people,” says Richard Foster in his famous book, Celebration of Discipline - The Path to Spiritual Growth.

While we may have garnered a plethora of Biblical knowledge and theological training, they profit us little if we do not move past superficial religiosity and delve into the depths with the Lord in practical faith-living.

Throughout the centuries the people of God have employed the aid of Spiritual Disciplines to mature as Christians.  These are not difficult regimens reserved for monks and nuns, but simple habits meant for putting into practice — just like brushing one’s teeth, exercising, or practicing on the piano.

This sermon series will help us examine — and incorporate into our lives — a few of the more common Spiritual Disciplines: the “inner disciplines” of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study; and the “outer disciplines” of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service.

The Psalmist says “Deep calls to deep…” (Psalm 42:7).  May we hear God’s call for us to go deeper with Him —and adopt practices that will help us better fathom His presence and love.

 

Speaker: Guest
Scripture: John 13:1-17
Date: 2021-09-19

John 13:1-17 (NIV)

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

Speaker: Ian Ma
Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-6:9
Date: 2021-09-12

Ephesians 5:21-6:9 (NIV)

Instructions for Christian Households

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Speaker: Guest
Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-18
Date: 2021-09-05

1 Kings 19:1-18 (NIV)


Elijah Flees to Horeb

Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”

Speaker: Ian Ma
Scripture: Matthew 6:24-34
Date: 2021-08-29

Matthew 6:24-34 (NIV)

24“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Speaker: Ian Ma
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Date: 2021-08-22

2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NIV)

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.