Most recently, this became an issue for me after being sick for 26 days in Decemberwhen my cold transitioned over to an antibacterial-resistant sinus infection that took two rounds of antibiotics and a round of Prednisone to clear up. I engaged in as many spiritual disciplines as I could, but between the physical illness and the holidays, I attended church less, I served less, and I engaged less in meaningful praise and worship time. When I am physically ill, some of the spiritual disciplines will be much more difficult for me to engage in, and some simply have to be put on hold, such as not attending church services when I am contagious.
Spiritual disciplines enable us to maintain that connection.
As that connection is maintained, fruit is produced in us. And while denying ourselves and making intentional sacrifices is important, we grow when we see that Christian spirituality is an invitation to an intentional life.
In this short video, I answer the question asked by the folks at “For the Church” (a ministry of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) how the Spiritual Disciplines work in a Christian’s sanctification. DONALD S. WHITNEY is the associate professor of spiritual formation at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the best-selling author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, Reviews: Question: "What are the spiritual disciplines?" Answer: Discipline is defined as "training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior." Discipline is not part of the sin nature, but it is a natural component of the Christian life.
Through spiritual exercises, we embrace the activity of faith. God designed us as a vital mixture of body, soul willand spirit. But when we try to figure out where one ends and the other starts, we run into problems.
Typically, spiritual disciplines are physical activities that empower us spiritually. For instance, as I deny my physical appetites fastingI can increase my spiritual clarity.
This can empower my prayers, and give me more wisdom and guidance. The power of spiritual disciplines Like athletes that train themselves to exceed their physical limits, spiritual exercises enable us to do what we're unable do by our own effort.
As we invest our energy into developing spiritual disciplines, we partner with God in our growth and transformation. Then we can grow in his grace and produce fruit. An issue has occurred.
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Join the Jesus Film Project's email newsletter to see how the story of Jesus changes everything.DONALD S. WHITNEY is the associate professor of spiritual formation at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the best-selling author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, Reviews: An inherent danger in spiritual disciplines is a propensity of the human heart to look to self-effort or practices or methodologies for growth.
It is important to understand what is going on underneath the disciplines. The spiritual disciplines are means by which individuals and communities can very literally “practice” their faith. They are tools by which Christians seek to know God, yield to the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying power, and surrender to the Divine Will in their lives.
A spiritual practice or spiritual discipline (often including spiritual exercises) is the regular or full-time performance of actions and activities undertaken for the purpose of inducing spiritual experiences and cultivating spiritual development.
monstermanfilm.com on Internal Personal Disciplines. These are the spiritual disciplines that are activities the individual Christian should embark upon in order to develop him/herself as a . Spiritual disciplines are habits, practices, and experiences that are designed to develop, grow, and strengthen certain qualities of spirit — to build the “muscles” of one’s character and .