Lifestyle of jesus
Teaching Series / February – May, 2021
As we explored in our last teaching series, What Do I Want?, our desire to have the the life of Jesus (one of peace and power) must be nurtured by a life of the spiritual disciplines (Jesus’ lifestyle). In this series, we will uncover and apply many of the spiritual disciplines we see Jesus practicing in His life and ministry.
Teachings 1 – 3
Series Introduction and P.R.A.Y. (Pt. 1 & 2)
Feb. 7, 2021
P. R. A. Y. (Pt. 1)
Feb. 14, 2021
P. R. A. Y. (Pt. 2)
Feb. 21, 2021
Teachings 4 – 6
Pause (Parts 1 – 3)
Prayer Tool: Breath Prayer
From the Prayer Course Toolshed
One of the simplest forms of ‘slowing prayer’ that can bring a profound centeredness to our lives is discovering our breath prayer.
Our breath prayer is discerned in the silence where we learn that the Holy Spirit is our ultimate prayer-guide. Here as we acknowledge and submit to His gentle leadership, we become aware of His movements deep within us forming utterances that are beyond words (Romans 8:26-27), longing to pray through us.
The aim in this type of prayer is that as we consciously and consistently pray our… read the full tool.
Celebration of discipline
By Richard J. Foster
Celebration of Discipline explores the “classic Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Along the way, Foster shows that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found.
Dividing the Disciplines into three movements of the Spirit, Foster shows how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life. The inward Disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study offer avenues of personal examination and change. The outward Disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service help prepare us to make the world a better place. The corporate Disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration bring us nearer to one another and to God.
How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People
By Pete Greig
How to Pray is written to evoke a passion for prayer in everyone―the committed follower of Jesus as well as the skeptic and the scared. The enormous blessing of How to Pray is that it is accessible, full of surprising stories of answered prayer, and tremendously engaging. The basic idea is that prayer is a conversation between you and God. Pete Greig demystifies and reenchants prayer, helping you to find prayer achievable and enjoyable, and ultimately life-giving and life-changing.
How to Pray is designed to be used together with The Prayer Course (a free video curriculum associated with the Alpha course), making it useful for personal and group or church-wide reading.
The Spirit of the Disciplines
By Dallas Willard
The Spirit of the Disciplines presents a way of living that enables ordinary men and women to join with God and realize their highest aspirations of well-being and -doing. The key to this self-transformation resides in the practice of the spiritual disciplines. Readers will learn why the disciplines work and how their practice affirms human life to the fullest.
The Spirit of the Disciplines places solitude and silence, prayer, simple and sacrificial living, meditation upon God’s word and ways, and service to others at the heart of the gospel. “We can increasingly resemble Christ in character and in power by following him in his overall style of life … This was the method of his earliest disciples, and it is as valid today as it was then.” After all, if Jesus regularly engaged in these activities, how is it that we simple humans expect to get by without them? To enter into the spirit and practice of the disciplines is to move toward the authentic life of faith in Christ and active participation in the Kingdom of God around us.
If it’s your desire to become… read more.