Life Together Resources [Spiritual Disciplines series] Articles and Bible Studies from Life Together. en-us Spiritual Practices: Solitude Mon, 04 Apr 11 00:00:00 -0600
  1. Do you like to be alone or is solitude hard for you?  Why?
  2. Read 1 Kings 19:11-13a.  How did the Lord speak to Elijah?
  3. If one of the ways God speaks to us is in a gentle whisper, what would you do if you were Satan and wanted to prevent God's people from hearing His voice?
  4. If having a consistent "quiet time" with the Lord has been a practice of yours, share with the group what has worked for you and what hasn't.  (Note to Leader:  if you have new Christians in your group, explain what the term "quiet time" means and make note of other phrases used (i.e. like "morning devotions", etc)).
  5. If you have never had a consistent quiet time or if you've fallen out of this practice, discuss some practical steps you will take this week to remedy this.  Share with each other ideas. 
Spiritual Practices: Simplicity Mon, 28 Mar 11 00:00:00 -0600
  • In what ways do you think you need to simplify your life
  • How does the practice of simplicity affect how we spend our money?
  • In the story of Mary and Martha, Martha was busy serving Jesus, but Jesus implies that this "serving Jesus" was actually distracting Martha from what was most important.  Can you relate?  How can doing good things for Jesus be a distraction.
  • Picture Jesus as your King sitting down on the throne of your life.  What does He say to you as he seeks to bring order to the "kingdom of your life"?  What is Jesus saying to you right now?
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    Spiritual Practices: Introduction Mon, 21 Mar 11 00:00:00 -0600
  • Richard Foster writes, “The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” What do you think about his observation? 
  • Reflect on the twelve spiritual disciplines. 
    • Inward: meditation, prayer, fasting, and study
    • Outward: simplicity, solitude, submission, and service
    • Corporate: confession, worship, guidance, and celebration Any thoughts? Something you’re familiar with? Something completely new? Questions? 
  • What do you think of the canoe trip metaphor? What might be another picture of how the spiritual practices work in deepening our relationship with God?
  • What are some specific ways in which you think we can be involved in God drawing us closer to Him? They might be on Foster’s list, or you might have your own words to describe them.
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