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The 8 Christian Disciplines

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The 8 Christian Disciplines

1) Bible Reading/Study

2) Growth

3) Love

4) Faith

5) Prayer

6) Holiness

7) Worship

8) Gospel sharing

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1) Bible Reading/ Study

A) Necessity: (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Eph. 5:15-16)

1. God's knowledge & wisdom equips the Christian to

be fully mission capable!

2. To know who God wants us to be.

3. To maintain focus in a busy, distracting life.

4. Knowledge is life!

B) Examples:

1. Ezra: (Ezra 7:6-10).

2. The Jews (Jn. 5:39).

3. The Bereans (Acts 17:11).

C) Opportunities:

1. Weekly Bible Studies at church building:

a. Sunday: 9:00 A.M.-10:45 A.M.

b. Monday: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

c. Tuesday: 10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

d. Wednesday: 7:00 P.M. - 7:45 P.M.

e. Friday: 10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

2. Read the Bible with my wife & I.

2) Growth (in knowledge and maturity)

A) Necessity: (2 Pet. 3:15-18; Eph. 4:11-15).

B) Example: (1 Cor. 3:1-3).

C) Opportunity: Growth comes by way of:

1. Study

2. Experience

a. Being involved over time.

b. Being involved in the lives of others (watching,

listening, learning).

c. Trying new things to contribute to personal growth

in skill & abilities, to advance the cause of Christ.

D) Marks of Spiritual Maturity:

1. Spiritual understanding (Heb. 6:1).

2. Discernment of God's will & change (Col. 1:9-10).

3. Stability (Eph. 4:13-14).

3) Love

A) Necessity: (1 John 3:23; Col.3:14).

B) Example: (1 John 4:7-11).

C) Opportunities:

1. Loving self. (Lev. 19:18; Eph. 5:28-29).

2. In the home. (Eph. 5:25; Titus 2:3-4).

3. In the church. (Col.3:12-13; John 3:16-18).

4. To our fellow human beings. (Matt. 5:13-16).

D) Reasons For Loving One Another

1. God commands it (Gal. 5:13-15).

2. God's people are known by their love (Jn. 13:35).

3. Love maintains fellowship (1 Pet. 4:8).

4. Love promotes "Sacrificial" service (1 Thes. 2:8).

4) Faith

A) Necessity: (Heb. 11:6; Jn. 14:8-11)

B) Examples: (Heb. 11)

C) Opportunities: (Prov. 3:5-7).

1. Base life decisions on God's revealed word, not on

feelings.

a. Marriage

b. Finances

c. Family

d. Job

e. Friends

f. Treatment of others

g. etc...

D) The Need For Faith In The Christian's Life

1. It is the life-code of those justified through Grace

(Rom. 1:16-17).

2. No satisfactory relationship with God without it

(Heb. 11:6).

3. Cannot receive the blessings of God without it (Heb.

11:6)

4. Cannot see or understand God's righteousness

(Rom.1:16-17).

5. It is the basis for real peace (Rom. 15:13; 2 Pet. 1:1-2).

6. Actions not springing from faith are sinful (Rom.

14:23).

7. Necessary to avoid eternal condemnation (2 Thes.

2:11-12).

5) Prayer

A. Necessity: (1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Tim. 2:1-4).

B. Example: (Acts 2:41-42)

C. Opportunities: They are endless, and convenient!

D) Why Christians Pray

1. Prayer is open communication to God (Matt. 6:5-9).

2. Prayer reflects a longing after God (Psalm 145:18-19).

3. Prayer is opportunity to praise God (Matt. 6:9-13).

4. Prayer shows reliance on God (2 Cor. 1:8-11).

5. Prayer brings real peace (Phil. 4:6-7; 1 Samuel 1:1-

18).

6) Holiness

A. Necessity: (Rom. 12:1; 1 Pet. 1: 13-16; 1 Cor. 3:16-17).

B. Example: (Daniel 1:8-9).

C. Opportunity:

1. Purify the mind & heart (James 4:8; Phil. 4:8).

2. Come out of the world (2 Cor. 6:17-18).

3. Purify your speech (Eph. 4:29).

5. Perfect holiness by genuinely fearing God (2 Cor.

7:1).

6. Embrace the moral & ethical teachings of the Gospel

(Col. 3:12-16)

7. Be controlled by the Spirit, not the flesh (1 Cor. 6:12-

13)

D. Significance of Holiness

1. We've been cleansed by the Blood of Christ!

2. The goal of holiness is to be like God (Lev. 19:2; Matt.

5:48)

3. God dwells with Holy people (Deut. 23:14; Eph. 2:19-

22).

4. Holiness is needed for effective teaching (1 Pet. 2:9-

12; 3:1-2).

5. Holiness is required for acceptable worship (Mark

7:6, Rom. 12:1).

6. Holiness is needed for godly service (2 Tim. 2:20-21;

Titus 2:14).

7. Holiness leads to a future hope (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thes.

3:12-13).

7) Worship

A. Necessity: (Matt. 4:8-10; John 4:23-26).

B. Example: (Acts 2; 1 Cor. 11; 1 Cor. 14)

C. Opportunities:

1) With the Saints (Acts 2:46-47; 1 Cor. 11; 1Cor.14).

2) Personally (Daniel 6:10; Rom. 12:1).

D. Benefits of True Worship

1. The blessings of God's favor (Ex. 23:25-26).

2. Guidance (Acts 13:2-3).

3. Deliverance (Acts 16:25-26).

4. Refreshed with real joy (Luke 24:50-52).

5. A deeper sense of Jesus' lordship (Phil. 2:9-11).

6. Boldness to share the gospel (Acts 4:23-31).

7. It convicts sinners (1 Cor. 14:24-25).

8) Gospel Sharing

A. Necessity: (Mark 16:15-16; 1 Tim. 2:3-4; 1 Cor. 9:22-23).

B. Examples (Jesus; The Apostles; N.T. Christians)

C. Opportunities (Any and everywhere):

1) In the home

2) In the community

3) At the market places

4) Through the internet

5) At church

6) At the park

7) At work

8) etc..

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