This week we continue our efforts to pull together this year’s focus on growing in Christ through the classic spiritual practices. Last week we reviewed several of the “Inward Disciplines” (according to categories described by Richard Foster in his book Celebration of Discipline). Today, we want to look at the Outward Disciplines… those practices which we “live out” in our lives… practices such as service, submission, sharing our faith, etc. Once again we ask that you reflect on your practices throughout this year and at how the Lord has used these lessons to challenge you and to grow you.
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10-8 the Outward Disciplines
Last week we talked about the principle of being ‘separate’ and distinct from the world fro the sake of Christ. Indeed, God calls us out from the world to be different from it- the concept of holiness which we’ve talked a lot about this year.
This week we want to look at the other side of that practice, the practice of Engagement with the world. While, yes, we are to be different, we are also to actively engage the world for the sake of Christ. He calls us to be “salt & light” in a dismal and dark world. That requires we become active participants in our world with the goal of making it better and brighter. This week, look to the example of Jesus how he constantly and intentionally engaged the world and the people of it so that he might bring about a change in their lives. And let us follow His example!
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This week we are wrapping up our month-long emphasis on the discipline of Giving by turning our attention to the giving of perhaps our #1 most precious possession… ourselves. We are never more like Jesus than when we give of our time and serve in the spirit of humility that He demonstrated for us. There are often things which prevent us from giving ourselves fully to service. This week we want to look at the example of Jesus as well as the story of judgment He left us with and explore what those things might be… and how we might overcome them in our lives to truly give of ourselves as Jesus did.
7-30-17 Leader Guide