Spiritual Disciplines

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.  
Luke 9:23-24

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me
cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:27

What does it mean to be a disciple?

A disciple strives to be like his/her Rabbi (teacher).

One can not be a disciple without being disciplined.

The more disciplined you become, the more God will use you.
 

7 Habits of a Disciple

 A disciple studies the Word of God.

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:31-32

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17

 A disciple prays and fasts regularly.

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:25

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:5-6

“And when you fast, …
Matthew 6:16

Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Acts 13:3

 A disciple gathers with other disciples to worship God.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!
Psalm 34:3

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24-25

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
Acts 2:41-44

 A disciple has good relationships with other disciples.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:2-3

* see Hebrews 10:24-25

 A disciple is a servant to other people. 

The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Matthew 23:11

10As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
1 Peter 4:10

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.
Hebrews 6:10

 A disciple shares the Good News of Jesus with other people. 

…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,
Romans 1:16

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 10:32-33

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:16-20

 A disciple gives generously to meet the needs of others.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Acts 20:35

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Ephesians 4:28


First Christian Church

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Bible Study for all ages at various times.
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