Celebration of Discipline
Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
This Ash Wednesday, Pastor Steve kicks off a new midweek series titled, "Celebration of Discipline". This message sets the stage for an indepth look at five of the spiritual disciplines described by Richard Foster. We hope you'll come away from this series with a greater understanding of how practicing spiritual disciplines can grow your faith, and incorporate these disciplines into your everyday life.
Lessons: Psalm 42:1-2, 7-8, Galatians 5:16-26, and Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Celebration of Discipline: Christian Meditation
Wednesdays during the season of Lent, Pastor Steve will explore five of the spiritual disciplines described by Richard Foster. This message focuses on the practice of Christian Meditation.
Lessons: Psalm 119:97-104 and Mark 1:35-39.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Celebration of Discipline: Fasting
The purposes of fasting are to glorify God, deepen our understanding that God is primary in our lives, and to place ourselves in the good soil where God will change us. Although “fasting” from things other than food will be mentioned, this sermon will teach the Biblical understanding of fasting from food.
After this message we hope you will try fasting from food for a 24-hour period of time.
Lessons: Zechariah 7:1-6, Acts 13:1-3, and Matthew 4:1-4, 6:16-18.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Celebration of Discipline: Simplicity
The Christian discipline of simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward life-style. Simplicity is freedom and brings joy and balance. Duplicity is bondage and brings fear and stress. The evil one is choking us with our abundance.
After this message we hope you will consider making 10 moves that flesh out the outward expression of living simply as listed in the sermon outline.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Celebration of Discipline: Solitude
The Christian discipline of solitude puts us in the place to hear the whisper of God. After this sermon, we hope you make time to find solitude and hear God's voice.
Lessons: Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12, Matthew 14:13a, 22-23; 26:36-46.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Celebration of Discipline: Guidance
Through the shepherding guidance of one’s pastor, the corporate guidance of one’s church family, and the individual guidance of a spiritual director, we place ourselves in the good soil where God works in our lives to change us.
After this sermon, we hope you will be open to and value the guidance that comes from the Holy Spirit through your pastor, your church family, or spiritual director.