Discipleship: Disciplines

Every Christian's Individual Development Plan (2 Peter 1:3-8)

Every Christian's Individual Development Plan (2 Peter 1:3-8)

Developing habits, virtues, skills, resistance against sin, everything else involved in our walk with Christ shares parallels with development in professional or athletic fields. Stan Hammonds walks us through allowing the text of 2 Peter 1 to become the basis for a development plan.

Sitting at the Lord's Feet (Luke 10:38-42)

Sitting at the Lord's Feet (Luke 10:38-42)

Our instincts have been trained to come to Martha’s defense. After all, she’s the servant. She’s getting things done while others sit. She should be the one commended here. But is it possible that even something good like service can be elevated to a place of priority it was never meant to hold? And may it actually be drying out our soul…and even masking some deep voids?

The Gift of the Best (Malachi 1:6-14)

The Gift of the Best (Malachi 1:6-14)

The language of offering is all over the New Testament - applied to financial contributions, converts in mission work, bringing worship to the throne of God, even our bodies being a living sacrifice in service to others. But to understand the significance of the Quality of an offering, we need a passage like Malachi 1 to shake us up and open our eyes to how God sees anything which falls short of our best.

Praying the Scriptures (Psalm 119:41-48)

Praying the Scriptures (Psalm 119:41-48)

We do not just read the Bible. We do not just study it. We are told repeatedly to meditate upon it. And as we meditate upon it, the implanted word will guide the content of our prayers back to God as well. In this lesson, we give 3 samples of what it means to meditate on a passage and use that passage in prayer - one psalm, one parable, and one section from an epistle.

Introspection: Why We Need God to Search Us (Psalm 139:1-24)

Introspection: Why We Need God to Search Us (Psalm 139:1-24)

Self-reflection is a necessary discipline. But it can only go so far into your inner thoughts, desires, and will. Only God can reach the deep recesses and bring to light what is hidden there. But are we willing to let Him do His searching and resulting conviction?

Questions That Thicken the Plot: Digging Deeper (Matthew 16:1-4)

Questions That Thicken the Plot: Digging Deeper (Matthew 16:1-4)

In the final lesson in our series on questions in the Gospel of Matthew, we look at some of the questions Jesus raises to others. If the intention of these questions is not for Jesus to gain new knowledge, why does He ask them?

Questions That Thicken the Plot: Asking the Rabbi (Matthew 19:16-26)

Questions That Thicken the Plot: Asking the Rabbi (Matthew 19:16-26)

In the second of a 3-part series, we go deeper into questions posed to Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, organizing these questions according to 3 types of people who are asking them: Genuine Disciples, Seekers with Some Interest, and Opponents. Jesus handles questions from each of these groups a little differently. So what can we learn about our questions we bring to God? And what can we learn about how to respond to questions to us, depending on who is asking them?

Passionate Prayer, Balanced Content (1 Timothy 2:1-8)

Passionate Prayer, Balanced Content (1 Timothy 2:1-8)

An honest examination of our private prayer habits may reveal a great deal about how we see God and the purpose of talking to Him. We examine 5 categories of prayer and talk about some strategy of finding balance in our content.

Basic Growth for the Christian (1 Peter 2:2 and Ephesians 4:14-15)

Basic Growth for the Christian (1 Peter 2:2 and Ephesians 4:14-15)

Just as new born babies need physical milk to grow, Christians need spiritual milk to grow. As Christians, we can grow through prayer, Bible reading & study, faithful attendance, and active participation / service. If a Christian commits him/herself to these things, they will grow in their walk!

Stillness in a Restless World (Psalm 46:1-11)

Stillness in a Restless World (Psalm 46:1-11)

What is the effect of the "Noise" on us? The constant need for input? The never-ending schedules? The championing of multitasking? How has our Culture shaped our thought patterns and use of the moments in our waking hours? And what might God think of all of the never-ending movement and noise? Psalm 46 and its message of Stillness and Knowing Who God Is may be even more relevant to us than at any time in history.