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A Class on Spiritual Disciplines

I had my annual check-up last month and my weight is going up.  I know the job change I have had has led to my eating differently.  I had been doing very well but now I am slipping.  But even the knowledge that I have well before, and knowing exactly how I did it, it is hard to return to a better way of eating.

Just because someone has the knowledge does not mean it will automatically turn into action.  So how do people become “transformed into Christ-likeness”?  Part of the answer lies with Spiritual Disciplines/Practices, which are tools that put a person before God in ways that allow Christ to change them.

Here are some of them: Silence and Solitude help us to hear the Holy Spirit speak to us.  Service calls us to put love into action.  Submission reminds us it is about God, not us.   Fasting challenges us to be honest about our behavior when we are stressed and to allow God to root out the source. Simplicity challenges us to discover “where our heart lies” and let God move it more towards God.  Meditation allows our deepest thoughts to come forward so God can be part of dealing with them.  Most of these are found in Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline.  But whatever resource is used the transformation is enabled when we practice disciplines/actions that put us before God so God can work with us.

These thoughts above are from David Fox, our partner based out of Roanoke, Virginia. He has served in various roles either as pastor, associate pastor or minister of education in Virginia churches.

A Class on How to Study the Bible

The exegetical study method is taught in seminary is now something most congregational members can learn and use.  The resources that used to be so expensive, like commentaries, now are on church library shelves or are easily accessible on the internet or in a Bible software program.

Teaching the three parts of good Bible study: Observation, Interpretation and Application is where it begins.  Then, trusting the Holy Spirit in us from the beginning by using our own powers of observation and just the Bible without any “help”.  Afterwards we need to add “helps” using, good resources of commentaries, Bible dictionaries, study Bibles, and an atlas to interpret scripture. Learning which resources come from different perspectives and how they compare to one’s own perspective deepens our faith as well.  Finally our goal is applying scripture through theological reflection and spiritual disciplines so one’s life is transformed into Christ likeness.

These thoughts above are from David Fox, our partner based out of Roanoke, Virginia. He has served in various roles either as pastor, associate pastor or minister of education in Virginia churches.