Spiritual Disciplines

Physical exercise is proven to make us healthier, stronger, and to improve the quality of our lives. There is no question of the benefits of physical exercise, but what about exercise for your soul? Throughout Scripture, we can learn of ways to practice what are called the ‘disciplines’ of faith. These disciplines, or soul exercises, are practices to train us in the ways of godliness & holiness. Each week you’ll learn about a different ‘soul exercise’. Keep in mind, practicing these disciplines doesn’t make God love you more, but chances are they will make you love God more. Practicing soul exercises regularly will make a long term difference in anyone’s life. However, we must be aware of how we approach them. These disciplines can be practiced as a way of "making room" for God in our regular routines of life. In this way, we can get to know God more deeply. We have to be careful that we do not use soul exercises as a way to “work” towards righteousness. Righteousness is a gift from God, and can only be attained through Him, not through working hard. Remind your group that if they want to know God more and see Him at work in their life, they must carve out time to be with Him and intentionally practice these soul exercises regularly.

Inside The Guide

Each guide is broken up into six weeks. Below is a small insight into each week.

Prayer

What is prayer, and how can I use Jesus's example of prayer to help me at all times?

Confession

Why is confessing my sins to others important, and how can I start doing this regularly?

Scripture Reading

Why is reading the Bible important, and how does it really grow my faith?

Serving

What does the Bible say about serving, and how can I learn to consider others every day?

Secrecy

How does honoring others by keeping my word and being humble in generosity help me grow in my faith?

Fasting

How does denying my body through fasting make my spirit stronger?

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