Spiritual Disciplines Companion: Bible Studies and Practices to Transform Your Soul

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Spiritual disciplines connect us to the God who wants to transform our souls. We discover these time-tested practices in the Bible as we look at the everyday ways Jesus related to God. These companion studies and exercises will help you to explore sixteen core practices. Three segments on each practice (a total of forty-eight sessions) allow space to go beyond superficial understanding and to begin to live in a new way.

Jan Johnson, a seasoned writer in both the areas of ...

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Overview

Spiritual disciplines connect us to the God who wants to transform our souls. We discover these time-tested practices in the Bible as we look at the everyday ways Jesus related to God. These companion studies and exercises will help you to explore sixteen core practices. Three segments on each practice (a total of forty-eight sessions) allow space to go beyond superficial understanding and to begin to live in a new way.

Jan Johnson, a seasoned writer in both the areas of spiritual formation and Bible study, has created a unique mix of inductive Bible study, guided meditation and transformational exercises spanning all the styles of learning and offering something for everyone. You can use this book effectively on your own or with a group.

Discover what it means to live in the grace and light of God's transforming presence.

Also available: The Spiritual Disciplines Bible Studies series of eight titles offers these studies in six-week guides with notes for leaders included.

Explore silenceservicesecrecyprayerlisteningBible studyScripture meditationcommunitysubmissionreflectionconfessionfastingsimplicityworshipcelebration

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830835232
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2009
  • Series: Spiritual Disciplines Bible Studies
  • Pages: 315
  • Sales rank: 347,376
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Johnson, a spiritual director and a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences, is based near Los Angeles, California. She is the author of numerous books and Bible studies, including Invitation to the Jesus Life, Enjoying the Presence of God, Growing Compassionate Kids and When the Soul Listens. She is also coauthor (with Dallas Willard and Keith Matthews) of Dallas Willard's Study Guide to "The Divine Conspiracy."
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Table of Contents

Introducing Spiritual Disciplines Bible StudiesPart 1: Solitude & Silence
1. Examples of Solitude: Jesus' Personal Getaways (Mark 1:21-39)
2. Examples of Solitude: Jacob's Transformation (Genesis 28:10-22; 32:22--33:3)
3. Activities in Solitude: Delighting in God (Psalm 37:1-11
4. Activities in Solitude: Resting in God (Isaiah 30:15-22)
5. Results of Solitude: Hearing God's Surprises (1 Kings 19:1-18)
6. Results of Solitude: How God Changes You (John 15:1-16)
Study Notes for Solitude and Silence Part 2: Service & Secrecy
1. Doing Flows Out of Being (Nehemiah 1:1--2:18)
2. Jesus' Heart for Others (Luke 8:26-39)
3. Service Transforms the Soul (John 13:1-17)
4. The Peril of the Hypocritical Heart (Matthew 23:1-37)
5. Secrecy as a Discipline (Matthew 6:1-8)
6. Simple, Unpretentious Service (Luke 10:25-37)
Study Notes for Service and Secrecy Part 3: Prayer & Listening
1. Conversation with God (Genesis 15:1-17; 17:15-22; 18:1-15)
2. Praying with Authenticity (Psalm 74:1-23)
3. The Prayer of Request (Matthew 6:9-13)
4. Listening to God in Prayer (1 Chronicles 14:8-17)
5. Interceding as Jesus Did (Luke 22:31-34)
6. Practicing God's Presence (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Study Notes for Prayer and Listening Part 4: Study & Meditation
1. Immersing Yourself in God's Thoughts (Deuteronomy 6:1-9)
2. Reading and Responding to Scripture (Nehemiah 8:1-18; 9:1-3, 38)
3. Comprehending God's Truth (Isaiah 11:1-9)
4. Meditation and Obedience (Psalm 119:97-104)
5. A Biblical Model (Luke 1:46-55; 1 Samuel 2:1-10)
6. Entering A Gospel Scene (Mark 10:17-23)
Study Notes for Study and Meditation Part 5: Community & Submission
1. Intentional Community (Matthew 26:36-45)
2. The Grittiness of Community (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
3. Power and Powerlessness (Mark 10:32-45)
4. When I Think I'm Right (Philemon 1-21)
5. Listening (Mark 5:21-34)
6. Welcoming the Stranger (Matthew 25:31-40)
Study Notes for Community & SubmissionPart 6: Reflection & Confession
1. Believing in a God Who Heals (Psalm 103)
2. Letting God Search My Heart (1 Corinthians 13:1-7)
3. Confessing to God (Psalm 51)
4. Coming Clean to Others (2 Samuel 11:220--12:14)
5. Recognizing God's Presence in My Life (Psalm 65:1-13)
6. Journaling (Jeremiah 15:10-21; 17:5-8)
Study Notes for Reflection and ConfessionPart 7: Simplicity & Fasting
1. The Single-Hearted Person (Matthew 6:19-24, 33)
2. Less Is More (Matthew 6:24-34)
3. Simple Talk (Matthew 5:33-37)
4. When Fasting Becomes Feasting (Matthew 4:1-11; John 6:48-51)
5. Hearts Laid Bare (1 Samuel 7:3-13)
6. What's Behind the Fast? (Matthew 6:16-18; Isaiah 58:1-11)
Study Notes for Simplicity and Fasting Part 8: Worship & Celebration
1. Longing for God (Psalm 63)
2. Responding in Worship (Psalm 104:31--105:5)
3. Entering into Corporate Worship (1 Chronicles 16:1-36)
4. Celebrating the Life of God (Luke 15:1-32)
5. Coming to the Table (John 6:47-58)
6. Living in Transformation (Philippians 4:4-13)
Study Notes for Worship and Celebration
Appendix: Guidelines for Leaders
Sources
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