“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” ~ John 15:5
What does it mean to “abide in Christ?”
How do we grow in our faith?
Spiritual disciplines are the tools by which disciples are formed into the very image of Jesus Christ. Disciplines are the activities that we engage in to facilitate abiding in Christ and spiritual growth.
This page is a dynamic, growing resource designed to aid you in your spiritual journey with Christ.
Two General Questions
- What are “Spiritual Disciplines? – If you are new to the Christian faith or just want to deepen your understanding of spiritual disciplines, this is a helpful start.
- What is “Spiritual Formation?” – A post exploring the “why” (formation) behind the “what” (spiritual disciplines).
- **Disciplines of the Word – This page is devoted to Bible study methods and other disciplines related to Scripture.
- Breath Prayer – For hundreds of years, Christians have used this discipline to “pray without ceasing.”
- Confession – Deepening our relationship with Christ and nurturing authentic spiritual community through the act of acknowledging our sins and receiving forgiveness.
- Detachment – The discipline of detachment is an opening up of our heart, head, and hands to release all that distracts us and keeps our eyes off of our Lord. (Annual milestones–such as New Years Day, your birthday, your anniversary, etc–are good opportunities to practice this discipline.)
- Examen – A means to become more attune to the Lord’s activity in and around you throughout the day.
- Fasting – Exploring the ancient discipline of fasting and how it can be practiced today. (Here’s another article that may be helpful: “Fasting that Honors God.”)
- Fixed-Hour Prayer – Also called the “hours of prayer” or “offices of prayer,” these are set times for praying throughout the day. (The word “hour” refers to praying on the hour, not for the length of time spent in prayer.)
- Journaling – A 2-part series on the “why” and the “how” of keeping a journal.
- Lectio Divina – Reading Scripture meditatively, contemplatively and with a desire to hear God speak through his Word. (Note: “Lecito” is called “Scripture-based Reflective Prayer” in this three-part series.)
- Meditation – How is meditation for the believer different from other forms of meditation? How can you practice the ancient discipline of meditation? This post helps answer these questions.
- Prayer – Thoughts from St. Benedict’s Rule.
- Sabbath – A 3-part series on this essential discipline. Here is an additional 2-part series exploring how Sabbath for our good: “Sabbath for Good.”
- Silence – Entering into intentional internal and external silence provides space to commune with God.
- Simplicity – Seeking first the kingdom of God internally and externally.
- Solitude – A 3-part series introducing the inner reality of solitude. (Hey, moms: My wife and mother of our two young children wrote a two-part personal narrative about how she entered a retreat of silence and solitude: “Get Thee to a Nunnery.”)
- Spiritual Direction – A spiritual friendship in which two believers listen carefully to one another and to the Holy Spirit.
- Spiritual Friendship – Spiritual friendship is much, much more than “having an accountability partner.”
- Stewardship – There are three core aspects of stewardship: responsibility, generosity, and planning.
- Worship – An often overlooked spiritual discipline that can transform you, your church, and our world.