"In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." - Matthew 5:16 (NLT)

Rediscovering the Spiritual Disciplines as Modelled in the Life of Christ

Part 1: Meditation

In the first part of our Spiritual Disciplines series, Leston walks us through the first of four Inward Discipline, namley the Discipline of meditation, explaining exactly what biblically-focused Christian, contemplative meditation is, how it differs to others forms of meditation, why it helps us and what it does. But more importantly, this teaching also shows us how to actually do it. Towards the end of the teaching, Leston walks us through three practical examples of Christian meditation so that we can learn to apply this helpful Spiritual Discipline in a simple, yet meaningful way.

Part 2: Prayer

Prayer is undoubtedly one of the deepest and highest works of the human spirit. As William Carrey puts it, “Prayer – secret, fervent, believing prayer – lies at the root of all personal godliness.” To pray is to change. To pray is to have a change of perspective. To pray is to commune with God and to work with Him collaboratively. To pray is to learn a heavenly skill applied in an earthly reality. Join us as we explore this wonderful, transformative Spiritual Discipline and examine some simple, practical ways to implement it in our lives.
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Part 3: Fasting

We continue with our series on the Spiritual Disciplines by taking a look at fasting. Fasting is one of the most powerful of the spiritual disciplines, helping, as Dr Bill Bright puts it, to “Strengthen and sharpen our God-ward affections. In this message, Leston explores the biblical mandate for fasting and the wonderful benefits it brings as we seek the Lord in this special way.  

Part 4: Study

In 2 Timothy 2:15, we are encouraged to do our best to present ourselves to God as people approved, workers who need not be ashamed, but who correctly handle the word of truth. In the last of our Internal Spiritual Disciplines, we turn our attention to a very effective way of studying the Bible so that we can learn to correctly observe, interpret and apply these life-changing truths to our lives.

Part 5: Simplicity

This week we explore the Spiritual Discipline of Simplicity – one that is very neglected yet very necessary in a modernistic, consumerist society where our value is often measured by what we have and what we do rather than who we are. Simplicity can be defined as  a single-hearted focus on God and His kingdom resulting in an outward lifestyle of modesty, openness, and unpretentiousness in which our hunger for status, glamour, and luxury is stilled.

Part 6: Solitude

Have you ever considered just how many times the Gospels mention Jesus withdrawing to a solitary place, seeking out moments of solitude? Have you noticed that these were often during the busiest and most inconvenient moments of His ministry? Have you ever wondered why He did this? And have you ever considered that this might well not merely have been the pattern of His ministry, but the pattern of His life? Whether that be so or not, we can only speculate, but we are left in little doubt to the important part that solitude played during the Lord’s earthly ministry. Let us examine just how beneficial the Spiritual Discipline of Solitude is.

Part 7: Submission

In Ephesians 5, Paul speaks about imitating the example of Christ as we walk in love, remembering how Christ surrendered Himself, submitting to the will of the Father, even to the point of being a fragrant offering and sacrifice for us. Paul then addresses several other points before concluding that just as Jesus modelled love through submission, so we too should submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. In this message, we focus on the spiritual discipline of submission; what it is, what it is not, and how it benefits us.

Part 8: Service

We continue our series by looking at the Spiritual Disciplines as evidenced in the life of Jesus. The topic we will address today is one which Jesus not only taught, but one He so clearly and so powerfully modelled. In the process, He never merely tweaked the widely held view of true authority; rather, He literally obliterated it. As the King of the greatest kingdom that has been or ever will be, Jesus brought a radically unique message about the value of service in the Kingdom of God, and then set about modelling a servant-heart like no other. So let us consider the Spiritual Discipline of Service.

Part 9: Confession

Today we start the last leg of our journey as we turn our attention to the Corporate Disciplines of Confession, Worship, Guidance and Celebration. Confession is a pivotal and powerful Spiritual Discipline that lies at the very heart of the cross and makes clear God's wonderful gift of grace. When we come to God in confession, we do so in the knowledge that it is not designed to humiliate, but to heal. It is God working His grace in us as we recognise the prompting of the Holy Spirit to 'speak the same thing' to Him as He has already spoken inwardly to us as we walk hand in hand into HIs healing light and the fullness of that which God has dreamed, designed and destined for us.

Part 10: Worship

To worship in spirit and in truth is to experience God’s 'worth-ship', not by our doing, not by our initiation, not by our understanding, not by our enabling, but by His. We cannot truly worship the One we do not know, and the only way to truly know God is if He shows us. To worship is to know the reality of the resurrected Christ by the reality of His Presence. To worship is to be in those precious moments of God with God, where place becomes unimportant, where words become inadequate, where form or song selection or order of service becomes irrelevant. It is a place where communion with God becomes intimate. It is of God, in God, by God, to God and for God. If you have been in that place, you will know it. It is a place where we feel valued to the full measure yet fully aware of our own inadequacy.

Part 11: Guidance

The Spiritual Discipline of Guidance not only helps us to know and better understand the will of God, but to discover and model the heart of God; and since God’s ultimate purpose is that we be conformed to the image of Christ, it is clear that whom God foreknew, He has also called, and whom He has called, He has also justified, and whom He has justified, He will also glorify, the time when we finally resemble Jesus Christ in every way. What greater guidance could God give us than this?

Part 12: Celebration

Although the last of the Spiritual Disciplines in our series, Celebration is by no means the least important. Explore how this discipline finds expression through a joy that brings renewed strength, restored hope and the ability to see beyond the storm. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.