“Of all the Spiritual Disciplines none has been more abused than the Discipline of Submission. … Every Discipline has its corresponding freedom. … What freedom corresponds to Submission? It is the ability to lay down the terrible burden of always needing to get our own way.”
~Celebration of Discipline, p. 110-111
“If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” ~ Jesus, in Mark 8:34
“Jesus calls us from loneliness to solitude…We can cultivate an inner solitude and silence that sets us free from loneliness and fear. Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment.”
~Celebration of Discipline, p. 96
Jesus withdrew to the wilderness and prayed. ~ Luke 5:16
The spiritual disciplines of Solitude is closely linked to the disciplines of Meditation, Prayer, and Study.
May 7 and 9, 2020 ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster
Simplicity is the first of the “Outward Disciplines”. When we live simply inwardly, it can’t help but affect our outward lives as well. Living simply can be summed up in Jesus’ words:
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” ~Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
The purpose of the Spiritual Disciplines is the total transformation of the person. They aim at replacing old destructive habits of thought with new life-giving habits. Nowhere is this purpose more clearly seen than in the Discipline of study.
~ Celebration of Discipline, p. 62.
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Fasting is not something we think about often. But Jesus fasted, and so did many Bible characters, and Jesus taught about fasting. So what is it all about? Why should we fast? How do we fast? In this series, Pastor Ryan tackles these questions and more.
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While our church building was closed and gatherings were not permitted because of the COVID-19 crisis, Pastor Ryan Emmons made a series of short video sermons based on the classic book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster.
Spiritual disciplines are ways that we can maintain a connection with God at all times, but especially so in a time when we were unable to worship, learn, and serve with other people.
Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline explores the “classic Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Along the way, Foster shows that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found. Dividing the Disciplines into three movements of the Spirit, Foster shows how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life. The inward Disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study, offer avenues of personal examination and change. The outward Disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service, help prepare us to make the world a better place. The corporate Disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration, bring us nearer to one another and to God.