Celebration of Discipline

April 23, 25, and 27, 2020  ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons
Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

“Scripture has so much to say about fasting that we would do well to look once again at this ancient Discipline. The list of biblical personages who fasted reads like a “Who’s Who” of Scripture: Moses the lawgiver, David the king, Elijah the prophet, Esther the queen, Daniel the seer, Anna the prophetess, Paul the apostle, Jesus Christ the incarnate Son.”
~ Celebration of Discipline, p. 48.

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Celebration of Discipline

April 16, 18, and 20, 2020  ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons
Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

“Prayer catapults us onto the frontier of the spiritual life. Of all the Spiritual Disciplines prayer is the most central because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father. … To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us.”
~ Celebration of Discipline, p. 33

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Celebration of Discipline

April 3, 6, and 8, 2020  ~ Pastor Ryan Emmons
Video sermon series based on the book Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster

“In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. … If we hope to move beyond the superficialities of our culture, including our religious culture, we must be willing to go down into the recreating silences, into the inner world of contemplation.”
~ Celebration of Discipline, p. 15

A second resource that is highly recommended on this topic is Ken Shigematsu’s book Survival Guide for the Soul.

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Celebration of DisciplineWhile 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.

Here is the description of the book from the Renovare website:

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.

Pastor Ryan’s videos were on:

  1. Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines
  2. Inward Disciplines:
    1. Meditation
    2. Prayer
    3. Fasting
    4. Study
  3. Outward Disciplines:
    1. Simplicity
    2. Solitude
    3. Submission
    4. Service
  4. Corporate Disciplines:
    1. Confession
    2. Worship
    3. Guidance
    4. Celebration

Other recommended resources:

Iceberg

March 15, 2020 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
Series: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (based on the book/study by Peter Scazzero)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ; Job 1:13-2:10

傳 道 書 3:1-8約 伯 記 1:13-2:10

1. Job’s Story in All of Us

2. Path to New Beginnings:

  1. Pay Attention
  2. Wait in the Confusing In-Between
  3. Embrace the Gift of Limits
  4. Climb the Ladder of Humility
  5. Let the Old Birth the New

 

 

 

Iceberg

March 8, 2020 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
Series: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (based on the book/study by Peter Scazzero)

Hebrews 12:7-11 ; James 1:2-5

希 伯 來 書 12:7-11 ; 雅 各 書 1:2-5

The Wall:

The Other Side:

  1. A greater level of brokenness
  2. A greater appreciation for Holy Unknowing (Mystery)
  3. A deeper ability to wait for God
  4. A greater detachment

 

 

 

Iceberg

March 1, 2020 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
Series: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (based on the book/study by Peter Scazzero)

Genesis 37-50 ; Matthew 10:37-39

創 世 記 37-50 ; 馬 太 福 音 10:37-39

The Joseph Model:

1. Joseph had a profound sense of the bigness of God

2. Joseph admitted honestly the sadness and losses
of his family

3. Joseph rewrote his life script according to Scripture

4. Joseph partnered with God to be a blessing

 

 

Iceberg

February 23, 2020 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
Based on the book/study by Peter Scazzero

Jeremiah 31:3-4 ; Luke 4:1-13

耶 利 米 書 31:3-4 ; 路 加 福 音 4:1-13

Road to a False Self:

  1. I am what I do
  2. I am what I have
  3. I am what others think

Road to an Authentic Self:

  1. Pay attention in silence and solitude
  2. Find trusted companions
  3. Move out of your comfort zone
  4. Pray for courage

 

 

Iceberg

February 16, 2020 – Pastor Ryan Emmons
Based on the book/study by Peter Scazzero

Hebrews 5:11-6:1 ; Revelation 3:1-3

希 伯 來 書 5:11-6:1 ; 啟 示 錄 3:1-3

Symptoms of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality:

1. Using God to run from God
2. Ignoring anger, sadness, and fear
3. Dying to the wrong things
4. Denying the impact of the past on the present
5. Dividing life into “secular” and “sacred” components
6. Doing for God instead of being with God
7. Spiritualizing away conflict
8. Covering over brokenness, weakness, and failure
9. Living without limits
10. Judging other people’s spiritual journey