Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines

Study Notes

  • How would you describe your current spiritual journey of growth? Are you motivated and inspired, stuck and frustrated, or somewhere in between?
  • What do you think of when you hear the words ‘spiritual disciplines’?
  • What was one thing you think God was saying to you through the sermon on Sunday?
  • As we journey through the next 8 weeks looking at spiritual disciplines, what would you like to receive from God?
  • What did you think about the diagram Mark drew in the sermon outlining the primary task of the church? Could you explain this to people who were not there?

Read the following passages: Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 1:28-29, Ephesians 4:11-13, 2 Peter 3:18

  • What common themes do you see in these passages?
  • What challenges do these passages present to us as a church, to us as a small group and to each of us individually?
  • What were the 3 misconceptions regarding spiritual disciplines that Mark talked about on Sunday?  (Listen at 17:30 for the first, 22:10 for the second and 30:45 for the third.)
  • What do you think about the connection between discipline and freedom? Can you think of any examples in your life where this connection has been made?

Read 1 John 5:11-12 and John 10:10

  • What are the implications for us if salvation is more than about the forgiveness of sin, but also about it being an invitation to life?
  • What do spiritual disciplines and salvation meaning life have to do with each other?

Read Matthew 11:29-30

  • How do you react to Jesus saying his yoke is light? Does that ring true for you? Or does learning from Jesus seem like a heavy burden? Or is being yoked to Jesus an unfamiliar concept?
  • What one thing are you going to do differently as a result of the sermon and our time together now?