Disciplines and Obedience
Richard J. Foster s Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality with millions of copies sold since its original publication in 1978.
In Celebration of Discipline, Foster explores the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life.
Foster, the bestselling author of several books (Prayer and Streams of Living Water) and intrachurch movement founder of Renovare, helps motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth."
Many people believe that discipleship is important, but they need help. In fact, the vast majority of Christians report that they have never been personally discipled by a more mature follower of Jesus. Is it any wonder that they have a difficult time knowing how to disciple others?
If making disciples of Jesus is the greatest cause on earth, how should we equip people to do it? This handbook is a practical guide for how to embrace the discipleship lifestyle - being a disciple of Jesus and how to make other disciples of Jesus. With contributions from pastors and teachers like Francis Chan, Jeff Vanderstelt, Bill Hull, Jim Putman, KP Yohannan, and Robert Coleman, the authors present seven elements that are necessary for disciple making to occur:
- Jesus--the original disciple maker and centerpiece of discipleship.
- Holy Spirit--fuels the disciple-making process.
- Intentionality--making disciples utilizing a strategy and a roadmap.
- Relationships--creating a loving, genuine connection with others who trust and follow Jesus.
- Bible--using the Word of God as the manual for making disciples.
- Journey--forging a traceable growth story from a new birth to spiritual parenthood.
- Multiply--reproducing the discipleship process so that the disciple becomes a disciple maker.
Whether you are a parent who wants to disciple your children, a small group leader who wants to disciple those in your group, or a church leader who wants to disciple future leaders, the seven key elements in this handbook form a framework for understanding discipleship that can be applied in countless situations. In addition, there are questions provided in each section to help you think through how to apply the material to your disciple making efforts.
"Fasting is the body talking what the spirit yearns, what the soul longs for, and what the mind knows to be true."
-- Scot McKnight
Christianity has traditionally been at odds with the human body. At times in the history of the church, Christians have viewed the body and physical desires as the enemy. Now, Scot McKnight, best-selling author of The Jesus Creed, reconnects the spiritual and the physical in the ancient discipline of fasting.
Inside You'll Find:
The Ancient Practices
There is a hunger in every human heart for connection, primitive and raw, to God. To satisfy it, many are beginning to explore traditional spiritual disciplines used for centuries . . . everything from fixed-hour prayer to fasting to sincere observance of the Sabbath. Compelling and readable, the Ancient Practices series is for every spiritual sojourner, for every Christian seeker who wants more.
Learn how fasting can strengthen your faith and draw you closer to God, helping you to be a true overcomer in Christ. This book gives you the biblical reasons for fasting, and introduces you to nine biblical fasts--each designed for a specific physical and spiritual outcome.
Using the analogy of the four basic food groups, she shows how God wants to nourish his people with a balanced life so that they can have a healthy impact in the world:
-- Solitude with God restores and directs us.
-- Out of our time alone with God flows compassionate service to others.
-- Our relationships in Christian community support and challenge us.
-- Through contemplation of truth our minds are renewed, our lives transformed.
Seasoned with anecdotes and quotations and sprinkled with interactive challenges, each chapter encourages readers to draw near to God and experience the abundance of his table.