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Title: Spiritual Disciplines and The Quiet Time

Spiritual Disciplines and The Quiet Time
  • The Life Practical Insights for Christian
  • MITACF Large Group
  • February 22, 2002

Discipline The Other Definition
What is a spiritual discipline?
  • A habit or regular pattern in your life that
    repeatedly brings you back to God and opens you
    up to what God is saying to you.
  • - from www.spirithome.com (part of

Examples of spiritual disciplines
  • - community - prayer - journaling
  • - a sabbath - bible study - confession-
    fasting - worship - solitude
  • - keeping a budget - celebration
  • - and more

Those seem constricting. Isnt the Gospel about
  • What disciplines ARE NOT
  • What it means to be a Christian
  • The way to start a relationship with God
  • Things to do to earn Gods favor and love
  • Ways to make up for your sins
  • There is nothing you can do to achieve these
    things they have already been DONE for you by

Those seems constricting. Isnt the Gospel about
  • What disciplines ARE
  • The tools that help you to know God more deeply
    and that He uses to mold you more and more into
    His image.
  • Learned habits that free us to focus on the
    object of the activity God rather than the
    mechanics of the activity itself.
  • The ways our lives as Christians, our restored
    relationship with God, play out daily the ends,
    not the means.

The Quiet Time The Swiss Army Knife of
Spiritual Disciplines
  • Definition An unhurried time of the day where
    you intentionally seek solitude in order to talk
    to and hear from God through prayer, the Bible,
    listening, and meditating.

Lets Get Practical The Quiet
  • The quiet is an important part. Find a place
    where you can spend it alone with God, unhurried
    and without distraction.
  • A priority for JesusVery early in the morning,
    while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the
    house and went off to a solitary place, where he
    prayed. Mark 135

Lets Get PracticalThe Time
  • Find a time and schedule it and stick to it, just
    as you would anything else in your life.
  • Make it the priority If whats happening at
    10pm at night is more important than my time with
    Jesus in the morning, then Ill do it -
    Dawson Trotman
  • Find a regular time start with a workable
  • Start with 10 minutes faithfully applied
    everyday, and let God expand your
    capacities -Dave Schmelzer

Lets Get PracticalThe Time
  • First ½ of your time Seek God in the Bible.
  • Second ½ of your time Hear from and talk to
    God in prayer

Bible Study
  • Observe Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?
  • Interpret Whats the context? Is there
    something that strikes you? Is there something
    different from what you expected? What is the
    passage saying?
  • Meditate and ApplyGod, what does this mean in
    my life?
  • Be careful of using the Bible as your fortune

  • Have a normal conversation with God. Come to him
    and speak like you would with your parents, your
  • No special language needed.
  • If it helps, follow a structure
  • e.g. A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession,
    Thanksgiving, Supplication)

Practical Tips
  • Too tired?
  • Try to find a time during the day.
  • Lose focus when you pray?
  • write down your prayers
  • speak out loud
  • use a pattern like A.C.T.S.

Practical Tips
  • Hard to find a quiet time because you have
  • Find a place on campus
  • Dont know where to start?
  • Ask people here what they do

Practical Tips
  • There is no right way" to have a quiet time.
  • If you find your times dry, come to God with your
    desire to know Him more. He wants that, too.

Not natural? Well, a discipline is like learning
to play an instrument
  • It takes 3 weeks for you to become familiar with
    a new task. Then it takes another 3 weeks before
    it becomes a comfortable habit. Many people
    never make it past the 6-week barrier of having a
    quiet time Vineyard 201

Remember Jesus Emmanuel God With Us
  • you do not leave God when you go from the
    quiet place any more than he leaves you. A
    quiet time is a tuning in time. You should
    not switch off the radio once you have tuned in
    to Gods wavelength.
  • - John White

Remember Always Think About Why Youre Doing
  • A quiet time is not a time for you to set aside
    to do something.
  • A quiet time is a time for you to set aside to
    meet with Someone.
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