Tuesday, October 24, 2006

"Training vs Trying" Pt. 2

[I am continuing to journal the study questions from Chapter 3 of John Ortberg's The Life You've Always Wanted. For some "look ahead" at the book, I have posted the chapter titles at the index link at the bottom.]

How do we know what spiritual disciplines to practice? In a sense, the answer comes from thinking backwards
  • First, we must understand clearly what it means to live in the Kingdom of God. Jesus spent much of his time helping people see what true spirituality looks like.
  • Second, we must learn what particular barriers keep us from living that kind of life.
  • Third, we must discover what particular practices, experiences, or relationships can help us overcome these barriers. . . .
For some of you reading this book, perhaps the single most spiritual thing you could do is put it down and take a nap -- John Ortberg

    Additional Small Group Questions

    1. What are some of the possible implications for a person who decides to only try hard but never train?

    2. If we make personal spiritual advancement a legalistic program, how can this lead to guilt and sadness rather than joy?

    3. How have you found joy and peace during the times you have developed disciplines that train you for godliness?

    4. [The next question really requires background I didn't give. For that background read this comment]

    5. What are some of the signs that the wind of the Spirit is blowing and that you should raise your sails?

    Next in series: "Training vs. Trying" Pt. 3
    Index to Series

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