[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
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
- 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. . . .
- What are some of the possible implications for a person who decides to only try hard but never train?
- If we make personal spiritual advancement a legalistic program, how can this lead to guilt and sadness rather than joy?
- How have you found joy and peace during the times you have developed disciplines that train you for godliness?
- What are some of the signs that the wind of the Spirit is blowing and that you should raise your sails?
[The next question really requires background I didn't give. For that background read this comment]
Next in series: "Training vs. Trying" Pt. 3
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