Spiritual Training

Exercises that grow godliness

Spiritual Training is not an end in itself, or a way to become more spiritual in the eyes of others. The Spiritual Disciplines, or exercises as we'll call them, are designed to aid in our relationship with Jesus. These exercises are tools that will help every Jesus Follower grow in their pursuit of God as the only true satisfaction of life.

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September 3, 2017

Reflections & A Final Challenge

At the end of this series we pause to allow others to share their Reflections on the series of Spiritual Exercises and hear a final challenge on Pursuing in Grace.

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August 27, 2017

Spiritual Exercise #10 - Witness

Seldom do we consider Witness to be a Spiritual Exercise, yet to glory in the Gospel and to verbally witness to others can bring great change in us. The life changing, spirit satisfying, passionate joy we all long for will be experienced when we verbally witness to the truth of Jesus Christ as the only Savior from sin.

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August 20, 2017

Spiritual Exercise #9 - Worship

Worship is the logical response of any Jesus follower when brought face to face with the living God. It's not simply tradition or liturgy, but a response to truth that engages our entire being. While not always considered an exercise of Spiritual Training, we find that when exercised, worship does a remarkable work in us.

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August 13, 2001

Spiritual Exercise #8 - Serving

Growing in our intimacy with Jesus requires that we look more like Him. Serving isn't just something we do, but it's central to the very core of being like Jesus who came not be served but to serve and to give His life for us.

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August 6, 2017

Spiritual Exercise #7 - Community

Community is not just something nice we participate in on Sunday morning or at small groups and it's not just at the new social group we belong to as Believers. Rather, Scripture reveals in Hebrews 10:19-25 that Community is a Blood Bought Gift of God's Grace through Jesus Christ and without it we cannot achieve our full Spiritual potential.

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July 30, 2017

Spiritual Exercise #6 - Fasting

Fasting is an intentional focusing of our entire being on our God…a demonstration to Him and reminder to us, that He is far more important than the food we eat which keeps us alive. Fasting heightens the gravity our plea, the intensity of our contrition or the magnitude of our perceived need as we approach our Father in heaven.

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July 16, 2017

Spiritual Exercise #5 - Sacrifice & Giving

Jesus our Savior is the ultimate example of Sacrifice and Giving. As we pursue Him we too must practice these disciplines. In doing so, we'll see that to cling more intimately to Jesus, one must let go of what he holds so tightly.

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July 9, 2017

Spiritual Exercise #4 - Silence & Solitude

While not always included in a list of Spiritual disciplines, the practices of Silence and Solitude do have their place in the process of helping us grow in relationship to Jesus Christ. In Silence and Solitude we come alone and silent before our glorious God of grace, not to find ourselves but to find Him, pursuing Him and listening for what He has to say to us through His Word as we pray, meditate and worship.

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July 2, 2017

Spiritual Exercise #3 - Meditation

Meditation is the immersion of myself in Scripture, combining the effort of focused thinking with a humble dependence upon the Spirit to recall, remember, rehearse, recite and reflect on our God as He is revealed in the Bible. This is our third Spiritual Exercise that is focused on helping us grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

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June 18, 2017

Spiritual Exercise #2 - Prayer

Just as breathing is integral to working out physically, so too as Jesus Followers, we must pray. There are no options to prayer, we must just learn to pray and then practice prayer. This is the second exercise in the process of Spiritual Training.

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June 11, 2017

Spiritual Exercise #1 - Studying God's Word

God has chosen to reveal Himself to us through His written word, the Bible. It makes sense then that there is expected of us as Jesus Followers, an intensity of effort in reading and accurately understanding God's Word. This is our first exercise...Studying God's Word.

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June 4, 2017

Staying Focused

In the passages of scripture that speak most clearly about Spiritual Exercising, the focus remains clear; godliness, righteousness and a life that is pleasing to God. To sum it up, we'd say Spiritual Training is focused on practicing a radical, alien lifestyle modeled on the character of God and motivated by His grace.

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May 28th, 2017

5 Truths about Training

When talking about Spiritual Training, it's only fair to share 5 Truths about Training...5 things that we must keep in mind as we approach this topic: Purpose, Power, Practice, Pain and Profit.

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May 21, 2017

Spiritual Training - Introduction

To engage in a life of pursing God, there are certain exercises we can practice that will help us along the road. This morning we begin to lay a foundation for Spiritual Training: Exercises to grow godliness.

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