Celebration of Discipline: Chapter 1


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February 14th Ash Wednesday – we will not meet

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Chapter 1 – The Spiritual Disciplines: The Door to Liberation “Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”

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Psalm 42:7 “Deep calls to deep”

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Pitfall #1 Turn Disciplines into law

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“Righteousness” (Paul uses this word 35 times in Romans)

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Pitfall #2 To make disciplines only about personal change

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Pitfall #3 Turn Disciplines into virtue

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Pitfall #4 To make the disciplines themselves the focus instead of Christ

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Pitfall #5 Making one discipline more important than all the others

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Pitfall #6 To limit means of grace to a defined list

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Pitfall #7 To study the disciplines and not practice them

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  Galatians 5:13-26 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

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So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

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The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited,provoking and envying each other.

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“Disciplined Grace” vs “Cheap Grace”

Summary: The Spiritual Disciplines: The Door to Liberation January 31, 2018 Teacher: Rev. Eric McCrea Pine Island UMC Bokeelia, Florida

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