Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Why study Christian Disciplines?

"Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value,
but godliness has value for all things,
holding promise for both the present life and the life to come" (1 Timothy 4:7-8NIV)

Fast-food restaurants. Rapid weight-loss diets. Instant 24-hour banking. Getting rich quick. Today’s society looks for instant gratification and results. More. Better. Quicker. Richer. Often the values of society shape our view of discipleship. We demand instant godliness, overnight ‘success’ in the Christian life. As a result we end up discouraged and frustrated by the shallowness of our walk with God. Richard Foster spells out the dilemma: “Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant gratification is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a great number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” (Celebration of Discipline, 1978, Page 1)*

Yes, we need not a great number of intelligent people or gifted people (or nice-voice people, as a matter of fact) but more than that, what’s important is that we need a deep people (that’s why my philosophy is THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.). I believe it is God’s desire for His people to know Him more deeply and obey Him more fully. For all of this to happen (yes, by God’s grace), we need to immerse ourselves with God’s Word and there’s no easy-way, quick-fix, instant deep Christian disciple but to practice certain ways of disciplines. “Depth, strength, wisdom, maturity – we all long to be people with such qualities. We want to strengthen our character and deepen our relationship with Christ. But spiritual depth requires spiritual discipline.”
Do you want to be a deep person?
Do you want to deepen your relationship with Christ?
Come, let’s go against the rivers of the world, and fix your eyes upon Jesus who enable you to be more like Him.

Therefore, I would like to offer you a small Bible Study booklet on Christian Disciplines (for individuals or groups) by Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. The book have 12 basic Christian discipline studies such as on Quiet Time, Prayer, Bible Study, Evangelism, Social Justice, The Church, Missions/Cross-cultural Ministry, Managing Time and Gifts, Guidance, Worship, Giving, and Discipling.

Come and request for your FREE copy today!
All you have to do is to type on comment below: “I want a FREE copy of Christian Disciplines bible study [Name]” and send me your postal mailing address to my e-mail; Motivates4life@hotmail.com or write a message in my inbox Facebook account (for friends only).

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