Spiritual Discipline For a Spiritual Life by Donald S. Witney –FTF Book Review

This book review is excerpted from one done by a Fanning the Flame team member, Ted,  and used with his permission.

The Spiritual Disciplines are those practices found in Scripture that promote spiritual growth among believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  There are both personal and interpersonal spiritual disciplines.  When Christians read and study the Bible on their own, this is a personal spiritual discipline.  Other disciplines are congregational such as fellowship, hearing God’s word preached and participation on the Lord’s Supper.  These are interpersonal spiritual disciplines.  This book is only about personal spiritual disciplines, but the author states that they are not more important than the interpersonal disciplines.

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by [Whitney, Donald S.]Spiritual disciplines are activities, not attitudes.  They are practices, not character qualities or fruits of the spirit.  Disciplines are things you do.  The subject matter of the book is limited to those spiritual disciplines that are biblical, that is to say practices taught or modeled in the Bible.  Without this limitation, some might say that gardening, exercise, or some hobby is a valid spiritual discipline for them.

The following are the more prominent personal spiritual disciplines commended in the Scripture:  Bible intake, prayer, worship, evangelism, service, stewardship, fasting, silence and solitude, journaling and learning.  The purpose of practicing the disciplines is Godliness.  Donald Whitney defines Godliness as both closeness to Christ and conformity to Christ, a conformity that is both inward and outward, a growing conformity to both the heart of Christ and the life of Christ.

The book is certainly worth reading.  It reminds us of our responsibilities as a Christian.  The author validates what he is saying by quoting Scripture.

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