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The Good News of Spiritual Disciplines

 
 
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At Redeemer, we love the Bible.
We also love to pray.

Our hope is that our entire church would participate in this 10/10 Challenge! The Challenge is simple: Read the Bible 10 minutes per day & Pray 10 minutes per day.  

But sometimes its hard to know where to start. The 10/10 Guide will be just that, a "guide". Click the link below. You will see Bible reading for each day, as well as a prompt to help you pray. We hope it will be a simple tool for you to use. Our goal as a church is to get 100% participation. So jump in, and enjoy the God of grace. 

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Devoted Overview

God is Grace. Grace isn't just what He gives but Who He is. 

Spiritual Disciplines are one of God’s means of grace. One of the primary ways He lets us experience more of Who He is.

But discipline can be a funny word when connected to grace. Often when we think of “discipline” we think; effort, work, labor, obedience. All that is true in it’s own way. But spiritual disciplines are different. Spiritual disciplines are not the things we do to get more of God’s approval or love. Spiritual disciplines are not what we do to earn His grace. Spiritual disciplines are the things we do to get more of the God who is grace. Or perhaps more accurately, for the God Who is Grace to get more of us.

Spiritual disciplines like Bible, prayer, community, serving, fasting, worship; are all ways God gives Himself to us. To show us what He is like. The regular practice of Gospel-fueled grace-driven spiritual disciplines also shapes us to become more like Him. As we see Him better we begin to look like Him more. 

Come let’s learn together the good news of spiritual disciplines.

 


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Devoted Personal Discipleship Plan (PDP)
This PDP is a tool to help you experience the good news of spiritual disciplines as we go through DEVOTED. 

 

Schedule

Rest
January 8th
Train
January 15th
Bible
January 29th
Study
February 5th
Meditate
February 12th
Prayer
February 19th
Praying
February 26th
Mission
March 5th
Mission
March 12th
Fasting
March 19th
Feasting
March 26th
Giving
April 2nd
Serving
April 9th
 

Further Study

Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life, Donald Whitney

Habits of Grace, David Mathis

Devoted – Week 1

 

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Scripture 

 
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
— Matthew 11:25-30
 

Sermon Overview

Those that rest with Jesus and learn with Jesus will begin to look more like Jesus. The invitation is simple, yet astounding. Jesus says come to me. He gives rest. He helps us learn. His yoke is easy, His burden is light. Christ invites you into what we may call "comfortable Christianity."

 

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Devoted – Week 2

 

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6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 11 Command and teach these things. 12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
— 1 Timothy 4:6–16
 

Sermon Overview

Jesus has done all of the heavy lifting in order to secure our salvation. However, this doesn't automatically mean that all Christians are growing in Christlike maturity. To say it another way, maturity is not automatic. And so, we train. We train ourselves for godliness by grace-driven, gospel-fueled effort. Drifting toward holiness doesn't happen, by the grace of God we grind for holiness.  

 

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Further Study

Habits of Grace, David Mathis

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald S. Whitney

Disciplines of a Godly Man, R. Kent Hughes

Disciplines of a Godly Woman, Barbara Hughes

 

Devoted – Week 3

 

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Scripture 

1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.

3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.

4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,

5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;

8 the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;

9 the fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
— Psalm 19
 

Sermon Overview

The Bible is the greatest gift this world can offer. In it you find time tested truth. Wisdom for the simple. Light for your path. And the best thing of all, you get to know God.

 

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Further Study

God's Big Picture, Vaughn Roberts

Knowable Word, Peter Krol

The ESV Study Bible

 

Devoted – Week 4

 

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Scripture 

For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.
— Ezra 7:10
 

Sermon Overview

Digging deeper into the Word of God so we can know it, believe it, and live by it. We study the Bible to understand the Bible so that we can live the Bible and help others know the Bible. 

 

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Devoted – Week 5

 

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Scripture 

1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
— Psalm 1
 

Sermon Overview

Getting the Word of God in us, so the Word of God can shape us.

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Devoted – Week 6

 

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Scripture 

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
— Luke 11:1–13
 

Sermon Overview

Prayer is simply this: Talking with your Heavenly Father, anytime, anywhere, about anything. 

 

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Further Study

You Can Pray, Tim Chester

A Praying Life, Paul E. Miller

Prayer and the Knowledge of God, Graeme Goldsworthy

 

Devoted – Week 7

 

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5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
— Matthew 6:5–8
 

Sermon Overview

Prayer is simply asking your Father for anything, anywhere, anytime, in every way possible. 

 

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Further Study

You Can Pray, Tim Chester

A Praying Life, Paul E. Miller

Praying the Bible, Donald S. Whitney

 

Devoted – Week 8 & 9

 

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Scripture 

2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
— Colossians 4:2–6
 

Sermon Overview

Out of our love for God and love for neighbor we tell our neighbors about the love of God.

 

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Further Study

Friend of Sinners, Harvey Turner

A Faith Worth Sharing, C. John Miller

A Field Guide for Everyday Mission, Ben Connelly

Let the Nations Be Glad!, John Piper

 

Devoted – Week 10 & 11

 

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14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”
— Matthew 9:14–17
 

Sermon Overview

Fasting: Cultivating a hunger for God by every now and then removing good distractions.

Feasting: And Cultivating a hunger for God by enjoying the good things of this earth.

 

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Further Study

A Hunger for God, John Piper

Fasting is Feasting on God, Sam Storms

The Things of Earth, Joe Rigney

 

Devoted – Week 12

 

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9 Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, 2 for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be. 4 Otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction.

6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13 By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
— 1 Corinthians 9
 

Sermon Overview

Getting our hearts to go after God by giving our money.

 

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Further Study

The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn

Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller

 

Devoted – Week 13

 

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Scripture 

Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.
— 1 Samuel 12:24
 

Sermon Overview

Faithful, heartfelt service because of grace.

 

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