|Personal Spiritual Disciplines
BuildingChurch.net on Internal Personal Disciplines
These are the spiritual disciplines that are activities the individual Christian should embark upon in order to develop him/herself as a mature, Christ-like believer. These disciplines can be divided into two sub-categories: internal and external disciplines. This page contains the internal personal disciplines.
Internal Personal Disciplines
Psalm 23 -- A new look
These are several personal interpretations of Psalm 23, giving a personal identification of who God is to a variety of people. Many of these interpretations were inspired as the result of a prayer conference with T.W. Hunt at Lakeview Baptist Church, Auburn, Alabama. These personol interpretations demonstrate the value of meditation on scriptural truth, and personalizing that which is learned.
A quick description of the A.C.T.S. acrostic format for disciplined and balanced prayer. (document in Adobe Acrobat format)
Praying Through Scripture
A simple description of how to use Scripture as a catalyst for prayer. (document in Adobe Acrobat format)
An overview of prayerwalking and basic instructions for effective prayerwalking. (document in Adobe Acrobat format)
Angels, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare
An overview addition for use during the third level of FAITH evangelism training, FAITH Discipleship Journal.
(Class Notes via Adobe Acrobat format)
Jesus said, "When you fast," not "If you fast" (Matt 6:16). Therefore, he assumed that believers would practice the discipline of fasting. It is not an option. Fasting helps the believer remove the focus from earthly pleasures and focusses on the grace and glory and wonder of God, and the pleasure of knowing and pleasing God. For further understanding, Richard Foster's chapter on fasting is priceless. I would suggest buying his book just for this one chapter.
The BuildingChurch.net Bible Search pop-up tool. APK's translation of choice is the English Standard Version (ESV). The ESV balances the accuracy of the NASB with the readability of other translations, and is highly respected by many contemporary authors, preachers, and theologians.
APK's Basic Guide to Studying the Bible
A basic list of suggested tools to be used in Bible study and an outline of the process to go through in order to maximize the effectiveness of personal and group Bible study.
(Outline via Adobe Acrobat format)
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"Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."
1 Timothy 4:7b-8 NASB
"Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great King over all the earth."
"Prayer is an unspoken confession of our utter dependence upon God.
Prayerlessness is an unbroken testimony of our dependence upon the flesh."
"Pride is the greatest enemy to the centrality of God."
"As Scripture says that love covers over a multitude of sins, in the same way, prayer covers over a multitude of mistakes."