We conclude our series on spiritual disciplines that Jesus assumes we will use. In proclaiming in the Lord’s Prayer, “Your Kingdom Come” Pastor Dana feels in our culture that this action necessitates that we be readers of God’s Word. In addition, Pastor Dana summaries why he personally and believes in using the Life Journal. Finally the series in concluded by looking what we need to do to get more opportunities for God to work in our life.
Almost concluding our series on spiritual disciplines found in Matthew 6. This week message is devoted to the topic of fasting by looking at what fasting is, the benefits of fasting, and how to begin the practice of fasting.
Conclusion of last week’s message which dealt with confessing our wrongful actions before God, and others. This concept taken from Matthew 6:12-15 also involves both and receiving forgiveness from God and from this act of God’s grace one is able to grant forgiveness toward others. The discipline of confession and granting forgiveness to others is difficult and challenging, however, the rewards are unmatched.
This week we look at the spiritual discipline of confession from the Sermon on the Mount chapter six. This is part one of a two part series on the aspect of our need to request forgiveness to God and grant forgiveness of others.
The second part of two messages on prayer which is a spiritual discipline that Christ expects his followers to use. This is indicated in Matthew 6 by his phrase, “When you pray.” This week the focus of the message is on the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13.
We learn that prayer is an important tool as we consider the tools spiritual disciplines as mandated by Christ in Matthew 6. In looking at the practices of Jesus through His historical setting and the recorded accounts of His life of prayer in the Gospels one can see a picture as to what current practices of prayer should entail.
Using the teaching of Jesus in Matthew chapter six one can find four spiritual disciplines that Jesus assumes a Christ follower is to do. These expectations by Christ should be considered some of the main tools for faith growth or tools one might keep in the top tray of their tool box. The first spiritual tool or discipline is found in Matthew 6:1-4 the spiritual practice of helping others.