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Spiritual Disciplines Course


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We ran this Spiritual Disciplines Course for the men from October 24 - November 28, 2018, and for the women from January 16 - February 13, 2019.

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Course Overview


Class One: Bible Study (Notes)

BIBLE STUDY is the regular and intentional reading and pondering of the Scriptures for the sake of knowing God and cultivating Christian character and behaviour in one's self and others.

  •  Bible
    • Ezra 7:10
    • Luke 24:44-45
    • 2 Timothy 3:14-16
    • Deuteronomy 8:3
    • Matthew 4:1-4
  • Resources

Class Two: Prayer (Notes)

PRAYER is the act by which a worshipper addresses God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - in song, speech, thought, or particular action. Prayer includes adoration, confession, repentance, thanksgiving, supplication, and intercession.

Lord's Prayer



Class Three: Rest (Notes)

REST is the intentional and momentary stopping of busyness and labour in order to:

  1. REMEMBER the creative and redemptive power of God;
  2. RESIST the idolatries of life;
  3. RESTORE relationships with God and human beings;
  4. REAP a foretaste of the good rewards that are ours in Christ Jesus.

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Southshore Elders' Statement on the Sabbath 

Class Four: Evangelism (Notes)

EVANGELISM is our participation, as ambassadors for Christ, in God's ministry of reconciliation with the world by "teaching the gopsel with the aim to persuade" (Stiles, Evangelism, 26).

Class Five: Family Devotions (Notes)

FAMILY DEVOTIONS are the intentional coming together of the family to worship God by reading the Bible and by praying.

  • Bible
    • Deuteronomy 6:4-9
    • Deuteronomy 11:18-23
    • Joshua 24:14-15
    • Proverbs 22:6
    • Ephesians 6:1-4
    • 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
  • Resources

Challies dot com

How We Do Family Devotions How We Do Family Devotions
, by Tim Challies

10 Tips for Family Devotions
10 Tips for Family Devotions, by Tim Challies

Why We Fail at Family DevotionsWhy We Fail at Family Devotions
, by Tim Challies

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Why is Spiritual Disciplines a Core Discipleship Course?

Why are we devoting the church to a focussed study on spiritual disciplines? There are 4 key reasons:

  1. By studying spiritual disciplines, we hope to encourage men and women to prioritize and intentionally invest in their own spiritual growth. No one falls out of bed one morning as a fully formed follower of Jesus Christ. The road to Christian maturity requires intentionality and effort. This course is designed to motivate.
  2. By studying spiritual disciplines, we hope to help men and women to learn how to invest in their own spiritual growth. As much as we might want to grow in our faith, it is not always clear how we can grow. What should we do? When should we do it? How does it look? This course is designed to help answer these questions.
  3. By studying spiritual disciplines, we hope to communicate five areas of Christian living that we desire our members to develop first. In this course we consider five disciplines: (1) Bible Study; (2) Prayer; (3) Rest; (4) Evangelism; and (5) Family Devotions. This is not an exhaustive list of disciplines. And, one might ask about some notable absenses, such as Fasting, Solitude, and Giving, among others. Although we are in favour of a much larger list of disciplines, we have identified these five disciplines as being core to Christian life.
  4. By studying spiritual disciplines, we hope to create bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood as we endeavour to live for Christ together. The Christian life is not an independent pursuit of holiness. We need one another along this journey. Let it begin as we study these discplines together.


Course was taught for the men by Pastor Adam Brown

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Course was taught for the women by Jenny Hawkins, Angie Brown, and Janet Surette

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