Introductory Note:

This selective, topical index is designed to help readers get a picture of the with-God life presented in the Bible and the role of the Spiritual Disciplines in fostering that kind of life toward its fullness. The passages listed either contain a specific reference to a topic serving as a discipline (e.g., the word “meditation”) or are about that topic without using the specific term. Because this index is selective, it does not list every passage in the Bible on each topic, and the entries are restricted to the topic’s role as a Spiritual Discipline. Some of the entries are negative examples of the practice of a particular discipline.

The list of disciplines chosen for this index also does not include every practice or situation that could actually serve as a discipline in the process of spiritual formation. The disciplines under consideration here include celebration (below), chastity, confession, fasting, fellowship, guidance, meditation, prayer, sacrifice, secrecy, service, silence, simplicity/frugality, solitude, submission, study, and worship.

Those references for which there are spiritual formation exercises are designated by an asterisk.

No doubt some passages may have been omitted that might be very useful for understanding spiritual formation. What is given here is intended to provide only a substantial introduction to the presence and importance of Spiritual Disciplines in the Bible. For further study on disciplines and how they are to be practiced, please see Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, and Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines.

Renovaré Team

Excerpt from Life with God Spiritual Formation Bible
CEL­E­BRA­TION: Utter delight and joy in our­selves, our life, and our world as a result of our faith and con­fi­dence in God’s great­ness, beau­ty, and goodness.

*Exo­dus 5:1

Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, Let my peo­ple go, so that they may cel­e­brate a fes­ti­val to me in the wilderness.”

*Exo­dus 12:14

This day shall be a day of remem­brance for you. You shall cel­e­brate it as a fes­ti­val to the Lord. 

*Leviti­cus 23:4,37

These are the appoint­ed fes­ti­vals of the Lord, the holy con­vo­ca­tions, which you shall cel­e­brate at the time appoint­ed for them. 

*Num 10:10 On your days of rejoic­ing, at your appoint­ed fes­ti­vals, and at the begin­nings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets. 

*Num­bers 29:12

On the fif­teenth day of the sev­enth month you shall have a holy con­vo­ca­tion; you shall not work at your occu­pa­tions. You shall cel­e­brate a fes­ti­val to the Lord sev­en days. 

Deuteron­o­my 14:22 – 29 

You shall eat there in the pres­ence of the Lord your God, you and your house­hold rejoic­ing together. 

Deuteron­o­my 16:15

Sev­en days you shall keep the fes­ti­val to the Lord your God at the place that the Lord will choose; for the Lord your God will bless you in all your pro­duce and in all your under­tak­ings, and you shall sure­ly celebrate. 

*2 Samuel 6:14

David danced before the Lord with all his might. 

*Ezra 6:22

With joy they cel­e­brat­ed the fes­ti­val of unleav­ened bread sev­en days; for the Lord had made them joyful. 

Nehemi­ah 12:27

They sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to cel­e­brate the ded­i­ca­tion with rejoic­ing, with thanks­giv­ings and with singing, with cym­bals, harps, and lyres. 

*Esther 9:22

The month… had been turned for them from sor­row into glad­ness and from mourn­ing into a holiday. 

*Psalm 45:1 – 17 

My heart over­flows with a good­ly theme. 

*Psalm 126:2

Then our mouth was filled with laugh­ter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.

*Psalm 145:7

They shall cel­e­brate the fame of your abun­dant good­ness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. 

*Song of Solomon 1:4

We will exult and rejoice in you. 

*Isa­iah 51:11

So the ran­somed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; ever­last­ing joy shall be upon their heads.

*Nahum 1:15

Cel­e­brate your fes­ti­vals, O Judah, ful­fill your vows.

Luke 15:23 – 32 

And get the fat­ted calf and kill it, and let us eat and cel­e­brate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again. 

John 2:1 – 10 

On the third day there was a wed­ding in Cana of Galilee. 

1 Corinthi­ans 5:8

There­fore, let us cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val, not with the old yeast, the yeast of mal­ice and evil, but with the unleav­ened bread of sin­cer­i­ty and truth. 

Philip­pi­ans 4:4 – 13 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 

*Rev­e­la­tion 19:9

Blessed are those who are invit­ed to the mar­riage sup­per of the Lamb. 

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