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, chastity, confession, fasting, fellowship, guidance, meditation, prayer, sacrifice, secrecy, service, silence, simplicity/frugality, solitude, study, submission, and worship. Since the central focus of Christian spiritual formation is the with-God life, that topic begins the index. It is followed by sections containing scriptural references for the various disciplines, in alphabetical order. 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.

We are releasing this Bible in two editions—with and without the Deuterocanonial Books. (See the Foreword for a general statement.) In the Spiritual Disciplines Index, you will see some references to passages in the Deuterocanonial Books. These references will be in italics to differentiate their status from the New and the Old Testaments.

Renovaré Team

Excerpt from Life with God Spiritual Formation Bible

CHASTI­TY: Pur­pose­ful­ly turn­ing away for a time from dwelling upon or engag­ing in the sex­u­al dimen­sion of our rela­tion­ship to oth­ers — even our hus­band or wife — and thus learn­ing how not to be gov­erned by this pow­er­ful aspect of our life. 

*Job 31:7 – 10 If my step has turned aside from the way, and my heart has fol­lowed my eyes, and if any spot has clung to my hands; then let me sow, and anoth­er eat.

*Prov 5:15 – 22 Rejoice in the wife of your youth. 

*Song of Sol 7:10 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me. 

*Hos 1:2 Go, take for your­self a wife of whore­dom and have chil­dren of whoredom. 

*4 Macc 2:1 – 3 The tem­per­ate Joseph is praised, because by men­tal effort he over­came sex­u­al desire.

Sir 7:24 Do you have daugh­ters? Be con­cerned for their chasti­ty, and do not show your­self too indul­gent with them. 

*Sir 26:15 A mod­est wife adds charm to charm, and no scales can weigh the val­ue of her chastity.

Matt 5:27 – 32 Every­one who looks at a woman with lust has already com­mit­ted adul­tery with her in his heart. 

*1 Cor 7:5 Do not deprive one anoth­er except per­haps by agree­ment for a set time, to devote your­selves to prayer. 

1 Cor 13:4 – 6 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envi­ous or boast­ful or arro­gant or rude. 

*2 Cor 11:2 I feel a divine jeal­ousy for you, for I promised you in mar­riage to one hus­band, to present you as a chaste vir­gin to Christ. 

*Eph 5:22 – 33 Wives, be sub­ject to your hus­bands as you are to the Lord. 

1 Tim 5:2 [Speak] to old­er women as moth­ers, to younger women as sis­ters— with absolute purity. 

1 Tim 5:9 – 14 Refuse to put younger wid­ows on the list; for when their sen­su­al desires alien­ate them from Christ, they want to marry. 

2 Tim 2:22 Shun youth­ful pas­sions and pur­sue right­eous­ness, faith, love, and peace. 

*Titus 2:5 Be self-con­trolled, chaste, good man­agers of the house­hold, kind, … sub­mis­sive to … hus­bands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.

Excerpt­ed from the Life with God Bible (New Revised Stan­dard Ver­sion), with spe­cial thanks to Harper­One and to the late Dal­las Willard who com­piled the Index.

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