Editor's 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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