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.

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Excerpt from Life with God Spiritual Formation Bible

FEL­LOW­SHIP: Engag­ing with oth­er dis­ci­ples in the com­mon activ­i­ties of wor­ship, study, prayer, cel­e­bra­tion, and ser­vice, which sus­tain our life togeth­er and enlarge our capac­i­ty to expe­ri­ence more of God. 

*1 Kings 19:10 I alone am left, and they are seek­ing my life, to take it away. 

*Ps 133:1 – 3 How very good and pleas­ant it is when kin­dred live togeth­er in unity! 

*Mic 4:7 The lame I will make the rem­nant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation.

*3 Macc 2:25 – 26 He increased in his deeds of mal­ice, abet­ted by the pre­vi­ous­ly men­tioned drink­ing com­pan­ions and com­rades, who were strangers to every­thing just. 

*4 Macc 13:8 – 17 They con­sti­tut­ed a holy cho­rus of reli­gion and encour­aged one another.

*Matt 18:20 Where two or three are gath­ered in my name, I am there among them. 

*Acts 2:42 They devot­ed them­selves to the apos­tles’ teach­ing and fel­low­ship, to the break­ing of bread and the prayers. 

Rom 12:4 – 17 So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and indi­vid­u­al­ly we are mem­bers one of anoth­er.

*Rom 14:10 Why do you pass judg­ment on your broth­er or sister? 

*Eph 4:15 – 16 The whole body, joined and knit togeth­er by every lig­a­ment with which it is equipped, as each part is work­ing prop­er­ly, pro­motes the body’s growth in build­ing itself up in love. 

Col 3:8 – 17 As God’s cho­sen ones, holy and beloved, clothe your­selves with com­pas­sion, kind­ness, humil­i­ty, meek­ness, and patience. 

Heb 10:23 – 25 Let us con­sid­er how to pro­voke one anoth­er to love and good deeds, not neglect­ing to meet together. 

1 John 1:3 We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fel­low­ship with us; and tru­ly our fel­low­ship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 

*1 John 1:5 – 7 If we say that we have fel­low­ship with him while we are walk­ing in dark­ness, we lie and do not do what is true.

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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