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

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.

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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.