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 (below), meditation, prayer, sacrifice, secrecy, service, silence, simplicity/frugality, solitude, study, submission, worship, and the with-God life.

Each section contains 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.

Renovaré Team

Excerpt from Life with God Spiritual Formation Bible
GUID­ANCE: Expe­ri­enc­ing an inter­ac­tive friend­ship with God that gives direc­tion and pur­pose to dai­ly life. 

*Exo­dus 15:13

In your stead­fast love you led the peo­ple whom you redeemed; you guid­ed them by your strength to your holy abode. 

*Num­bers 12:8

With him I speak face to face — clear­ly, not in rid­dles; and he beholds the form of the Lord. 

*Num­bers 22:18 – 35 

If the men have come to sum­mon you, get up and go with them; but do only what I tell you to do. 

*2 Samuel 5:19

David inquired of the Lord, Shall I go up against the Philistines?”

*2 Kings 22:14

So the priest Hilki­ah, Ahikam, Ach­bor, Shaphan, and Asa­iah went to the prophet­ess Huldah. 

*1 Chron­i­cles 10:13 – 14 

He had con­sult­ed a medi­um, seek­ing guid­ance, and did not seek guid­ance from the Lord. 

*Job 32:8 – 9 

Tru­ly it is the spir­it in a mor­tal, the breath of the Almighty, that makes for understanding. 

*Psalm 31:3

You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me. 

*Psalm 67:4

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peo­ples with equi­ty and guide the nations upon earth. 

Psalm 73:24

You guide me with your coun­sel, and after­ward you will receive me with honor. 

*Isa­iah 30:20 – 21 

When you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, say­ing This is the way; walk in it.” 

Isa­iah 42:16

I will lead the blind by a road they do not know, by paths they have not known I will guide them. 

Isa­iah 58:11

The Lord will guide you con­tin­u­al­ly, and sat­is­fy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong. 

*Jere­mi­ah 1:6 – 8 

You shall speak what­ev­er I com­mand you. 

*Oba­di­ah 1 

We have heard a report from the Lord, and a mes­sen­ger has been sent among the nations.

Matthew 23:16

Woe to you, blind guides. 

Luke 2:27

Guid­ed by the Spir­it, Sime­on came into the temple. 

*John 14:1 – 31 

And if I go and pre­pare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 

John 16:13

When the Spir­it of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. 

*Gala­tians 5:25

If we live by the Spir­it, let us also be guid­ed by the Spirit. 

James 1:5

If any of you is lack­ing in wis­dom, ask God, who gives to all gen­er­ous­ly and ungrudg­ing­ly, and it will be giv­en you. 

James 3:15 – 18 

The wis­dom from above is first pure, then peace­able, gen­tle, will­ing to yield, full of mer­cy and good fruits, with­out a trace of par­tial­i­ty or hypocrisy. 

Rev­e­la­tion 7:17

The Lamb at the cen­ter of the throne will be their shep­herd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life.

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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