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.r

Renovaré Team

Excerpt from Life with God Spiritual Formation Bible

MED­I­TA­TION: Prayer­ful rumi­na­tion upon God, his Word, and his world. 

*Gen 24:63 Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field. 

*Josh 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall med­i­tate on it day and night. 

*Job 15:4 But you are doing away with the fear of God, and hin­der­ing med­i­ta­tion before God. 

Ps 1:2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they med­i­tate day and night. 

*Ps 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the med­i­ta­tion of my heart be accept­able to you. 

Ps 63:6 I think of you on my bed, and med­i­tate on you in the watch­es of the night. 

Ps 77:6 I com­mune with my heart in the night; I med­i­tate and search my spirit. 

*Ps 77:12 I will med­i­tate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds. 

*Ps 119:15 I will med­i­tate on your pre­cepts, and fix my eyes on your ways.

*Ps 119:23 Even though princes sit plot­ting against me, your ser­vant will med­i­tate on your statutes. 

*Ps 119:27 Make me under­stand the way of your pre­cepts, and I will med­i­tate on your won­drous works. 

*Ps 119:97 Oh, how I love your law! It is my med­i­ta­tion all day long. 

*Ps 119:99 I have more under­stand­ing than all my teach­ers, for your decrees are my meditation. 

*Ps 119:148 My eyes are awake before each watch of the night, that I may med­i­tate on your promise. 

Ps 143:5 I think about all your deeds, I med­i­tate on the works of your hands. 

Ps 145:5 On the glo­ri­ous splen­dor of your majesty, and on your won­drous works, I will meditate. 

*Isa 1:26 And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your coun­selors as at the beginning. 

*Wisd of Sol 12:22 When we judge, we may med­i­tate upon your good­ness, and when we are judged, we may expect mercy. 

*Sir 6:37 Reflect on the statutes of the Lord, and med­i­tate at all times on his commandments. 

Sir 14:20 Hap­py is the per­son who med­i­tates on wis­dom and rea­sons intelligently. 

*Sir 39:7 The Lord will direct his coun­sel and knowl­edge, as he med­i­tates on his mysteries.

Phil 4:8 What­ev­er is true, what­ev­er is hon­or­able, … if there is any excel­lence and if there is any­thing wor­thy of praise, think about these things. 

*Col 3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 

1 Tim 4:15 Put these things into prac­tice, devote your­self to them, so that all may see your progress. 

Heb 3:1 – 2 Con­sid­er that Jesus, the apos­tle and high priest of our con­fes­sion, was faith­ful to the one who appoint­ed him. 

Heb 12:2 – 3 Con­sid­er him who endured such hos­til­i­ty against him­self from sin­ners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. 

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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