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.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. 

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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.