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.

Renovaré Team

Excerpt from Life with God Spiritual Formation Bible

SAC­RI­FICE: Delib­er­ate­ly for­sak­ing the secu­ri­ty of sat­is­fy­ing our own needs with our resources in the faith and hope that God will sus­tain us. 

*Gen 13:8 – 18 Sep­a­rate your­self from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right. 

Gen 15:9 – 14 Your off­spring shall be aliens in a land that is not theirs, and shall be slaves there … but I will bring judgment. 

*Lev9:7 Draw near to the altar and sac­ri­fice your sin offer­ing and your burnt offer­ing, and make atone­ment for your­self and for the people. 

Lev 23:37 You shall cel­e­brate … times of holy con­vo­ca­tion, for pre­sent­ing to the Lord offer­ings by fire — burnt offer­ings and grain offer­ings, sac­ri­fices and drink offer­ings, each on its prop­er day. 

Num 10:10 You shall blow the trum­pets over your burnt offer­ings and over your sac­ri­fices of well-being; they shall serve as a reminder on your behalf before the Lord your God. 

*Deut 15:21 If it has any defect — any seri­ous defect, such as lame­ness or blind­ness— you shall not sac­ri­fice it to the Lord your God. 

Deut 18:1 – 2 They may eat the sac­ri­fices that are the Lord’s portion. 

*Josh 8:31 They offered on it burnt offer­ings to the Lord, and sac­ri­ficed offer­ings of well-being. 

*Ruth 4:5 The day you acquire the field from the hand of Nao­mi, you are also acquir­ing Ruth the Moabite. 

1 Sam 15:22 Sure­ly, to obey is bet­ter than sac­ri­fice, and to heed than the fat of rams. 

*2 Sam 24:24 I will not offer burnt offer­ings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing. 

*2 Chron 7:1 When Solomon had end­ed his prayer, fire came down from heav­en and con­sumed the burnt offer­ing and the sac­ri­fices; and the glo­ry of the Lord filled the tem­ple.

Ps 4:5 Offer right sac­ri­fices, and put your trust in the Lord. 

*Ps 40:6 – 8 Sac­ri­fice and offer­ing you do not desire, but you have giv­en me an open ear. 

Ps 50:23 Those who bring thanks­giv­ing as their sac­ri­fice hon­or me. 

Ps 51:16 – 19 The sac­ri­fice accept­able to God is a bro­ken spir­it; a bro­ken and con­trite heart, O God, you will not despise. 

Prov 21:3 To do right­eous­ness and jus­tice is more accept­able to the Lord than sacrifice. 

Hos 6:6 I desire stead­fast love and not sac­ri­fice, the knowl­edge of God rather than burnt offerings. 

*Mic 6:6 – 8 What does the Lord require of you but to do jus­tice, and to love kind­ness, and to walk humbly with your God? 

*Mal 1:8,14 When you offer blind ani­mals in sac­ri­fice, is that not wrong? 

Sir 34:21 – 24 The Most High is not pleased with the offer­ings of the ungod­ly, nor for a mul­ti­tude of sac­ri­fices does he for­give sins. 

Sir 35:4 One who gives alms sac­ri­fices a thank offering. 

Sir 35:9 The sac­ri­fice of the right­eous is accept­able, and it will nev­er be forgotten. 

*Pro­fAzar 16 – 17 Yet with a con­trite heart and a hum­ble spir­it may we be accept­ed, as though it were with burnt offerings.

*Matt 9:13 Go and learn what this means, I desire mer­cy, not sacrifice.” 

Mark 12:33 To love him with all the heart, and with all the under­stand­ing, and with all the strength,” and to love one’s neigh­bor as one­self,” — this is much more impor­tant than all whole burnt offer­ings and sacrifices. 

*Mark 14:3 – 9 A woman came with an alabaster jar of very cost­ly oint­ment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the oint­ment on his head. 

*John 21:18 When you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and some­one else will fas­ten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go. 

Rom 3:25 God put for­ward [Christ Jesus] as a sac­ri­fice of atone­ment by his blood, effec­tive through faith. 

*Rom 12:1 Present your bod­ies as a liv­ing sac­ri­fice, holy and accept­able to God, which is your spir­i­tu­al worship. 

*1 Cor 5:7 For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. 

1 Cor 9:27 I pun­ish my body and enslave it, so that after pro­claim­ing to oth­ers I myself should not be disqualified. 

2 Cor 8:1 – 9 They vol­un­tar­i­ly gave accord­ing to their means, and even beyond their means. 

*2 Cor 9:6 – 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluc­tant­ly or under com­pul­sion, for God loves a cheer­ful giver. 

Eph 5:2 Live in love, as Christ loved us and gave him­self up for us, a fra­grant offer­ing and sac­ri­fice to God. 

*Phil 2:17 Even if I am being poured out as a liba­tion over the sac­ri­fice and the offer­ing of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 

Heb 9:23 Thus it was nec­es­sary for the sketch­es of the heav­en­ly things to be puri­fied with these rites, but the heav­en­ly things them­selves need bet­ter sac­ri­fices than these. 

Heb 10:5 Sac­ri­fices and offer­ings you have not desired, but a body you have pre­pared for me. 

Heb 10:12 When Christ had offered for all time a sin­gle sac­ri­fice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.” 

Heb 13:11 Those ani­mals whose blood is brought into the sanc­tu­ary by the high priest as a sac­ri­fice for sin are burned out­side the camp. 

Heb 13:15 Through him, then, let us con­tin­u­al­ly offer a sac­ri­fice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that con­fess his name. 

*Heb 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sac­ri­fices are pleas­ing to God. 

1 John 2:2 He is the aton­ing sac­ri­fice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Matt 6:18 [May] your fast­ing … be seen not by oth­ers but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

Matt 10:26 Noth­ing is cov­ered up that will not be uncov­ered, and noth­ing secret that will not become known. 

*Mark 4:22 There is noth­ing hid­den, except to be dis­closed; nor is any­thing secret, except to come to light. 

Luke 8:10 To you it has been giv­en to know the secrets of the king­dom of God. 

Rom 2:16 Accord­ing to my gospel, God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all.

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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