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

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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