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.

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Excerpt from Life with God Spiritual Formation Bible

SECRE­CY: Con­scious­ly refrain­ing from hav­ing our good deeds and qual­i­ties gen­er­al­ly known, which, in turn, right­ly dis­ci­plines our long­ing for recognition.

*Ps 51:6 You desire truth in the inward being; there­fore teach me wis­dom in my secret heart. 

*Ps 91:1 You … live in the shel­ter of the Most High, … abide in the shad­ow of the Almighty. 

Isa 45:3 I will give you the trea­sures of dark­ness and rich­es hid­den in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. 

*Ezek 16:15 You … lav­ished your whor­ings on any passer-by. 

Sir 42:18 He search­es out the abyss and the human heart; he under­stands their inner­most secrets. For the Most High knows all that may be known; he sees from of old the things that are to come.

Matt 6:4 [May] your alms … be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

Matt 6:6 When­ev­er you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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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