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

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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