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

SER­VICE: Lov­ing, thought­ful, active pro­mo­tion of the good of oth­ers and the caus­es of God in our world, through which we expe­ri­ence the many lit­tle deaths of going beyond ourselves.

*Gen 18:3 – 7 My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant.

Gen 24:14 Let her be the one whom you have appoint­ed for your ser­vant Isaac. 

Gen 29:20 So Jacob served sev­en years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. 

Gen 32:10 I am not wor­thy of the least of all the stead­fast love and all the faith­ful­ness that you have shown to your servant. 

*Exod 35:21, 29 And they came, every­one whose heart was stirred, and every­one whose spir­it was will­ing, and brought the Lord’s offer­ing to be used for the tent of meeting. 

*Num 4:24,27 This is the ser­vice of the clans of the Ger­shon­ites, in serv­ing and bear­ing burdens. 

Num 8:11 Aaron shall present the Levites before the Lord as an ele­va­tion offer­ing from the Israelites, that they may do the ser­vice of the Lord. 

Num 12:7 – 8 Not so with my ser­vant Moses; he is entrust­ed with all my house. 

*Num 14:24 My ser­vant Caleb, because he has a dif­fer­ent spir­it and has fol­lowed me whole­heart­ed­ly, I will bring into the land. 

*Deut 3:24 O Lord God, you have only begun to show your ser­vant your great­ness and your might. 

Josh 22:26 – 27 Let us now build an altar … to be a wit­ness between us and you … that we do per­form the ser­vice of the Lord in his presence. 

*Josh 24:15 Choose this day whom you will serve, … but as for me and my house­hold, we will serve the Lord. 

*Ruth 2:11 – 16 May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord, the God of Israel. 

1 Sam 1:11 O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the mis­ery of your ser­vant, and remem­ber me, and not for­get your ser­vant, but will give to your ser­vant a male child. 

1 Sam 2:11 – 26 Samuel was min­is­ter­ing before the Lord. 

*1 Sam 3:9 Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, Speak, Lord, for your ser­vant is listening.” 

1 Sam 12:24 Only fear the Lord, and serve him faith­ful­ly with all your heart. 

*1 Sam 16:16 – 22 And David came to Saul, and entered his service. 

1 Sam 18:5 David went out and was suc­cess­ful wher­ev­er Saul sent him; as a result, Saul set him over the army. 

1 Sam 22:14 Who among all your ser­vants is so faith­ful as David? He is the king’s son-in-law, and is quick to do your bid­ding, and is hon­ored in your house. 

*1 Sam 25:41 She rose and bowed down, with her face to the ground, and said, Your ser­vant is a slave to wash the feet of the ser­vants of my lord.” 

2 Sam 7:8 Thus you shall say to my ser­vant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pas­ture, from fol­low­ing the sheep to be prince over my peo­ple Israel. 

*2 Sam 7:21 Because of your promise, and accord­ing to your own heart, you have wrought all this great­ness, so that your ser­vant may know it. 

*2 Sam 11:11 The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; … shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? … I will not do such a thing. 

*2 Sam 16:1 When David had passed a lit­tle beyond the sum­mit, Ziba the ser­vant of Mephi­bosheth met him. 

1 Kings 3:9 Give your ser­vant there­fore an under­stand­ing mind to gov­ern your peo­ple, able to dis­cern between good and evil. 

*Neh 5:15 – 16 The for­mer gov­er­nors who were before me laid heavy bur­dens on the peo­ple.… Even their ser­vants lord­ed it over the peo­ple. But I did not do so, because of the fear of God. 

*Ps 8:6 – 8 You have giv­en them domin­ion over the works of your hands. 

Ps 35:27 Great is the Lord, who delights in the wel­fare of his servant. 

*Ps 113:1 Praise, O ser­vants of the Lord. 

Ps 134:1 Come, bless the Lord, all you ser­vants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! 

*Prov 3:27 – 28 Do not with­hold good from those to whom it is due. 

*Prov 31:15 She ris­es while it is still night and pro­vides food for her house­hold and tasks for her ser­vant-girls.

*Isa 49:6 It is too light a thing that you should be my ser­vant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the sur­vivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations. 

Isa 58:3 You serve your own inter­est on your fast day, and oppress all your workers. 

*Jer 29:7 Seek the wel­fare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf. 

Jer 45:5 I am going to bring dis­as­ter upon all flesh, says the Lord; but I will give you your life as a prize of war in every place to which you may go. 

*Dan 3:17 – 18 If our God whom we serve is able to deliv­er us from the fur­nace of blaz­ing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliv­er us. 

Dan 6:20 O Daniel, ser­vant of the liv­ing God, has your God whom you faith­ful­ly serve been able to deliv­er you from the lions? 

*Amos 2:6 – 8 They sell the right­eous for sil­ver, and the needy for a pair of san­dals — they who tram­ple the head of the poor into the dust. 

Zech 3:8 I am going to bring my ser­vant the Branch. 

*Mal 3:17 – 18 Then once more you shall see the dif­fer­ence between the right­eous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him. 

*2 Macc 4:33 When Onias became ful­ly aware of these acts, he pub­licly exposed them. 

Wis­d­of Sol 10:9 Wis­dom res­cued from trou­bles those who served her. 

Sir 35:20 The one whose ser­vice is pleas­ing to the Lord will be accept­ed, and his prayer will reach to the clouds. 

Tob 4:14 Do not keep over until the next day the wages of those who work for you, but pay them at once. If you serve God you will receive payment. 

Matt 6:24 No one can serve two mas­ters. …You can­not serve God and wealth.

Matt 12:18 Here is my ser­vant, whom I have cho­sen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. 

Matt 20:26 Who­ev­er wish­es to be great among you must be your servant. 

*Matt 20:28 The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ran­som for many.” 

Matt 23:11 The great­est among you will be your servant. 

*Mark 9:35 Who­ev­er wants to be first must be last of all and ser­vant of all. 

Mark 10:45 The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ran­som for many. 

Luke 1:48 He has looked with favor on the low­li­ness of his servant. 

Luke 12:37 Blessed are those slaves whom the mas­ter finds alert when he comes; … he will come and serve them. 

Luke 16:13 No slave can serve two mas­ters. .. . You can­not serve God and wealth. 

*Luke 17:7 – 10 Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 

Luke 22:26 – 27 I am among you as one who serves. 

*John 1:48 I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you. 

*John 9:3 Nei­ther this man nor his par­ents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 

John 12:26 Who­ev­er serves me must fol­low me, and where I am, there will my ser­vant be also. Who­ev­er serves me, the Father will honor. 

*John 13:1 – 17 If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one anoth­er’s feet. 

John 15:15,20 I do not call you ser­vants any longer, because the ser­vant does not know what the mas­ter is doing; but I have called you friends. 

*Acts 6:1 – 6 Select from among your­selves sev­en men of good stand­ing, full of the Spir­it and of wis­dom, whom we may appoint to this task. 

*Acts 20:19 [Serve] the Lord with all humil­i­ty and with tears. 

Rom 12:11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spir­it, serve the Lord. 

Rom 13:6 For the same rea­son you also pay tax­es, for the author­i­ties are God’s servants. 

Rom 15:16 [God gave me the grace] to be a min­is­ter of Christ Jesus to the Gen­tiles in the priest­ly ser­vice of the gospel of God. 

*1 Cor 16:16 I urge you to put your­selves at the ser­vice of such peo­ple, and of every­one who works and toils with them. 

*2 Cor 6:4 – 7 As ser­vants of God we have com­mend­ed our­selves in every way: through great endurance, in afflic­tions, hard­ships, calamities. 

*Eph3:7 Of this gospel I have become a ser­vant accord­ing to the gift of God’s grace that was giv­en me by the work­ing of his power. 

Eph 6:7 Ren­der ser­vice with enthu­si­asm, as to the Lord and not to men and women. 

Phil 2:30 He came close to death for the work of Christ, risk­ing his life to make up for those ser­vices that you could not give me. 

Col 1:23 I, Paul, became a ser­vant of this gospel. 

Col 3:24 You know that from the Lord you will receive the inher­i­tance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. 

*2 Thess 2:17 Com­fort your hearts and strength­en them in every good work and word. 

1 Tim 3:13 Those who serve well as dea­cons gain a good stand­ing for them­selves and great bold­ness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 

1 Tim 6:2 Those who have believ­ing mas­ters must not be dis­re­spect­ful to them on the ground that they are mem­bers of the church; rather they must serve them all the more.

*2 Tim 2:4 No one serv­ing in the army gets entan­gled in every­day affairs; the sol­dier’s aim is to please the enlist­ing officer.

Heb 1:14 Are not all angels spir­its in the divine ser­vice, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inher­it salvation? 

*Heb 6:10 God … will not over­look your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serv­ing the saints. 

1 Pet 2:16 As ser­vants of God, live as free peo­ple, yet do not use your free­dom as a pre­text for evil.

1 Pet 4:10 – 11 Like good stew­ards of the man­i­fold grace of God, serve one anoth­er with what­ev­er gift each of you has received. 

Rev 1:6 [Jesus Christ] made us to be a king­dom, priests serv­ing his God and Father. 

*Rev 5:10 You have made them to be a king­dom and priests serv­ing our God, and they will reign on earth. 

Rev 19:10 I am a fel­low ser­vant with you and your com­rades who hold the tes­ti­mo­ny of Jesus.

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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