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

SILENCE: Clos­ing off our souls from sounds,” whether noise, music, or words, so that we may bet­ter still the inner chat­ter and clat­ter of our noisy hearts and be increas­ing­ly atten­tive to God. 

Gen 24:21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether or not the Lord had made his jour­ney successful.

1 Sam 1:13 Han­nah was pray­ing silent­ly; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. 

*1 Kings 19:12 After the earth­quake [there was] a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 

*Job 6:24 Teach me, and I will be silent; make me under­stand how I have gone wrong. 

*Job 13:5 If you would only keep silent, that would be your wisdom! 

Ps 4:4 When you are dis­turbed, do not sin; pon­der it on your beds, and be silent. 

Ps 39:9 I am silent; I do not open my mouth, for it is you who have done it. 

*Ps 62:1,5 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. 

*Ps 131:2 But I have calmed and qui­et­ed my soul, like a weaned child with its mother. 

*Prov 11:12 Who­ev­er belit­tles anoth­er lacks sense, but an intel­li­gent per­son remains silent. 

Isa 30:15 In return­ing and rest you shall be saved; in quiet­ness and in trust shall be your strength. 

*Isa 32:17 The effect of right­eous­ness will be peace, and the result of right­eous­ness, quiet­ness and trust forever. 

*Isa 53:7 Like a lamb that is led to the slaugh­ter, and like a sheep that before its shear­ers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 

Lam 3:26 It is good that one should wait qui­et­ly for the sal­va­tion of the Lord. 

*Hab 2:20 The Lord is in his holy tem­ple; let all the earth keep silence before him! 

*Zeph 1:7 Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is at hand. 

*Sir 20:1, 6 There is a rebuke that is untime­ly, and there is the per­son who is wise enough to keep silent. 

Rom 3:19 We know that what­ev­er the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced. 

*James 1:19 Let every­one be quick to lis­ten, slow to speak, slow to anger. 

James 3:1 – 12 No one can tame the tongue — a rest­less evil, full of dead­ly poison. 

*Rev 8:1 When the Lamb opened the sev­enth seal, there was silence in heav­en for about half an hour.

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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.