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 include celebration, chastity, confession, fasting, fellowship, guidance, meditation, prayer, sacrifice, secrecy, service, silence, simplicity/frugality, solitude, submission, study, and worship.

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.

Renovaré Team

Excerpt from Life with God Spiritual Formation Bible
THE WITH-GOD LIFE: The Bible is all about human life “with God” and how God has made this “with-God” life possible and will bring it to pass. The name Immanuel, meaning “God is with us,” is the title given to the one and only Redeemer, because it refers to God’s everlasting intent for human life—namely, that we should be in every aspect a dwelling place of God.

Genesis 1:26-30

Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion.

Genesis 2:7-8

Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.

*Genesis 3:8

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden.

Genesis 4:14-16

The Lord put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him.

Genesis 17:1-2

I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you.

Genesis 24:7,27

The Lord, God of heaven,. . . took me from my father's house and from the land of my birth, and . . . spoke to me.

Genesis 26:24-28

Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you.

*Genesis 28:11-22

Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back.

*Genesis 39:2-5, 21-23

The Lord was with Joseph.

Exodus 4:12-16

Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak.

*Exodus 8:19

Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.

Exodus 14:13-16

Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground.

Exodus 19:3-6

If you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples.

*Exodus 29:44-46

I will dwell among the Israelites, and I will be their God.

Exodus 33:12-16

My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

Exodus 34:9-10

O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go with us.

Exodus 34:29-35

Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off.

*Exodus 40:34-38

The cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

*Leviticus 16:1-2

I appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.

*Leviticus 25:18-22

I will order my blessing for you in the sixth year, so that it will yield a crop for three years.

Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you.

*Numbers 7:89

When Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord, he would hear the voice speaking to him.

Numbers 17:8

The staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted.

Deuteronomy 8:2-5

Remember the long way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness.

Deuteronomy 8:14-18

The Lord your God . . . brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

*Deuteronomy 28:1-14

All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you.

Deuteronomy 33:26-29

There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help.

*Joshua 1:5

As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.

*Judges 6:16

The Lord said to him, "But I will be with you."

*Judges 16:20

He did not know that the Lord had left him.

1 Samuel 17:46-47

The battle is the Lord's and he will give you into our hand.

*1 Samuel 18:12-15

Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul.

2 Samuel 5:24

Then the Lord has gone before you.

*2 Samuel 22:17-51

He reached from on high, he took me, he drew me out of mighty waters.

*1 Kings 8:10-11

The glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

*2 Kings 6:16-17

The Lord opened the eyes of the servant, and he saw.

*1 Chronicles 29:10-19

It is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all.

2 Chronicles 15:9

Great numbers had deserted to him from Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.

*2 Chronicles 16:9

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him.

2 Chronicles 17:1-10

The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father.

*2 Chronicles 20:15-22,29-30

This battle is not for you to fight; take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the Lord on your behalf.

2 Chronicles 32:7-8

With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.

*Nehemiah 2:8,18

The king granted me what I asked, for the gracious hand of my God was upon me.

*Psalm 16:8-11

Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

*Psalm 23:1-6

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters.

Psalm 33:13-22

The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all humankind.

Psalm 34:15-19

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

Psalm 91:16

With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

*Isaiah 7:14

The Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.

Isaiah 41:10

Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God.

*Isaiah 43:1-5

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.

Isaiah 45:14-15

God is with you alone, and there is no other; there is no god besides him.

Isaiah 63:11-13

Where is the one . . . who divided the waters before them to make for himself an everlasting name?

*Ezekiel 37:27-28

My dwelling place shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Daniel 3:25

I see four men unbound, walking in the middle of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the fourth has the appearance of a god.

Daniel 6:22-23

My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths so that they would not hurt me.

*Matthew 1:23

"The virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us."

Matthew 16:19

Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

*Matthew 18:20

Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.

*Matthew 28:18-20

And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

*Mark 16:20

The Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.

Luke 10:11

Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.

Luke 11:29

This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given.

Luke 17:21

The kingdom of God is among you.

Luke 18:16-17

Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.

Luke 24:49

I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.

*John 1:4

In him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

John 1:9-10

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.

John 6:56-58

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.

John 15:1-5

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

John 17:21-23

As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Acts 1:8

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses.

Acts 11:17

God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed.

Acts 11:21

The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord.

Acts 13:11

"The hand of the Lord is against you, and you will be blind for a while, unable to see the sun." Immediately mist and darkness came over him.

Acts 14:27

They called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles.

*Acts 15:12

They told of all the signs and wonders that God had done through them among the Gentiles.

Acts 19:20

So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

*Acts 23:11

That night the Lord stood near him and said, "Keep up your courage!"

Acts 28:3-10

Paul visited him and cured him by praying and putting his hands on him.

*Romans 6:13

Present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.

Romans 6:23

The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:11-13

He who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Romans 12:6

We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.

Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 4:20

For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power.

*1 Corinthians 12:11

All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

Corinthians 15:10

I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

Corinthians 9:8

God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

The weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Ephesians 1:17-19

I pray that. . . you may know . . . the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.

Ephesians 3:7

I have become a servant according to the gift of God's grace.

Ephesians 3:16

I pray that. . . you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit.

Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory.

Ephesians 6:10

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.

Colossians 3:1-4

Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

*1 Thessalonians 1:5

Our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.

Hebrews 1:14

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

*Hebrews 4:12

Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two- edged sword.

Hebrews 7:25

Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 12:22-24

You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.

Hebrews 13:5-6

Be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you."

1 Peter 3:12-13

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.

*1 Peter 5:6-7

Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

*Revelation 22:3-5

Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it.

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.

Text First Published April 2005