Some say that being a Christian is a state of mind. Some believe in Christianity but not in Christians. St. James tells us that “faith without actions is dead.” Other New Testament Epistles advise us to practice being followers of Christ, to train or discipline ourselves in the right way.
1. Read and reflect on these scripture passages that instruct us in Christian discipline and practice.
2. Based on these readings and the list below, make a list of at least 10 important practices or disciplines we are asked to observe as Christians.
3. Practices repeated over and over become habits; habits when actively lived become disciplines. From your list identify the practice that you feel is most important to you in living as a follower of Christ. How can you strengthen this practice and make it your personal discipline?
Suggested readings: Practicing the Presence of God by Thomas Merton. Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney