Dallas Willard asserts that a believers’ attempt to mimic Jesus’ life is similar to young baseball players who watch their favorite pros play flawlessly, yet when he/she tries to do the same on the field, he/she seems to always fall short. Why?
Exercising Spiritual Disciplines Answer: The young person lacks the hours of practice and discipline which are a part of the athlete’s life both on and off the field. An athlete’s entire lifestyle is focused to prepare him/her for that split second when the “spot light” is on.
Exercising Spiritual Disciplines He suggests that a critical element in living like Jesus is to regularly practice Biblical spiritual disciplines. Just as an athlete practices physical disciplines, so too believers must practice spiritual disciplines!
Exercising Spiritual Disciplines What do you think of Willard’s baseball analogy?
"This, then, is how you should pray… Matt 6:9 "When you fast… Matt 6:16 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins… Mark 12:42 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Gal 6:7 NIV
“ We teach what we know, and we reproduce who we are!!!”
“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists” Eric Hoffer
Learning from Experience External Processes Experience Reflection on Experience Form concepts, generalizations (make meaning) Test concepts in new situations Internal Processes Figure adopted from D. A. Kolb Experimental Learning. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Prentiss Hall 1985
Expressions of Learning Journaling to reflect on learning from experience (Yesterday…) Transparent discussions with coaches & mentors to learn from experiences Peer coaching focused on learning from experience
Resources Related to Learning From Experience Experimental Learning- Kolb 7 th Habit Series- Covey
With reference to Spiritual Disciplines, on a 1 to 10 scale, where are you currently? What would it take to lift you to the next level of Christ-likeness? Today we’ve explored: Exercising Spiritual Disciplines Principle of Sowing & Reaping Learning from Experience
As we enter into our triads, let’s: Review last month’ SMART Goals Explore what the Holy Spirit has brought to your attention Determine next steps (Establish SMART goals) Pray