08-10-2008 Collision


Living a Life of Discipline

This morning Jason talked about Christian Disciplines. The whole idea was centered around a quote from Tolstoy that says "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." This really rang true for me- I am always so willing to get involved in a variety of initiatives "save the world," but would readily sacrifice a life of service at the altar of personal discipline. We looked at three areas of discipline this morning, two which were personal and one which war corporate. The first two were meditation and study. The enemy majors in three things- noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep us bound in business then we are sure to neglect our pursuit of holiness. We walked through an exercise or "Palms Down, Palms Up," as a way to meditate. There are no right ways or wrong ways to meditate- but it is through the practice of meditating that we learn to do it better. As for study we used a four step process: Repetition, Concentration, Comprehension, and Reflection and we applied it to Romans 8:5. Finally we talked about worship. William Temple once said, “To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by they beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.” Everybody worships something all the time. Worship is about removing idols and placing God first. Part of the responsibility of worship is having a holy expectation to experience God in your worship. Just like meditating we can’t read a book and figure this out- we learn to worship by worshiping.

It was really a sweet time of worship this morning. I enjoyed the change of pace and was blessed as I watched other really seeking God throughout the service this morning.

Worship Set:
Sing, Sing, Sing - Chris Tomlin - E
Mighty to Save - Hillsong - G (Didn't actually get to the rest of the set)
'Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus (chorus) - C
Here is Our King - David Crowder - G

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