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Spiritual Disciplines 1: Word

art of spiritual disciplines

WEEKLY: As Christians, we all want to grow closer to Jesus, but it doesn’t happen without some intentional training. Spiritual disciplines, according to Bishop Manny Carlos, are “habits or practices that are intended to help you grow in your relationship with God…and in Christlikeness.” Over the summer, we are going to cover one Spiritual Discipline a week as we attempt to use them in our lives to grow closer to Jesus and closer in likeness to the life He lived.

The Word of God is foundational to any believers walk with Jesus. It is the means by which God has given us specific revelation of who He is, what He is like, and how we are to follow God. There are many different ways to engage with God through His Word. The important thing is that we do it! Pick a method, get an accountability partner, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read and listen to God’s word.

READ: 1 Timothy: 4:11-21; John 1:1-5; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:14-17



  1. What kind of Spiritual Disciplines have you used in the past to grow toward Jesus? Are you still using it?

  2. What are the biggest obstacles stopping you from reading or listening to God’s word? How can you overcome them?

    1. Would you like to start a reading plan? Click on the “youversion” app above to get some ideas.

    2. What kind of accountability do you have in reading the Bible? Ask you House Church to help or start a Transformation Group with someone.

  3. Freshen Up: Is your way of reading becoming stale? Try the methods in the resources to check out some new ways to read.

** While we may not agree with everything these authors say, diversity in perspectives is beneficial to growth, and we encourage an open and Spirit discerning posture while studying the Scripture and while reviewing any resource. **