Monthly Reading Recommendation
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
by Donald S. Whitney
From Our Elders:
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life is considered by many to a contemporary classic—a staple work for every Christian. Spiritual discipline is a crucial skill that directly affects our sanctification, but unfortunately, most of Christianity today is more characterized by a sleepy lethargy than discipline. That is an alarming trend. Discipline is what gives us the ability to focus, prioritize, and concentrate, all of which are necessary in successful Kingdom work. I would venture to say that most are probably indifferent to the problem, but there are others, like you and me, who see the problem but perhaps don’t know how to fix it. To that end, Whitney’s work is a great help.
The reality of practicing spiritual discipline is a biblical mandate. We are called to “put on the whole armor of God” (Eph. 6:10-18), and the Christian life is equivocated with the life of the soldier who doesn’t get distracted by temporal things of the world (2 Tim. 2:4), or to that of a hard working farmer (2 Tim. 2:6). Thus, in thirteen chapters, Whitney identifies twelve key areas that we must faithfully labor as we grow and live as we have been called to live. We must be those who are always committed to Scripture, to learning more about God, and maintaining our fellowship with Him so we can effectively serve the body of Christ.
In a world of controversy and temptation, is it even possible to naturally manifest the character of Christ and freely grow in godliness? It certainly is, but your success will be determined by how deliberately and proactively you put into practice these disciplines. Whitney’s book is tremendously helpful. It is both biblical and practical as it seeks to help you put to practice the spiritual discipline we all so desperately need.
– Matt Tarr
This title is now available at the church Welcome Center
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