Sermon Series Introduction
When most of us hear the word “discipline”, any hint of the “warm and fuzzies” is displaced by a “water-in-your-boots” kind of feeling. We are generally resistant to discipline because it implies drudgery and pain. Even the most musically accomplished and physically fit among us equate “discipline” with “work.” But what if discipline was more than that? What if discipline was not work, but was instead a step along a path? A means by which we could enjoy the greatest pleasure known to man: intimacy with the God of the universe? The spiritual disciplines are just that! Our study of the spiritual disciplines will show that, while they require effort, the Spirit uses them to produce godliness, which leads to a better knowledge of God and of the “self” that He has made us to be.