This is our last week to focus on the spiritual discipline of Study. Beginning May 1, we will switch to the outward discipline of Simplicity. To review we have looked this month at the four steps to effective study as laid out in Richard Foster’s book Celebration of Discipline. They are repetition, concentration, comprehension, and finally, reflection.
Foster says that reflection “defines the significance of what we are studying.” In reflection, we are looking for meaning, especially personal meaning – i.e. what does this mean for my life? Depending on the purpose of our study, we can look for meaning for a broader audience (something that we teach) or for personal meaning which is our focus in applying the spiritual disciplines to our lives. So, in pursuing the discipline of study, we are building information definitely, but in the context of a spiritual discipline, we are looking at application.
Foster brings up the role of humility in the discipline of study. It can be easy to find things to share with others or things we think others should “learn”, but it takes great humility to submit ourselves to the microscope. We need to approach the Bible as students if we want to learn from it. Foster says, “Arrogance and a teachable spirit are mutually exclusive.”
I hope you are carving out time to learn and grow during these unprecedented days. Don’t forget our Prayer Night tonight at 7 pm. This pre-recorded event will be on Facebook Live and live.newhope.org. Our topic this week is repentance. We will also be taking the Lord’s Supper together again. Hope you will join us.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach