Join us in practicing this month's spiritual discipline

Submission

For more in-depth explanation regarding this spiritual discipline, we recommend the book, "Celebration of Discipline" by Richard Foster.
"5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. " - Philippians 2:5-8
Desire: to have Jesus as the Master of my life in absolutely every way (taken from the 'Spiritual Disciplines Handbook' by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun)
Definition: Submission that leads to growth means aligning my will and freedom with God's will and freedom. God's will for us includes freely submitting to each other out of love and reverence for Christ (taken from the 'Spiritual Disciplines Handbook' by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun)
Study/Reflection Questions (taken from 'Celebration of Discipline' Study Guide by Richard Foster):
  • What is the freedom in submission?
  • What images come to your mind when you think of the word self-denial?
  • Why was Jesus' teaching on submission so revolutionary?
Practice Includes (taken from the 'Spiritual Disciplines Handbook' by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun)
  • Seeking God's will (no matter where it leads) and doing it
  • Allowing others to mentor, disciple, teach, correct and guide you
  • Being a good follower
  • Laying aside the need to be in charge
  • Willing and eager obedience to God
God Given Fruit (taken from the 'Spiritual Disciplines Handbook' by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun)
  • Being free from the need to be in charge
  • Teachability
  • Esteeming and honoring others more than yourself
  • Being free from a rebellious and autonomous spirit
  • Surrendering and losing your life to find it
  • Developing approachability, gentleness, humility
  • Expressing a deep regard for others and what they might have to offer