Join us in practicing this month's spiritual discipline

Study

For more in-depth explanation regarding this spiritual discipline, we recommend the book, "Celebration of Discipline" by Richard Foster.
"Study is a specific kind of experience in which through careful attention to reality, the mind is enabled to move in a certain direction " - Richard Foster
"The purpose of the Spiritual Disciplines is the total transformation of the person. They aim at replacing old destructive habits of thought with new life-giving habits. Nowhere is this purpose more clearly see than in the Discipline of study" - Richard Foster
Study/Reflection Questions (taken from 'Celebration of Discipline' Study Guide by Richard Foster):
  • Why does study more fully bring about the purpose of the Spiritual Disciplines, which is the transformation of the individual? In other words, what does study do that other Disciplines do not?
  • Which of the four steps into study (repetition, concentration, comprehension, and reflection) do you feel is the most important in bringing about the goal of the transformation of the individual?
Four Steps (taken from 'Celebration of Discipline' by Richard Foster
  1. Repetition - Repetition regularly channels the mind in a specific direction, thus ingraining habits of thought
  2. Concentration - Concentration centers the mind. It focuses the attention on what is being studied
  3. Comprehension -  Comprehension focuses on the knowledge of the truth
  4. Reflection - Although comprehension defines what we are studying, reflection defines the significance of what we are studying
Study of Books (taken from 'Celebration of Discipline' by Richard Foster)
Intrinsic Rules
  • Understanding - What is the author saying?
  • Interpreting - What does the author mean?
  • Evaluating - Is the author right or wrong?
Extrinsic Rules
  • Experience - experience is the only way we can interpret and relate to what we read
  • Other Books - books often have meaning only when they are read in relation to other writings
  • Live Discussion - refers to the ordinary interaction that occurs among human beings as they pursue a particular course of study
Recommended Scripture Readings (taken from the 'Celebration of Discipline' Study Guide by Richard Foster)
  • Philippians 4:8-9
  • Colossians 3:1-17
  • Luke 10:38-42
  • Ezra 7:10
  • James 1:19-25
  • Acts 17:1-2
  • Acts 17:10-12
  • Acts 19:8-10
  • Proverbs 24:30-34