“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.”
(1 Timothy 4:7)

Lent is traditionally a time of spiritual renewal–a time when we intentionally prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. Lent also provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our own life and faith–to examine our sin in light of God’s holiness; our lives in light of God’s love; and our merit in light of God’s mercy. All this happens through a spiritual discipline of intentional reading of Scripture, study, and prayer; through fasting, alms giving, and reaching out to those in need. These spiritual disciplines, faithfully practised under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, can open the door to spiritual growth, maturity of faith, and transformation–drawing us closer to God and deeper into His love.

The classical disciplines of the spiritual life call us to move beyond surface living into the depths of the heart, and to explore the inner caverns of the spiritual realm. We shouldn’t think that these disciplines are only for the “spiritual giants” of the faith, and beyond the reach of “ordinary” believers. God intends them to be practised by all those who put their trust in Him–by people who have jobs, who are retired, who care for children, and who go to school. In fact, the spiritual disciplines are best exercised in the midst of our everyday lives and relationships.

This 6-week series we look at some of the classical disciplines of the spiritual life, why they are important, and how they can help us grow in godliness; and offer practical suggestions on on how to cultivate them on a long-term basis and practice them in our everyday lives.


Sermon:  The Pursuit of Godliness

Preacher:  The Rev. Christopher Doering

Date:  Sunday, March 1, 2020

Scripture:  1 Timothy 4:1-10

Handout:  Part1.HO

Sermon:  Biblical Intake

Preacher:  The Rev. Christopher Doering

Date:  Sunday, March 8, 2020

Scripture:  Psalm 119:1-24

Handout: Part2.HO