Spiritual disciplines are the God-given means by which we bring ourselves into the presence of God to enjoy Him and have him shape our hearts to grow spiritually strong and more alive in Him; to become like Jesus. They are never about earning God’s favour, twisting his arm to control his blessings, or even cover our bad, but rather, they are about getting more of God and abiding in Christ. For apart from Him we can do nothing.
Throughout this series we will explore how we can relationally, actively, and persistently bring ourselves before God, experience him and grow into holiness through the Spiritual Disciplines. Each week we will unpack a new discipline and explore how God changes us through our doing them.
Spiritual Disciplines // Fellowship
In this sermon we look at the spiritual discipline of Fellowship - of regularly being together with other believers in order to pursue Christ in all things for each others good. Praising God together is the ultimate foundation for fellowship as we rejoice and follow a God who has given us fellowship with himself. This sermon is based on Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 3:12-13, and Hebrews 10:24-25.
Spiritual Disciplines // Prayer
This morning we take a look at the Spiritual Discipline of Prayer. Through examining why Jesus prayed and how Jesus taught his disciples to pray, we’ll see how God uses prayer to form his character in us.
Spiritual Disciplines // Silence & Solitude
Today more than ever, we live in the day and age of distraction. We are more socially connected than ever before, yet most people are feeling radically lonely. While our lives are filled abundantly, most are not feeling abundantly filled. This week we examine the spiritual discipline of Silence and Solitude and examine how it can help us participate more fully in the life that Jesus said he has purchased for us in John 10:10.
Spiritual Disciplines // Fasting & Frugality
In this sermon we will examine the temptations of Jesus in Matthew 4, and see how Jesus’ practice of fasting can serve as an example for us as we are faced with the same temptations today.
Spiritual Disciplines // Worship
Every human being is a worshipper of something. It's the object of our worship that is going to determine our joy. How do we worship truly in the day to day grind? How do we worship truly corporately as The Shore Church?
In this sermon we unpack the spiritual discipline of worship. While our tendency when we think of worship is to think simply about the songs we sing on a Sunday, a gospel-centred life of worship is an all of life, everyday, sacrificial worship. The spiritual discipline of worship is a response with our lives to the goodness that Jesus has accomplished for us.
Spiritual Disciplines // Confession
What is a distinguishing mark of someone beginning a relationship with God? And what does God expect of us as part of a daily rhythm with Him? And how does God expect for us to relate to one another? The answer to these questions is unpacked for us in the spiritual discipline of confession.
In this sermon we explore the Spiritual Discipline of confession as a grace of God through which we enter into a relationship with Him. God has given us the distinct responsibility to relationally, actively and persistently bring ourselves before Him through the spiritual discipline of confession, and when we do, we will find God’s Spirit at work within us and our relationship with God will continue to grow in amazing ways. As God’s people, we must be known as those marked by our confession of sin and our need for Jesus’ spotlessness in our place. Also, as we walk through the daily rhythms of confessing our sins before God and trusting upon Jesus alone, we are a people who confess our sins to one another so that we will continue to flourish as the people of God in the mission of making Jesus known on the North Shore.
SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES // Secrecy
How can a person bring healing to their obsession with the praise and applaud of people? Answer: doing the Spiritual Discipline of Secrecy
In this sermon we unpack the essence, effects, and practical steps of enjoying God through the Spiritual Discipline of secrecy found in Matthew 6. At its core, the Spiritual Discipline of secrecy is about intentionally refraining from having ones good deeds, service, generosity known. It is where we deliberately avoid earthly recognition, fame, and attention in order to cultivate within our heart and life humility and true love for God. It is where we want and act to be seen by God alone.
Spiritual Disciplines // Study
In this message we look at what the Bible is, and why its so important for us to engage and enjoy God through the discipline of reading, studying, mediating and memorizing it.
The following are some resources to help you engage in this Spiritual Discipline:
Spiritual Disciplines Part 2 // Making Us Holy in Our Hearts
God loves our relationship with him and is always at work in our lives to make us Holy in our hearts. Put another way, when we present ourselves relationally to God through the Spiritual disciplines we can expect God will reveal our need for his grace and power, shaping us to have the heart, responses, and devotion of Jesus. In this sermon we will see: the fruit is our Holiness, the field is our hearts, and the faith we show, pleases God.
What are Spiritual Disciplines? // Part 1
In this message we unpack the anatomy of Spiritual Discipline and how we are to think and feel about them. Ultimately, we grow spiritually strong and more alive when we bring ourselves in to presence of Jesus to enjoy him and abide in Him through the disciplines.