T-Life Guide
Trust Me: 5 Ingredients for Gaining Confidence in God | Week 4: Private Disciplines | October 8 - 14
Main Point: God uses private (spiritual) disciplines to grow our trust in Him, because they align our hearts with His.
Key Verse: Matthew 6:1
Scripture References: Matthew 6:1-6
We continue this week with Ingredient #3 that God uses to grow our trust in Him leading to a life of surrender to Him. God uses private spiritual disciplines in our lives to grow our trust in Him because they align our hearts with His. These disciplines (confession, fasting, giving, gratitude, journalizing, meditation, prayer, reflection, silence, simplicity, solitude, and study) drive us forward in intentional trust of God through personal connection to Him (not to be seen by others). It is giving our time to engage and trust in God with and for our lives. It is the only ingredient that we can go and do right now. Through pre-deciding to engage in personal spiritual disciplines by giving God our first minutes and dollars, we can today be assured that God will meet us in our actions when we do them out of a heart of trust in Him.
Discussion Questions
  1. Last week we were challenged to assess our "providential relationships" and to consider action steps we could take to find ourselves in environments for providential relationships to happen. Share any insights you gained, actions you took, or steps you hope to take.
  2. Read through Matthew 6:1-6 from the message on Sunday. As you do, what sort of thoughts come to mind from your own life or what you have seen in the lives of others (without using names). How have you seen or experienced private spiritual disciplines used for personal gain or how have you seen them used to glorify God in private and silence?
  3. Talk about your own experience with private spiritual disciplines. Are there any of which that you regularly partake? How have those attempts or routines built your trust in God? Share about your experience of beginning those routines and how they now impact your day-to-day living. If not, do any of the spiritual disciplines (an incomplete list is listed in "recap" above) resonate with you right now?
  4. As we continue through this series we are once again reminded that God is calling us to humility and trust in all things. What areas of your life right now do you feel tension, anxiety, or a lack of control within? How does trust in God bring hope to those areas? Do you see any way that God could use private spiritual disciplines to bring hope or healing to those areas?
Moving Forward
Private spiritual disciplines are easily one of the most misunderstood or neglected areas of Christian faith today. Because we have emphasized salvation comes through grace alone by faith alone in Christ alone completely apart from works (TRUTH!), we have struggled for decades to engage with Christ after salvation through private spiritual disciplines. A reminder that salvation is but step number one in a lifetime of trust, hope, and purpose with Christ is essential. This week, consider your own beliefs about God, what His purposes are for you, and how you can align your private spiritual disciplines with God's calling on your life. As you do this, allow God to invite you into a discipline that will further your relationship with Him through trust and dependence. God doesn't need your time, talents, or treasure, but He does desire your relationship, trust, and the glory that you are made to give Him. If you are unclear on these disciplines, call someone you know or set up a coffee with someone to discuss their own and how it has impacted them personally. By the end of the week after considering with others and listening to the Lord, commit to one discipline to begin to create a routine around and ask "How do I give God my first'?" Share a plan of action with another person and ask them to follow up with you. This isn't about earning God's favor, it's about establishing intentional trust in Him.
The Word Speaking Life
Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in Heaven. -Matthew 6:1
For a full recap of Sunday's sermon with media, visit the Trust Me: 5 Ingredients for Gaining Confidence in God - Private Disciplines page.
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