I joined a women’s Bible study on spiritual disciplines at my church. Jumping into a women’s Bible study isn’t easy for me. I am an introvert who does not enjoy small talk and am energized through solitude with God instead of corporate fellowship, but I know that I must have both.
While it’s been a couple years since I have been part of a women’s Bible study, this is the first one at this church, which I have been a part of for almost three years. The overwhelming largeness and growth of this church makes it hard for this introvert to get plugged in.
And now I wish it hadn’t taken me so long because I’m thrilled to find out the depth of the women’s ministry; it’s not fluffy or shallow or dependent on popular speakers on DVD. They encourage digging deep, not living off the crumbs of other’s findings but finding true nourishment in the Word and God speaking into your life and applying it in your relationships and circumstances.
In our study this week, it is just an introduction to the disciplines. We are using Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life: A Study Guide – and just the study guide only, not his actual book on which it is based, so we are encouraged to dig into the scriptures instead of Whitney’s teachings. We are told that we might disagree with some of his points, and that’s okay, but to glean from it and dig and grow.
One of the points that Whitney emphasized is that growth in relationship with God is completed only in fellowship with His children, not in isolation. As tempting as it is for me to close myself in my library and study what I want to study and read what I want to read, it is through the Church and fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ that keeps me from diverging down the path of error or putting too much emphasis on lesser things.
Check back on Mondays for more on the spiritual disciplines and this chapter of my story….