Step 11: A Rhythm of Spiritual Practices, Part 2 of Three Focuses of a Vibrant Christian Life


How do we live a vibrant Christian life in the Spirit? Step 10 focuses on continued humility. Step 11 focuses on living in a rhythm of spiritual practices.
The spiritual practices are any practices that help us center our lives on God and put us in a place where God can take a hold of us. These practices lead us to a place of intimacy and transformation. So, think of spiritual practices as things we do to stay close to God, not things we do to be a better person. If we stay close to God, we will be a better person; we will bear the fruit of the Spirit. So, the focus of spiritual practices is on the relationship, not on transformation, because transformation comes from the relationship.


This is a series about how God changes us from the heart. We saw that the fruit of the Spirit is a picture of a changed life—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That’s the destination. The way we get there is by living in the Spirit. The Bible tells us what it means to live by the Spirit and Bill W. and Dr. Bob who wrote 12-step recovery program did a great job distilling it from the Big Big Book, the Bible. So, we are going to look at what it means to live by the Spirit as we look at the process outlined in the 12-step recovery program; and as we do this, we are going to do this from the perspective of its biblical roots just as the co-founders did.
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