Summary: Understanding the disciplines in everyday Christian life.
Series: Discipline – Week 3
Title: The External Disciplines of the Faith
Focus: Establishment of Spiritual Disciplines
Introduction: The desire at Velocity is for every teenager to invest his or her life daily to walking with Christ. At Velocity we accomplish this through 3 areas (vision) and it also relates to our current study on spiritual discipline.
1. We love God personally (internal disciples)
2. We love each other (external disciplines)
3. We mature in our relationship with Christ (internal, external, and cooperate disciplines).
Title: How God’s people are externally disciplined
The last two weeks we have been talking about the internal disciplines (Bible study and prayer) and now we need to move on to the external disciplines (simplicity, submission, and service). NOTE: The external disciplines focus on integrity, or doing the right thing when no one is watching. Perspective = doing things with a right motive.
Point #1: God’s people will be simple people (Matthew 6:19-21)
• Explanation: In 28 years I have come to realize that people desire two things; (1) possessions and (2) money. These are selfish desires. The relationship with your possessions and the desire for money shows where your relationship with Christ stands. As Matthew says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (6:21). While it’s not wrong to be blessed, God desires that we be simple because the increase of possessions and money complicates our relationship with Christ. It makes it more difficult to keep our focus when we increase our wealth and possessions. Christ followers were, and would continue to be simple people.
o The Pharisees were a distracted people. They built and stored up great treasures on earth (temples) while also paying close attention to what they wore (clothing). Jesus told the Pharisees that the material possessions and wealth that they had and desired would pass away.
o 12 Disciples – left everything to follow Christ
o Luke 18: 18-29 – The rich and the kingdom of God.
• Application: Think of three things you have (or have had) that desired your attention that takes you away from your relationship with Christ (Mine: Macbook and xbox – DISCIPLINED to use the possession correctly. Has to be a balance). The desire Jesus had for His people were to be simple. They were to (1) love God and (2) follow the commands while loving each other (Matt 28:19-20). It’s very simple to be a Christian but we make it complicated with what we own. The things of this world will pass away but the treasures of eternity are forever (Luke 21:33). God’s people will be simple people and that is an external discipline.
Point #2: God’s people will be submissive people (Various Passages)
• Explanation: Simplicity is submission. When we talk about being simple, we are talking about being submissive. These go hand in hand. A person is submissive in 3 ways: