But it sure makes it tough sometimes to get alone with Him. Don't get me wrong. I happily resort to typing with one hand to have the privilege of holding my little girl. Its just that the undertow of life can seem daunting when going for it with Jesus. At the outset, it seems like a sure path to burnout in the natural, whatever the spiritual benefits.
I am here to tell you that spiritual discipline is different on the inside than it might seem from the outside. It integrates all of life, gives profound purpose, and lends His endurance and strength to our own. And, this week's sermon on Prayer & Solitude , is arguably the most vital among the 9 disciplines we will study this summer.
We, like the famed Bereans in Acts 17:11, intend to know prayer from the inside, for ourselves.
Key scriptures: Eccl 5:1, Matt 6:5
The textbook for the sermon series at Cornerstone this summer is The Spirituality of Jesus: Nine Disciplines Christ Modeled for Us by Leslie T. Hardin. We hope to instill in ourselves a keen understanding of what the Holy Spirit is saying to us as a body of believers by both attending/studying the sermon, prayerfully studying the key scriptures and points of the sermon, following along in the text, and spending some time alone with the study guides provided us by the pastoral staff each week.
Due to the compressed schedule this small group had at outset, we had to condense the first two weeks into one. As a result, our conclusions - and our BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) list for Prayer & Solitude will appear next week, either inserted above, or before our musings on the Resisting Temptation message. Thanks!
In the first message of our summer series, Pastor Franco taught about the spirituality of Jesus Christ Himself in Walking with Jesus. These were the Key Scriptures and the Key Points of the sermon:
BLUF # 1 – Walking with Jesus