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Spiritual Disciplines Companion

Bible Studies and Practices to Transform Your Soul

by Jan Johnson

Spiritual Disciplines Companion
  • Formats: pdf
  • Published: April 25, 2012
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-6693-9
  • Item Code: 6693

Spiritual disciplines connect us to the God who wants to transform our souls. We discover these time-tested practices in the Bible as we look at the everyday ways Jesus related to God. These companion studies and exercises will help you to explore sixteen core practices. Three segments on each practice (a total of forty-eight sessions) allow space to go beyond superficial understanding and to begin to live in a new way.

Jan Johnson, a seasoned writer in both the areas of spiritual formation and Bible study, has created a unique mix of inductive Bible study, guided meditation and transformational exercises spanning all the styles of learning and offering something for everyone. You can use this book effectively on your own or with a group.

Discover what it means to live in the grace and light of God's transforming presence.

Also available: The Spiritual Disciplines Bible Studies series of eight titles offers these studies in six-week guides with notes for leaders included.


  • silence
  • service
  • secrecy
  • prayer
  • listening
  • Bible study
  • Scripture meditation
  • community
  • submission
  • reflection
  • confession
  • fasting
  • simplicity
  • worship
  • celebration


Introducing Spiritual Disciplines Bible Studies

Part 1: Solitude Silence
1. Examples of Solitude: Jesus' Personal Getaways (Mark 1:21-39)
2. Examples of Solitude: Jacob's Transformation (Genesis 28:10-22; 32:22--33:3)
3. Activities in Solitude: Delighting in God (Psalm 37:1-11
4. Activities in Solitude: Resting in God (Isaiah 30:15-22)
5. Results of Solitude: Hearing God?s Surprises (1 Kings 19:1-18)
6. Results of Solitude: How God Changes You (John 15:1-16)
Study Notes for Solitude and Silence

Part 2: Service Secrecy
1. Doing Flows Out of Being (Nehemiah 1:1--2:18)
2. Jesus' Heart for Others (Luke 8:26-39)
3. Service Transforms the Soul (John 13:1-17)
4. The Peril of the Hypocritical Heart (Matthew 23:1-37)
5. Secrecy as a Discipline (Matthew 6:1-8)
6. Simple, Unpretentious Service (Luke 10:25-37)
Study Notes for Service and Secrecy

Part 3: Prayer Listening
1. Conversation with God (Genesis 15:1-17; 17:15-22; 18:1-15)
2. Praying with Authenticity (Psalm 74:1-23)
3. The Prayer of Request (Matthew 6:9-13)
4. Listening to God in Prayer (1 Chronicles 14:8-17)
5. Interceding as Jesus Did (Luke 22:31-34)
6. Practicing God's Presence (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Study Notes for Prayer and Listening

Part 4: Study Meditation
1. Immersing Yourself in God's Thoughts (Deuteronomy 6:1-9)
2. Reading and Responding to Scripture (Nehemiah 8:1-18; 9:1-3, 38)
3. Comprehending God?s Truth (Isaiah 11:1-9)
4. Meditation and Obedience (Psalm 119:97-104)
5. A Biblical Model (Luke 1:46-55; 1 Samuel 2:1-10)
6. Entering A Gospel Scene (Mark 10:17-23)
Study Notes for Study and Meditation

Part 5: Community Submission
1. Intentional Community (Matthew 26:36-45)
2. The Grittiness of Community (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
3. Power and Powerlessness (Mark 10:32-45)
4. When I Think I'm Right (Philemon 1-21)
5. Listening (Mark 5:21-34)
6. Welcoming the Stranger (Matthew 25:31-40)
Study Notes for Community Submission

Part 6: Reflection Confession
1. Believing in a God Who Heals (Psalm 103)
2. Letting God Search My Heart (1 Corinthians 13:1-7)
3. Confessing to God (Psalm 51)
4. Coming Clean to Others (2 Samuel 11:220--12:14)
5. Recognizing God's Presence in My Life (Psalm 65:1-13)
6. Journaling (Jeremiah 15:10-21; 17:5-8)
Study Notes for Reflection and Confession

Part 7: Simplicity Fasting
1. The Single-Hearted Person (Matthew 6:19-24, 33)
2. Less Is More (Matthew 6:24-34)
3. Simple Talk (Matthew 5:33-37)
4. When Fasting Becomes Feasting (Matthew 4:1-11; John 6:48-51)
5. Hearts Laid Bare (1 Samuel 7:3-13)
6. What's Behind the Fast? (Matthew 6:16-18; Isaiah 58:1-11)
Study Notes for Simplicity and Fasting

Part 8: Worship Celebration
1. Longing for God (Psalm 63)
2. Responding in Worship (Psalm 104:31--105:5)
3. Entering into Corporate Worship (1 Chronicles 16:1-36)
4. Celebrating the Life of God (Luke 15:1-32)
5. Coming to the Table (John 6:47-58)
6. Living in Transformation (Philippians 4:4-13)
Study Notes for Worship and Celebration

Appendix: Guidelines for Leaders

Jan Johnson

Jan Johnson is the author of over twenty books and more than a thousand magazine articles and Bible studies. A speaker, teacher, and spiritual director, she writes primarily about spiritual formation, social justice, and living with purposeful intentionality. Her books include Meeting God in Scripture, Abundant Simplicity, Hearing God Through the Year (editor), Enjoying the Presence of God, and Spiritual Disciplines Companion.

Jan holds a DMin in Ignatian spirituality and spiritual direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation and lives with her husband in Simi Valley, California.