Irvine Presbyterian Church, Women’s Ministries

Monday Night Bible Study

September 2007 – June 2009


The Spiritual Disciplines we’ve been exploring since Fall 2007 include the following; definitions are adapted from Adele Aahlberg Calhoun’s Spiritual Disciplines Handbook.

1) Bible study involves engaging the mind and focusing attention on Scripture in an attempt to understand and apply truth to every part of my life.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119: 11

Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. James 1: 21

2) Celebration is a way of engaging in actions that orient the spirit towards worship, praise and thanksgiving.

The Lord your God is in your midst; a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with his gladness, he will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3: 17

3) A covenant group is composed of people who commit themselves to helping and encouraging one another, as each prayerfully seeks to live out God’s will in their lives.

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day of Christ approaching. Hebrews 10: 25

4) Gratitude is a loving and thankful response toward God for his presence with us and within this world.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians 4: 6

5) Discipleship is the process of equipping, training, and encouraging another in his or her apprenticeship to Jesus.

Jesus…said to his disciples, How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!… With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:23, 27

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, your are truly my disciples.” John 8: 31

6) Lectio Divina is the practice of divine reading. Also known as spiritual reading, prayerful reading, and praying with the Bible. Here’s our How-To for  Daily Lectio.