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Spiritual
Transformation
Elements and Disciplines
From
The Complete Book of Discipleship by Bill Hull
&
The Biblical Principles of Discipleship by Alan Coppedge
What is spiritual “transformation”?

Trans: (meta) = to move something from
one place to another

Formation: (morphe) = to change
Essential Elements
of Spiritual Transformation
TRANSFORMATIONAL TRIANGLE
Training and Pattern of Life
Community
Mission
Circumstances
& Events
Hull, p 189
Essential Disciplines
for Spiritual Transformation

Longstanding tradition in the Church

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Bible reading, scripture memory, prayer, worship,
evangelism, service, stewardship
Why practice the disciplines?

Positive, preemptive function when engaged appropriately

Develop habits of the heart
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Disciplines are tools

Disciplines work indirectly and mysteriously
Principles that Govern
the Spiritual Disciplines
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Training Leads to Godliness

Regeneration “factory installs” the desire to be
like Jesus

Greek root for train is gumnazo ( gymnasium)

God opposes earning, but urges effort

Don’t go it alone
Principles that Govern
the Spiritual Disciplines

Practice Creates the Trained State

Why do we practice anything?

Relationship between practice and spiritual
training

Tragedy of “undisciplined disciples”
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Maturity results from constant use
Principles that Govern
the Spiritual Disciplines

Perseverance Makes Transformation a
Reality

Realizing full potential requires consistent
training

Spiritual disciplines can make holiness natural

Paul tells us not to give up (Gal 6:9)

Training is different than just trying
Principles that Govern
the Spiritual Disciplines

Disciplines must be properly practiced

Careful not to abuse disciplines, without
abandoning them

Perspective when viewed as “means of grace”
Exercising the Seven Primary
Spiritual Disciplines
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Time with the Word of God
Scripture Memory
Fellowship
Giving
Prayer
Fasting
Public Worship