Rooted: Practicing Spiritual Disciplines

March 24th, 2016 | Sermon Topic

“I will be more patient!!!”

No matter how hard we try forcing ourselves to be patient, joyful or kind it never quite works. The Bible calls these behaviors “Fruit of the Spirit” and for good reason because – as we all know – the best way to grow good fruit starts with healthy roots. Spiritual disciplines act as our root system in our walk with Jesus. We need to not merely try harder, but train wisely as followers of Jesus.  These disciplines help us do by indirect effort what we cannot do by direct effort alone.  In this season at Ecclesia we are exploring six spiritual disciplines through a series of sermons called Rooted.

Take a look at these excerpts from Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun for some practical tips on how to employ spiritual disciplines.

Rooted – part 1 – Fasting

Rooted – part 2 – Meditation

Rooted – part 3 – Serving

Rooted – part 4 – Contemplation

Rooted – part 5 – Prayer

Rooted – part 6 – Celebration

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Jon Ritner joined Ecclesia as Lead Pastor in August of 2015. Before moving to LA, Jon had served for three years as a Pastor in a small church plant in Brussels, Belgium and for 10 years as a Pastor in a large church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Jon and his wife, Kristyn, have been married since 2002 and have two children, Addy (10) and Jax (7). Jon is a native of New York and a graduate of The College of William and Mary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Also, he keeps himself humble by rooting for the Chicago Cubs and playing pick up basketball with guys half his age.

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