"work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." (Philippians 2:12-13)
The Bible very clearly teaches that we can't earn God's grace or make it flow apart from his free gift, but we can, as Jonathan Edwards once said, lay ourselves "in the way of allurement." Spiritual disciplines are a way for us to place ourselves in the path of God's grace and seek him as he works in us. To that end, this page has links to a number of resources meant to aid in the process of training yourself for godliness (1 Timothy 4:7).
Read through the Bible in a year
We all need to be in the word daily, and using a plan that takes you through the entire Bible in a year is a great way to do this. Last year our church used the M'Cheyne plan with resources put out by the Gospel Coalition. TGC is going to do that again in 2021, and you can access those resources by clicking here.
If you enjoy listening to the Bible, the the Dwell app is a great resource. You can access several Bible reading plans in the app (including the M'Cheyne plan). I (Nick) am planning to go through "The Historical Plan" on the Dwell app in 2021.
study smaller sections
If you'd like to explore God's Word in smaller chunks this year, consider exploring hereadstruth.com or shereadstruth.com. They put out regular and manageable Bible reading plans that explore particular books of the Bible or biblical themes. You can purchase hard copies of the various plans, download their app, or access them (along with daily devotionals) for free on their website.
guided prayer on wednesdays at noon
Prayer is an essential part of any healthy spiritual life. We need rhythms of both individual and corporate prayer. On Wednesdays at noon we allow space for both in a guided prayer time on Zoom. We take 20 minutes to first walk through a prayer liturgy (largely based on the the structure of the Book of Common Prayer) as a large group and then break out into smaller groups to pray for individual needs. You can join us most Wednesdays using this link with the passcode "prayer."
daily prayer app
Another great resource to help establish healthy prayer rhythms is the "Daily Prayer" app. It draws from the Book of Common Prayer, breaking the day into four different times of prayer, reflection, and Scripture reading. You can find the app here.
The aliso creek church podcast
The Aliso Creek Church Podcast is a project we started as a way for us to engage with spiritual truths throughout the week. Episodes are short and aimed at being interesting and practical. You can access the podcast on our site, or on Apple or Spotify.
explore the new city catechism with us
Healthy spirituality also requires meaningful engagement with essential truths. To that end, the New City Catechism is a great resource. It draws on the Heidelberg, Geneva, and Westminster catechisms, and it is broken up into 52 manageable, memorizable questions and answers. There is also a children's version available on their site (along with several other fantastic resources). Our church has also begun creating videos to go along with each question. We will be putting out one video per week in 2021, which you can access here.
Feel free to reach out to Nick if you have any questions.