Spiritual Disciplines of the Christ

by Matt Borja

In Progress

Personal study of the disciplines of Christ; recommended in a book that was given to me:
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

Initial character profile survey

  • Appointed a purpose before birth (Matthew 1:21)
  • Attracted enemies before birth (Matthew 2:3-4, 13)
  • Did what was right, regardless of his position (Matthew 3:15)
  • Fasted in the wilderness of temptation (Matthew 4:1-2)
  • Attacked for his humanity, faith, and worship (Matthew 4:3, 6, 9)
  • Answered the tempter with the written word of God (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10)
  • Consistently walked in the light of prophecy (Matthew 3:13-17), as normal, uneventful, and mundane as it seemed (Matthew 4:12-16)
  • Loved by the Father (Matthew 3:17)
  • Contracted disciples to train them for the ministry (Matthew 4:18-22)
  • Faithful, not to fame, but to what made him famous: the will of the Father (Matthew 4:23-25)
  • Prioritized training his disciples over handling the multitudes (Matthew 5:1-8:1)

Entitlements

Commonly referred to as The Beatitudes, the following entitlements target specific demographics in Matthew 5:3-12.

DemographicEntitlement
The poor in spiritThe kingdom of heaven
They that mournComfort
The meekThe earth
They which hunger and thirst after righteousnessFulfillment
The mercifulMercy
The pure in heartTo see God
The peacemakersCalled the children of God
They which are persecuted for righteousness' sakeThe kingdom of heaven
They which are reviled, persecuted, and have all manner of evil said against them falsely, for Jesus' sakeGreat reward in heaven

Direct instruction for Disciples

ReferenceInstruction
Matthew 5:13-16The understanding of what light is, it's purpose, and the expectation that ours is to shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:17-20Jesus' recognition, respect, and precise fulfillment of the law and the prophets.
Matthew 5:21-26Relational conduct with brother and adversary.
Matthew 5:27-32Integrity and singleness of heart.
Matthew 5:33-37Simplicity of conversation.
Matthew 5:38-42A predisposition to supply the lack of others.
Matthew 5:43-48Prayerful disposition and equitable treatment of brother and enemy, as becometh children of our Father in heaven.
Matthew 6:1-4Giving with pure motive and intent.
Matthew 6:5-15Praying with pure motive, thoughtfulness and intent (The LORD's Prayer); having a readiness to forgive other men their trespasses.
Matthew 6:16-18Fasting with pure motive and intent.
Matthew 6:19-21Focusing our investments.
Matthew 6:22-23TODO: Revisit
Matthew 6:24-34Take no thought for what your heavenly Father has charge of; focus on your part of seeking first the kingdom of God, and his righteousnes.
Matthew 7:1-5Focus on resolving your own problems before purporting to know how to fix others'.
Matthew 7:6Cease engaging those who refuse to be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Matthew 7:7-12Reflect onto others the tender mercies and lovingkindness we have of our heavenly Father.
Matthew 7:13-14Choose the strait gate, and narrow way, which lead to life.
Matthew 7:15-20Be diligent to authenticate false prophets, not by how they present, but by what fruit they yield.
Matthew 7:21-23Servants so called, will likewise be authenticated, not for their many acts, but for their singular obedience to the will of the Father.
Matthew 7:24-29Jesus provides a list of outcomes distinguishing those who hears and performs his sayings.

The Miracles of Jesus

ReferenceMiracle
Matthew 8:1-4Healing of the leper that came and worshipped.
Matthew 8:5-13Healing of the servant, besought for by a centurion of great faith.
Matthew 8:14-15Healing of the disciple's relatives.
Matthew 8:16-16-17Healing of all that were brought unto him possessed with devils and sick.
Matthew 8:18-22The reality and need for the continuity of life, in light of eternity.
Matthew 8:23-27Found rest in the storm. The storm didn't change him; he changed the storm.
Matthew 8:28-34Cast out devils that fearfully knew their ultimate fate; and cleared the way.
Matthew 9:1-8Demonstrated his authority to forgive through the healing of a man sick of the palsy. Jesus also noticed their faith, knew their thoughts, and multiplied glory unto God.
Matthew 9:9Simply called Matthew out of his present occupation into a life of following Christ.
Matthew 9:10-13Preferred mercy for desperate sinners over the sacrifice of self-righteous Pharisees.
Matthew 9:14-17Taught and observed dispensations for the times he lived in.
Matthew 9:18-26Healed a receptive, diseased woman on his way to an unreceptive, ruler's house.
Matthew 9:27-31Exercised the faith of the blind.
Matthew 9:32-35Cast out debilitating devils, sickness, and disease in spite of the Pharisees' disapproval.
Matthew 9:36-38Had compassion for the multitudes that required more labourers.
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