• Cape Coral
    • Fort Myers Central
    • Fort Myers Shores
    • Fort Myers Trinity
    • Sarasota

Cape Coral Campus

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Service Times

Contemporary

Saturday | 5pm
Sunday | 10am, 11:30am

Traditional

Sunday | 8:30am

 

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Friday

6:45pm

Address

13 SE 21st Place
Cape Coral, FL 33990

Campus Pastor

Wes Olds

Fort Myers Central Campus

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Service Times

Contemporary

Sunday | 10am
Wednesday | 6:30pm

Breakfast Church

Sunday | 8:30am

Celebrate Recovery

Monday

6:45pm

 

Address

2415 Grand Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Campus Pastor

Ed Horne

Fort Myers Shores Campus

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Service Times

Contemporary

Sunday | 10am

Traditional

Sunday | 8:30am

 

Wednesday Nights

Free Community Dinner

6pm

Children and Youth Programs

6:30pm

Adult Studies

6:30pm

Address

14036 Matanzas Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33905

Campus Pastor

Shari Lacey

Fort Myers Trinity Campus

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Service Times

Breakfast Church

Sunday | 10am

Traditional

Sunday | 11:30am

Dinner Church

Tuesday | 5:30pm

Address

2979 Lincoln Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33916

Campus Pastor

Heather Evans

Sarasota Campus

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Service Times

Sunday

9:41am

 

Contact

941.966.3306

Office Hours

Monday 10am-3pm
Tuesday 10am-3pm
Friday 10am-3pm

Address

8521 Vamo Road
Sarasota, FL 34231

Campus Pastor

Patti Nemazie

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Cape Coral Campus

13 SE 21st Place, Cape Coral, FL 33990, 239.574.7161

 

Fort Myers Shores Campus

14036 Matanzas Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33905, 239.694.2797

 

Fort Myers Central Campus

2415 Grand Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901, 239.334.3160

 

Fort Myers Trinity Campus

2979 Lincoln Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33916, 239.223.7552

 

Sarasota Campus

8521 Vamo Road, Sarasota, FL 34231, 941.966.3306

Spiritual Disciplines Resources

The Spiritual Disciplines: A Door to Liberation

(Adapted from Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster)

  • “Joy is the keynote of all the Disciplines. The purpose of the Disciplines is liberation from the stifling slavery to self-interest and fear…. The primary requirement is a longing after God.” -Richard J. Foster
  • “God has given us the Disciplines of the spiritual life as a means of receiving his grace. The Disciplines allow us to place ourselves before God so that he can transform us.” -Richard J. Foster
  • “The major task of (the book) Celebration of Discipline is to describe this process and to show how the personality can be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a practical manual on sanctification.” -Richard J. Foster
  • If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. -Galatians 6:8

What function do the Spiritual Disciplines play in producing authentic transformation? And if a Discipline is something you do, what is the role of grace in spiritual growth? These are important questions! In Galatians 6:8 above, we find the Apostle Paul’s words to be quite helpful: “If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit”. Here is an analogy Richard Foster uses to help answer our questions about the role of Spiritual Disciplines in producing spiritual growth:

  • “A farmer is helpless to grow grain; all he can do is provide the right conditions for the growing of grain. He cultivates the ground, he plants the seed, he waters the plants, and then the natural forces of the earth take over, and up comes the grain. This is the way it is with the Spiritual Disciplines—they are a way of sowing to the Spirit. The Disciplines are God’s way of getting us into the ground; they put us where he can work within us and transform us. By themselves the Spiritual Disciplines can do nothing; they can only get us to the place where something can be done. They are God’s means of grace.” (Celebration of Discipline, p. 7)

And so likewise, the Spiritual Disciplines are a means for receiving God’s grace, a method for experiencing his love and presence. The Spiritual Disciplines involve human effort, yes, but not earning. Just as a disciplined athlete is able do what needs to be done when it needs to be done (e.g., throwing a pitch for a strike), a disciplined Christian is able to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done (e.g., showing love to a rebellious teenager).

 


 

Below are some resources that can help get you started with practicing the spiritual disciplines.

 

Buy the Book!

  • Celebration of Discipline (Book)

Other books by Richard Foster:

  • Celebrating the Disciplines (with Kathryn A. Yanni) (Book)
  • The Challenge of the Disciplined Life (Book)
  • Devotional Classics (edited with James Bryan Smith) (Book)
  • Freedom of Simplicity (Book)
  • Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home (Book)
  • Prayers From the Heart (Book)
  • Seeking the Kingdom (Book)
  • Spiritual Classics (edited with Emilie Griffin) (Book)
  • Streams of Living Water (Book)

 

Download the Sermon Handouts

 

Website Resources:

 

Document Resources:

 

Video Resources:

  • Characteristics of Effective Prayer (Video)
  • Leonard Ravenhill on Charles Finney, John Wesley, David Brainerd, Edward Payson and Prayer (Video)
  • Spiritual Keys to Fasting - Jentezen Franklin (Video)

 

Audio Resources:

  • General Message on Spiritual Disciplines (Audio)
  • About Prayer (Audio)
  • Riverstone Church: Spiritual Disciplines Part 3 (Audio)

 

Book Resources:

  • A Grace Full Life by Jorge Acevedo and Wes Olds (Book)
  • The Circle Maker by Mark Patterson (Book)
  • Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History’s Best Teachers by Gary Neal Hansen (Book)
  • The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by David Brainerd (Book)
  • The Jesus Fast: The Call to Awaken the Nations by Lou Engle (Book)
  • The Drama of Scripture (Finding our Place in the Biblical Story) by Craig G. Bartholomew (Book)
  • Contemplative Prayer by Thich Nhat Hanh (Book)
  • The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery by David G. Benner (Book)
  • Soul Keeping by John Ortberg (Book)
  • A Guide to Prayer For All Who Walk With God by Rueben P. Job (Book)
  • Alpha Teach Yourself the Bible in 24 Hours by W. Terry Whalin (Book)
  • Spiritual Disciplines Handbook (Practices that Transform Us) by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun (Book)
  • The Divine Mentor by Wayne Cordeiro (Book)
  • Receiving the Day by Dorothy Bass (Book)
  • Practicing our Faith by Dorothy Bass (Book)
  • Prayer and Devotional Life of United Methodists by Steve Harper (Book)
  • The Breath of Life- a simple way to pray by Ron DelBene (Book)
  • 50 Ways to Pray: Practices From Many Traditions and Times by Teresa A. Blythe (Book)
  • Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? by Phillip Yancy (Book)
  • The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard (Book)
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