40 Days of Discipline

Getting Started

Definition
The following quote from “A Man’s Guide to Spiritual Disciplines” by Patrick Morley provides a useful definition of Spiritual Disciplines: 
“Spiritual disciplines are the regular practice men cultivate when they want a closer walk with Christ. The spiritual disciplines can help us break a cycle or get out of a rut. Disciplines are the spiritual habits by which we cultivate a deeper relationship with the Lord of heaven and earth. We perform the disciplines because we want to please God, to lead peaceable lives, to be godly husbands, to raise godly children and to be men of God.”  
Spiritual disciplines will not save you.  We are saved by grace through faith!  However, the spiritual disciplines are essential for growth.  

Brief History
In 2012, the Men’s Group at Westside Community Church in Trinidad & Tobago studied two books covering Spiritual Disciplines:
  1. “A Man’s Guide to Spiritual Disciplines” by Patrick Morley, and
  2. “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard Foster.

At the end of the study, the group decided to put into practice what was learned by dedicating time every day over Lent in 2013 to focus on the Disciplines.  This amounts to 40 days not counting Sundays. This was the birth of “40 Days of Discipline”.  Soon other members of the church joined the journey and now, in the fifth year there are participants across the globe.


Background and Instructions
While recognizing that there is a long list of potential Disciplines, the 40 Days of Discipline program focuses on only eleven. The Journey starts on Ash Wednesday, and the first four days are dedicated to preparation.  The following week starts with a group Bible study, which sets the context for the remainder of the program. Following the Bible study, each day there will be a focus on the Disciplines, with Saturdays reserved for reviewing key lessons.   This year (2017) we will focus on Overcoming Challenges to practicing the Disciplines.  Background material for each Discipline is provided in a document which can be accessed by selecting the Discipline tab in the menu for this website. Please note that the background material on the Disciplines is predominantly based on the two books mentioned above.  A calendar of activities is also provided on this website.
So, what will you have to do? Well, beyond reading the background information on this website, you will be guided daily by a facilitator to keep you focused on the Disciplines during the period of Lent. The daily instructions will be posted on the blog page of this site.  Please visit this blog site daily and share your comments as well.