Holy Living Series: Worship

Spiritual Practices for Building a Life of Faith

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Holy Living Series: Worship
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Published August 2019

Your daily walk with Christ starts here.

"While physical training has some value, training in holy living is useful for everything. It has promise for this life now and the life to come." (1 Timothy 4:8 CEB) Christians crave a deeper, more intimate relationship with God. The spiritual disciplines are historical practices that can guide us in our daily walk, bringing us closer to Christ. The Holy Living series brings a fresh perspective on the spiritual disciplines, enabling us to apply their practices to our current lives. Practicing these spiritual disciplines opens us to God's transforming love.

So often we equate the spiritual practice of worship with the hour-long worship service we attend each week (or each month). But what happens when we no longer consider worship something we do, but a way we live? When we break the concept of worship outside the walls of a sanctuary, we find new energy for living a "Godward" life, a life of turning toward God for guidance moment by moment, day by day. Such a life is fuel for genuine worship. Living a Godward life opens us up to God's transforming love and enables us to engage in practices of worship in locations and situations we never dreamed of before.

This is one of series of eight books. Each book in this series introduces a spiritual practice, suggests way of living the practice daily, and provides opportunities to grow personally and in a faith community with others who engage with the practice. Each book consists of an introduction and four chapters and includes questions for personal reflection and group discussion.

Other disciplines studied: Celebration, Confession, Discernment, Neighboring, Prayer, Simplicity, and Study.

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About the Author

Matthew E. Johnson

Matthew E. Johnson is a contemplative pilgrim walking the spiritual path. His primary calling is to the practice of spiritual direction, helping others listen for God’s guidance in their lives. This calling shapes the rest of his work. 

He is a co-founder and  Neighborhood Animator for the Neighboring Movement www.NeighboringMovement.org a non-profit organization focused on discovering and connecting the gifts and assets of their neighborhood in Wichita, KS. He also serves as as the Director of Spiritual Formation for the Missional Wisdom Foundation. And he also serves as an adjunct professor at Friends University in the field of Christian Spiritual Formation. 

Matthew has written small group guides for the Apprentice Series of books (The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, and The Good and Beautiful Community) as well as James Bryan Smith’s newest books, The Magnificent Story and The Magnificent Journey. Prior to working with the Neighboring Movement, Matthew served at the Andover United Methodist Church, in Andover, Kansas as the assistant minister for 15 years. 

Matthew loves music and plays several instruments, often while sitting out in the front yard. One of his favorite activities is asking great questions to discover who people are and how their passions can help shape their life. He and his wife, Catherine live in the SoCe Neighborhood of Wichita, Kansas. Together they hiked the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile spiritual pilgrimage across Spain.