Why a University Practice?
The University Practice is an integral part to your spiritual formation as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Discipleship is not limited to one single activity, but rather, we have a responsibility to continue to practice discipleship in our daily lives. The University Spiritual Practice is one way we can encourage each other in our lives as disciples. Discipleship involves practice and with it we are better equipped to live the life to which Christ has called us. When we commit to healthy spiritual patterns, both individually and in community, we prepare ourselves to be ready for God’s work in and through us.
Each year at APU, we choose one or more spiritual practices to focus on for the year—rooted in the themes of Scripture and utilized for centuries by the Christian church to foster relationship with God. By focusing on these spiritual practices, we expose students to diverse practices that foster spiritual growth which leads to maturity. Practices such as prayer, scripture study, worship, service, and witnessing are just a few examples of how we encourage these practices to become part of the daily life our students. This year’s spiritual practices are centered on the idea of “speaking life.”
Speaking Life as a Spiritual Practice
Allowing the Spirit to shape our words in order to:
- Acknowledge the power of spoken and written words (ex: speech, music, social media, thought life)
- Discern when and when not to speak
- Turn destructive speech into authentic, loving, and healing speech.
- Refrain from: Gossip, swearing, and lying
- Engage in: Truth telling, listening, and exhorting
- Ultimately: Revealing Christ with our Words
Speaking Life in Scripture
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18:21
Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. James 3:7-10
The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. Luke 6:45
- Speak Life Series: Open Mic
October 3 in 7 Palms, 7 p.m.
- Chapel Focus: Spiritual Formation
October 30-November 3, 2017
- Speak Life Series: "Good Music" Concert
October 31 in UTCC, 7 p.m.