Planning the Future

CLASS SESSION #7 – THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Hammonds
Host: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.
Co-Host: Dr. Oscar Owens

This is the seventh post of the teaching series: “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life.” If you have not done so already, please sign up for this blog at the bottom of the page to be alerted of new posts by the Three Bible Teachers. Do not forget to access the additional resources and class materials that are available through the “Quick Links” section.

Session 7 of “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life”
This video contains the entire Zoom Class from beginning to end (including the video presentation by Dr. Hammonds) from May 21, 2020. It consists of the following parts:

1. Welcome and Opening Remarks
2. “Planning the Future” Video Presentation by Dr. Hammonds
3. Conversation on Video Presentation by the Three Bible Teachers
4. Zoom Class Discussion
5. Class Assignment
6. Conclusion and Closing Prayer

Zoom Class (5-21-20)

Video Presentation (5-21-20)
This video presentation by Dr. Hammonds is part 2 of the longer video above. It introduces the spiritual discipline of planning the future (Philippians 3:13-14).

“Planning the Future” with Dr. Kenneth Hammonds

Video Introduction to Planning the Future Worksheet
Watch the video below and download the worksheet from the “Quick Links” section.

POWERFUL BOOK BY DR. KENNETH HAMMONDS

Quick Links:
Link to: Planning the Future PowerPoint Presentation
Link to: Worksheet for the Spiritual Discipline: “Planning the Future”
Link to: Book by Dr. Kenneth Hammonds (Amazon.com)
Link to: Chart of 52 Disciplines
Link to: Website for Dr. Kenneth Hammonds
Link to: Devotion on Philippians 3:13-14

Reviewing the Past

CLASS SESSION #6 – THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Hammonds
Host: Dr. Oscar Owens
Co-Host: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

This is the sixth post of the teaching series: “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life.” Please sign up for this blog at the bottom of the page to be alerted of new posts by the Three Bible Teachers. Do not forgot to access the additional resources that are available through the “quick links” section below the videos.

Session 6 of “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life”
This video contains the entire Zoom Class from beginning to end (including the presentation by Dr. Hammonds) from May 14, 2020.

Zoom Class (5-14-20)

Video Presentation (5-14-20)
This video introduces the spiritual discipline of reviewing the past (Philippians 3:13). Please enjoy the following presentation by Dr. Kenneth Hammonds.

“Reviewing the Past” with Dr. Kenneth Hammonds

Quick Links:
Link to: Reviewing the Past PowerPoint Presentation
Link to: Chart of 52 Disciplines
Link to: Website for Dr. Kenneth Hammonds
Link to: Devotion on Philippians 3:13-14

A Daily Diet of the Word of God

CLASS SESSION #5 – THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.
Host: Dr. Oscar Owens
Co-Host: Dr. Kenneth Hammonds

This is the fifth post of the teaching series: “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life.” Please sign up for this blog at the bottom of the page to be alerted of new posts by the Three Bible Teachers. Do not forgot to access the additional resources that are available through the “quick links” section below the videos.

Welcome and Introduction (Zoom Class)
This video contains the welcome and introductory remarks from May 7, 2020.

Welcome and Introduction to Zoom Class (5-7–20)

Video Presentation (5-7-20)
This video introduces several ways in which believers can interact with Scripture. Please enjoy the following presentation by Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

“A Daily Diet of the Word of God” with Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

Three Bible Teachers Conversation

Three Bible Teachers Conversation (5-7-20)

Question and Answer Period

The Three Bible teachers answer questions posed by class.

Assignment, Conclusion, and Prayer

Applying What Was Learned: Homework from Dr. Graves

  1. Revelation 3:15-16 reads as follows:
    15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

    What do these verses mean? How have you heard these verses explained in the past? Read the notes in a study Bible (or commentary) and see what light the explanation sheds on your understanding of the verses. Please email us at ThreeBibleTeachers@gmail.com to share with us any breakthroughs or insights that you may have.

Quick Links:
Link to: Bible Study Tools and Resources (Commentaries, Dictionaries, etc.)
Link to: Chart of 52 Disciplines
Link to: Website for Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

The Spiritual Discipline of Scripture Meditation

CLASS SESSION #4 – THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Oscar Owens
Host: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

This is the fourth post of the teaching series: “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life.” Please sign up for this blog at the bottom of the page to be alerted of new posts by the Three Bible Teachers.

Welcome and Introduction (Zoom Class)
This video contains the welcome and introductory remarks from April 30, 2020.

Welcome and Introduction to Zoom Class (4-30-20)

Video on Scripture Meditation
This video introduces the spiritual discipline of Scripture meditation. Scripture meditation is the process of reflecting deeply on God’s Word. It involves reading, repeating, memorizing, and reciting the Scriptures until the Word becomes a part of us. Please enjoy the following presentation by Dr. Oscar Owens.

“The Spiritual Discipline of Scripture Meditation” with Dr. Oscar Owens

Class Discussion, Conclusion, and Prayer

Class Discussion, Conclusion, and Prayer (4-30-20)

Applying What Was Learned: Homework from Dr. Owens

  1. Dr. Owens invites you to choose your favorite Scripture and meditate on it. You may wish to record your experiences with Scripture meditation in a journal. Please email us at ThreeBibleTeachers@gmail.com to share with us any breakthroughs or insights that you may have.

Quick Links:
Link to: Chart of 52 Disciplines
Link to: Website for Dr. Oscar Owens.

The Spiritual Disciplines of Solitude and Silence

CLASS SESSION #3 – THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.
Host: Dr. Kenneth Hammonds
Co-Host: Dr. Oscar Owens

This is the third post of the teaching series: “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life.” Please sign up for this blog at the bottom of the page to be alerted of new posts by the Three Bible Teachers.

Welcome and Introduction (Zoom Class)
This video contains the welcome and introductory remarks from April 23, 2020.

Welcome and Introduction Recorded 4-23-20

Video on Solitude and Silence
This video introduces the spiritual disciplines of solitude and silence.  Solitude is the state of being alone.  It is being isolated from noise and distractions.  The discipline of silence is the voluntary removal of noise from our surroundings.  It is often necessary to remove ourselves from noise and people in order to connect with God and receive his instructions.  Jesus himself often withdrew to solitary places so that he could spend quiet time with the Heavenly Father. We should follow his example. Please enjoy the following presentation by Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

“The Spiritual Disciplines of Solitude and Silence” with Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

Three Bible Teachers Discussion

Conversation on Solitude and Silence (4-23-20)

Question and Answer Period

Zoom Class Question and Answer Period (4-23-20)

Conclusion and Prayer

Conclusion and Prayer (4-23-20)

Applying What Was Learned: Homework from Dr. Graves

  1. Find a solitary place and spend at least 30 minutes this week in silence before the Lord.  Bring a Bible and a journal if you like, but do not do a lot of talking.  Simply rest in the Lord’s presence, think about his goodness, and allow him to minister to you as you quiet yourself before him.
  2. Were you more aware of God’s presence during your time of silence? When and how did you notice resistance to your desire to be silent? What was God saying to you in your silence? Check out the short devotion by Dr. Wilfred Graves entitled “Quiet Yourself Before the Lord.”
  3. If you are especially blessed by this assignment, or any other assignment from the class, please send an email describing your experience to ThreeBibleTeachers@gmail.com. Also, feel free to email us at any time with your testimonies.

Quick Links:
Link to: Chart of 52 Disciplines
Link to: Website for Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

An Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines

CLASS SESSION #2 – THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.
Host: Dr. Kenneth Hammonds
Co-Host: Dr. Oscar Owens

This is the second post of the teaching series: “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life.” Please sign up for this blog to be alerted of new posts by the Three Bible Teachers. There are two welcome videos to tonight’s session. The first video was recorded by Dr. Graves, Dr. Owens, and Dr. Hammonds the night before the class. The second video was recorded during the actual Zoom class.

Welcome and Introduction (Night Before)
This video contains the welcome and introductory remarks from April 15, 2020.

Welcome and Introduction Recorded 4-15-20

Welcome and Introduction (Zoom Class)
This video contains the welcome and introductory remarks from April 16, 2020.

Welcome and Introduction Recorded 4-16-20

Introductory Article and Video on Spiritual Disciplines
Lasting success in any enterprise or field of endeavor requires discipline. A scholar must be disciplined in her academic research and writing. An NBA player must be disciplined in perfecting his craft through lots and lots of practice. The late Kobe Bryant was known not only for his singular talent but also for his tireless work ethic. Proper training, discipline, and hard work are indispensable for success in education, athletics, business, public speaking, medicine, or any other area. The same is true of the Christian life. A successful Christian life requires discipline in the cultivation of healthy habits and routines.

You probably have noticed that the words “discipline” and “disciple” look very similar. In fact, the two words are closely related in meaning. To discipline is to teach or train someone in righteousness or proper behavior; whereas, a disciple is the recipient of this instruction. The twelve disciples in the Bible were followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus was the Master Teacher who taught the disciples the will and the ways of God. With the exception of Judas, the disciples followed the Lord’s supreme example until they looked like him in their character and actions. Like the original disciples, our goal should be to become more like Jesus with each passing moment.

Maybe you have read an article or listened to a teaching on the topic of spiritual disciplines. The Quaker author Richard Foster popularized the concept in his classic book on Christian spirituality entitled: Celebration of Discipline written in 1978. A spiritual discipline is a physical or mental activity derived from Scripture that a Christian does to aid his or her spiritual growth. Spiritual disciplines are what we do in the natural to positively benefit our spiritual lives. These disciplines have been practiced by the people of God since biblical times. Please watch the following short video that introduces the topic of spiritual disciplines.

“An Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines” with Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

Like most Christians, you have probably cultivated a regular routine of prayer, Bible reading, and public worship. However, there are many other spiritual disciplines that both Catholic and Protestant Christians have practiced historically from which you may derive great benefit. For example, Lectio Divina (divine reading) is a monastic practice that combines Bible reading, Scriptural meditation, prayer, and contemplation to promote fellowship with God and increase knowledge (and understanding) of his Word.

In Celebration of Discipline, Foster examined the inward disciplines of prayer, fasting, meditation, and study; the outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service; and the corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration. More recently, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, in her Spiritual Disciplines Handbook discussed over 60 practices that transform a Christian’s life. The West Angeles Church Adult Ministries Division compiled a chart of 52 disciplines that can be accessed through a link at the bottom of this post.

In the Foreword to the Special Anniversary Edition of Celebration of Discipline, Foster states that spiritual disciplines are “the means God uses to build in us an inner person that is characterized by peace and joy and freedom.” Calhoun defined spiritual disciplines as “intentional practices, relationships and experiences that [give] people space in their lives to ‘keep company’ with Jesus.” (Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, p.17). The regular practice of even a few spiritual disciplines can greatly enhance a person’s walk with the Lord and help him or her to become a mature follower of Jesus. Spiritual disciplines help Christians to create space in our lives for the Lord so that we can fellowship with him and become more like him.  

For the next few weeks, we will explore the topic “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life.” This series of writings, video lectures, and discussions will introduce you to several important spiritual disciplines and help you to become a fully developed disciple of Christ. We believe that you are about to embark on a wonderful journey of learning and spiritual growth. We pray that your life will never be the same.

In Christ,
The Three Bible Teachers

Three Bible Teachers Discussion

Preliminary Conversation on Spiritual Disciplines (4-16-20)

Question and Answer Period

Zoom Class Question and Answer Period (4-16-20)

Assignment and Conclusion

Assignment and Conclusion (4-16-20)

Applying What Was Learned: Homework from Dr. Graves

  1. Please read the article on spiritual disciplines at the beginning of this post.
  2. Look at the chart of 52 disciplines and make a list of the disciplines that you have practiced in the past. See link below.
  3. In the same list, choose 3 to 5 disciplines that you have never practiced that you would like to try or to learn more about. God may be leading you to explore these new spiritual disciplines.
  4. For those of you that did the assignment that Dr. Hammonds gave last week, send us an email about your experience to ThreeBibleTeachers@gmail.com. Also, feel free to email us at any time with your testimonies.

Quick Links:
Link to: Chart of 52 Disciplines
Link to: Website for Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

Discipline: the Core Habit

CLASS SESSION #1 – THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Hammonds
Host: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.
Co-Host: Dr. Oscar Owens

This is the inaugural post of the teaching series: “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life.” Please sign up for this blog to be alerted of new posts by the Three Bible Teachers.

Welcome, Prayer, and Introduction (Zoom Class)
This video contains the welcome, prayer, and introductory remarks from the Zoom class session held on April 9, 2020.

In the first video below, Dr. Hammonds discusses the meaning and purpose of discipline and argues that discipline is the key to any success in life. Consequently, a successful Christian life will also require believers to cultivate disciplined practices that promote their positive spiritual formation and overall well-being. Spiritual disciplines, in particular, will enable believers to create space for God and to become fully developed disciples of Jesus Christ. In the second video, the three Bible teachers engage in a lively conversation that centers around the topic of discipline presented in the first video.

Discipline: the Core Habit

Three Bible Teachers Discussion


Question and Answer Period

Assignment and Conclusion

Applying What Was Learned: Homework from Dr. Hammonds

1. Identify ONE area of your life in need of discipline.

  • Indeed, identify the greatest area of your life in need of discipline.
  • This may be an area in which you need more discipline and control OR an area that is out of control.
  • You have identified this need because you wish to grow and not be held back in your life.

2. Then after you have identified the area of your life in need of discipline, work on bringing it into control.

How?

i. Pray to God for an understanding regarding how to get more disciplined in this area. Also, perhaps a trusted friend or ministry person can also assist you.

ii. Then take little steps to overcome it. “Inch by inch anything’s a cinch.”

iii. Each day do something to claim or show your mastery over that area.

iv. Each day PRAISE GOD for the victory – even if you don’t totally have it yet.

    Name it! Claim it! And work it!

v. Come back next week with your praise report for having the courage to even start this difficult task. Comments and praise reports may also be left in the reply section at the bottom of this blog.

A Message from Dr. Hammonds:
If someone wishes to speak with me personally regarding some hints for gaining discipline in a designated area, I am opened to coaching them on starting to master it for 15-20 minutes. However, it is ONLY open to the first five people who will call and leave a message in my coaching business line at: 213-444-3949.

Quick Links:
Link to: Chart of 52 Disciplines
Link to: PowerPoint Presentation to “Discipline: the Core Habit”
Link to: Website for Dr. Kenneth Hammonds