Adult Development & Spiritual Formation
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Dick Pritchard
April 3, 2003
"Spiritual Discipline: Frugality & Sacrifice"

I.   The Life of Mother Teresa
A.   Calling
B.   Vows - willingness to do what she had to do (i.e. Vow of Poverty)
1.   They choose to have poverty even when it was already available (i.e. ripping out carpet that was already there)
2.   It seemed like she was a little afraid to allow any material possessions because of the principle, "if you give a mouse a cookie it'll want a glass of milk."
C.   Going Toward Needs (not her own)
D.   Practices/Disciplines
E.   No fund-raising
F.   Personal Involvement ("Come and See")
G.   NO Norms or Expectations (Embracing God's Gifts)
II.   Frugal - To refrain from indulgence, of appearance, of sensuality, or security
A.   Benefits
1.   Trains us to be comfortable without stimulation and gratification of desires
2.   Increased power over time and energy and mental focus
3.   Aims at lust of the eyes and pride of the flesh
4.   Bases life on essential things
B.   Dangers
1.   Judging others who do differently
2.   Being stingy or small and mean
3.   If it doesn't produce the fruit of the spirit then it isn't being done for the right reason
C.   Study
1.   Proverbs 21:17, 23:4, 25:28
2.   1Timothy 5:6, 6:7-11
3.   2Timothy 3:1-5
D.   Practice
1.   Eliminate for a time or permanently use of finances or material goods
2.   Give away to those in need
3.   Give up or reduce use of technology or goods
III.   Sacrifice - to surrender that which is necessary (i.e. our money for food) or to accept with joy the loss of what is necessary to practice the sufficiency of God
A.   How do you ever know what God is providing for you when all your work goes to providing for yourself
B.   Benefits - Pause and joy in the midst of crisis and disaster
C.   Study
1.   Hebrews 11:17-19
2.   John 15:13-14
3.   Psalm 138:7-8
4.   1Kings 17:12-13
5.   Psalm 50:7-15 (Message)
7 "Are you listening, dear people? I'm getting ready to speak;
Israel, I'm about ready to bring you to trial.
This is God, your God,
speaking to you.
8 I don't find fault with your acts of worship,
the frequent burnt sacrifices you offer.
9 But why should I want your blue-ribbon bull,
or more and more goats from your herds?
10 Every creature in the forest is mine,
the wild animals on all the mountains.
11 I know every mountain bird by name;
the scampering field mice are my friends.
12 If I get hungry, do you think I'd tell you?
All creation and its bounty are mine.
13 Do you think I feast on venison?
or drink draughts of goats' blood?
14 Spread for me a banquet of praise,
serve High God a feast of kept promises,
15 And call for help when you're in trouble--
I'll help you, and you'll honor me."
D.   Practice
1.   More often this is recovering what is imposed on us in faith and joy than it is choosing loss
2.   In smaller things it can be actively practiced
a.   Fasting
b.   Mission trips
c.   Giving money when nothing is left