Bible Study, Musings, Spiritual Formation

Going through the motions? part 2

Avoiding going through the motions of religion and ritual versus relationship and reality requires watchfulness over one’s heart.

Psalm 15 provides instruction or guidelines for self-examination, causing us to ask:  How do we maintain the right attitude and relationship with the Lord rather than ritual and religion?


What must we do in order to have a deep relationship with God?

What are the benefits of fellowship with God?

How can we live/abide in God’s presence?

Guidelines for self-examination

Is my walking upright?

  • Have I been pure in my actions and motives?
  • Does my walk live up to my talk/my claims?
  • Does my walk draw attention to me or God?

Am I controlling my tongue?

  • Have I been honest?
  • Have I told the “complete” truth?
  • Have I tried to make myself look better than I am?
  • Have I spoken: harshly to or maliciously to others?
  • Have I gossiped, slandered or in any way mistreated people with my words?
  • Have I kept my word?

Am I being discerning?

  • in how I use my time?
  • in the activities I chose to involve myself?
  • between good and evil?

Does money have control over me?

  • Am I generous?
  • Do I associate with the “lowly?”
  • Do I change when I am with people of means?


Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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