I am teaching an adult Sunday School class this year on the “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life.” Obviously, i am using Dr. Whitney’s classic work as a guide among other resources.
I have finally come to his chapter on fasting. He suggests that “Jesus expected that His followers would fast.” (Matthew 6:16-17 and Matthew 9:14-15). He also writes, “And since there is nothing here or elsewhere in Scripture indicating that we no longer need to fast, and since we know that Christians in the book of Acts fasted (9:9, 13:2, 14:23), we may conclude that Jesus still expects His followers to fast today.”
Help me out here (w/o doing my exegesis for me). :)
1. What must read resources would you suggest I review to help answer the question: is fasting a mandated discipline for all believers today?
2. Do you agree with Dr. Whitney’s quotes? Why or why not?
3. Other specific thoughts or helps you might have for me?
Thanks to Matt for letting me post this today. Make sure you read his quote on preaching as well since it’s a great one.