Next year (September to July) we shall be looking at Holy Habits. Based on the book ‘Holy Habits’ by a friend of mine, Andrew Roberts we will spend each month (excluding December) looking at a different Holy Habit. ‘What is a Holy Habit?’ you may well ask. (Have I said ‘Holy Habit’ enough now?) Andrew has looked at a passage that occurs in the book of Acts that describes the activities of the early church…
Acts 2:42-47 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
'And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.'
From this passage he has drawn out the ten Holy Habits. Ultimately the exploration of Holy Habits (can I just type HH) is a look at discipleship. And discipleship is simply looking at what it means to learn from Jesus and live a life modelled on His.
‘What are they?’ I hear you cry. The ten HHs (that’s Holy Habits for those who weren’t paying attention earlier) are…
Biblical Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread, Prayer, Giving, Service, Eating Together, Gladness and generosity, Worship, Making more disciples.
Throughout the year we will look at these topics in our Sunday services, fellowship groups and bible studies. (We will miss out December to concentrate on Christmas). As yet they are in no particular order, but I hope as we explore each HH we will allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ the Son.
For those who want to be more prepared for the year ahead please get a copy of ‘Holy Habits’ by Andrew Roberts, published by Malcolm Down Publishing. It is simply written and easily accessible, filled with life stories and reflections. It’s not a dry theological tome – well worth looking at (not that theological tomes are not worth looking at, it’s just that this isn’t one).
It’ll be great to look at our lives together and see what inspiration and guidance we can glean from those early disciples as they formed a church that shared the good news of Christ that changed the world. We still have a part to play in the church’s developing story.