- Church Lane East,
- GU11 3ST
Teaching for April-July
At our church weekend, Jo Emmet, with help from Merryn and Theo, introduced us to “Holy Habits”. This is a programme developed by a Methodist Minister, Andy Roberts, who based it on the passage in Acts 2:
Acts 2:42-47 The Fellowship of the Believers
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common They sold properly and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
Andy Roberts identified 10 practices of the fellowship of the believers, and developed an in-depth programme of teaching to help churches adopt these practices. We are going to take a whistle-stop tour through these, and learn together how to grow as disciples of Jesus.
The Holy Habits are:
- Biblical teaching
- Breaking bread
- Sharing Resources
- Fasting together
- Gladness and Generosity
- Making More Disciples
It’s important to be aware that the Holy Habits are not ends
in themselves. They are not just ten fun things to study or so, although we
hope to have some fun exploring and living them. Rather, they are composite
parts of a habitual holy way of living: a way of living ‘day by day’, both
personally wherever we are called to be, and a way of living when we gather and
serve together through the community of disciples we know as church; a way of
life that encourages our growth as disciples, the formation of new disciples,
and a fuller experience for all of the kingdom of God.