An introduction to Holy Habits
Acts 2:42 – 47 gives us a glimpse into how the early church lived their lives as disciples of Jesus. It is from this glimpse that we see some important practices in the lives of these first Christians; these practices are evident throughout the Bible and also through Church history they have been proven to be an important part of spiritual formation.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 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,47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. – Acts 2:42 – 47
Ian also spoke about the importance of creating a rule for life. This is not rules (legalistic must-dos), but a singular rule which helps us be mindful of how we prioritise our lives and how we make loving God and loving other the very centre of that.
Below are firstly some questions for you to think about, discuss in homegroups and/or with friends and family and then there are a few resources to help you further understand what a rule of life is and allow you to think deeper about your own rule of life.
- What are your main priorities in life? (e.g. work, family, rest, church, service, hospitality, relationships etc.)
- Is it easy to prioritise these areas or do other areas take over?
- It’s been said that we achieve inner peace when our schedule is aligned with our values; do you find that your schedule aligns with your values?
- Are there any of the Holy Habits that you already do regularly? If so, which ones?
- Which, if any, of the Holy Habits are not a regular part of your life? Why do you think they aren’t?
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