1. Habits of Grace: Gazing at Jesus
“The Christian life is built on three seemingly unremarkable practices: reading the Bible, prayer, and fellowship with other believers. But these “habits of grace” are the God–designed channels through which his glorious grace flows – making them life–giving practices for all Christians.
Whether it’s hearing God’s voice (the Word), having his ear (prayer), or participating in his body (fellowship), these spiritual rhythms of the Christian life have the power to awaken our souls to God’s glory and stir our hearts for lifelong service in his name.
They grant us access to a host of spiritual blessings that we can only begin to imagine this side of eternity – and to the incredible joy that such blessings bring to God’s children today.”
Resources: The Book
For those who can’t afford £6 for whatever reason, a free download version is available here. If you’d simply prefer an electronic copy but can also donate to the cost, please also donate here to the publisher.
Resources: Bible Study PDF
We’ve created some short, 5-minute devotional Bible studies for you to do at home in the coming week, to help you form this habit of grace of gazing at Jesus. Download below…
Resources: Helpful Blog Post
2. Bible: Hearing God's Words
Resources to Help You Read the Bible
Lots of our church family recommend using Bible Reading Notes. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, the Explore notes are really helpful. They contain a Bible passage and questions for each day. You can also download a free app with some sample notes to get you started. This PDF has 3 sample studies. Why not try them this week?
Helpful Blog Post
3. Prayer: Speaking to God
Please help me pray!
If you’re not someone who knows how to start talking to God, or whose prayer life has slowed down, why not take to heart these tips from the lips of Jesus:
- Don’t pray to be seen to pray, pray to God (Matt 6:5)
- Don’t start a prayer habit in public, start in private (Matt 6:6)
- Don’t super-spiritualise, just talk (Luke 11:2)
- Don’t babble to get God’s attention, he’s already listening (Matt 6:7)
- Don’t withhold any request, because your Father knows how to give good gifts (Luke 11:13)
- Don’t give up praying until Jesus comes again (Luke 18:1)
Helpful Blog Post
Want some tips on keeping your prayers fresh and relevant? Here are some suggestions from Christian author Trevin Wax.