It is the “Love Of God In Christ” that orders the life of faith, initiating it – bringing faith to life in us – and giving it hands and feet and legs, tongues and lips and mouths, and above all hearts animated by that L.O.G.I.C., one that makes a different sense of our lives in the world. As we seek to grow and learn in our faith lives in this Christian community in which we are rooted, we will be exploring “faith that works,” rooted in the love of God in Christ Jesus. The way we will be doing that this fall is by diving into faith together through seven basic practices of the life of faith. We will grow in our faith, by practicing it. These seven faith or spiritual practices are:
Every day, turn to God in repentance, thanksgiving, and love. Give your worries away to God.
Grow in faith by regularly reading and studying the Word of God and by learning about your own faith and the faith of others.
Every day, talk to God (prayer and thankfulness) and regularly talk about God (share your faith).
Follow Jesus every day; live out your Christian faith in daily life.
Act as Christ to others, offering Christian kindness and mercy to those who are hurting.
Live generously in spirit, in love. Show gratitude to God by sharing the blessings you have received with others.
Rest and worship. Once a week, take a day away from work and worry in order to rest. Once a week, give yourself to God in worship and praise.
As we explore these seven basic practices of our faith we will study what the Bible says about them, read and listen to what Christians before us have to teach us about them, and practice them, both when we are gathered on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings and on our own throughout week. The pattern of our learning and practice will be to dive into one of these practices for two weeks, to learn about them, to begin to put them into practice, and then to reflect together on what we are noticing on our own.