Thus says the Lord:
Stand at the crossroads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6.16)
Here at Trinity Church Nottingham we believe that the Christian life is about following in Jesus’ footsteps.
This is what it means to be apprenticed to Jesus.
This is a life of learning to be with Jesus, to become like him, and to do the stuff he does.
So how can we do that?
Well, we know that practice makes perfect in every area of life. In fact, it’s the most obvious way we sharpen our skills, hone our habits and ultimately, develop our desires. The life of faith is no different. It’s as we do the things he commands that we find the rest that he promises.
For us, we want to focus on growing deeper in three key areas; prayer, relationships and obedience.
So, to enable each of us to grow in followership of Jesus we’ve developed some simple practices which we have committed to following as a church.
1) PRACTICING PRAYER
Morning: We read a Psalm each day, meditate on it, and offer our day to God.
(To find out which Psalm, click here)
Midday: We say the Lord’s Prayer wherever we are. As we do so we’re joined by others all over the city, praying for his kingdom to break in.
Evening: Just before sleep we pray the Prayer of Examen, a simple prayer developed by Ignatius, in which we look over the day with God in four simple stages.
i) REVIEW: look over the past day with God
ii) THANK YOU: give thanks for all the gifts God has given you in this day
iii) SORRY: confess to God all the moments He shows you where you turned from His presence
iv) PLEASE: ask God for grace to live a new life tomorrow. Be specific!
2) PRACTICING RELATIONSHIPS
The church isn’t a club we join, nor an event we attend; it’s a family in which every person can find a place to belong no matter where they’re from. Our hope for Trinity is that it would be a place where lifelong friendships are formed, and lives are changed. So what’s the strategy?
We eat together.
Simple we know, blindingly obvious perhaps, but it’s what Jesus did with his disciples, and it’s what he commanded us to do to remember him (1 Cor 11.24).
And re-membering is what we're aiming for. It’s the opposite of dismembering, which is all about being pulled apart. And that’s what we hope to see, and already are seeing; that when we eat together we're put back together.
Are you in? Great! Here are the ways we’re practicing this;
1. Dinner at yours
We’re encouraging you to get together with other members of the church to share a meal and share your story. It’s that simple, and it’s already happening all over the city. Right now there's no particular structure to follow, but let us know how it's going.
2. Dinner at ours
We’re inviting you to come to Jonny & Amy’s house for a meal so that we get to know each other better, and dream about what we might see God doing in Nottingham. These gatherings will happen monthly, the food's free and it's really tasty. You can sign up to come along by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) PRACTICING OBEDIENCE
Jesus says ‘those who hear the word of God and obey it’ will be blessed (Luke 11.28). We practice and celebrate risk-taking as a community and as individuals. It’s as we do this that we grow in faith, and the kingdom of God breaks in.
We’ll be shaping practices around this very soon…