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.
- replay the day with God.
- rejoice in all the good that has happened.
- repent of anything that you know was not good.
- resolve to put new ways of life into practice tomorrow.
2) PRACTICING RELATIONSHIPS
We're aiming to grow in relationships through regularly sharing meals together. You can find all about what this looks like here.
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…