August – September 2018
Within the circuit we have adopted the pattern of following the newly launched Holy Habits programme,
with each month having a specific focus on one of the habits. We began the series looking at ‘Biblical Teaching’, the first of the habits listed by Luke in the account in Acts (ch. 2 verse 42). From the first days of the church coming into existence (after Pentecost), the followers of Jesus spent some of their time together studying the Bible and reflecting on what they believed God was saying to them through it. I think this is an example of what we now call ‘good practice’.
So unsurprisingly, if you’re not already in the habit of reading the Bible, I want to encourage you to have a go. This doesn’t mean that you’ve got to spend hours reading great chunks of Scripture, nor that you must join a heavy-weight study group; rather, I encourage you to try a way of reading the Bible that works for you. This may be to sign-up to an on-line resource (eg. the URC ‘Daily Devotions’), or organise to meet together with some friends and share your reflections on a passage, or to use a ‘Bible reading guide’ (brfonline.org.uk gives details) on your own at you own pace. Whichever way you choose, try to establish a regular routine, in other words the habit of reading, considering, reflecting on the Bible. For like those first Christians, you also may feel more clearly God leading your life and helping you follow Jesus each day.