Holy Habits is an adventure in Christian discipleship. Inspired by Luke’s model of church found in Acts 2:42–47, it identifies ten habits and encourages the development of a way of life formed by them.
Worship offered as grateful response involves all of our lives; our work, rest,
enjoyment of creation, service, eating, giving – and, yes, our gatherings for the
focused activity of services of Worship.
Worship can arise from a glad heart, but it can also be the deliberate choice of a
hurting one. All of life can be Worship when lived for love of God. So, resourcing
for Worship, learning to Worship even when we don’t feel like it, learning to make
everything we do in our daily lives a Worship offering to God, is about 24/7, everyday discipleship.
…is a way of life
…flows from gratitude to God
…involves all our lives
True Spiritual Worship involves being open to God’s Spirit in our homes, in our work, in our leisure,
so that we love what God would love, and do what God would do.
The Greek word translated as fellowship in Acts 2 is koinonia. It is a word rich in depth, meaning and challenge. It points to a quality of relationship and activity which is so much deeper than the chit-chat over a tepid cup of tea and a soggy digestive that sadly sometimes passes for fellowship.
Koinonia is profoundly practical and deeply relational. In Acts 2, koinonia is seen in followers of Jesus eating, praying and sharing goods together. In short, sharing their lives with each other and the world around them, in a prophetic symbol of the kingdom of God: a powerful sign of a Spirit-filled way of life that stands against sinful selfishness; a wonder of hope, reconciliation and generosity; a true community of belonging and service. Through the practical expression of Christlike love, koinonia draws people to Jesus, nurturing and sustaining disciples. It is evangelistic (good news), pastoral, practical and formative.
There is a risk that in deepening fellowship, Christians can become insular. So, as you explore this habit, let us keep asking how can we, personally and collectively, practise this habit beyond the fellowship of the gathered church, in our places of work, in the community and especially with those who suffer or are disconnected?