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Rule of Life

Week 5

Luke 10:38-42

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Watch the service from Sunday 18 October

Questions to Consider:

  • Read Luke 10:38-42. Would you typically describe yourself as Martha or Mary?
  • Are you happy with the level of ‘margin’ you have in your life at present?
  • What does having margin look like for you?
  • Jay Pathak said, ‘The enemy of God’s best for us is something very good.’ Another writer said, ‘If the enemy can’t make us bad, he’ll just make us busy.’ What do you think of those statements?
  • How easy do you find it to be present in the moment?

For this week:

Spend some time this week thinking about how much margin you have in your life.

In what specific ways can you intentionally choose to create more space for margin?

Spend some time sharing with your small group this week as together you explore developing a Rule of Life.

Week 4

Ephesians 5:15-20

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Watch the service from Sunday 11 October

Ephesians 5:15-20

Questions to Consider:

  • Read Ephesians 5:15-17. How are your gauges right now (physical/ emotional/ spiritual)?
  • What are some of the ways you have worked out to keep an eye on your physical/ emotional & spiritual health?
  • How might a Rule of Life help us pay attention to how we’re doing?
  • What are some the self-medications you turn to when under pressure?
  • Ephesians 5:18 tells us, ‘Instead, be filled with the Spirit.’ How are you keeping on being filled with the Spirit of God?

For this week:

Spend some time this week thinking about the things that replenish & refresh you and how much time you’re actually spending doing any of those things?

In what specific ways can you make time this week to be ‘filled by the Spirit of God’?

Spend some time sharing with your small group this week as together you explore developing a Rule of Life

Week 3

John 15

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Watch the service from Sunday 4 October

John 15

Questions to Consider:

  • Read John 15:2. How does the idea of being ‘pruned’ make you feel?
  • Do you think that the Lord’s ‘pruning’ leads to being even more fruitful?
  • Do you feel like you have no time, not enough time or too much time in your week? Why might this be?
  • What are you currently spending time on that might fall under the category of ‘wasting time’ or ‘distraction’?
  • What are some of the things the Lord might be inviting you to ‘prune’ or ‘cut off’? How might you take steps to move towards that?

For this week:

Having spent some time carrying out a time/ habit ‘audit’, are there things you feel you would like to spend less time doing? What are those things? Are there things you would like to spend more time doing? What are those things?

Invite the Spirit of God to help you develop a plan to ‘cut back’ some of the things that feel more like distractions and choose what you might do with that time instead.

Remember, this is not supposed to feel pressured and so be realistic about what you want to achieve – slow, small & steady!

Spend some time sharing your plan with your small group this week as together you explore developing a Rule of Life.

Week 2

Romans 12:1-2

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Watch the service from Sunday 27 September

Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

‘So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.’

Questions to Consider:

  • Read Romans 12:1-2. How might these verses connect with developing a Rule of Life?
  • To what extent do you think we’ve become ‘so well-adjusted to our culture that we fit into it without even thinking’? If that is the case, what might we do about it?
  • What elements of your life do you think a Rule of Life might apply to? (‘spiritual’, ‘physical’, ‘emotional’ etc.)
  • How easy or difficult is it for you to spend time with God? (It’s OK to be honest!) Why might that be?
  • Do you think that pretty much everything we do is spiritual and either makes us more – or less – like Jesus? If that’s the case, does that change the way you view some of your current practices/ habits?

For this week:

Take some time this week to carry out a time/ habit ‘audit’. Reflecting back over the past week, try to capture what you think you spent your time, energy and money on. As you review your audit, does it reflect your deepest held values, beliefs and hopes? In what areas and what ways would you like to change things for this coming week?

If you had a blank sheet of paper (and much more time….) what might be some of the things you’d like to be spending more of your time, energy & money on?

Is there anything you can do to begin incorporating some of those things into your Rule of Life and daily routine?

Carve out some time this week to talk some of this through with family, friends or your small group.

Week 1

Introduction

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Introduction:

Watch the service from Sunday 20 September

Jeremiah 6:16

Our very dear Iris, had a word from Jem 6:16 at the Daily Prayer Meeting recently, which has stuck with us both and struck a deep chord:

‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.

Questions to Consider:

  • Read John 15:1-17: What does this look like for you specifically in your daily practices?
  • What, if anything, do you know about a ‘Rule of Life’?
  • Does the idea of ‘a rule’ evoke negative feelings for you? If so, are there ways in which you might be able to re-frame it?
  • What aspects of your personal discipleship with Jesus do you think would benefit from having a more supportive framework?
  • Which of the analogies of a rule of life did you find most helpful? (‘signpost’; ‘banister’; ‘trellis’; ‘support structure’; ‘an exterior framework for an interior journey’)

For this week:

We all have habits and routines that make our lives flow that much easier. This week spend some time thinking about what these might be for you? (e.g. the time you wake up/ mealtimes/ working patterns/ family time/ going the gym/ spending time with friends or alone/ bedtime etc.).

Do you notice anything?

Having thought about your ‘life practices’, spend some time thinking about some of your ‘discipleship practices’. What might these look like for you?

Do you notice anything?

We want to find ways to explore this subject together as a church community, so can we encourage you to have intentional conversations in your small groups this week or whenever you meet with someone from the church. (Deut 6:6-7)

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

John 15:5

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