Go deeper

 

As Christians, the first call on our lives is to “love God and love our neighbour.” This is the so-called Great Commandment. The gospels tell the story of how Jesus came to earth to challenge people to make this their goal. But it wasn’t just an instruction to ‘be a better person’, or ‘try harder to think of others’ but rather to become a disciple… to "come and follow him".

Jesus is still looking for people who will follow him and commit themselves to a deeper life of prayer, studying the Scriptures and who then give themselves to others in loving actions. This prayer, from Lectio 365, expresses it very well:

Father, help me to live this day to the full,
being true to You, in every way.
Jesus, help me to give myself away to others,
being kind to everyone I meet.
Spirit, help me to love the lost,
proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.   Amen.

 

Here at St Giles, we look for creative and helpful ways to help each and every person to grow and develop in their faith. Our vision is to see people’s lives changed and for each one of us become more like Jesus. Even during this ‘lockdown’ season, we have a range of resources, tools and courses to help.

The Lectio 365 app is just one of a number of daily devotionals to help people to develop a pattern of sustainable, joyful daily prayer.

Our Year of Biblical Literacy provides not only an overall pattern for our Sunday teaching and preaching but also a daily reading plan  which people can follow on their own.

We draw on a wealth of resources from the Bible Project website which people can watch and listen to in their own time. This includes resources called Church at Home which have been tailored for the current time of lockdown.

Inevitably, this season of ‘lockdown’ means we have less opportunity to meet together for prayer, study and stretching one another. Our vicar Steve has developed a so-called ‘Rule of Life’ for those who want to . It draws inspiration from Acts 2:42 – “they devoted themselves… to PRAYER.” It’s a practical, sustainable and joyful set of daily, weekly and monthly habits or practices. It’s for people who are willing to commit themselves with others to a deeper life of prayer and loving actions and draws wisdom from John Mark Comer’s book – The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.

You can listen to Steve talking about this Rule of Life here.

If you want to find out more, email Steve (vicar@stgilesnorthampton.org.uk)

St Giles has a bible school when we have been able to gather to study parts of the bible in more depth with others. You can access recordings from all the previous bible school sessions on the dedicated bible school page. These recordings take the form of a series of 40-55 minute ‘lectures’ and presentations, usually following through a particular book of the bible such as Job, Isaiah, Revelation etc.

We all face the temptation to ‘skim along the surface’ of the Christian life when Jesus calls us to a deeper life, "life in all its fullness".

Here at St Giles, we want to do everything we can to help people to discover this kind of life and for each of us to grow in depth, maturity and fruitfulness. Come and join us and discover it for yourself.

 


First published on: 3rd June 2020