Friday, January 25, 2008

10 Ancient Practices

I think that if you want to grow in Christlikeness, you need to be active in practices that are going to lead to growth. The practices that are suggested in the book emerge from the pages of the scripture.

For the purpose of this post, I am going to list the practices and briely share about them. As I mentioned, I believe that I am going to go deeper into each one of them during the season of Lent.

Here are the 10 principles:

1. Worship
2. Prayer
3. Bible Study
4. Single-Mindness
5. Biblical Community
6. Spiritual Gifts
7. Giving Away Our Time
8. Giving away Our Money
9. Giving Away Our Faith
10. Giving Away Our Life

Reggie asks the following statement: What difference it would make if just a small group of men and woman would ask to be held muually accountable to "practice" the Christian faith(pg.79).

I am wandering what would occur in your life if you began to practice these ten practices? What would happen if you talked to 3 or 4 other families and they were willing to join you and all of you were mutually accountable to each other? How would your life change? How would your current life be impacted?

I would love to be with a few families that got together regulary and based their lives and meetings around these principles and they flowed out of the the Christian Beliefs that we were studying. Then, we also added the virtues (next post) to our community. I believe that are family would be blessed, the families that entered into this community with us would be blessed and the lives that we crossed on a daily basis would be touched immensly.

The Series

Entry 1: Introduction to the Series and Book
Entry 2: Individualism
Entry 3: Five Characheristics of Community Around a Purpose
Entry 4: 10 Ancient Christian Beliefs
Entry 5: 10 Ancient Christian Practices
Entry 6: 10 Ancient christian Virtues
Entry 7: Seven Functions of a Biblical Community
Entry 8: The 4 I's
Entry 9: 5 Charachterics of Community Around Common Place
Entry 10: Consumerism Mentality
Entry 11: 5 Charachteristics of Community Around Possessions
Entry 12: Dreams of Community & Conclusion

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