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Start to create a pattern to help you be with Jesus, become like Jesus and do the things he did.

We don't know where you are on your spiritual life, you might be a new Christian at the beginning of your journey or have had a relationship with Jesus for years. After sharing your life stories and seeking God's vision amongst them, chat about where you are being unintentionally formed and intentionally replace these with a spiritual pattern. 

Spiritual patterns are the way to “life to the full,” they are how we posture our mind and body to abide in the vine and access the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

Why not choose one or more of these patterns to do as a group and help each other out, be accountable to each other and know that it's not in the trying that we find Jesus, but we are training to be with Him, to be more like Him and to do what He did. 

  1. Patterns are balanced - don’t just pick from the section you enjoy the most or would find the easiest

  2. Patterns take into account your personality and story

  3. Patterns are aware of the different season of your life

  4. Patterns change us, with repetition, over time

For example, if you suffer with the sin of pride, live in community and people will call you out over time, practise secrecy and serve in unglamorous positions.

Here are a few patterns you could explore:

 

 

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

— G. K. Chesterton