living out our faith: the six disciplines

A life lived in response to the free gift of salvation is one of growth. These six activities shape us as we work on making them a part of our lives. Come as you are… but don’t stay that way!
Worship
Worship is all of the things we receive from the Lord when we are gathered together as His Church in His name.
 
Community’s worship doesn’t look like most liturgical churches, because we believe that the timeless Truth of God’s Word should be presented with a modern sound – but the main elements are the same:
 
We gather in worship every single week around Word and Sacrament, because we need to be reminded of God’s love and stay connected to His family.
Bible Study
The Bible is God’s written Word. It is the story of salvation; the story of God and His people.
 
God speaks to us and reveals Himself through the Holy Scriptures, and we want to take the opportunity to know all we can about Him and what He has to say into our lives.
 
A good way to do this is to read the Bible regularly and be a part of a Bible study that will help you understand parts that may be confusing.
Witness

Witness is what you show others about what kind of person you are and what you believe by your words and actions.

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35).”
 
God is always at work in and through you, in ways you probably aren’t even aware! Witness isn’t about going door to door, it’s about living out your faith every single day, right where you are: in your home, in your workplace, in your church and in your community.
Praying

Prayer is a conversation with God. He always listens and always answers, though the answer is not always what we want or expect.

Prayer can be spontaneous and from the heart, it can be written out beforehand, or it can be prayed sincerely from what someone else has written; As long as prayer is directed to God and God alone – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, it is good and right.
 
Martin Luther said “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
Serving

Service is all of the things we do for others, putting them before ourselves.

We serve God by serving others, just as Christ served us. We can serve others out of the goodness of our heart, or because it’s the right thing to do, or because we are thankful that we have been served by others or blessed by God – either way, it is a blessing to be able to serve someone else.

God gives everyone spiritual gifts: talents and abilities given to be used in the service of the Church. There are many opportunities to serve at church according to your gifts and interests.

Giving
We give because we have first been given to. Everything we have comes from God, and he calls on us to live lives overflowing with generosity.
 
Unfortunately, money is a sore subject for most of us, because we are afraid of losing it, and we think having it will make us safe. But the only way to escape the control money has over us is by taking control of it ourselves.
 

Trust God enough to give back to Him generously, especially through the congregation He has called you to be a part of, supporting His work there.

You cannot out-give God!