At The Church at Clayton Crossings, we are committed to helping people find and follow Jesus. For someone endeavoring to follow Jesus, we believe that there are seven habits every Christian should know about and practice. Don’t worry about how much time you put into these habits at first – start small, and allow God to grow you at His pace. We’re praying for your growth!
Habit #1: Read the Bible
We believe the Bible is the inspired by God and is authoritative for our lives. We move toward maturity in faith by understanding the Bible for ourselves in addition to what we learn in worship service and community group. Strive to read the Bible daily, and as you read, ask God to show you something you can apply to your life. If you’re not sure where to begin, start with the book of John in the New Testament or utilize this Bible reading plan.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness
Habit #2: Pray
The Christian life is more than a religion, it is a relationship with a personal God. Just like any relationship, communication is essential. That is what the habit of prayer is all about.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Pray constantly.Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Habit #3: Worship
Worship is the activity of glorifying God by recognizing His greatness while being thankful for His grace. Worship is a “from the inside out” action that, as Jesus said, must be done in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). What does that mean? We worship in spirit with our hearts, and in truth with our minds. Simply put: worship is living out what you’ve learned about Jesus.
Revelation 4:11 Our Lord and God,You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created.
Habit #4: Connect
Connecting with the people around us in a meaningful way is the natural result of connecting with God. The habit of connection is all about discovering and sharing God’s truth in the context of intentional relationships through a variety of groups. Without God’s people helping us to discover and live out God’s truth, it’s difficult to live to honor God on a regular basis.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Habit #5: Give
The purpose of giving is to teach you always to put God first in your lives and is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life. In Malachi 3:10, God said, “Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house. Test me in this way,” says the LORD of Hosts. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.” This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test.
2 Corinthians 8:7 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.
Habit #6: Serve
Serving is a response to the love Jesus showed us on the cross. As we mature in our faith, we are able to have Christlike compassion for them, and we imitate His love for people. Serving involves setting aside your personal preferences for the benefit of others through acts of love and in the name of Jesus.
Philippians 2:1-4 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Habit #7: Make Disciples
From the beginning of Christianity, Jesus called every disciple to make disciples. This is as easy as helping someone discover the truth of God’s Word and inviting them to live it out in their everyday lives. God’s design has been for every single disciple of Jesus to make disciples who make disciples until the gospel is shared with everyone (see 2 Timothy 2:2).
Matthew 28:19-20 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
If you haven’t practiced one of these habits before, start trying out that habit in your life. Or, think about which habit you are weakest in doing, and take steps to develop that habit in your life.