One of my favorite things that our church has done over this past year is study various spiritual disciplines. Being a young church, it is important for us to look at the things that Jesus did and try to emulate them. Therefore, our theme for the year was “Wie Jesus handeln, Wie Jesus werden” (Act like Jesus, become like Jesus). Using the book “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard Foster as a starting point, we spent each month of the year focused on a different spiritual discipline such as meditation, fasting, service, simplicity, and worship.
Every month, we would start off by introducing the discipline and looking at various instances throughout the Bible when Jesus or another character would demonstrate this discipline. Then, throughout the month, we would reinforce this discipline and try to see if we could practice it more in our own lives. At the end of the month, we would share our experiences, good and bad, with this particular discipline. It was a very encouraging experience to see the various members of the church share their triumphs and struggles in trying to be more like Jesus.
This month’s discipline is celebration, an apt closing theme for the year and perfect for the month of December. Not only are we celebrating Jesus’ birth, but we are using this time to celebrate our growth as a church throughout the year. Please continue to pray for our church, asking that we can continue to grow more like Jesus every day.