This past Sunday, I began teaching BILD International’s First Principles, Series 1, Book 4, Cultivating Habits of the Heart. (I’m teaching this to students and adults at 9AM on Sundays at Crestview). The description of the class is challenging:
In this booklet, participants will take a radically different approach to the habits of the heart. God never intended our lives to be based on a set of individual daily habits, but rather on a whole life orientation that grows out of family and community life. We are not to gain insights from the Word fundamentally in isolation but from disciplines in all spheres of our lives. God carefully designed these habits to guide each believer into a life in which Christ can richly dwell in our hearts, resulting in our entire lives being transformed by our calling.
It’s particularly challenging for those who aren’t resisting the rugged individualism thrust upon them by our culture. Because, in American church life, in particular, we believe that if it’s meant to be, it’s up to me. But, the New Testament speaks of a different way: people who have denied themselves, taken up their cross, and followed Jesus. These people follow Jesus in community with others. We hope this curriculum helps build a heart for disciplined living.