Keeping God at the centre of everything
Trinity’s purpose is to partner with the Holy Spirit in making disciples of Jesus who overflow with God’s life-changing love into communities and nations.
We encourage everyone in the church family to use the wisdom and practice of making an intentional ‘Rule of Life’ as a proven tool to grow closer to Jesus, become more like him and join in with his mission across the world.
The concept of a ‘Rule of Life’ has been used for centuries to describe and encourage patterns of life rhythms, spiritual practices and healthy habits which keep relationship with God at the centre of life.
‘Rule’ has the meaning of ‘regular pattern’ rather than a set of regulations and restrictions to be obeyed. Like putting on the right pair of glasses to see clearly; a Rule of Life can help us see God’s purpose, direction and balance for our lives.
“An intentional, conscious plan to keep God at the centre of everything” (Peter Scazzero author of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality)
In a sense everyone follows a life ‘rule’ – the question is whether the framework of our regular rhythms and habits, whether conscious or unconscious, serves us well? Are we spiritually and emotionally healthy? Do we have a clear sense of direction and purpose without being blown off-course by the busyness and distractions of life? Can we cope events and circumstances? Do we keep focused on God?
Although there are various ways to develop an intentional Rule of Life, many find principles shared in the 6th century by St Benedict a helpful foundation. Benedict wanted to help monks seek Christ together in community and live out God’s love in the ordinary circumstances of daily life. The stress is on a balance of healthy habits for prayer and scripture, rest, relationships, work and service.
Using these four headings, we encourage people to explore and develop a rule which will have rhythms and habits to match with different life circumstances, personalities and needs. The foundation will be seven core practices which we see modelled throughout the Bible and in particular in the life of Jesus:
- Scripture – reading, studying and soaking in the word of God
- Silence and Solitude – intentional times of quiet with God
- Prayer – conversation with God weaved into the fabric of our lives
- Fasting – abstaining from food and other items for periods to focus attention on our relationship with God
- Simplicity – freeing ourselves from distractions, unhealthy commitments and dependencies
- Community – committing time and energy to share life as part of the Body of Christ
- Sabbath – usually at least a day a week set aside for rest and worship
Rule of Life Worksheet