Holy Habits

Holy Habits is a new resource to help churches engage more intentionally with discipleship. Based around 10 habits the course can be taken at your own pace (though we estimate the full course taking about two years). An easy-to-use, intergenerational approach to discipleship which has already got a lot of people talking.

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What do people say?

The Holy Habits resources are an insightful and comprehensive manual for living in the way of Jesus in the 21st century: an imaginative, faithful and practical gift for the church that will sustain and invigorate our life and mission in a demanding world. The Holy Habits resources are potentially transformational for a church. I am delighted to commend this resource.
Revd Ian Adams, Mission Spirituality Adviser for Church Mission Society and Tutor in Pioneer Learning and PC3 Context-based Training at Ridley hall, Cambridge

The Holy Habits resources help weave the spiritual through everyday life. They're a great tool that just gets better with use. They help us grow in our desire to follow Jesus as their concern is formation not simply information.
Olive Fleming-Drane and John Drane

Have you ever had to develop a new habit? This set of ten resources will enable churches and individuals to begin to establish 'habits of faithfulness' based on Acts 2:42-47. In the United Reformed Church, we are calling this process of developing discipleship, 'Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today' and I have no doubt that this comprehensive set of resources will enable us to do just that.

Revd Richard Church - Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship) United Reformed Church

Lots of people are getting into Holy Habits, which is wonderful. Here are some varied and rich resources to help further deepen our discipleship of Christ, encouraging and enabling us to adopt the life-transforming habits that make for following Jesus.
Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, Team Leader and Superintendent Minister, Methodist Central Hall, Westminster

The Holy Habits resource will help you, your church, your fellowship group, to engage in a journey of discovery about what it really means to be a disciple today. I know you will be encouraged, challenged and inspired as you read and work your way through each chapter, which you will find refreshing and illuminating. The chapters are so arranged as to give us lots to study together and pray about, and that can only be good as our churches today seek to bring about the kingdom of God. I can do no other than wholeheartedly to recommend it.
Revd Loraine Mellor, President of the Methodist Conference 2017/18

Jesus said, 'If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them' (John 13:17). To understand the disciplines of the Christian life without practising them habitually is like owning a fine collection of soap but never having a wash. The team behind Holy Habits knows this, which is why they have produced these excellent and practical resources. Use them, and by God's grace you will grow in holiness. I commend them warmly!
Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool

The Holy Habits resources are a rich mine of activities for all ages to help change minds, attitudes and behaviours. I love the way many different people groups are represented and celebrated, and the constant reference to the complex realities of 21st-century life.
Lucy Moore

Premier Christianity Magazine, August 2018.
Methodist minister Andrew Roberts has achieved an ambitious task. He and a team of editors have delivered a set of ten Holy Habits booklets that will enable an entire church community to explore a multifaceted approach to discipleship.
The series covers ten elements of discipleship distilled from the life of the early Church as describefd in Acts 2:42-47: Biblical Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking Bread, Prayer, Sharing Resources, Serving, Eating Together, Gladness and Generosity, Worship and Making More Disciples.
There is much to commend in the Holy Habits initiative. Each booklet offers a range of suggestions for incorporating and exploring each respective habit. This includes worship ideas, preaching notes, small group activities, creative projects and individual and community practices.
The books will act as a starting point for churches planning a long-term discipleship programme, but leaders will need to put in effort themselves to flesh out some of the ideas contained within.
Review by Justin Brierley

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Biblical Teaching Fellowship Breaking Bread Prayer Sharing Resources
Eating Together Gladness and Generosity Worship Making More Disciples Serving

Holy Habits Full Course Pack

All the titles in our Holy Habits course plus a free copy of the Introductory Guide.

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Holy Habits Church Pack

Holy Habits Church Pack

Andrew Roberts, Neil Johnson, Tom Milton £199.60

Five copies of each of the Holy Habits resources with 20% off.

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Holy Habits Church Combi Pack

Holy Habits Church Combi Pack

The Holy Habits pack and the Holy Habits church pack combined Andrew Roberts, Neil Johnson, Tom Milton £249.50

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Holy Habits: Introductory Guide

Holy Habits is an initiative to nurture Christian discipleship. It explores Luke's model of church found in Acts 2:42 - 47, identifies ten habits and encourages the development of a way of life formed by them. The habits are: biblical teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, sharing of resources, service, eating together, gladness and generosity, worship, prayer and making more disciples. The resources have been developed to help churches explore the habits in worship and other group activities (all-age or age-specific) and live out the habits in whole life, missional discipleship.

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Holy Habits: Worship

Worship can arise from a glad heart, but it can also be the deliberate choice of a hurting one. All of life can be worship when lived for love of God. Learning to make everything we do in our daily lives a worship offering to God is about 24/7 life, everyday discipleship.

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Holy Habits: Sharing Resources

To have 'all things in common' is about both giving and receiving, and it needs to be mutual. Sharing may not be the obvious route to take and it may take courage to initiate it, but we know that it is often ultimately more rewarding than simply giving.

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Holy Habits: Serving

Jesus himself came as one who served, and our calling as followers of Jesus is to proclaim the gospel by living on earth as if in heaven. Every act of love, justice and peace is a taste of how God's world is to be. We live this calling personally in our daily work and in our local communities.

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Holy Habits: Prayer

Prayer is a foundational and transformative Holy Habit, a way of being, the breath of life. As you explore the Holy Habit of prayer, we hope churches will be encouraged to pray together, not just in corporate worship but in prayer meetings or small groups.

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Holy Habits: Making More Disciples

Jesus said 'Go and make disciples' to the first disciples, but the command is for us too. It's not our job to bring people to faith, but we are called to share our faith at school, in our places of work and leisure, and in the communities in which we live.

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Holy Habits: Gladness and Generosity

Gladness and generosity go together in this Holy Habit because they are inextricably linked. A generously forgiving and trusting nature is often - though not necessarily - a cheerful one. But the root of giving that is generous and cheerful is thankfulness, as we realise what God has done for us and respond with gladness.

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Holy Habits: Fellowship

The Greek word translated as 'fellowship' in Acts 2 is koinonia. It is a word rich in depth, meaning and challenge. Our Christian faith is not simply a private, personal affair, it unites us to one another through Christ.

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Holy Habits: Eating Together

At first glance, the Holy Habit of eating together seems like an easy one. Many of us enjoy eating together with family and friends and it is often a regular feature of church life. But this Holy Habit invites us to do more than simply consume food, it invites us to explore how we eat together and with whom.

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Holy Habits: Breaking Bread

This exploration of breaking bread works with a broad understanding of the term: one that includes and honours the practice of Holy Communion, but reflects upon breaking bread in other ways and contexts too ? ways that also make Jesus known.

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Holy Habits: Biblical Teaching

We can explore biblical teaching on our own, and even better together. In exploring this Holy Habit, we hope that you will not just discover more of what the Bible says, but renew your devotion to applying biblical teaching so as to grow in grace and holiness.

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