Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tough Schedules and Spiritual Instruction

With the demands on our time that busy schedules bring, we have had an increasingly difficult time fitting a formal, extended Worship Time in to our week. We have experimented with different methods and approaches in the past and the main components that have worked well for us is singing, prayer and a structured study of God’s Word.

In the absence of more formal Worship Times, we have been trying to incorporate other instruction in to the times we have available: specifically the time before meals. We had been reading through the Bible on a schedule, one chapter a day before meals, but recently have begun using a catechism based largely on the 1689 London Baptist Confession. The version we are using (with appropriate Marsh modifications) also comes with proof-texts which have helped us become more familiar with our Bibles, examine the Biblical basis for what we believe and discuss the meaning of doctrines in more detail than we otherwise would.