Rule of Life – Pray, Read Learn

Bishop Paul talks about the Rule of Life – Here in Liverpool Diocese we’re asking God for a bigger church to make a bigger difference; more people knowing Jesus, more justice in the world. Over the last couple of years we have been praying and thinking together about how this can best be done. I have spoken about the inner and outer journey of faith – the life of prayer and study of scripture which forms us inwardly; the life of proclamation and service which forms us outwardly.

To live such a life is to be a disciple – one who learns from Jesus in the power of the Spirit, one who comes through Jesus to the Father, one who becomes an ambassador of the Kingdom of God, speaking of Jesus, serving and being present to those on the edge. In taking the inner journey we are called by God to be close to Jesus in our hearts. In taking the outer journey we are sent by God to be close to Jesus in the world. In the inner journey we are called by God to pray, read scripture, and learn from one another. In the outer journey we are sent by God to tell our friends about Jesus, serve those in need, and give our lives, time, talents and money, back to the God who has given us everything.

Called to pray, read and learn. Sent to tell, serve and give. These simple words form our Rule of Life. To live such a life is to be a disciple. I believe that if we ask God for a bigger church to make a bigger difference, and want to see more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world, then one way that God will answer our prayer is by making more disciples – and including us in that number. Bishop Paul on the Rule of Life Called to pray, read and learn. Sent to tell, serve and give.

When we take the inner journey we respond to God’s call, and we are not alone.

In prayer, as Jesus tells us, we enter the secret place to meet the One he called Father, who draws us close, who sees what is done in secret, who fills us with life.

In reading the Bible we meet the inspired writers who point us to God, and we meet those who have interpreted their words over the centuries so that we can read with love and understanding.

In learning the faith we meet the people God has given us in the church, parish, school, fresh expression or chaplaincy; we meet them and learn from them how to live.

When we take the outer journey we respond to God’s sending love, and we are not alone.

In telling of Jesus we meet our friends who do not know him, as one by one we bring them to meet him for themselves, to know his love for them, and to be led by Him to his Father, their Father.

In serving others we meet their needs as we meet the people themselves, connecting with them in the struggle for justice and dignity, doing the many things God gives us to do with and for them to help and love them more.

In giving our lives we take our place among the hundreds of millions of people who bear the name of Christ worldwide, and among the more than sixty thousand people who are actively connected to our diocese.   Each and every Christian community is different. I believe God loves and honours the endlessly creative diversity of people and communities in each and every place. But as a bishop I give a charge to each person in our diocese. In your own way, and in the way of your community, consider what it would look like to live according to a Rule of Life. Consider what it looks like for you to be called to pray, read and learn, and to be sent to tell, serve and give. All you need do is say yes. You can take action by signing up at www.ruleoflife.org.uk – then you will have begun your discipleship journey. (Taken from Diocese of Liverpool website)