What would it look like for our whole church to decide to ‘fully consecrate’ ourselves to God? What would that consecration look like, what would the fruit of this consecration be?
Consecration is a word of discipleship: devoting ourselves to God in response to the grace He has freely given to us. Take a look at this video to find out about what we feel God has been calling us to:
The journey of discipleship under Jesus is a lifelong journey of growth. At King’s Arms we love to use the word ‘extraordinary’ to describe this kind of this discipleship — especially in regards to our prayers and devotion to God. We take what was ordinary, add something extra, and we have something extraordinary.
extra + ordinary = extraordinary
It is about growth and it’s possible for every single one of us no matter where we’re starting, and it’s an invitation to all in our community.
What does it look like to devote yourself? In Acts 2:42 the early church was just beginning and “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
We can use this verse to show us what it means to be devoted,
- We read the scriptures (‘apostles’ teaching’)
- We come together as a community (‘fellowship’)
- We partake in Communion (‘breaking of bread’)
- We pray (‘…and to prayer’)
With this in mind, we are inviting our church family to go on this journey with us in 2024!
We created a resource to help us with this, our new Devoted booklet. This contains:
365-days Bible Reading Plan (Psalms and New Testament)
The New Testament readings will track with this YouVersion reading plan made by the Bible Project, meaning you can access the readings on your device through the YouVersion app too — and there are excellent videos to accompany this plan.
We love the idea that on any given day you could pray the Psalm reading knowing that many others in our community are using the same scriptures as a basis for their prayers as well. Our Daily Devotion emails will also link with our reading plan which can aid you as you walk through the year.
Tools on how to Pray / Fast / Read the word
You’ll find multiple ideas and resources on how to pray, ideas on how to fast (watch out for more information on this — including starting January with 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting!) and a useful model for reading the Bible.
Make it personal and journal daily
We also have a Devoted Journal edition available (£5) which includes space to write your own notes as you work through the Bible readings. We know that for many, journaling is a means to listen to God and keep a record of His words to us.
Want to find out more?
If you want more information about the booklets, journals and other resources, go to kingsarms.org/devoted.
I often find that I make better decisions when I have time to think about them in advance, and get the chance to prepare and make adjustments ahead of time to enable me to live the devoted life I actually want to live! Come, join us!
Katy Ryland and the eFocus Team