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Habits of the Heart

Regent University has developed a series of videos in order to help guide your walk with Christ. Use this site for a challenging initiation into some of these habits: becoming who God says you are, prayer, study, meditation, simplicity, community, worship and service. For each habit, there's a short introduction, a presentation by Dr. Corné Bekker, and suggestions for reflection and application. Check out the following video for more information:

 

Introduction

Becoming disciples

J.I. Packer once wryly characterized American piety as "three thousand miles wide and three inches deep." In other words, we too often settle for a veneer of Christian culture instead of heeding Christ's commission to become disciples - people who are deeply and truly like Him (Matthew 28:16). Salvation is too often preached as a means of escaping hell instead of as divine interventions that foster the character of Christ in us and draw us into deep, abundant living with Him.

Disciples observe their master to become like Him. And that's what this site is about - learning practical habits of Jesus, like prayer and meditation, that you can form as you follow Him. Notice I didn't say habits that you can form "to become like Him." That's because you cannot, by any self-discipline, transform your own heart to be like His. If you could, you'd be in charge, and you-in-charge is not the goal. Christ-in-charge is the goal. But these heart habits can clear space through the clutter of life for the Holy Spirit to enter and guide you into the life of God.

What's in this site, and how do I use it?

Use this site for a challenging, but decidedly unstuffy initiation into some of these habits: becoming who God says you are, prayer, study, meditation, simplicity, community, worship and service. Don't try to work through them all in a week. They're designed to work on you throughout your lifetime. Bookmark the site and come back often, paying particular attention to the topics that don't come easily to you and finding new ways to integrate what you hear. For each habit, there's a short introduction, a presentation by Dr. Corne Bekker, and suggestions for reflection and application. You'll also find space for your responses. Please share what you think and discover as you pursue these habits on your way to transformation.

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