Rule of Life 2021BREAD READING PLAN
To pursue unity in a time apart, we as a church are keeping a shared rule of life.
What Is a Rule of Life?
A rule of life (taken from a Latin word meaning trellis, as in John 15:1-17) is a way to arrange your everyday life to keep you connected to God and abiding in Jesus.
Stephen Covey, author of the 7 Habits lessons, says that we achieve inner peace when our schedule is aligned with our values. While Jesus didn’t say that and it’s not in the Bible, it does line up well with wisdom. Our value as followers of Jesus is to make our home in God to become people of peace, joy, love, kindness, and faithfulness to our community and our world. Therefore, it stands to reason that we should arrange our life in a way to make this possible.
According to John 15:1-10, we as Jesus’ disciples, have only one job to do: abide. Our church-wide rule of life is a way that we are collectively doing our part to abide or remain in Jesus. When it comes to how to adopt a rule of life, everyone must begin where they’re at and not where they hope to be. Some might be slowly beginning this new rule, while others might be eager for a challenge — which is why we’ve created entry level and reach versions of each practice below.
Lastly, it’s helpful to keep a rule of life with a community, and this is why we’re inviting and encouraging our whole church to jump in and keep this same rule together. We hope and pray it will be like a trellis our church community’s spiritual well-being, unity, and joy can grow on.
Our Rule of Life
Daily Bread (Scripture Reading)
Starting on Monday, January 4th, we will begin a new weekly reading plan created by our staff specifically for our church. From Monday through Friday we will read a passage from the New Testament, on Saturdays we will read a Psalm, and then will be a break as we worship online together. We will also continue using the acronym BREAD to guide us. This approach to Scripture reading invites us to:
- BE STILL: Find a place where you can encounter God, ask Him to fill the space and then take a minute in stillness.
- READ: Read through the passage slowly and look for one verse that stands out, grabs your attention, or interests you.
- ENCOUNTER: Take your chosen verse and meditate on it, consider what God might be saying to you.
- APPLY: Turn your focus outwards, think about how you might be able to apply this to your day.
- DEVOTE: Close by writing a simple prayer of devotion to God.
BREAD Entry Level: Seek to spend at least ten minutes each day in the scriptures, with BREAD as a guide –– journaling if you’re able.
BREAD Reach Level: Give as much time as you’re able to BREAD each day — and do it before you turn your phone on.
Participate in BREAD
There are two ways to engage with the reading plan this year.
We have created a digital version of our Scripture reading plan as a reference point if you are unable to pick up our printed guide.
We have created a print version of the BREAD reading plan with three unique covers for you to choose from. We hope these covers inspire you to open your Bible daily and engage in God’s Word with us. You can pick up a copy in our Reality SF Headquarters Parking Lot on January 3rd or 10th between 1-3PM.
Every Wednesday, we desire to train our bodies in self-control and dependence upon God through fasting.
Fasting Entry Level: Just fast from lunch, taking that time to pray alone or with others safely.
Fasting Reach Level: Fast for 24 hours — meaning, eat dinner on Tuesday evening, then break your fast with dinner on Wednesday evening.
Additionally, each Wednesday, we will post a Fasting & Prayer Focus that can guide us in how to collectively fast and pray together.
Especially in a time such as this, we need to set aside time to rest, practice gratitude, and delight in God. A typical Sabbath starts on Friday evening and ends Saturday evening. If this is not good timing for you, feel free to choose another day.
Sabbath Entry Level: Practice just a Sabbath meal. Rest intentionally during this time, delight in God, and practice gratitude for things in the last week.
Sabbath Reach Level: Do a 24-hour Sabbath without any work, and don’t be on your phone or any other screens.