9TH - 29TH JANUARY 2022

Church family! A new year is upon us...

We are excited to kick off this new year with 21 days of prayer and fasting! Our reading plan will focus on key passages of Scripture and principles that we feel are important as a Disciple Making People. Each day there will be a blog post alongside the Scripture reading to help you unpack the passage.

Reading Plan

We are reading the Bible together to grow in our knowledge of God. Use your Bible reading plan to help you. We encourage you read a chapter a day with family, friends and engage in discussion following the DBS questions below.

The Bible reading plan will be available on our app as a reading plan (in the Bible tab) in which you can follow along too.

Print at home file:
App digital booklet:
Kids reading plan & prayer journal:

Fasting

We are fasting for 21 days from meats, sweets and treats, (Daniel fast).
This website is a great tool for a Daniel fast: www.daniel-fast.com

We would encourage you to limit the use of social media, television and other activities.

Pray

Praying alone is important, we encourage you to increase personal prayer times, but praying together is also an important part of our mandate.

Teams of people pray in their own homes in two hour sessions around the clock - night and day, why not come and join us!

Is it your first time fasting? Here's a guide to help you.

Why do we fast?

Moses, David, Elijah, Esther, Daniel, Anna, Paul, Jesus, amongst many others in the Bible practised fasting. When Jesus taught on fasting (Matt 6: 16-18) He would say "When you fast..." encouraging us to embody fasting alongside prayer in our lifestyle. Fasting is abstaining from foods/habits for spiritual growth.

What types of fasts can I do?

There are many! As a church family we most commonly take part in the Daniel Fast, however, you are free to go with how you feel spirit led. Here are some other types of fast's:

1. Fully Fast
Drink only liquids (recommended for only short term/no. of days)

2. Partial Fast
Fasting from set hours, example: 6am to 3pm. You can choose your hours and dietary changes if you wish to also exclude certain foods.

3. The Daniel Fast
Avoid meats and sweets (some also cut out bread). Drink water and juice, eating fruits and vegetables.

4. Fasting from technology
If you are unable to take part in a dietary based fast due to medical related conditions or felt led to fast in another direction, you can fast from technology, for example: cutting down/out TV time or avoiding social media during the 21 days.

When starting your fast...

1. Start With A Goal
Ask yourself why you are fasting? Do you need some direction, healing, restoration in personal issues? Do you face financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and to narrow down your 'why'.

2. Prepare Spiritually
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness, use this moment to surrender yourself fully to Jesus and ask for spiritual strength to reject worldly desires that try to distract you.

3. Deciding Which Fast To Follow
The choice of which fast to follow is entirely up to you, you may choose to go on a Daniel fast or a partial fast. Whatever you decide just remember to replace the time with prayer and Bible studying.

4. What To Expect
Naturally, the body will go through changes as it adapts to the physical change you are undertaking - stick though this! Limit any strenuous activity and exercise in the beginning and be sure to rest. Spend time in God's presence through prayer and worship and pray as often as you can during your day. Deter from daily distractions as much as you can and keep your heart and mind set on God.

5. At The End
As your fast comes to a close, reflect on your days of fasting - note down how you felt or what the Holy Spirit has led you too. You may have testimony of God's goodness or you are starting a new journey! We would love to join you in this next season and celebrate with you - feel free to get in touch with us.

Discovery Bible Study

As we move into new rhythms and patterns, shifting our focus towards being a disciple making movement by using the Discovery Bible Study (DBS) process, we encourage you to use the 4 key questions below and apply them to the Scripture readings each day. This would work best in a group or with your family and friends.

What does this passage teach us about God?
What does this passage teach us about people?
What should you do this week in response to the passage?
Who should you share with this week?


To find out more about DBS, check out this video below.
We hope and pray that this season of prayer and fasting will be significant for us as a church family as we step into a new season.