The Jesus Habit is a structure to support the work God wants to do in your life. As they say, “Your current system is perfectly designed to get the results you’re currently getting.” Meaning, if you want to see God do more in your life, you likely need some help with the system and structure that supports His work.
Through a combination of Scripture and science, our goal is to help you make your new nature in Christ, second nature.
I have been in ministry for nearly two decades. Much of that time was spent as a worship pastor. The last 6 years I have been the lead pastor of SixEight Church in Vancouver, WA. When I became the lead pastor, we started having conversations about discipleship and what it means to make disciples. The elusive question haunted me, how? How do you make disciples.
So, I started investigating. We’d try one thing, learn from it then make corrections for the next time. We have used nearly every resource you can imagine. Many of them great in various ways. But, we still didn’t see the results we were looking for.
We knew how Jesus did it. But, there aren’t many who will give up their lives for 3 years to become a follower of Jesus. And most of us can’t.
There are a lot of churches doing mentoring programs, where they meet weekly with a group for a year or so. And those are great. And of course, the hope is that they continue to multiply themselves and disciple others. But, what if you can’t make that work? Or what if your church doesn’t offer that?
There has to be a way to help the people of God grow in their walk with God on a regular basis that works in tandem with the 21st century.
So, I’ve been on this journey for the last 6 years, researching, studying, investigating, prototyping, failing, learning, repeating and so on to try to come up with a system that grows with people as they grow, challenges people but doesn’t overly frustrate them (I’ve done plenty of that to people…) and creates the space for God to have access to their life day in day out, walking humbly with God.
Well, after several renditions of trial and error, I have something that works. Like they I’ve heard people say about AA “It works if you work it, so work it.”
I have been a student of the Bible for over 20 years. I graduated from Multnomah University with my undergraduate degree in Bible and Theology. I have been teaching the text for the last 6 years, and have been immersed in the word during that time.
But, as much as I studied the Bible, I didn’t have a habit of being in God’s word just to be with God every day. Sure, I read the Bible most days. But, there was always an agenda. I was reading it for something. Not just to get to know the author.
That changed for me a couple of years ago. I decided to swap out my habit of grabbing my phone and scrolling through Facebook in the morning for grabbing my phone and reading the Bible every morning. And that one simple change has had a ridiculous impact on my walk with God.
And that’s when I started digging more into habits. So, I have been reading research, books and studies on neuroscience, how we learn, how we change, how we break old habits and create new ones. And what I recently discovered in my own life, and through several others who have been going through this process in our church, is that I am capable of so much more than I thought.
I am no expert. I am not a neuroscientist. I am not a therapist. But, what I do have is real world experience with helping people. I have learned what doesn’t work and what does. I do not have all the answers, but what I do have I want to share.
For example, my whole life I have wanted to be a journaler. I have tried many times and failed. But using some of the tools I’ve found in science, I was able to become a journaler over the course of this summer. I would always say, I want to, I just can’t. Turns out, I had been lying to myself about that. And that has to do with both Scripture and Science.
Scripture teaches the importance of believe, almost ad nauseam. But science has also proven the importance of belief in long-term change. It is proven to be a crucial component to overcoming addiction. Here I was, lying to myself, telling myself the story that I couldn’t do something that I could do.
I have also said, my whole life, that I’m bad with names. Then I heard someone teach about not telling yourself that lie and believing that you can remember names. I went out and tested it, and it actually worked. I can remember names now.
So, what’s my point. I want to help anyone who wants more out of their walk with God. I do not want to impose my teaching on anyone. I do not want anyone to become dependent on me as their source of truth. I want to equip and empower people to go up the mountain for themselves. I want to help people build the kind of support system in their lives that facilitates the life-changing, transformative work God wants to do in their heart, mind, soul and strength.
And, I want to help you. If you want it. If you don’t, God bless you. But, you have to want it. That’s a requirement. And there’s nothing I can do to make you want it. But, if you want it, I’m ready to guide you on your Jesus journey.
You can do it. You can change. You can break old habits and replace them with new ones. You can reduce the influence of culture and society and increase the influence of God, His word and His Spirit in your life. You. Can. Do it.
The question is, how bad do you want it?