Every Christian who that is really growing in his or her faith makes personal time with God a priority. At Christ Covenant, personal devotion is one of our covenantal agreements because it is essential for spiritual flourishing and growth
in Christ. Throughout Christian history the church has long held to the idea of abiding with the Lord or being intentional to stay connected to the Lord. Jesus told his disciples on the night he was betrayed and arrested, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5). What Jesus is saying is that if you want a fruitful Christian life, if you want a life that is marked by the fruit of the Spirit, then you must seek to be a branch that is connected to the vine; you must seek to be a Christian that is connected to Christ.
In light of this, we ask that every member create space in their life for personal devotion. As one who abides in Christ, this should be a priority which means that you are spending at least 10-15 minutes alone with the Lord at least five times a week. Of course, we hope that as you make this a discipline in your life that the time would grow, but the most important aspect of personal devotion is consistency.
You may be asking something like, “How do I get started and what am I supposed to do?” The purpose of this field guide is answer those two questions by giving you practical steps to take as you develop the discipline of personal devotion.Read More