Developing a Rule of Life

Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Hammonds

A rule of life is a commitment to live one’s life in a certain way. It is a simple statement of the principles by which we choose to live our lives. A rule of life can take the form of a motto, a phrase, or a short sentence. “JUST DO IT.” is a famous rule of life that you have probably seen on television and printed on articles of clothing. One example of a rule of life is Psalm 34:1, which states: “I will bless the Lord at all times.” This statement is an important guiding principles around which a person could organize his or her life. Several other examples of Scriptural rules of life include the following:

  • To live is Christ, to die is gain.
  • Do to others what you would have them do to you. (Golden Rule)
  • Pray without ceasing.
  • I have been crucified with Christ.

In the teaching series “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life,” we have encountered several spiritual disciplines. These practices enable us to create space in our busy lives to be with Jesus, become like Jesus, and do the things that Jesus did. Spiritual disciplines can also help us to organize each day around principles that are important to us. For example, suppose that one of your rules of life is captured by the phrase “loving others.” You may decide each day to speak a word of encouragement to someone you encounter, or pray for someone in distress, or perform an act of kindness, or secretly serve someone who has a need. These and other actions could be ways to implement that rule of life in practical ways. We now invite you to explore the concept further my watching the videos below.

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Video Presentation on Rules of Life
In this video, Dr. Hammonds introduces the topic. If you like this video, please subscribe to his YouTube channel by clicking on the red button at the bottom right of the video (while playing).

“Rule of Life: On Purpose, On Mission, and On Target” with Dr. Kenneth Hammonds

Three Bible Techers Conversation
This video contains the conversation on rules of life by the Three Bible Teachers.

Conversation on Rules of Life (9-17-20)

Session 18 of “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life”
The video below is the entire Zoom Class from September 17, 2020.  The video consists of the following parts:

1. Welcome and Opening Remarks
2. Presentation by Dr. Hammonds (same as above)
3. A Conversation on Rules of Life by the Three Bible Teachers (same as above)
4. Zoom Class Discussion, Final Remarks, and Closing Prayer

“Healthy Habits of the Christian Life” Zoom Class (9-17-20)

Homework Assignments
Please view the videos for homework assignments.

Quick Links:
Link to: Rule of Life PowerPoint
Link to: Chart of 52 Spiritual Disciplines
Link to: Website for Dr. Kenneth Hammonds

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