We believe there’s always room for us to grow as believers in Jesus, regardless of how long we’ve been following Him. Is your next step spending time in an area that will develop you spiritually as you follow Jesus?

 Scripture Reading

The entire Bible is inspired from God’s imagination (1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16) and men were moved by God’s Spirit to write the very words of Scripture (2 Peter 1:21). Therefore, the Bible is full of mystery, but without error (Psalms 19:7; Proverbs 30:5).

Eugene Peterson wrote in The Invitation: “The Scriptures not only reveal everything of who God is but also everything of who we are. And this revelation is done in such a way as to invite participation on both sides, of author and reader…Reading the Scriptures isn’t an activity discrete from living the gospel; it is integral to it… Christians don’t simply learn or study or use Scripture; we feed on it.”

Brentwood encourages Christ-followers to read the Scriptures everyday through designed reading plans and personal devotions.

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 Prayer

Christ-followers listen and speak to God through the practice of prayer; it is basic communication with God. Jesus Christ not only teaches us how to pray (Matthew 6:5-14), but also how to pray audaciously—ask, seek, knock (Matthew 7:7)—until God answers. Audacious prayer may not lead us to what we always ask for, but it will lead us to what we’re meant for.

Brentwood inspires a culture of prayer in every aspect of our community— personal devotions, miraculous needs, weekend gatherings and so on—and teaches people how to grow deeper in this practice.

Fasting

Fasting is simply refraining from food for a spiritual purpose not about dieting or earning God’s favor. (Luke 18:9-14)

Why fast? Jentezen Franklin wrote in his book Fasting: “When you eliminate food from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and amazingly sensitive to the things of God.” Also, fasting demonstrates an urgency for a breakthrough from God (Psalm 35:13, Nehemiah 9:1)

Brentwood encourages the spiritual discipline of fasting on both a personal and corporate level. Each year, the leadership arranges a church-wide fast to focus the entire congregation on vision and renewal.

Please make sure you use wisdom with health concerns when considering fasting, including consulting a doctor about any specific questions you may have.