New Years Brunch – Rhythms to Starting the Year Right

Rhythms of Grace
January 1, 2017

New Years Brunch – Rhythms to Starting the Year Right

Rhythms of GracePersonal Mission in life – Grow up and help others grow up into Christ
Grow means Fruit – fruit ultimately means to fulfill the purpose God has for your life.
Jesus desires for each of to grow in His purposes but he does not want to see this as a burden.  Instead he invites us to…
“Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” – Jesus Matthew 11:28(msg)
As we attempt to live the live God has called us to, prepared for us, and equipped us to live; it is important to have some checkpoints along the way to recenter and remind us of the path He gives us.
G – Gospel
The Gospel is the foundation for our lives.  It forms our story as we engage with His-story. We see how our lives only make sense when we rest in the truth of the Gospel.  We declare it to others, rehearse it regularly and practice it in our daily lives by repenting and confessing sins and believe the Gospel shows us his Grace.
Working on an email series of 31 days rehearsing the Gospel.  Stay tuned to sign up for this email.
R – Recharging
In our lives we can become depleted and drained when we lose sight of what is important.  God gives us amazing Gifts of Grace that are meant to Recharge us, Restore our faith, Bring restoration to the world and relationships around us,  to provide rest to our weary souls, and ultimately to train us in righteousness so that we can be effective ambassadors of the Kingdom of God.
Word of God
Psalm 1 –
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
Delight in the word of God
    Hearing –  committing to being under good Bible teaching
    Reading – try to read the bible cover to cover
    Study – while reading gives you the thousand mile view, study shows you the path God desires you to walk.  (Zoom in on google maps)
    Memorize – repetition
    Meditation – is combination of memorization and application
You Version Bible reading plan
Intentional Bible intake
PrayerColossians 4:2
Connecting with God through the Holy Spirit
Use hymns or scripture to guide your prayers.
A – Act of Service/Love
We intentionally bless others through words, gifts and actions. God desires that all nations—all people—would be blessed through Jesus. As his Body, we live out this mission as we bless others. We intentionally seek God’s direction for who he would have us tangibly bless each week.
We will spend a considerable time this year looking at what it means to serve God and how He empowers us through the Holy Spirit to serve Him and others. He generously supplies what we need to serve and love others so we live out of that generosity and supply for others.
C – Celebrate
We gather together to celebrate God’s extravagant blessings. God calls people to regularly celebrate his goodness and grace. We share stories and celebrate all that God is doing in and among us. This is something that we need to grow in as we develop deeper relationships with each other.
This is part of our Common Unity.  This helps us to live and love each other the way that God loves us.
E – Engaging/Eating 
We regularly eat meals with others to invite them into the community of God. Meals are a daily reminder of our common need for God to provide for us – both physically and spiritually. Jesus called us to remember him and his sacrifice for us through a meal. When we eat together, we commune around this truth. We regularly eat meals with those not in our immediate family or circle of close friends, discipling them toward a life of dependence on God.
There is no lone ranger Christian.  (John Wesley – “Remember you cannot serve Him alone. You must therefore find companions or make them. The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion”)