Rhythms — How We Live
We don’t see church as a building you go to, rather, we see ourselves as the church living normal life with Gospel intentionality. Below you will find the normal rhythms of life that are lived within every culture. As Christ’s people, we don’t add extra things to our already busy lives, we just internationalize what we are already doing.
Everyone’s life is shaped by a dominant story. As a church, we take time to be shaped by God’s story. God has been unfolding his Story since before time began. We believe we are participants in the Story and need to understand it and see how our lives intersect with it. Therefore, we regularly reacquaint ourselves with the Story by interacting with God's Word. We look for ways and times to tell the Story often. We also take time to listen to others stories and help them find their lives within God's Story. (Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1; Psalm 1; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We set aside regular times to listen to God both backward and forward. Jesus listened to God in prayer to know his Father's will. We are also called to listen to God. We listen backward by regularly interacting with God through His Word (the Story). We listen forward by making space to hear his Spirit in us and through creation (Mark 1:35-37; John 16:7-15; Hebrews 1:1-3; Romans 1:20).
We gather together to celebrate God's extravagant blessings. God calls people to regularly celebrate his goodness and grace. We gather weekly in missional communities and regularly as a larger family, to share stories and celebrate all that God is doing in and among us. We invite everyone to these celebrations as a way of displaying God's glory. (Leviticus 23; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25)
We intentionally bless others through words, gifts and actions. God desires that all nations—all people—would be blessed through Jesus. As his Body (soma), 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. (Genesis 12:1-3; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 2:12)
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. (Leviticus 23; Matthew 6:11; 26:17-30; Acts 2:46-47; Romans 12:13)
We take time to rest, play, create and restore beauty in ways that reflect God to others.
After powerfully and joyfully creating the universe, God rested. We were created in his image and therefore were made to joyfully create and rest as well. We do this in a variety of ways – individually and in community. (Genesis 1-2:3; Deuteronomy 5:12; Mark 2:23-28; Hebrews 4)