Our Rhythms teaching series focuses on the topic of spiritual disciplines — what the disciplines are, why we’re called to practice them, and practical ways you can incorporate them into your daily life. Jesus gave us the example of practicing these disciplines. And when it becomes part of our everyday rhythm, we align ourselves with the rhythm of God.

Each week, we will provide you with a variety of ways to engage with God, which we’re calling “Shared Experiences.” Each of these experiences is here to help you. Choose the experience you feel comfortable with, but don’t shy away from pressing into what God is calling you to do.

Week 1: Introduction

January 6, 2019

SHARED EXPERIENCES

Experience A: Assessment of Spiritual Rhythms

Take time to reflect on your regular spiritual rhythms. Be honest with yourself. Avoid rushing. Listen for God’s voice to encourage and challenge you.

Use the scale below to assess your experiences in the following areas. A rating of 1 would indicate little to no experience practicing this discipline, and a rating of 10 would be a consistent and beneficial practice.

Scripture

1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10

Prayer 

1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10

Confession

1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10

Fasting

1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10

Sabbath

1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10

Service

1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10

Experience B: Evaluation of Spiritual Rhythms

Sometimes we need to do more than assess, we need to evaluate what we are actually doing. For the following week, track your spiritual rhythms (as listed in Experience A).

At the end of the week, ask yourself:

 

  • How often do you engage with them?
  • How much time do you spend doing them?
  • How do they compare to the other areas of importance in your life?
Experience C: Commit to Scripture Reading

Maybe this year it’s time for you to commit to spending more time in the Bible. Through our Summit View App (or your preferred Bible app), there are a myriad of Bible reading plans. Here are some recommendations to get you started:

The Bible Project – 365 Day Plan
This plan takes you on a chronological journey through the entire Bible over the course of one year. Each book includes videos specifically designed to enhance your understanding and engagement with God’s Word.

First Steps Reading Plan
The Life Journal First Steps Reading plan was developed by Wayne Cordeiro. This plan takes a only a portion of the reading from the Life Journal Plan and offers a decreased amount of reading without losing the flow. This plan is perfect for youth and new believers. For journals and related resources, visit lifejournal.cc.

Heritage Park Campus

January 6, 2019 • Michael Hearn

Westside Campus

January 6, 2019 • David Libby

 

SHARED EXPERIENCES

Experience A: Verse of the Day

Did you know that through the Bible app, you can get daily push notifications that include a daily verse for your reflection? If you haven’t done so already, create an account and subscribe for the daily verse to hit your phone at a time of your choosing and spend time each day reading the verse of the day.

daily verse

Experience B: Read a Book of the Bible
  • Are you new to the Bible and looking to learn more about Jesus? Read through the Gospel of John.
  • Has it been a while since you’ve opened the Old Testament? Consider opening to Genesis or Exodus to get exposure to the beginning of the faith.
Experience C: Move from Reading to Studying

As suggested in the sermon, sometimes we need to move from simply reading the Bible to studying the Bible. Over the next week, find 30 minutes a day, or two hours a week, to dig deeper.

  • Write down what you are observing in the text.
  • Write down your questions – writing them down allows you to move on and gives you something to come back to, reflect on, and something to pray about.
  • Use the cross-references mentioned in your passage. Look up the references that relate to the section you have questions about.
  • Write about what you learn.

Heritage Park Campus

January 13, 2019 • Michael Hearn

Westside Campus

January 13, 2019 • David Libby

Week 3: Prayer & Meditation

January 20, 2019

SHARED EXPERIENCES

Experience A: 5-Minute Prayer & Meditation

Meditate and pray for five minutes, focusing on a different verse of Psalm 1 each day. Think about the what the Psalmist is teaching, the different words he uses, and the imagery portrayed. Think about what the Psalm says about God, about you, and how you should live. Think of how it points to Christ, and how you can apply it to your day.

Experience B: Pray for Others

Each day, take time to identify three people you can pray for that day. At some point in the morning, reach out to those three people in your life and ask how you can pray for them that day during your lunch break. Listen to their request, pray for them, and see how God moves in their lives.

Experience C: Memorize a Verse Each Day

When you spend memorizing Scripture, not only are you reflecting on the Word of God in that time and moment, you are also storing it for the Holy Spirit to bring it to your attention when you need it the most. Paul encourages us in Col. 3:2 to set our minds on the things above, Scripture Memorization allows us to do just that.

Monday – Colossians 3:2
Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Wednesday – Romans 8:28
Thursday – Psalm 27:1
Friday – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Saturday – Psalm 19:14
Sunday– James 1:22

Heritage Park Campus

January 20, 2019 • Michael Hearn

Westside Campus

January 20, 2019 • David Libby

SHARED EXPERIENCES

Experience A: Practice Confession With God Every Night

Reflect upon Psalm 139:23-24. Ask God if there is anything that may need to be confessed from your day. Embrace the forgiveness given by God, and ask that God may lead you to see victory in that area of your life tomorrow.

Experience B: Assess Relationships and Begin Praying for Reconciliation

Jesus stresses in His teaching that unity amongst His people is imperative (Matthew 5:23-24). Is there anyone in your life that you may need to make amends with and seek foregiveness from? Before coming to worship next Sunday, begin praying for reconciliation, and reach out to that individual.

Experience C: Trust One Person with a Confession

Sometimes it is best to confess our sins to a friend or other trusted individual who may help bear the burden (Galatians 6:1), pray for you, and remind you of God’s assurance of forgiveness. It may need to be the person that our sin has affected. Be careful with this, as confession is meant to restore relationships – not hurt or damage them.

Heritage Park Campus

January 27, 2019 • Kyle Wetzler

Westside Campus

January 27, 2019 • Michael Hearn

SHARED EXPERIENCES

Experience A: Cut Out Social Media

Recent research tells us that the average person spends 135 minutes a day on social media. That’s nearly 16 hours a week. Use the time you would normally be checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to read your Bible and pray.

Experience B: One-Day Fast

Choose one day this week to fast from food from sun up to sun down. As you fast, look for what begins to stir in you. When your stomach growls and grumbles, use it as a reminder to pray. Instead of ignoring our cravings, use them as prompts to pray for God to sustain you.

Experience C: Week-Long Fast

Choose a week to participate in a week long fast. This could be a fast from food, television, social media, sweets, etc. Have a focus as to why you’re going without something for a week. It could be for closer intimacy for God, for God to move in a specific area of your life, for the salvation of someone, etc.

Note: If you haven’t fasted from food before, this is something you should work up to, not just jump into.

Heritage Park Campus

February 3, 2019 • Michael Hearn

Westside Campus

 February 3, 2019 • David Libby

Week 6: Silence & Solitude

February 10, 2019

SHARED EXPERIENCES

Experience A: 10 Minutes of Silence & Solitude

Living a life unhurried is an experience we all long for. Yet it can be hard to find a way to start. This week, simply find ten minutes a day by to be yourself. Shut off your phone, turn off the television, and spend ten minutes alone with God. Put aside the voices that urge you to be busy. Don’t try and produce anything, don’t try and figure anything out. Just sit and listen.

Experience B: Night of Silence

We invite you to drop in for a time of silence anytime between 5 and 7 pm at the Westside Campus on Wednesday, February 13th. Childcare will be provided (Nursery – Kindergarten). Use this time to focus on the presence of God. Slowly reflect upon what God has been teaching you through your shared experiences, listen for God’s guidance, and enjoy a deeper intimacy with God.

Experience C: Full Day of Silence & Solitude

Frequently within Jesus’ ministry, we see Him escape for time of silence and solitude with God. Jesus would spend this time to make a spiritual investment in His life. Set aside a full day to block out all other voices, distractions, and interruptions so you can focus on God. The goal is not to empty yourself, but to fill yourself with God.

Heritage Park Campus

February 10, 2019 • Michael Hearn

Westside Campus

February 10, 2019 • David Libby

Week 7: Stewardship

February 17, 2019

SHARED EXPERIENCES

Experience A: Find One Way to Be Generous

If you’ve never given before, start this week. No matter what dollar amount, you can start building momentum towards a lifestyle of generosity. If you’re interested in giving to Summit View Church, you can go to summitview.net/giving, or give on our app.

Experience B: Analyze Your Generosity Patterns and Align Them With Scripture

Spend time this week examining your budget. If you don’t have one, maybe this is your first step! Look at areas where you may be spending more than is necessary. Reflect on passages such as 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, and 1 John 3:16-18. Begin to set aside a certain amount of money each month, and pray for wisdom on how to give it.

Experience C: Find a New Area to Sacrificially Give of Your Skills in the Church Community

God calls us to serve. Regardless of gifts or talents, we are called to employ them for Christ and His Kingdom. If you are interested in serving at Summit View, we can help you get plugged in. Visit summitview.net/serve.

Heritage Park Campus

February 17, 2019 • Michael Hearn

Westside Campus

 February 17, 2019 • Kenan Stolz