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.

SERMON – Heritage Park Campus

January 6, 2019 • Michael Hearn 

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.

SERMON – Heritage Park Campus

January 13, 2019 • Michael Hearn

SERMON – 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

SERMON – Heritage Park Campus

January 20, 2019 • Michael Hearn
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SERMON – Westside Campus

January 20, 2019 • David Libby
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