The weekly worship gathering is a gift to the local church. God’s people are called to gather together in worship of Him. In this regular rhythm we enter the story of the gospel as we are captured by God’s mighty works and marvellous worth. As we rehearse the gospel regularly and personally, we find that our affections and actions are reformed into the image of Christ. This is a rhythm our souls need in order to weather the rival liturgies we are exposed to weekly. Worship really matters. It’s about ascribing worth to God; it’s a whole life posture towards glorifying God as utmost in our life. If we don’t get worship right, we slip into sin and idolatry.
Rhythms #3 - Worship: Rehearsing and Responding to the Gospel
Hebrews 10:22-25, Ephesians 5:18-20
October 23, 2016 • Darren Dakers
Rhythms #8 - Dwelling in God’s Word
Psalm 1:1-6; 2 Timothy 3:16 • November 27, 2016 • Will Ross
Reading the Word is not an optional additive for the Christian, it must be the cause of our delight! We see in Psalm 1 that the blessed life is found in delighting in the law of the Lord and meditating on it day and night; not to empty the mind, but to fill it with God’s truths. The Rhythm of dwelling in God’s Word is critical for understanding what Jesus has already accomplished for us.
Rhythms #7 - The Shared Life of God’s People
Hebrews 10:23-25 • November 20, 2016 • Adam Ramsey
The New Testament knows nothing of a ‘personal-Christianity’ that is not also a ‘participational-Christianity.’ While Jesus saves His people from sin, He also saves us into His family. The shared life of God’s people under God’s Word serves as an assault on our self-centredness, a guard against sin’s deceitfulness, a fuel for the long haul, and a demonstration of the gospel.
Rhythms #6 - Living Sent, Making Disciples
Matthew 28:18-20 • November 13, 2016 • Adam Ramsey
Christians are a ‘sent’ people. Jesus did not give His followers a ‘Great Suggestion,’ but the Great Commission. Gossiping the gospel and making disciples are the normal rhythms of life for every local church and every follower of Jesus. Because God is a missionary-God, His people share in His missionary-nature.