Jesus modelled a pattern of life where he withdrew from the noise of the crowds, to be alone with His Father. The rhythms of silence and solitude are essential to living fruitfully as a Christian. Solitude is not merely being alone; it is being alone with God. Silence is not merely the absence of speaking; it is listening to God. In our frenetic, busy world we need to heed God’s gracious invitation to be still, and know that He is God.
Rhythms #4 - Silence and Solitude
October 30, 2016 • Adam Ramsey
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.