Session 8: Everyday Rhythms Part 1
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Father (Family), Son (Servants), the Holy Spirit (Missionaries)
If discipleship is leading people to submit all of life to Jesus, how do we lead people in the everyday stuff of life?
I remember trying to do this before…people didn’t really rely on the Gospel and so they were getting burned out.
People also didn’t understand that there wasn’t a program for this—the program is life. We have to rethink our identity, who we are in Christ.
Do all you do to the glory of God—whatever you do, do it so that God is seen.
Col. 3:17 whatever you do in word or deed, do all that you do in the name of Jesus.
Everything is about Jesus.
Let’s step back and look at life
What if we were living all of life in order to show, to glorify God?
What are things that people do anywhere in the world?
Everyone eats, most people 3 times a day.
God intended the meal to be a remembrance of what God has provided for us. To remember who we worship. We don’t just plug into a tree and get energy, we enjoy taking food in!
All the senses are engaged when we eat—taste, smell, seeing its goodness, you feel it, and you hear it crunching in your mouth….
Taste and see that the Lord is Good. He intends to satisfy you even more than food. Worship at the table…the food is blessed just by being food for us.
Prayers from ancient Levant: thank you for the earth, the seed, the sun and rain, the hands that harvested, the hands that kneaded, the baker that made it bread, and our house that served it. Praise God for all of it.
When the Israelites are delivered out of Egypt…he gives them a meal, the Passover, to remember them.
First miracle of Jesus—He brings the better wine.
The meal is the basic level of remembrance. We really can worship God in our meals. The giver of good gifts. The last supper, the Passover, The Bread of Life. Spiritual food is the real food to satisfy.
If we are a family of disciples, how often will we eat together? Jesus was called a glutton and drunkard because of who he ate with.
Are you using your meals as missionaries? There is unity at the table. People are in a humble posture when given food.
Are we eating with our missionary family? With people who don’t know Jesus?
Ex: we decided to commit to 3 meals a week as a MC. One with our whole family of disciples, one with just a few of each other present (some of the family), and one with people who don’t know Jesus (with some of the family of disciples).
This basic rhythm is a way to get to know people.
What about serving people a meal? Being Servants?
When we had people over for a barbeque several weeks in a row and fed them, they began to trust us. And, they wanted to invite us to join them in what they were doing.
We are all listening to competing voices. While I have been talking, you may have even been listening to me! Sometimes we’re listening to what is being said, some are listening to the culture, and some to the lies of the evil one.
However, those of us who are disciples of Jesus are Listening
To the father—Children of God learning to listen to our father
To the HS—Missionaries learning to listen to what God has for us, who to speak to, what to say, what to do
To the Lord Jesus—Servants doing as servants do, listening instead of speaking for a change. Open my ears.
100s of millions of dollars spent every year on counseling…people aren’t being ministered to by listening.
The spirit led me to listen to a neighbor one night and I learned so much about his life and past. I learned his view of God.
We listen for vocabulary. What do people mean when they say words? ‘Christian’ usually means republican to people. You will have trouble being a missionary is you can’t speak their ‘language.’
We are seeing the world through the grand narrative that dominates our world. It is different for people
God, abusive father, how I grew up, skeptic, ETC
While listening to someone, I learn about their story and how they see the world through the lens of their story
As children of God, we have a better story
We get to tell a redemption story—we need to listen to others stories to find the need for redemption.
When you learn by listening to them and their story, you will learn how best to serve them. Many people want a person just to listen. We then learn how to serve.
What would it look like to ask your group to consider the importance of meals?
Who are we called to reach, where do we eat?
How will we open our homes to people?
So many people eat alone. We can give people the opportunity to not be alone.
Learn to provide a meal for people—learn hospitality
Don’t have to correct people when they speak—listen and let the spirit lead you
Pay attention to their story—and learn the stories of the people you are on mission with.
Questions for Reflection
1. How are we going to start to see the meals we eat on a weekly basis change in light of our new identity? How often would we eat together? How often would we eat with those that don’t know Jesus?
2. Do you know how to listen to the Spirit? If so, are you practicing that? If not, how could you get more training?
3. Are you listening well to others and getting to know their stories?
4. What do you think you should do next to be servants to others in light of what you now know about their stories?