The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – February 2019
The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – February 2019
One of the most difficult and yet beautiful steps in our maturity as disciples of Christ is the embracing of our disabilities. The scriptures are incredibly clear that it’s in our weakness that His strength is displayed and yet we continue to act as if this journey is about our strength instead of His.
He calls us to embrace our weakness. He calls us to live in light of our disabilities.
The following book is designed to help us address two of the most destructive of our disabilities; our forgetfulness and our blindness.
Our forgetfulness robs us of living in light of His grace, His provision, His love, and His presence. We have the capacity to walk out of an incredible experience with Him and in a moment to believe the lie that He is distant. We need to develop rhythms in our lives and day that call us to remember the reality that we live and move and breathe in Him.
Rhythms also help us address our blindness because they draw us into a conversation with Him that does not cease. Rather than simply speaking to him once a day or once a week, we intentionally schedule times throughout our day to reignite our conversation with Him if by chance it has ceased. We seek to live our lives listening. We seek to live our lives attune to the voice that awakens us to the truth of God. We seek to pray without ceasing as we engage Him throughout our day rather than wasting our conversation by talking to ourselves.
Throughout history those who have known God well, those who have walked with Him, have lived lives with rhythms that called them back frequently to the one they loved most. We seek to do the same. We hope you’ll join us.
Each month we choose one passage on which to meditate for the month. We read this passage every day at a scheduled time and ask God to help us understand it better by allowing it to sift through the lives we lead. Our return to it over and over keeps the truth fresh in our minds as we experience the world around us and allows it to come alive. We seek to listen as the Spirit uses it to enlighten our experience of the journey with Christ. Throughout this month we will be meditating on:
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Romans 8:31–34 NLT
Each month as we meditate on truth, we come to God with questions for Him to speak into during our month. We can learn truth intellectually, but we need the Spirit to speak truth into our hearts for us to awaken to it. Bring the following questions to God. Wait for Him to answer throughout your month. Allow the Spirit to do what only He can do.
In this month’s contemplative questions, we address the day ahead of us. We’ve been told that God is for us. He’s working through all of life “for us”!
Where am I doubting that You are for me?
How did I see that at work yesterday?
What is against me that I’m needlessly fearing?
What does it look like to live my day knowing You are for me?
In memorizing God’s word, we allow the Spirit to bring truth into our lives at any moment as He calls us back to a passage at just the right time in just the right situation.
This month our memory verse is:
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
Monday – Friends who don’t know Christ
Tuesday – Family
Wednesday – Church
Thursday – Dinner Group
Friday – City and nation
Saturday – World
Sunday – Co-workers
Monthly Book: “God of the Underdogs” – Matt Keller
Developing healthy rhythms in your life is about finding a schedule that works for you. It’s about figuring out how to incorporate all that we’ve talked about into your daily, weekly, and monthly experience. It’s about prioritizing and consistently pursuing the one who loves you most. Many of us follow the daily rhythm below, but feel free to adjust it based on your daily flow and expectations.
The Lord’s Supper is another rhythm of remembrance and a rhythm we can experience in community. Each month in your dinner group you’ll walk through our monthly communion practice that ties into our meditation passage for that month as well as our memory verse. The leader will walk you through the following questions.
As you begin communion this month, read through our meditation passage together. (See above.)
Leader: When have you experienced confidence because you knew someone was for you? What did that look like?
Where are you struggling to find confidence now?
How does this passage impact that situation for you?
(Hand out the bread and cup.)
Read the meditation passage again.
Leader: “As we take the bread, we remember that He went this far to show how much He is for us.”
(Take the bread.)
Leader: “As we take the cup, we remember the price that was paid for us to always be on His side!”
(Take the cup.)
Spend time in prayer celebrating the confidence you have in Him!
This month we will be fasting on Thursday, February 21st.
We will be abstaining from any food and will drink only water from the moment we wake until sunset.
When your confidence is found in your strength, you can’t afford to be weak. When your confidence is found in Him, you can be honest about your weakness. As your hunger hits and you experience the feeling of weakness, don’t run from it. Allow it to remind you of the One who fights for you. Allow it to remind you of His strength and the truth that you don’t fight alone. Embrace your weakness and celebrate His strength and love!
It’s in silence and solitude that we create space for God to speak to our soul. Those who pursued God often did so in the wilderness. This quarter we invite you to take a day and find a space you can enjoy in solitude and silence. Try to spend at least four hours walking through this rhythm.
As you get away to simply be with God take the time to engage Him with the questions weighing heavily on your mind. Honestly bring Him the following questions:
Don’t look for quick answers. Wait on Him. Trust Him that He’s for you and wait on Him.