The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – September 2018
The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – September 2018
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:
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
1 Timothy 6:17–18
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.
How has God richly provided for me?
Where am I robbing myself of life by giving in to greed?
Where am I trusting in money rather than trusting God?
How can I be generous today?
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:
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
1 Timothy 6:17
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: “Complete Guide to Money” – Dave Ramsey
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: How has God richly provided for you this past year?
How does trust in money show up in our lives?
How have you seen generosity produce, “true life”?
Hand out the bread and cup.
Read the passage again.
Leader: “As we take the bread we remember the One who richly gave His own son to buy us back.”
(Take the Bread)
Leader: “As we take the cup, we remember the blood that was freely shed demonstrating the powerful truth that it is better to give than to receive.”
(Take the Cup)
Spend time in prayer thanking God for how He richly gave His son for us and how He consistently provides for us.
This month we will be fasting on Thursday, September 20th.
We will be abstaining from any food and will drink only water from the moment we wake until sunset.
As hunger strikes, allow it to remind you of how God has provided for you. How often in life do you live with hunger? How often do you experience that pain for extended periods of time?
This month, practice generosity with your fasting. Take what you would have eaten and give it away to someone in need. Order your lunch, and give it away.
Experience the truth that the life of generosity produces something greater and deeper than simply fulfilling your urge to consume.
Allow your fasting to lead you into a greater understanding of this powerful passage.
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.
Step into solitude this month with a question. Ask God to reveal to you how He would have you be generous this next year. Are there ways in which He wants you to give beyond what He has made clear in scripture?
Open yourself to what He would say, and push yourself to trust Him that He is the one who provides and He is the one who determines what you have or don’t have. Trust Him that He will provide for you to give as He’s calling you to give!