Our Rhythms series of messages will focus on the practical steps to building a spiritual rhythm in our personal lives, relationships, and our community — traditionally known as spiritual disciplines. What are they? Why do we need spiritual disciplines or rhythms and how do we practice and incorporate them into our daily lives? Jesus gave us the example of practicing these disciplines and when it becomes part of our everyday life, we naturally align ourselves with the rhythm of God.

Each week, we will provide you with a variety of ways to engage with God, which we are calling “Shared Experiences.” Each of these experiences is here to help you. Choose the experience you feel comfortable with, but don’t shy away from pressing into what God is calling you to do.

September 22, 2019
1 Timothy 4:7 / Romans 12:1-2 / Psalm 119 (selected passages0 / Joshua 1:6-9
This seven-week series of talks is looking at the different ways in which we can grow in our Christlikeness by practicing different spiritual rhythms. Our prayer and hope is to help you develop some tools and resources to help you scratch the itch for personal and spiritual growth this fall. This week, Pastor Donnie is going share how Scripture is the foundation for a new spiritual eco-system and rhythm for life change.  #JESUSRHYTHMS
Over the next seven weeks, we’re going to be looking at the different ways in which we can grow in our Christlikeness by practicing different spiritual disciplines. Our prayer and hope is to help you develop some tools and resources to help you scratch the itch for personal and spiritual growth this fall. This week Pastor Donnie is going to help set the table for the following weeks as we look at a handful of helpful rhythms we can enter into together. #JESUSRHYTHMS
Experience A: Personal Spiritual Rhythm Assessment
Take time to reflect on your regular spiritual rhythms. Be honest with yourself. Avoid rushing. Listen for God’s voice to encourage and challenge you.
Use the scale below to assess your experiences in the following areas. A rating of 1 would indicate little to no experience practicing this discipline, and a rating of 10 would be a consistent and beneficial practice.
Scripture
1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10
Prayer
1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10
Confession
1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10
Fasting
1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10
Sabbath
1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10
Service
1—–2—–3—–4—–5—–6—–7—–8—–9—–10
Experience B: Personal Evaluation of Spiritual Rhythms 
Sometimes we need to do more than assess, we need to evaluate what we are actually doing. For the following week, track your spiritual rhythms (as listed in Experience A).
At the end of the week, ask yourself:
      • How often do you engage with them?
      • How much time do you spend doing them?
      • How do they compare to the other areas of importance in your life?
Experience C:
Commit To Reading / Listening to Scripture

Bible Project 365 Daily Reading Plan

      • This plan takes you on a chronological journey through the entire Bible over the course of one year. Each book includes videos specifically designed to enhance your understanding and engagement with God’s Word

First Steps Reading Plan

      • The Life Journal First Steps Reading plan was developed by Wayne Cordeiro. This plan takes a only a portion of the reading from the Life Journal Plan and offers a decreased amount of reading without losing the flow. This plan is perfect for youth and new believers.
September 22, 2019
1 Timothy 4:7 / Romans 12:1-2 / Psalm 119 (selected passages) / Joshua 1;6-9
This seven-week series of talks is looking at the different ways in which we can grow in our Christlikeness by practicing different spiritual rhythms. Our prayer and hope is to help you develop some tools and resources to help you scratch the itch for personal and spiritual growth this fall. This week, Pastor Donnie is going share how Scripture is the foundation for a new spiritual eco-system and rhythm for life change.  #JESUSRHYTHMS
EXPERIENCE A: VERSE OF THE DAY
Did you know that through the Bible app, you can get daily push notifications that include a daily verse for your reflection? If you haven’t done so already, create an account and subscribe for the daily verse to hit your phone at a time of your choosing and spend time each day reading the verse of the day.
EXPERIENCE B: PICK A BOOK OF THE BIBLE 
· Are you new to the Bible and looking to learn more about Jesus? Read through the Gospel of John.
· Has it been a while since you’ve opened the Old Testament? Consider opening to Genesis or Exodus to get exposure to the beginning of the faith.
EXPERIENCE C: MEMORIZE A VERSE A DAY
When you memorize Scripture, not only are you reflecting on the Word of God in that time and moment, you are also storing it for the Holy Spirit to bring it to your attention when you need it the most. Paul encourages us in Colossians 3:2 to set our minds on the things above, and scripture memorization allows us to do just that.
Monday – Colossians 3:2
Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Wednesday – Romans 8:28
Thursday – Psalm 27:1
Friday – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Saturday – Psalm 19:14
Sunday– James 1:22
Week 3 – “Prayer Practice”
September 29, 2019
This seven-week series of talks is looking at the different ways in which we can grow in our Christlikeness by practicing different spiritual rhythms. Our prayer and hope is to help you develop some tools and resources to help you scratch the itch for personal and spiritual growth this fall. #JESUSRHYTHMS
EXPERIENCE A: 5-MINUTE PRAYER AND MEDITATION 
Meditate and pray for five minutes, focusing on a different verse of Psalm 1 each day. Think about the what the Psalmist is teaching, the different words he uses, and the imagery portrayed. Think about what the Psalm says about God, you, and how you should live.
Think of how it points to Christ, and how you can apply it to your day.
EXPERIENCE B: PRAY FOR OTHERS 
Each day, take time to identify three people you can pray for that day. At some point in the morning, reach out to those three people in your life, and ask how you can pray for them during your lunch break. Listen to their request, pray for them, and see how God moves in their lives.
EXPERIENCE C: MEMORIZE A VERSE A DAY
When you memorize Scripture, not only are you reflecting on the Word of God in that time and moment, you are also storing it for the Holy Spirit to bring it to your attention when you need it the most. Paul encourages us in Colossians 3:2 to set our minds on the things above, and scripture memorization allows us to do just that.
Monday – Colossians 3:2
Tuesday – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Wednesday – Romans 8:28
Thursday – Psalm 27:1
Friday – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Saturday – Psalm 19:14
Sunday– James 1:22
Week 4 – “Prayer II Obstacles of Prayer”
October 6, 2019
Exodus 14:10-15
This week we are continuing to talk about the spiritual rhythm of prayer. You can’t be a person of prayer unless you are a person who prays; but simply praying doesn’t always keep us praying. How do we keep in rhythm with God’s plans when it seems that all our plans aren’t panning out? What keeps you from prayer is often what is intended to keep you in prayer.  #JESUSRHYTHMS
WEEK 4 – SHARED EXPERIENCES
EXPERIENCE A: JOURNAL AND PRAY DEUTERONOMY 30:11-20 EVERYDAY THIS WEEK
Grab a nice journal and pen, set aside some time with no distractions. Preferably, use a printed Bible and not a phone app. If you only have a phone app or only want to use the phone app, turn off all notifications, alerts, and distractions on your phone so you can stay completely focused on this moment.
Read each verse and rewrite each verse as a prayer for your day. Be specific and not general.
EXAMPLE:
Deuteronomy 30:11 (NLT) – 11 “This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach.
“God, I know that what m day will entail is not too big for you and I together. This interview is not too big for me. My son’s lack of seeking you is not too big for you and I together. My anxiety, the anxiety I feel as I write this, is not too big for you and I together. I thank you, Lord for choosing me and walking with me; nothing is beyond my reach and your glory. Amen!”
EXPERIENCE B: USE DEUTERONOMY 30:11-20 TO SEND AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO SOMEONE
Take any verse in Deuteronomy 30:11-20 and rewrite it as a message of encouragement to 2 people everyday that you know is facing a decision that they need guidance in. After you rewrite that message, tell them where to find the passage for themselves. Lastly, pray that passage over 2 people a day!
EXPERIENCE C: MEMORIZE A VERSE A DAY
When you memorize Scripture, not only are you reflecting on the Word of God in that time and moment, you are also storing it for the Holy Spirit to bring it to your attention when you need it the most. Deuteronomy 30 is loaded with passages you can memorize and repeat in tough situations in life.
Monday – Deuteronomy 30:11 – “This command I am giving you is not too difficult for you . . .”
Tuesday – Deuteronomy 30:14 – “the message is have for you is very close at hand, it is on your lips and in your heart so you can do it.”
Wednesday – Deuteronomy 30:16 – “For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.”
Thursday – Deuteronomy 30:19 – “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”
Friday – Deuteronomy 30:20a – “You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him.”
Saturday – Deuteronomy 30:20b – “This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long . . “
Sunday– James 1:2 -“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”
Week 5 – “Confession:The Rhythm That Restores the You You Never Knew”
October 13, 2019
Psalm 139
This week we are moving into the spiritual rhythm of confession and self-examination. Doesn’t that sound fun?
Before you choose to check out this Sunday and stay home and make pancakes, understand that whatever you know about confession is probably from a poor religious teaching intended to bring you shame. Shame never produces a better life; it simply reminds us of a painful life. Come discover how one of the most misunderstood spiritual practices is actually a goldmine of how God is working in you so you can restore the you you never knew. #JESUSRHYTHMS
WEEK 5 – SHARED EXPERIENCES
EXPERIENCE A: PRACTICE CONFESSION WITH GOD EVERY NIGHT
Reflect upon Psalm 139:23-24. Ask God if there is anything that may need to be confessed from your day. Embrace the forgiveness given by God, and ask that God may lead you to see victory in that area of your life tomorrow.
EXPERIENCE B: ASSESS RELATIONSHIPS AND BEGIN PRAYING FOR RECONCILIATION
Jesus stresses in His teaching that unity amongst His people is imperative (Matthew 5:23-24). Is there anyone in your life that you may need to make amends with and seek foregiveness from? Before coming to worship next Sunday, begin praying for reconciliation, and reach out to that individual.
EXPERIENCE C: TRUST ONE PERSON WITH A CONFESSION
Sometimes it is best to confess our sins to a friend or other trusted individual who may help bear the burden (Galatians 6:1), pray for you, and remind you of God’s assurance of forgiveness. It may need to be the person that our sin has affected. Be careful with this, as confession is meant to restore relationships – not hurt or damage them.