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Saturate07: Everyday Stuff (Pt 2)
1. Everyday Rhythms : One of Vanderstelt’s passions is to ignite enthusiasm for Christians to be “disciples of Jesus in the everyday stuff of life .” Weeks six and seven of this study have been devoted to this pursuit of the everyday stuff, what Vanderstelt further calls, our ‘everyday rhythms’. What are your everyday rhythms? When do you go to work? Who do you work with? What’s for lunch? Walk through the days of your week and ready yourself to consider how you might prayerfully infuse your gospel identity into the everyday stuff you already do.
2. Rhythm 4 – Listening : Everyone is listening all the time. It is an everyday rhythm. The real question is, who are we listening to? What does it mean for us believers to listen to God (John 10:3-5)? How do we do that? What other voices are out there, for you personally, and what are they saying (John 8:44; Gen. 3:13)? Alternatively, in a different way, believers are called to listen to others also. Does your listening stem from a place of information gathering, compassion, genuine interest, looking to fix something, or something else?
3. Rhythm 5 – Storytelling : As with the everyday rhythm of listening, ‘storytelling’ involves two steps: (1) knowing your story, and (2) knowing others’ stories. First, do you know how to tell your story, or more accurately, your inclusion into God’s story? Practice a shortened form with your GG. Second, get practical – think of someone in your community and someone in your mission field whose story you don’t know. Then intentionally carve out a space to get to know their story. While you hear their story, listen for the presence of ‘lesser stories’ which God longs to redeem through the power of the gospel.
4. Rhythm 6 – Blessing : Four thousand years ago, God interrupted a guy named Abram with a promise and a calling, “I will bless you … so that you will be a blessing” (Gen. 12:2). This has been the calling of the people of God ever since. Blessing others, both in our community of faith and outside it (Gal. 6:10), in words, gifts, and actions, should be part of our everyday rhythm. What are some of the needs in your community and mission field and how might you tangibly meet some of them? Ask the Spirit to show you who to bless and how.