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Restarting Your Missional Community Rhythms
Episode 32419th April 2021 • Everyday Disciple Podcast • Caesar Kalinowski
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Our best intentions don't always stay that intentional, and the stuff of life (plus this past year of social distancing) has derailed even our best efforts at living together in a missional community.

In this episode of the Everyday Disciple Podcast, Caesar will give you a few simple, intentional rhythms that you can dive into that will make all the difference, and get you and your community back on track.

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • The power and necessity of predictable patterns.
  • 6 Discipleship Rhythms that provide easy ways to get restarted.
  • How Jesus' focus on his UP, IN, and OUTward relationships guide us.
  • A great free download that will give you a lot of ideas to get started.

Get started here…

restarting missional community rhythms

From this episode:

"We've been blessed to be a blessing. That's part of the original covenant God made with his people. We're all super resourced and blessed. How can you as a family, individually, and as a missional community intentionally bless others through your words, gifts, or actions each week? That's a beautiful rhythm, and it shows the heart of God in all kinds of things."

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Get started.

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Don't put it off until later or after we get through the summer.

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I know last small groups do that, man.

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I hate that because we're supposed to be the family of God.

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We are the family of God.

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And so families don't take off the summer.

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You would never tell your kids.

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Oh, well, Hey kids, mom and dad were taking the summer off.

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I mean, it's just too busy and we're going to be partying and hanging out and doing vacations.

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So we'll see in the fall, you know, like, no, so just like that now we've got time.

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And people are coming out of the woodwork now is the perfect time everyone's reconnecting with friends and neighbors and their communities, like never before.

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You're probably experiencing that.

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So the thing you want to get to or get back to are going to be.

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Predictable patterns.

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Welcome to the Everyday Disciple Podcast where you'll learn how to live with greater intentionality and an integrated faith that naturally fits into every area of life.

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In other words, discipleship as a lifestyle, this is the stuff your parents, pastors, and seminary professors probably forgot to tell you.

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And now here's your host.

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Caesar Kalinowski what a day, what a glorious state is here.

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In fact, it has been all week.

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I think we have finally made it.

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We're going to be up into the seventies, 70 degree Fahrenheit for those who are in Europe or elsewhere, where you measure things a little differently.

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I am loving it.

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Isn't it amazing how much better life just feels?

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When it's nicer out than when it's not.

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And not that it's been so bad here, it's been a pretty great spring.

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Actually just get nicer, nicer, but we kind of like clicked up a couple notches and I am loving it.

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Totally changes my attitude, except for one thing here.

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Um, the day after I record this episode and I don't know when you're hearing it, but I'm getting my second COVID vaccination shot.

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Yeah.

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That's not that excited about it.

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Everybody's telling me, Oh boy, you're going to really feel bad for the next few days and all, but then they always kind of try to soften the blow, but apparently.

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With older people.

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It's not as bad as younger people.

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I'm like, Hey, Hey, Hey, careful easy there.

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I'm not that old.

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And I'm pretty darn healthy, I think anyway, we'll see what happens.

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Maybe I'll let you know on the next episode, how that went for me.

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Have you had your, are you doing the vaccination?

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Are you going for that?

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I think I mentioned before, like I did, because of, if anything else, I can't know everything about it, but if anything else, I just want to be able to tell other people.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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We're saviors for the sake of mission and all that.

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So anyway, but I'm kind of excited to get it over with and just, you know, keep on moving on.

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And if you're loving what you've been hearing here in the podcast, if you find the things we talk about gospel, fluency and discipleship in everyday life, if you're finding this helpful, and you'd like a little more personal help with, you know what you're doing on mission, trying to move your family more towards mission you're Missional Community to actually be on mission, or you're trying to tweak your small group towards.

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I'm pretty excited to talk with you today about.

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Restarting or resurrecting your Missional Community.

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It's been a tough and crazy year for us all.

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And I want to give you a few simple, yet intentional rhythms that you can dive into that will make all the difference and get you and your community back on track because it's, really time to begin to begin again.

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Right now right now, first of all, I just want to say don't beat yourself up.

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You know, things happen to all of us, even in the best of times and our best intentions, don't always stay that intentional and the stuff of life happens.

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And this past year with the pandemic lockdowns and isolations have certainly.

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Derailed even our most sincere efforts.

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Right.

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So don't beat yourself up, just pick yourself up and remember that you're deeply loved by God and you can begin again.

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It's okay.

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But I really do want to underscore get started.

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Don't put it off until later.

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Or after we get through the summer, I know the last small groups do that night.

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I hate that because we're supposed to be the family of God.

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We are the family of God.

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And so families don't take off the summer.

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Like you would never tell your kids, Oh, well, Hey kids, mom and dad are, we're taking the summer off and it's just too busy and we're going to be partying and hanging out and doing vacations.

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So we'll see in the fall.

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You know, like, no, so just like that, now we've got time and the people are coming out of the woodwork now is the perfect time everyone's reconnecting with friends and neighbors and their communities, like never before.

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You're probably experiencing that.

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So the thing you want to get to or get back to are going to be predictable patterns.

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You're going to hear that term for me a lot today.

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You probably have heard me say that before in the podcast, but getting to predictable patterns, those few key rhythms in your Community life that.

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Everyone knows you'll for sure be doing them together at the same time, in the same way each week.

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So they become predictable.

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We can schedule them, we can start to prioritize them.

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You'll need to get into this rhythm again of predictable patterns.

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And I'm going to suggest today that you go back to basics thinking, you know, up and in and out.

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We see in scripture that Jesus maintained balance and priority in his life by perfectly integrating these three relational dynamics, like time with his father growing deep in that relationship.

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That was his upward relationship.

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He spent time with those.

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He was discipling and close Community, his inward relationships.

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And he spent time with those outside of his close circle, other people, right.

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All kinds of stuff with other people, his outward relationships, and usually had some of his disciples sort of with him there for that.

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What I'm going to want you to do today is to pick something in each of these three sort of relational dynamics up in and out and experience it.

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Again, in a new , natural way within one of the six discipleship rhythms of life.

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Now, if you're not familiar with the six discipleship rhythms, they're the six rhythms of life that God has kind of shown us.

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And we've used for years now, as we build Missional communities and build out our own lives on mission.

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But certainly as we make disciples.

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God has shown us.

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There's the six natural rhythms of life that we all live in.

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Everyone's lived in them forever since the garden of Eden forward.

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And Israel did, and Jesus and his disciples did.

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They're true of all of us.

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And what's beautiful about it is we already live in these six natural rhythms of life and.

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We don't have to think about adding anything to our life.

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So when we start to see our discipleship fitting into these rhythms, it's not, you know, additional stuff we have to look at.

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It's just intentionalization right?

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We're looking at the rhythms.

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We live in our neighbors, live in the people in our Missional Community or small group live in, and we're bringing a new perspective to these six rhythms.

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So I want to briefly either teach you or remind you, you have these six natural discipleship rhythms of life, and then I'll connect them to this up in and out.

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Relational dynamic that we see in Jesus' life, in that perspective for you I'll connect all that and it will be powerful.

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And it'll give you so many handles and so many ideas to be able to get started and restart your Missional Community life.

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Okay.

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So the first of the six rhythms, we call story formed.

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It's it's this idea that everyone has a story and has been shaped by some dominant story in their life.

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How well do you know and teach the story of God and know each other's stories so you can help each other connect your story.

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In a deeper way to God's bigger story.

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It's really this idea of being shaped by story.

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Everyone has one, God's been writing his story forever and he continues to write that story.

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We're a part of that, but that's one of the natural rhythms of life is getting to know our story, how it fits up in ways that are deep and life-changing into God's bigger story.

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The second rhythm is listen.

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It's the rhythm of listening, who are, what are you most listening to?

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We all have these dominant voices in our head that speak into our identity and our past and our future and who we think ourselves to be and how we spend our time, like who, you know, who are, what are you most listening to?

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And what we want to suggest is that you, as a disciple, who makes disciples, you want to cultivate this idea of listening backward and forward, listening backward through God's word and forward to the Holy spirit, and then through others in your community.

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And that rhythm can be cultivated.

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We're always listening to somebody there's somebody feeding into our life on TV and media, or, you know, our teacher or our parents and people.

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Sometimes they're not even alive anymore.

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We want to cultivate listening.

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To God's voice, not just telling God what we want him to do in prayer, but really listening to him.

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The next of these six natural rhythms are celebrate.

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We all live in a rhythm of celebrations and even during a social distancing, all that really people still had birthdays.

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And we still had the 4th of July and new year's eveit might've looked different, but things are changing now and they're, they're loosening back up for sure.

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And you're going to be a part of a lot of celebrations.

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So who or what are you celebrating?

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How are you regularly celebrating God's extravagant generosity together as a community to have you done that lately?

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Are you doing that?

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That can be a window that we can begin to set up as a predictable pattern in our life.

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And how are you inviting others to the party, so to speak.

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And when you're at parties and celebrations, are you thinking mission and discipleship and opportunity here?

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You're going anyway.

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You're going to have a blast anyway.

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But that's a rhythm that your community can also participate in, in discipleship.

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Now here's a predictable rhythm of life that everybody lives in.

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For sure.

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You're going to see this one right away.

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It's eat.

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We live in a rhythm of eating.

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Most of us eat 21 meals a week and meals are a daily reminder of our common need for God.

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And so when we eat together, we commune around that truth, reminded of God as our provider.

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And it is an important rhythm of life for our families, for People of Peace that we're building relationship with.

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And definitely for our communities, if you're a Missional Community or even a small group that doesn't eat together regularly, I'd say that's the best place to start recapture that inward.

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Sort of dynamic by eating together and really, you know, reconnecting that bond and going deeper, get to know each other's stories, listen to each other, listen to God for each other.

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You see how these all start to kind of fit together.

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There's no one order we live in all these rhythms already, and it's just a matter of an intentionality there.

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Okay.

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The next rhythm is bless.

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We've been blessed to be a blessing.

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That's part of the original sort of covenant of God.

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We're all super resourced and blessed.

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And how can you as a family individually, and as a community intentionally bless others through your words, gifts or actions each week.

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That's a beautiful rhythm and it shows the heart of God in all kinds of things.

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And, and what I'm talking about, aren't giant things that are expensive or take weeks and months of planning.

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I'm talking about just paying attention there again, an intentionality of the needs that are out there, the blessings we have and how we can share that through word action or gift.

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It's simple, but it's powerful when a whole community together in a neighborhood or in proximity together begins to intentionally bless people two or three a week and word action or gift.

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That's a lot of blessings happening, but people are going to notice it's going to change you.

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It's going to change them.

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It's going to be very, very attractive.

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And then the sixth rhythm of life is this, this idea of we call it recreate.

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It's two words we put together, it's rest and create.

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Rest and create out of our rest.

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We create and work.

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We rest in Christ's completed, work on the cross and then out of that rest, we can work and create beauty and value and blessings for others.

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See how that works, but we don't do it to gain approval from God or look good or be our own provision.

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We rest in Christ provision, his completed work.

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And that's our lifestyle.

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And we can cultivate that.

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We live in a rhythm of rest and create, and, the idea is really biblical from creation it's that humans were created.

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And then the next day was a day of rest and we want to work from rest, take time to rest and play and create and restore beauty in all kinds of ways that reflect God to others.

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And then remind us of his great provision on the cross and throughout our life.

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That's a key sabbaththing, rhythm that God has called us all into.

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It was one of the 10 commandments and it's, God's most repeated rhythm, very important.

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And that's a rhythm that ultimately you're going to want to establish in your disciple-making communities.

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Now, I want to suggest that to restart your Missional Community, you pick one new rhythm that you can begin to do together.

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And make it a predictable pattern.

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So if it's starting to get back together to eat great, if you want to get together and start to know each other stories, or maybe do the story of God together.

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Awesome.

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But I want you to do this as a predictable pattern and I would pick one of those six rhythms connected to each of the three relational dynamics of up and in and out.

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Maybe don't understand what I'm saying yet, but I think you will let me put a little bit more meat on the bone here for you, so to speak.

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And I'm going to give you some suggestions to get started in each category.

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All right.

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And by the way, I'll give you a full up in and out.

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Connected to the six discipleship rhythms matrix kind of crosses over and you go, Oh, here's a way to go up in all six rhythms.

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Here's a way to, to do inward and Community in all six rhythms.

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Here's, a way to go out in.

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All right.

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So it's going to, you're going to see like, Oh my gosh, there's so many opportunities and they're very natural.

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Pick one in each each of those relational dynamics upward, inward outward, and the six rhythms and get going.

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All right.

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And I want to, I want to add that.

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To the big three download this week.

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And I'll tell you more about the big three in just a minute.

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So just as a reminder up that dynamic of up is a rhythm of connecting deeper to God and the gospel together as a community.

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So here's a few ideas together.

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Grow in your gospel fluency, maybe by going through the Gospel primer together for eight weeks.

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You've heard me talk about that.

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Probably you can, can always find that online, go to Missio publishing.com an eight week study that you do in Community.

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And it'll take you deep into your understanding of the gospel and.

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help you grow in gospel fluency, and that will really connect you deeply to the father's heart in every area of life.

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That's a great upward kind of connected inward rhythm.

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Cause you do it together and Community.

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Here's another one.

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Spend time listening to God together, not asking him to do a bunch of stuff for you, but listening for his voice.

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And what's next for you individually, as families as a community.

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Here's another one, another upward sort of idea.

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Read and discuss one narrative from scripture together, a narrative there's the Bible's three quarters narrative, and then ask, what did we learn about God?

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What did we learn about God?

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And what might he be saying to us in this story?

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And what, what are we gonna do with that?

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What are we going to do about that as a community this week is God calling us to do anything with that could be that he is right.

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So those are just a few ideas.

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There's a whole lot more in that, in that, download that up and out six discipleship rhythms matrix.

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Here's a few in ideas.

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This idea of inward focus in relational, dynamic, living more like a family.

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In your Missional Community.

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That's our, that's our hope and our goal.

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We are God's family.

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We're all his children that makes us family, and we want to live increasingly like a family, not like a weekly meeting.

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So here's a few ideas for that.

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You could begin to go through the story of God or the story formed way together.

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Those are story sets with they're all narratives in there.

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There's all the dialogue included and connected.

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And I have training for all of that.

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And I, and that there'll be links to that.

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If you get the big three download with that matrix in it, it'll, it'll have links to all that stuff for you for free.

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Take time to really get to know each other's stories as well, or maybe that's where you want to start.

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Cause you don't really know each other's stories that well, not, not where you understand everyone's unbelief because remember that's discipleship, helping people move from unbelief.

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To belief in the gospel, in every area of life.

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Getting to know our stories deeply is a big part of that.

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Here's another one sharing the Lord's supper or communion as a community together that's inward, but it's also upward.

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Isn't it?

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That's a beautiful thing.

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Unless somehow your church or denomination forbids that in Community life.

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I sure hope they don't.

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Jesus commanded it.

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I don't think any humans should tell us.

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We shouldn't, when God, when Jesus said every time you eat, do this, that's a beautiful thing to do in Community.

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Here's another idea having a family dinner night as a community, like one night a week, and maybe it's not, when you're doing mission or studying or doing the store, maybe it's just a family dinner night.

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It's just no big agenda other than to be together.

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That's a beautiful place to start when you're restarting, let's just start getting together for meals again.

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Now here's some ideas for outward startups, things you can start doing with outward new, predictable patterns, building relationships with those outside your Missional Community, maybe regularly frequent the same few restaurants or pubs, cafes or parks.

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So is to build.

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Familiarity and new relationships reconnect with locals, but it takes intentionality pick a day or a night of the week, every week go to the same place.

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The same time.

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Then you run into the staff again, and some of your neighbors or patrons that you've seen or you're build new relationships, go for it.

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Also those businesses need our help, especially places like restaurants and pubs and all that there and cafes they've been really hit hard by the pandemic and all the distancing and lockdowns.

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Oh my goodness.

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Here's another idea.

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Regularly serve some need as a community out in your neighborhood or something in your city, you know, adopt a park or local school grounds.

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Maybe that's an outward rhythm you can do to re start your Missional Community life beyond just the weekly meeting and say, Hey, this weekend, let's pull something together and let's go serve our neighbors in this way.

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And here's another one.

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That's one of my favorite things is as a community, start to host an open table night.

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Each week where you know anyone and everyone's invited to a simple meal it's high invitation right?

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Hey, it's easy to come, but it's low challenge.

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You're not trying to talk anybody into anything or get them to join something or say some magic prayer or anything.

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It's no big agenda.

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It's for building relationships and trust.

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And by starting that as a predictable pattern, you will always have that opportunity.

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So when you.

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Run into somebody or another neighbor or whoever.

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It's not like, Hey, we should get together.

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And then you never remember to, Oh, next time you see them.

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You're like, Oh, I still want to get together.

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Let's get that on the calendar.

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But by hosting that predictable pattern of some sort of open table, a regular, you know, a meal or.

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Brunch or even a happy hour or a dessert night or something, whatever, you know, fits your life and schedule.

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Then you kind of have that and you just trust God for who comes.

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You invite everybody you run into and it's just, it's no big deal.

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It's relational building time.

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Remember, you're looking to start any of these things, not as one-offs, but as predictable patterns.

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That's what I'm saying.

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Don't try to do them all at once.

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Just pick kind of one upward.

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In the six rhythms, one inward, one outward member, those six rhythms, you're already doing all that stuff.

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Now you're just going to intentionalize.

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Are we doing an up and in, or an out experience within that?

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And you may notice something here.

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You couldn't even do these simple up in out rhythms.

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If you even just picked one and just one night of the week.

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No, you couldn't because a Missional Community is a family and, and you can never do healthy, meaningful family life in just a couple hours, one night, a week.

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What we're trying to restart is a family rhythm.

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That's kinda gotten broken in disjointed and separated.

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And now we're trying to get back to live in like a family on mission and extended family and oikos on mission.

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And I know none of these suggestions are amazing.

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Like, Whoa, that's crazy.

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How did you ever think of that?

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I'm just trying to get you started again.

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They're simple ideas, but if you will get started and you'll stick with them over time, new rhythms and relationships will begin to form.

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And you're going to find yourself in a whole new season and you know what would be great, I'd love to know your up in out experiences within these six discipleship rhythms.

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Like which ones did you pick?

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What have you found fun and effective for restarting your Missional Community life?

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Would you share those with me and us?

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Like if you'll go over to the Everyday Disciple Podcast group on Facebook that I was talking about, remember, you can go to Everyday Disciple dot com forwardslash Facebook.

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I'd love to hear those, like pay it forward.

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What are you doing?

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What did you do?

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What did you learn?

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How's it going ? Establishing new predictable patterns, simple ones, just, you know, one or two at first.

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And by the way, if you'd like help with all this, if you're interested in, you know, learning more and getting.

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My help.

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me and, Tina, we coached together.

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We coach as couples, for couples.

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I would love to talk to you about that.

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I'd love you to consider at least checking that out.

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Go over to Everyday Disciple dot com forward slash coaching.

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You'll learn a whole lot more and there's a little thing you can do.

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Fill out, put your email address in there and whatever, and I'll get together with y'all contact.

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You we'll get on zoom and we get to know each other and see if it's a good fit.

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Okay.

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Let's get to the big three takeaways from today's topic.

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You don't want to miss these, these big three thoughts.

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And by the way, I'll send you a printable PDF of these big three as a free download by going to Everyday Disciple dot com forward slash big three b i g.

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The number three.

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I'll send it to you right now, and I'm going to be adding that up in out.

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Six discipleship rhythms matrix we're at kind of cross, you know, cross drain those.

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So you get so many different ideas.

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That'll be all added to the big three, download for you this week.

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Okay.

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Here's the big three number one.

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Don't wait to restart your Community rhythms.

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Most of us have lost a lot of Missional Community momentum over the course of this past year, but you may have experienced a new depth of relational closeness with a few people.

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I know a lot of people have.

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We certainly have, but now is the time to expand your circles of relationships back out to the fuller community and also their People of Peace.

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So don't wait, don't put it off.

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Pick, pick something, get going.

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Right.

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Number two, God was not surprised by this pandemic.

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I want you to hear that don't miss that.

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He wasn't surprised by this pandemic and all of its related social distancing.

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It didn't catch God off guard and he is restoring people and relationships, and he's glorifying himself through all of this.

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And there's no condemnation or shame for us because you know, things have slowed down or stalled.

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Our father loves us and I promise you, he is used these past months to prepare us for what's next.

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If we'll trust him and get started, let's be part of his restoration of all things, starting with our own families in Community.

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And number three, begin to reestablish predictable patterns there.

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It's about the hundredth time.

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I've said it today.

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Listen to this episode with others, from your community and pick a few key rhythms that everyone knows that you'll for sure be doing together at the same time and in the same manner each week, start with one in each of those three categories, Jesus prioritized upward, inward and outward.

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And I promise that if you will restart things in these ways, the ways I'm I'm sharing with you.

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You'll find healthy rhythms restored within your group.

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And you're going to have an amazing summer on mission together.

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These are not things I just made up for today.

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These are things we have done over and over in our own lives and helped lots of people do in Community.

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So if you're serious about discipleship and mission, I know you are, or you wouldn't be listening.

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This will work for you.

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And, and remember, I'm going to add that up in out six discipleship rhythms to this big three, download for you.

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All right.

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That was a fun talk.

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And it's really practical one.

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And it requires us to sort of put our feet on the road and pick some things and get going.

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But that's it for today.

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I hope you'll join us again.

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Next week, I'm working on some pretty special things.

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I got a guest that's going to join me or two, and I know you're going to love their insights, wisdom, and immediate practical takeaways for your life.

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Your family, as you make discipleship a lifestyle.

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Okay.

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Can't wait.

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I'll see you then.

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Thanks for joining us today for more information on this show and to get loads of free discipleship resources, visit Everyday Disciple dot com.