Introduction - Rooted Digital Workbook

Introduction

Welcome to Rooted and the next chapter of your story. Our goal for this experience is for you to deepen your connection with God, His Church, and your purpose in the epic story He is writing through human history.

Beyond a program, seminar, or life group, Rooted is a catalyst for life-change. Rooted inspires questions, conversations, and beyond-what-is-comfortable group experiences that are designed to help you find yourself in God’s story. You will begin to see God in new ways—and hear His voice in surprising places. In a world that can be fragmented, isolated, and empty, Rooted allows you to experience a different way of life as you connect with God, the Church, and your purpose. Through this experience we hope you will be emboldened to live out your calling as a radical follower of Jesus. The word “radical” comes from the Latin root “radix,” meaning “a root.” By rooting ourselves in God’s Word and His truths, we have a firm foundation on which we love the world.

Throughout this workbook, we have included stories from great leaders and pastors from all over the world to broaden your perspective—and challenge your understanding of the global Church. When we listen and learn from believers around the world, we gain a deeper understanding of the whole Gospel.

Rooted is a significant commitment. We want to be up-front about that, but anything worth doing involves a certain amount of sacrifice. During this 10-week experience, you will engage in 7 Rhythms, one of which is daily devotion which will help you build the habit of being in God’s Word and connecting with Him daily. This will be key as you grow in your relationship with Him and connect more deeply in community when you meet with your group to talk about what you’ve learned each week. You will be surprised what happens when your group gathers and begins to share honestly. As people open up and share personal stories, feelings, and questions, the Holy Spirit moves, and God reveals new truths. This is where transformation happens.

There are three additional experiences designed to deepen some of the areas we will explore. We’ll pray and fast together, share our faith stories, and serve together. On top of these experiences, we’ll also discuss where we are in our journey with Jesus. No matter where you stand in your relationship with Jesus at the beginning of Rooted, there is always room to move forward. For some of us that may mean deciding for the first time to follow Jesus and/or get baptized. For others it will mean letting go of the things of this world to follow His call more courageously. You will be marked by defining moments like these. After our 10 weeks together, you will join with all the other Rooted groups to celebrate the journey. Our hope is that you will continue these rhythms as your spiritual journey continues beyond Rooted.

Come with an open heart and mind, and see how God will surprise you!

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