The 7 Rhythms - Rooted Digital Workbook

The 7 Rhythms

The 7 Rhythms you’ll experience throughout Rooted were first modeled by the early church in Acts 2. By committing to practicing these rhythms in community, you will begin to see the type of growth and life change that goes beyond the individual to impact the whole church.

In a world marked by constant change where we are surrounded by chaos and confusion, our attention pulled in every which way, God’s Word clearly lays the foundation for transformational Christian living. With our eyes set on Him (Hebrews 12:2) and our roots in the Truth of God’s Word (Colossians 3:16), we can be sure God will produce the kind of life-change that will echo through His Kingdom for generations to come.

Likely you’re here, reading these pages and joining in the Rooted experience because you are looking for something. Whether you’re looking for connection, community, to deepen your relationship with Jesus or have some serious questions you want to explore, beginning a practice of the 7 Rhythms is where you will do all of that. Maybe you’ve lost sight of who God is and what He’s done for you and feel like everything is out of control. Or maybe you’ve experienced a significant life change recently where the rug was pulled out from beneath you and you need some sort of foundation to put your hope in.

Well, this is it. This is where you step into community and commit to rhythms God established for us in His Word so that we would know Him more intimately, and through that journey, invite others to hear His story and experience the true freedom Jesus offers by knowing Him.

Throughout the next 10 weeks you are invited to practice the 7 Rhythms of Rooted grounded in Acts 2 which include: Daily Devotion, Prayer, Repentance, Serve the Community, Sacrificial Generosity, Share Your Story, and Worship. When you build the foundation of your life on solid rock (Matthew 7:24-27), that is, God’s Word and His instruction for how to live it out, you will not be disappointed by the love you experience nor the ways He begins to use you.

These rhythms are not intended just for Rooted, and surely not supposed to last only the duration of the next 10 weeks. The more dedicated you are to spending time in and reflecting on God’s Word, the more you actively engage in group discussions and the experiences throughout Rooted, the more likely you are to not only walk away from Rooted having learned something, but the more likely you are to take the 7 Rhythms of Rooted with you into your next chapter of life and beyond. The journey won’t be perfect—no journey ever is. But the more you seek God, the more you will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). Let this step in faith become the foundation of your walk with Jesus.

Grounded in God’s Word, the 7 Rhythms are the foundation of the Rooted experience. Each of these Rhythms was practiced by the early church in Acts 2. When we commit to practicing the 7 Rhythms in community like the early church, we see growth and transformation in both our personal lives and in our communities.

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Daily Devotion (Acts 2:42, 46)

Scripture is the very Word of God. Through it, He equips us with all we need to learn about Him and live a life pleasing to Him. A daily rhythm of reading, meditating on and applying God’s Word to our lives is key.

Prayer (Acts 2:42)

One of the most important elements in any relationship is communication. Prayer is just that: engaging God in a conversation, sharing our hearts with Him, and. spending time listening to His voice, both individually and in community.

Repentance (Acts 2:37-39)

Jesus saves those who believe and call upon His name. Saving grace is once and for all (justification) and also a continual invitation to repent for our wrongdoings. With the help of the Spirit we take inventory of our lives, humbly and honestly confess our sin, and turn away from our sin toward God in surrender. Through Jesus’ offer of forgiveness, we receive true freedom.

Sacrificial Generosity (Acts 2:44-45)

Giving demonstrates our dependence on God. We acknowledge that all we own has been given to us by Him. In His generosity toward us, God desires that we, too, are generous and will use our resources as a tangible way to partner with Him in His work in the world and in the lives of those around us. We are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2).

Serve the Community (Acts 2:44-45)

We are called and equipped by the Holy Spirit to share God’s love by participating in the ministry of Jesus. He has given us agency with Him to fearlessly influence our society and the world. When we serve in the world and in His Church, we impact those around us and reveal God’s glory.

Share Your Story (Acts 2:14-36)

The greatest gift we can ever give someone who doesn’t yet know Jesus is an introduction to Him. Sharing our life stories is the most powerful way to show the transforming power and salvation offered through Jesus Christ. When we tell our stories of transformation, we tell the story of God.

Worship (Acts 2:26-28, 46-47)

As children of God, it is important to consistently set aside time to remember what God has done, to thank Him for it, and to put Him on display as we give Him the glory. In all circumstances, we are called to practice God-centered worship.

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