This quarter, we will focus on becoming more like Jesus through the intentional practice of Service.
Service is what Dallas Willard calls a discipline of engagement. It requires action. It is an over-flow of abiding with Christ...one of the primary fruits that show up when we are attached to Jesus, the Vine. Service forms us more and more into the image of Jesus. The practice of serving, or giving our lives...our time, energy, gifts, and resources... for the good of others, helps us follow Jesus on the road to the cross. It's a practice that forms us into servants; becoming more like Jesus, our suffering Servant.
Like the previous formation guides, this guide is broken into three parts for you to work through sequentially in community, on your own, and with your DNA group. Each part builds on the previous one and will help form you more into the image of the greatest servant, Jesus Christ.
Begin with the Get Started Guide
HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THIS PRACTICE
Learn Together through a Sermon
Each quarter includes learning together in our Sunday gathering about a spiritual formation practice. This sermon sets the foundation and if you miss it, please take time to watch or listen.
Missional Community (or DNA Group) Discussion
Using the Guide, you will work through each part over the quarter to help you learn about this practice in more depth with your community. Read the Getting Started Guide and then just follow the prompts. Start with the reading before jumping into the individual practices. If you are not currently meeting as a missional community because of COVID (or you are not in an MC), you can also engage in this discussion with your DNA group or on your own.
After discussing the practice with your Missional Community or DNA group, you’re invited to try exercises on your own to help you engage with this practice. Don’t worry about getting it right or being perfect, just try to work through the practice and take note of what was hard, what you enjoyed, and what God was teaching you. You will then reflect on this with your DNA group.
DNA Group Reflection
After you have experienced these practices yourself, your DNA group will meet to reflect on this experience and what God is teaching you through the process. Use the provided questions to guide your DNA conversation, but feel free to let the conservation go beyond these.