Communal Bible Reading // January 17-21

Our Communal Bible Reading Plan provides 5 days of readings to help guide you into some intentional time with Jesus throughout the week. .

As we begin our time in Genesis during our Sunday gatherings, you’ll be promoted to read portions of scripture from Genesis, the Psalms, and John. 

May this communal practice be a blessing to us all!

 

 

Dealing with our Past: Genogram & Generational Sin – Week of 1/16-1/22

The goal of the Genogram Workbook is to review key events in your family history and identify generational sin, brokenness, relational patterns, and inherited values.

• Take out your Genogram Workbook. The first step is to fill out our Genograms, going back as far as we can (ideally 3-4 generations). For now, just fill in names, and we’ll add symbols next week.

• On page 2, there’s a list of questions to help you navigate the next few weeks of Practice. Don’t feel like you need to answer them all. Maybe tackle a few each week. Each week, you’ll start to have “aha” moments of revelation. When those come, write them down in a journal or your workbook, and share them with somebody in your Community.

• Once you have your genogram done, there are four exercises to do over the coming week.

Note: The following four exercises are found on pages 3 – 4 of your Genogram Workbook.

EXERCISE 1: KEY EVENTS

• Fill out the four boxes of key events:

• In “Trauma” write in any traumatic moments in your own life – the death of a parent or sibling, a divorce, growing up in poverty (or wealth), a childhood disease or accident, moving often, etc. You’re looking for key events that shaped you in ways you might not yet have realized.

• In “Redemptive Moments” write in any redemptive moments in your own life – getting saved in high school, getting into your dream college, your parents getting sober, moving to a new city or school where you discovered something you loved, a best friend, etc. You’re looking for key events that Jesus has used for good in your life.

• In the second column, do the exact same thing, but for your family going back 3-4 generations. Under “Trauma”, put things like the premature death of a grandparent, a family scandal, etc.

• Under redemptive moments, put things like an ancestor coming to follow Jesus, etc…

• Remember: you’re trying to identify key events that may have played a shaping influence on you who you are and who you have become.

EXERCISE 2: GENERATIONAL SIN

• List out any generational sin in your life and in your family going back 3-4 generations. For example, things like alcoholism, fits of rage, adultery, abuse, etc.

• If you feel safe, this can be a healthy conversation to have with a sibling, parent, or grandparent.

• When you finish your list, before you move on, ask the Father, “Are there any generational sins I’m missing here?”

• Pause for a moment and remember the death of Jesus on your behalf, to “forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1v9)

EXERCISE 3: GENERATIONAL BROKENNESS

• List out any generational brokenness in your life and in your family going back 3-4 generations.

• “Brokenness” is a much larger category that includes anything outside of what God intended in the beginning. These are not necessarily issues of morality or right and wrong. For example, things like premature death, disease, infertility, miscarriages, addiction, obesity, mental illness, eating disorders or unhealthy relationships with food, poverty, wealth,or cult practices such as Freemasonry or Scientology, etc.

• When you finish your list, before you move on, ask the Father, “Is there any generational brokenness I’m missing here?”

• Pause for a moment and remember this line from Paul’s letter to the Romans: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8v28)

EXERCISE 4: GENERATIONAL SINS AND BROKENNESS THAT I CARRY FORWARD

• Now it’s time to put it all together.

• Look over your lists of generational sin and brokenness. Write down anything that you carry forward in your own life.

• Spend some time in prayer over each item on the list. Make time to confess these before the Father, asking God for forgiveness or asking for and receiving His grace.

• Ask the Father, “Is there anything you want to say about these sins in my life” Remember, conviction is from the Holy Spirit, but shame and guilt are never from God. Silence the voices of shame and guilt in your heart and mind.

• Pause for a moment and sit in this declaration of God’s name from Exodus: “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” Realize that the number one description of God’s character is “compassionate.” Sit in the reality that God’s baseline emotion toward you is mercy.

• If you’re up for it, share this list with your Community or a close friend that you trust. Don’t go on this journey alone!

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Additional resources (sample genogram, digital guide and workbook, relevant reading, list of local counselors, and coping skills), can be found at www.redemptionchurchga.com/mcguides

Content adapted from practicingtheway.org

 

 

Spring 2022 MC Overview

Last Fall we intentionally built our rhythms as a church around investing in and cultivating the most crucial component of our apprenticeship to Jesus: “being with Jesus”. Together we intentionally practiced silence and solitude, abiding in Jesus, casting our cares on Jesus, and reading the Bible for transformation. As we enter the new year and transition to the Spring “semester” we don’t want to leave those practices but build upon them. So we will be making space and implementing rhythms to help us in another significant component in our apprenticeship to Jesus: becoming like Jesus.

Whether we care to admit it or not, our lives have been significantly shaped by external influences: family, friends, school, church, culture, etc…. For most of us, the greatest shaping influence on our life has been our family of origin. And no matter how healthy or unhealthy our families and childhood experiences have been, at some level every family experience involves function and dysfunction (health and unhealth). As a result, each of us has inherited ways of thinking and living from our family of origin and culture that are out of sync with the way of Jesus. Our hope for the Spring is that 1) God would be glorified as 2) The Holy Spirit uses the season to shape and form us in a way that we become more like Jesus, and 3) that we would experience greater wholeness, joy and freedom in Christ as we deal with our past with both honor and honesty.


 

 

Spring 2022 Missional Community Calendar

Emphasis: Becoming Like Jesus: Dealing with Our Past

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1/2: Wreck the Halls, 4pm

1/9-1/15: MC Party & Calendar Meeting

1/16-1/22: Practice 1

1/23:  Members Meeting Banquet

1/23-1/29: Recreation +

1/30-2/5: Practice 2

2/6-2/12: Practice 3

2/13: MC Super Bowl Party

2/19: Envision One Day

2/20-2/26: Off (Optional Rec Week)

3/5: Spring Workshop 9am-1pm, Practice 4

3/6-3/12: Discussion: Practice 4 Debrief

3/13-3/19: Recreation +

3/20-3/26: Practice 5

3/27-4/2: Recreation +

4/3-4/9: Off (Optional Rec Week)

4/10-4/16: Off (Optional Rec Week)

4/17: Easter Sunday

4/17-4/23: Recreation

4/24-4/30: Practice 6

Communal Bible Reading // January 10-14

Each week are providing 5 days of readings and instructions to walk you prayerfully through the day’s passage.

This week’s Bible Reading Plan is available below. We hope you find it beneficial as you practice abiding in Christ.

 

 

Communal Bible Reading // January 3-7

At Redemption Church we have been learning several spiritual disciplines together over the last several months that help us make space to be with Jesus regularly.  Those disciplines have included silence & solitude, abiding, emotional awareness, casting cares, and Bible reading for transformation both individually and communally. 

We want to build on our time with Jesus by learning a new set of practices in the coming months focusing on becoming more like Jesus. Of course, while there will be new things we are learning and practicing together, it is important to continue carving out space to be with Jesus; everything flows from there. 

As Jesus said in John 15:5, “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” 

For that reason, we have created a Communal Bible Reading exercise that will be made available weekly throughout this year. Each week will include 5 days of readings, and instructions to walk you prayerfully through the day’s passage. We used the same exercise during the season of Advent. 

This first week of 2022, you’ll find 5 Psalms to meditate on in your time with Jesus. You can download the plan below. 

We’re looking forward to how the Holy Spirit will continue shaping us as the body of Christ this year!