Study Guide: Choose the Kingdom Groove

Sunday September 2, 2018 | Osheta Moore

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Brief Summary:

This week Osheta invites us to re-evaluate the busyness of our culture and instead model our schedules and lives on the example of Jesus.

Extended Summary:

In September, it can feel like a new opportunity to rethink our schedule and pace of life. Osheta encourages us to look to Jesus as a model of how to structure schedules and priorities. The Message’s translation of Matthew 11:29-30 talks about Jesus inviting us into the “unforced rhythms of grace” while John 10:10 promises us that Jesus has come to give us life abundant. Oftentimes, it can feel like we are burnt out and overbooked instead. However, taking back your schedule is a form of spiritual warfare against the enemy who wants to rob, kill, steal, and destroy.

Osheta shared four principles for experiencing the “unforced rhythms of grace” as it relates to our schedules:

  1. You are a beloved human being not a human doing.
    Before Jesus did a single miracle he was proclaimed the beloved of his Father at his baptism. All of the promises of Jesus apply to us as his followers. We are also the beloved children of God. Finding our identity in this truth is the most important place to start.
  2. Your body and what it needs to thrive matters.
    Self-care is important. It can be defined as “anything that you do to feel and function at your best”. It is not selfish, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. Every body needs self-care and it is not a privilege. Though it can be a new concept for many, it is critical for being able to love others well.
  3. You can say “no”.
    Setting boundaries gives you space to say “yes.” It also helps you to have integrity with the plans you do set. You can graciously say no and offer a smaller yes if it is something you would like to do.
  4. You are made to love and be loved.
    Once you are filled up with the love of God, have taken care of your body’s needs, and set appropriate boundaries, you have space to love others well and put the things in your schedule that you are call to.

You don’t have to get it perfect. This is a practice of moving more fully into the unforced rhythms of grace.

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