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Rhythms of Discipleship

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This past Sunday, we delved into the richness of cultivating a thriving spiritual life, and I'd like to share some reflections and key takeaways from our time together:

Abiding in Christ: We currently have a passionfruit vine that is pumping out big passionfruits, however once the break off the vine, they quickly shrivel. Just as a passionfruit flourishes when it remains connected to its source, the vine, so must we stay rooted in Jesus to bear fruit that glorifies God 

John 15:4-8 NKJV

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you  will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. 

Invitation to Discipleship: Embracing the gentle invitation from Matthew 11, we are called to find rest in Jesus, to learn His ways, adopting unforced rhythms of grace in our daily walk with Him.

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

Spiritual Rhythms: Our journey with Christ is sustained through intentional practices:

  • Daily surrender to God's will
  • Consistent and heartfelt prayer
  • Regular gathering with fellow believers
  • Generous giving as a reflection of the grace we've received
  • Immersion in Scripture for guidance and spiritual prosperity

Practical Tools for Growth: Incorporating resources such as YouVersion Bible app, Dwell Audio Bible, and Lectio 365 can aid in our personal devotional time and deepen our relationship with the Lord. Visit our Resources Page on our website,

As we carry these insights into the coming days, let us each find and maintain our unique rhythms of discipleship, so our faith may flourish and bear abundant fruit. 

Discussion Questions

1. Reflecting on the analogy of the passion fruit vine, how can we ensure we remain connected to Jesus, our true vine, to bear fruit that glorifies God? (John 15:1-5)

2. What does it mean to practice the unforced rhythms of grace in our daily lives, and how can we apply Jesus' invitation from Matthew 11:28-30 to find rest in Him?

3. In what ways can the act of surrender, as a daily rhythm, transform our relationship with God and align our will with His? (Luke 9:23)

4. How does establishing a rhythm of prayer deepen our relationship with God, and can you share a personal experience where prayer has been transformative in your life? (Psalm 63:1)

5. Discuss the importance of gathering with fellow believers as a regular practice. How does this rhythm strengthen our faith community and our individual walk with Christ? (Hebrews 10:24-25)

6. Explore the rhythm of giving as a reflection of our understanding of grace received through Christ. How can this practice impact our hearts and our relationship with God and others? (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

7. Discuss the role of engaging with God's Word as a daily rhythm. How does consistent interaction with Scripture contribute to spiritual growth and prosperity? (Joshua 1:8)

8. Share some personal spiritual practices or resources that have helped you weave these rhythms of discipleship into your life, and discuss how they have contributed to your spiritual growth.

9. How can we encourage one another to maintain these discipleship rhythms and support each other's journey in faith?

10. Closing in prayer, how can we seek God's guidance to discover and maintain our unique rhythms of discipleship, ensuring that our faith continues to flourish?