LIVING THE TABLE RHYTHM OF R.E.N.E.W.

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AT TABLE, R.E.N.E.W. IS A WEEKLY RHYTHM FOR THE 5 PRACTICES THAT HELP US PUT THE MISSION WE’VE ALL BEEN GIVEN INTO ACTION. IT HELPS US TO MEASURE SUCCESS NOT BY NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP AT OUR TABLES, BUT BY FAITHFULNESS TO JESUS. WE’VE BORROWED R.E.N.E.W. FROM OUR MOTHER CHURCH WHO PUT OUT THIS FREE HELPFUL BOOKLET HERE.

It’s our hope that this rhythm will give you a tangible way to follow Jesus in your everyday life. We believe every person who is a part of Table Communities will begin living into doing all 5 of these practices each week so they can always have an answer for the question “how did you practice renewal at Table this week?” In other words, “were you following Jesus this week and in what ways?” The practices and questions listed below are intended to help us and not burden us. In other words, these practices and questions serve as a way to help us gauge whether we are living into these rhythms together at Table Communities and we hope to model what it looks like to have R.E.N.E.W. as part of a regular rhythm of life.

READ

We have been given a wonderful gift from God in the form of the Bible. We press into it to learn about God, ourselves, our world and the mission Jesus modeled and passed onto each of us. We read, memorize and meditate on it daily.

Practice: Spend time daily reading and memorizing the Bible. Ask yourself what the Scripture is saying and how it applies to your life and the lives of those around you. Pray that God would work in your life according to what you’ve read that day.

Question: What have you read in the Bible this week? What did you learn & how has it impacted you and those around you?

EAT

Eating together has been a central Christian practices since the beginning of our movement. It fosters fellowship, community and creates an invitation to share life as we share a table with others.

Practice: I will eat at least 2 meals (or you can share coffee, dessert, etc.) with others this week. Eat once with a person from our church or your Family Table and once with a person who may not yet be pursuing a life with Jesus.

Question: With whom have you eaten this week and what learning, encouragement or concerns were raised by it?

NEIGHBORING

Every Christian is a missionary SENT to carry the Hope we’ve found back to the places we live, work & play. We do this by actively loving our neighbors – those we are living next to (at home, work, school, the gym etc.) – through intentional blessing and sharing with them the hope we have found in jESUS.

Practice: I will ask myself once daily (in places of life intersection) “who has God sent me to love” and how can I share the hope I’ve found in Jesus with my neighbors.

Question: What neighbors have you intentionally loved this week and how did you love them? How have you shared the hope you have in Jesus this week with the people you’ve been sent to love? In what ways were you blessed by them?

EMPOWER

The Hebrew for “blessing” (barak) means “to empower to strength”.  We seek to pass God’s blessing on to others through words of affirmation, acts of kindness and tangible gifts.

Practice: I will bless three people this week – at least one of whom is not an active follower of Jesus at this point in time.

Question: Who have you noticed this week and how did you bless them through words or actions?

WAIT

We believe that God wants to speak to us, and we believe that we are capable of listening. We do not confine him to any particular medium, but we actively wait for his voice wherever and whenever He speaks.

Practice: I will spend time this week listening to God, which is the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Question: Have you heard or sensed any promptings from God this week? What are you going to do about it?