Giving you a process for moving down a pathway of Enjoying, Embodying and Extending the Freedom and Family of Jesus.
Week 1 – Partnership.
Pathway Process is about partnership. It’s about taking what might be intuitive for some in following Jesus and making it transferable for the benefit of others; and taking what might be confusing for others and making it deeply intuitive. Pathway is about fostering a life enveloped by the love of God and others. Lives that are so full of being loved by God that they spill over into radical love for others!
Week 2 – Cultivating a 4G vision for life.
Matthew 28:19-20 is known by most as the Great Commission—the command from our Risen Savior that our everyday lives are to be about His Kingdom; that the adoption we receive through faith in Jesus brings with it a new, truer purpose: a daily, exciting, even divine agenda to give our lives to four key practices of GOING, GOSPEL’ING, GROWING and GATHERING.
Week 3 – How to pray.
In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus tells us to “Pray like this...” He gives instruction—what’s famously come to be known as “The Lord’s Prayer.” And the instruction he gives is not a format for how to pray—like words you have to say everytime you pray—but rather a framework. Specifically we see a picture of God’s character, which when understood, allows us to really know the God to whom you’re praying, and in that way enjoy simply “being” with Him, rather than using or fearing Him.
Week 4 – How to build community.
The Gospel rides on the rails of relationship! Not only do we need community to ultimately experience and enjoy the Gospel of Jesus Christ, others need to see and experience community to get a taste of the Gospel within their lives. Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Loving our neighbor—building community—enables us to be a GOING people.
Week 5 – How to read the Bible.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edgedsword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Every pages declares the Gospel of Jesus Christ: the message of freedom, through the medium of family, for the mission of God's glory!
Week 6 – How to spend time with your Bible.
Engaging with Scripture can certainly be daunting; yet Jesus tells us that He is our shepherd and that His sheep hear His voice and follow Him. In a world full of other voices vying for our attention its paramount for us to be able to pick up the Bible and hear from our Shepherd. By faithfully digging into Observation, Interpretation and Application, God truly does speak to his people–declaring the message of freedom, medium of family, and mission for His glory–to his people.
Week 7 – How to share the Gospel.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear vwithout someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Week 8 – How to become Gospel fluent.
When the truths of God through Jesus become part of us, no longer a second language we must constantly translate, we start interpreting the whole world around us through the lens of God’s perspective. Slowly, as we become fluent in the Gospel, every aspect of our story starts to be affected by the redemption story—everything has a new meaning. Even more than this, we are able to speak the truths of the Gospel into the real and present brokenness of those around us.
Week 9 – How to grow.
We grow as Christians only by growing deeper in the Gospel. While the process can often be painful, initiated by what can feel like speed bumps and brick walls, it is in these times that we can see our need to repent and believe in the truths of the Gospel.
Week 10 – How to persevere.
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Week 11 – How to have balance.
Balance is not about giving equal priority to all things, but all of ourselves to the right things. Isaiah 55 offers a harrowing call: Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? The life, death and resurrection of Jesus bids us to enjoy, embody and extend His love with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind throughout each day of our lives.
Week 12 – How to serve.
Romans 6:22: But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.
Week 13 – How to give.
As children of God we have experienced the radical generosity of Christ in dying for each of us and known the Father's joy in delighting to bless us. What then does it look like to give, responding in both the generosity AND freedom we've experienced in the Gospel? We must hold these in tension: that we have been called to give in response to Christ's generosity, sharing wisely out of our abundance as the Spirit leads, while knowing that we are not called to a life of asceticism which devalues the blessing of a good good Father.