Week #1 On Your Knees

September 2-8, 2012

The first Express Weekly will be one that will set the tone for the rest. This is going to be one of the few that is serious. I urge readers to get real with themselves and God. Set aside some time to get alone and commune with God. Talk with Him about what’s on your heart, what moves you, how you want to love Him and love others more. Be reverent yes, but remember to be authentic. He is you dad after all.

The Love Experiment (TLE) is meant to be a platform for you to make the transition to being more missional (AKA living on mission). I encourage you to pray that the Holy Spirit would fill you with God’s love and empower you to love like Jesus

and then…

Here is where the rubber meets the road. It is time to make time. We are all very busy. Most of us too busy to add anything to our schudules, let alone spend time with our own families! It is a strange phenomenon here in America. We cram our schedules full and then complain we are so busy. Ask God what you could remove from your weekly schedule. 

If we think we can become more missional by adding something to our schedule we are mistaken though. This whole experiment is based on the idea that loving God and our neighbor is not a project, it is a way of life. It involves free time. It involves relationships. So, remove something from your schedule and replace it with absolutely nothing. Yep, maybe you have heard of that strange thing called free time. The free time is meant to create a space for relationships when they happen. Go see a neighbor, bake cookies for someone, invite someone for coffee. The Great Commission calls us to make disciples. Discipleship requires relationships! Make some.

Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

Remember to check out the forum next week and post your experience and thoughts on Week #1.

Walk in Love my friends,

Ryan

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10 Comments

  1. McKenzie:

    This is awesome Ryan! And very timely. We were just taking time as a family to refocus our lives and redirect our hearts toward keeping the first thing first and living a Kingdom lifestyle. Thanks for creating a space for us all to be encouraged more and more in that pursuit!

    • Great! Thank you for the feedback. I am all about making loving God and other who we are as the Church. Let’s create a culture and environment where love for God and others abounds. Noelle says hi!
      Peace,
      Ryan

  2. Neal:

    That hits pretty close to home! Looks like Tash and I will have to sit down and have a chat!

    • Awesome. Remember, being missional can be a lot of fun. Go out to eat every week at the same place and get to know the employees, go to the same gas station all the time, and one of my favorites is have a good old BBQ. Check out the neighbor BBQ video I posted a few days ago. It is awesome.

  3. Ryan,
    this is great! I am looking forward to seeing each challenge and excited to share this with andrew!

  4. Barb Shane:

    Hi Ryan,
    My life since the sale of my business has been exactly as you describe. There is now time to have coffee with a friend, minister to someone who needs a listening ear, share my time with others. Retirement is wonderful, my prayer is to not fill up the hours. Most of us like to be busy, then we complain that we are too busy. Where is the balance. My constant prayer.
    Thanks to God for leading you into this new ministry.

    • Thank you Barb. I truly believe that God has special opportunities for those who are retired. The extra free time allows for lots of relationships! I pray that God blesses you with many meaningful relationships. Much love!

  5. Vanessa:

    Spent this week praying about whether I need to give anything up. Keeping in mind that I am retired, I felt the answer was: “no”. I have plenty of time to do what it takes to be “missional”.

    • Awesome. Thank you for sharing. Like I told Barb Shane, God has special opportunities for those who are retired. I hope that you are able to continue with us on this journey. I am so excited to see where we end up at the end.

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