Get Your Dance On
The Christian life isn’t about believing all the right stuff or living by a set of moral principles. That doesn’t come close to capturing what being a Christian is all about. The Christian life is much more like being swept into a divine dance with the living God. At Rhythm we’ve created a mentorship program to help those preparing for baptism understand and more fully experience this dance they’re now a part of.
Each baptism candidate is given a “dance instructor.” This is a normal, everyday man or woman from our congregation who has experience in living the Christian life. You can’t learn how to dance with only books; you learn through observing good dancers and trying it for yourself. Similarly, the manner in which most of us became Christian was by looking over someone’s shoulder, emulating some admired older Christian, and saying yes to and taking up a way of life that was made real and accessible through the witness of someone else. So the best way to learn the divine dance is through practicing with those already moving to God’s groove.
Over the next three months, these candidates and instructors will be working through a one-page list of learning activities – or to keep the analogy going, dance exercises. These range from studying scripture together to serving soup to the poor. The goal is not just to learn about the faith but to live it out together.
The three month program ends on December 13th with us baptizing our friends and throwing a party in God’s name. A lot is asked of both the candidates and instructors. So take a moment right now to say a prayer for them and the journey they’ve embarked on. Pray that they would come to know Jesus on a deeper level, experience the warmth of our community, and learn the tools they need now to be disciples. Amen.
(If you’re interested in doing the Divine Dance in the fall, email Matt Alexander.)