Rule of Life
We believe that God calls us to commit ourselves not only to Christ, but also to a local expression of Christ’s body, the church. Our community is one expression of the body of Christ in our city. When someone asks how they can “be a part of Rhythm,” our first response is simply to say, Come have a seat at the table. We’d love for you to take part in everything we do. If you want in, you’re in. However, if the question they’re asking is “How do I commit myself to this community and its way of life?” – then we encourage them to consider taking on our Rule of Life.
In 2012 a group of about 20 leaders in Rhythm gathered to discuss and discern what it could mean for us to have a robust community life centered around Jesus. Rhythm chose to develop a Rule of Life to express the shape of our life together. We believe the church is not a club bound by exclusive membership – instead, it is a community in mission bound together by the good news of Jesus and his kingdom. We are to be “partners in the gospel” (Philippians 1:5), called to a shared life and a shared mission.
The Rule of Life is not a binding set of “rules”, nor does it in any way create an exclusive club. Instead it is our attempt to articulate the core elements of following Jesus and growing together. Confirmed annually (and throughout the year for new friends joining us), it is a commitment to anchor one’s life in the concrete practices of loving God and loving others (the rhythm of worship and mission), to follow Jesus Christ in the core issues of practical living (money, sex, power), and to do all of this together (not simply as individuals but as a community). This is a commitment of grace that we hope you will receive freely and joyfully.
We encourage you to download our Rule of Life Guide & FAQs for the fuller context and explanation.
✠ Because God is to be worshipped and treasured above all things, we commit to loving God in all aspects of our life, and pursuing Him individually and communally through spiritual practices and holy habits including prayer, scripture, gathered worship, and Sabbath rest.
✠ Because God’s desire is to bring His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, we commit to being on mission with God through approaching our work in the world as sacred, loving and blessing our neighbors, and sharing the good news of the gospel with others.
✠ Because Jesus is Lord, we commit to following Him in all areas of life including our money, our sexuality, and our power, and to showing our city how money, sex, and power can be used in life-giving ways.
✠ Because the Trinity binds us together in community, we commit to doing life together, pursuing spiritual friendship with one another, and reconciling in a way that honors Christ and each other.