Know And Be Known Pathway

Returning To Your True Self


In 2012, Highland introduced the Restoration Vision - the intentional pursuit to partner with God in the restoration of all things through restoring Highland, restoring Abilene, and restoring the world. The Know And Be Known Pathway was created for you to be able to embrace the restoration of God in your own life and to join with Highland in the Restoration Vision. The Pathway provides countless intentional ways for you to share in the life and vision of Highland. 

As you engage the Pathway, you are moving towards restoration - returning to ____________. 


Know The True Nature of God

It Starts With Worship.

Psalm 117 calls the people of God to sing songs of praise to God because the steadfast love and faithfulness of the Lord endure forever. The songs we sing together on Sunday morning join this choir that echoes through the ages in praising the God whose love for you will never see its end. A day will never exist in your life when God does not completely love you.

The steadfast love of the Lord is only one truth of many about the nature of God. Each week we will proclaim characteristics of God worthy of our praise. We pray that each time you enter into worship and grow in experiencing God, you will leave able to name what part of the nature of God we focused on that morning. The Psalms illustrate for us that hymns and prayers of praise follow naming characteristics and actions of God.

The first step of the Pathway will mean coming to know God on a deeper level as we all learn truths of God’s nature and worship Him.


Know One Another

How Do We Know One Another?

The gospel of Luke tells us that tables are important for followers of Jesus because
the tables in Luke are where Jesus teaches the values of the Kingdom of God. He shows that all people have a place at the table, and society is often wrong on claiming who does not deserve a place at the table. The tables in Luke tell us how important love, humility, inclusion, service, and kindness are to all people.

After coming to know characteristics of God in worship each week, then we want you to be a part of groups of people at Highland that you can know and that can know you well. One of the gifts of the Christian life is that we get to walk through life with friends that are really family because of the life we share in Jesus.

Each week you will have an opportunity to learn about a Restore Highland Group that you could join by going to the tables set up in the atrium area. A RHG will give you a place to be known and to know others as you share the joys and trials of life. The people sharing life in RHGs will also work together to grow more into the image of Jesus.

The second step of the pathway means finding a seat at one or several tables at Highland where you come to know people as they come to know you and then together, and most importantly, you come to know more about Jesus.

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Know Your Identity In Christ

When John the Baptist lifted Jesus out of the waters of the Jordan River, scripture says the heavens opened, the Spirit descended like a dove, and a voice came from heaven saying, “you are my Son.” In baptism, Jesus received a divine affirmation as the Son of God and formally launched his ministry for the world.

In this next step of our Pathway, we are invited to go deeper into our relationship with God. We are all at different places on our faith journey.
“Baptism” grants us an opportunity to learn more about our faith and inspires us to embrace new practices that seek to deepen our experience
of God in everyday life.

If you have never been baptized, then we want you to take this step and enter a new life in Christ. If your baptism seems far in the past, it is our prayer that this important step in the Pathway will inspire you to embrace again your calling as a disciple of Jesus and grow in the promises and joy of your salvation in Christ.


Know The Joy of Self-Emptying Service

We Pour Ourselves Out For The Sake Of The World

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! - Philippians 2:6-8

Philippians 2 tells us to have the same attitude that Jesus had by emptying himself and taking the form of a servant for the sake of the world. The cross step in the Pathway combines your identity found in Christ with the self-emptying attitude of Jesus and gives you the freedom to serve God, in all ways, including the restoration vision initiatives at Highland.

One characteristic of the nature of God is that God is lovingly working to restore all of creation. There are many ways to serve in the Restoration Vision which join God in this eternally important work of restoring Highland, Abilene, and the world. We encourage you to fill out a card at the tables in the atrium to help take the next step in the Pathway and get connected to ways to serve in the restoration vision.