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We are inviting anyone who wants to commit to following Jesus with Rhythm to do so during Public Worship on Sunday, October 7.
We believe that God calls us to commit ourselves not only to Christ, but also to following Jesus with a local expression of his Body, the church. Our community is one expression of the body of Christ in our city. When you ask how can I “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 you’re asking is “How do I live as a disciple of Jesus, commit myself to this community, and participate in the mission?” – then we invite you to consider becoming part of the Vowed Community.
Joining the Vowed Community is a great step to take if you are a follower of Jesus and see Rhythm as your “church home.” The Vowed Community are the people in Rhythm who are ready to say, “This is my church! I want to follow Jesus with these people and to invest in this community.”
Below are two documents that help to articulate more about Rhythm and what it means to join the Vowed Community:
Joining the Vowed Community 101 gives a basic overview of Rhythm’s history, purpose, the Rhythm of Life, and the commitments of being part of the Vowed Community. Everyone considering making this commitment needs to read this short document.
Joining the Vowed Community 201 is a deeper explanation of Rhythm’s theology, core convictions, leadership structure, and strategy. This is a much longer, more detailed document.
On Sunday, September 23 we are facilitating a Q&A luncheon for anyone considering joining the Vowed Community. The pastors will spend time sharing about Rhythm’s history, values, and purpose and answer any questions. If you want to attend, please email Lauren no later than Friday, September 21.
If you have made this commitment in the past and do not have any questions, then simply communicate with one of the pastors about continuing your commitment.
Whether you are renewing your commitment or joining for the first time, please confirm with one of the pastors of your final decision by Sunday, September 30.
DNA is deep inside each one of us – it’s what makes us who we are. Every person has unique DNA and so does every church. Rhythm has a unique story, identity, and purpose that gives us clarity about who we are but also what we’ve been called to do together in Miami.
Join us for this four-week series in September as we refresh our minds and hearts in what it looks like to be a disciple-making church together.
The church in Colossae was doing great, but were facing cultural pressures to turn away from Jesus. Paul writes this letter to address these specific cultural pressures, challenge a deeper allegiance and commitment to Jesus as Lord in all areas of life, and recognize that God is creating his church to be a multi-ethnic and multi-class family.
The book of Colossians paints one of the most beautiful and compelling pictures of Jesus contained in the Scriptures. When Jesus is at the center of everything, when our roots go deep in him, then it has a domino effect and everything else begins to change.
In this nine-week sermon series, we will dive deep into this short letter to the church in Colassae. We are meant to treasure Jesus as the Lord of all things, find our identity in him, and pursue his reconciliation.
Below are several ideas of ways to “go deeper” in this sermon series. These are simply suggestions – feel free to adapt, tweak, or try out other creative ideas as you process the preaching and teaching from Public Worship!
- Watch the Bible Project’s video on Colossians.
Read and meditate on the scripture passages from Colossians listed below. Use lectio divina as a way to read and encounter God in these passages. Download a lectio divina guide.
6/24 Colossians 1:1-14
7/1 Colossians 1:15-23
7/8 Colossians 1:24-2:5
7/15 Colossians 2:6-23
7/22 Colossians 3:1-11
8/5 Colossians 3:12-17
8/12 Colossians 3:18-4:1
8/19 Colossians 4:2-6
8/26 Colossians 4:7-18
Participate in the Colossians study group on Thursday nights this summer for more in-depth discussion through this powerful letter.
Download the Streetlights Bible app and listen through Colossians!
Read through Colossians each week during the summer. Journal through these questions each week:
- What does this text tell me about who Jesus is?
- What does this text tell me about the nature of the church?
- How can I apply this text today?
Purchase a copy of N.T. Wright’s commentary on Colossians and use as a study guide.
The idea of a believer’s calling has been discussed and commented on countless times over the centuries, especially these last few decades as the “Who am I?” postmodern worldview slowly shapes the thoughts of today’s Christian. We often return to the question, “What was I made to do?” Modern life inundates us with the “could do’s” and “should do’s” which are presented seemingly innocent by friends, family, and sometimes strangers. To make things more difficult, some of us conjure our own ideas so naturally that we can feel pulled any which way. For others, dreaming is more an estranged practice, like a foreign language. Nonetheless, being called is a definite topic of reflection throughout Scripture which has immediate implications for every believer’s life.
In Ephesians 4, Paul writes:
“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”
Join us for this 3-week sermon series as we explore how Jesus speaks to each of us individually, what gifts and strengths he has entrusted to us, and where we are sent to join his mission of restoration in Miami.
Learn more about the Calling Lab – an intensive workshop that Rhythm is hosting on June 16.
Jesus once said that he came to bring and offer the fullest version of life possible (John 10). In the Bible we see people flourish when they encounter Jesus no matter their past, struggles, or season of life.
God has always intended for people to live in fruitful relationship not only with him, but with others. Without other people, we cannot become who we are called to be or do what He has called us to do. These relationships are meant to be a reflection of God Himself, who exists in perfect, eternal relationship as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “God is love, and whoever abides in love, abides in God.” (1 John 4:16)
In Christ, we are perfectly loved, eliminating our fear and pride. He binds our wounds and remakes our hearts. In relationship, there is no longer a need to use others because we have everything we need in Christ. Like God, we can relate to others by giving and receiving, never taking or hoarding or flinching. Not because the world is suddenly safe, but because He always is.
Over the next six weeks, we will be asking God to help us flourish in the seasons of life we currently find ourselves in and how we can support the flourishing of others who are in different seasons. Download the resources below to help go deeper in the material and cultivate a flourishing life.
April 15 – Flourish in God
April 22 – Flourish in Grief
April 29 – Flourish in Family
May 6 – Flourish in Singleness
May 13 – Flourish in Marriage
May 20 – Flourishing Community
May 27 – Storytelling
We believe everyone is uniquely called to the mission of God and we believe mission happens in our city, not just during short-term trips overseas. But how do you know what or where you are called to? We long to awaken dreams and give everyone the resources they need to live out their calling.
The Calling Lab is a platform to help you discover your calling, to set aside a day to hear from God and be sent into that mission. Perhaps it’s to a specific people group, a neighborhood, your campus or your workplace.
On Saturday, June 16th (9-6 pm), we are partnering with the Underground Network to have the Calling Lab facilitated for the Rhythm community in Miami.
Where do you feel God is leading you? Gain insight and discernment about your calling by learning to listen in prayer, assess opportunities, and unpack your unique personality and gifts.
All of us have come to points in our lives where we feel ready to serve and give but we just aren’t sure where to do it. Calling can be both an elusive and frustrating idea. Those who have clarity on calling, the place and people they know to love and serve, seem to be more confident and effective. Those of us who are still unsure can find ourselves floundering or insecure about our place in the mission of God.
Hearing God’s voice is the goal, but finding the time, listening to all the ways he is speaking and finally making sense of it all can be a daunting assignment. If you have never really sensed this kind of clarity in calling, or if you are sensing that your calling might be changing we have designed this event for you.
We hope this lab helps you learn to listen in prayer, assess opportunities, and unpack your own personality and gifts.
The Calling Lab will meet in the Executive Conference Room at the Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami (6200 San Amaro Dr). There is a parking lot on the south side of the building.
If you are new to Rhythm we’d love to connect with you! Newcomers Lunch is specifically designed for people who have recently connected to Rhythm and want to learn a bit more about our story, vision, and ways to integrate into the life of the community.
Come have lunch, meet the pastors, and make some new friends!
Please email Lauren Fernandez by Friday, June 8th for more information and to attend on Sunday, June 10.
Come walk through the traditional Stations of the Cross, but in a very non-traditional way. This is a contemplative and interactive journey with Jesus to the cross through the South Miami neighborhood. The journey begins in our worship space where you can pray and receive a guide before walking through the Stations. The Stations will be available 3:00-6:30 pm and usually takes an hour to complete.
The word agape means “unconditional love.” The Agape Meal celebrates that we are people who are unconditionally loved by God and called to spread his love to the world. We spend time with one another eating potluck dishes, worshipping, praying, and talking about what it means to live into our community’s Rule of Life.
The next Agape Meal is Friday, December 1st, from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Center for Social Change on the 5th floor (2103 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145).
Everyone is welcome to come and participate at the Agape Meal, but we especially encourage those who consider Rhythm to be their “home church” to be at the meal.
Email Matt Alexander if you have any questions. Sign-up on the link below to bring or make a dish to share and we’ll see you at the Agape Meal!
Please join Rhythm for a 5-week session, every other Sunday morning beginning on October 22 at 9 am to discuss Dr. Brenda McNeal’s book Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities Towards Unity, Wholeness, and Justice.
With all that is going on in the world we want to continue to discuss, plan, and take action as a multicultural community to help our hearts heal and other brothers and sisters who may be experiencing catalyst events of crisis. Join us as we work through this book and create ways to move Miami communities towards unity, wholeness and justice.
The meeting dates are: