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ACTS

October 2nd, 2018

Rhythm Team

The book of Acts is the story of the birth of the church but it’s really much more than that.

Acts was written by Luke and is a continuation of the story Luke is telling about Jesus. We see what God is doing through Jesus in Luke and then we see what God is doing through the church in Acts. The unifying force in both books is the Holy Spirit’s presence and power.

Join us on Sunday mornings during the fall as we journey through the first 7 chapters of Acts. We are beginning an extended sermon series through Acts, starting with the first movement (chs. 1-7).

Going Deeper

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 Acts 1-7.
  • Read and meditate on the scripture passages from Acts listed below (these are the passages we’ll be preaching through at Public Worship this fall). Use lectio divina as a way to read and encounter God in these passages. Download a lectio divina guide.
    • 10/7     Acts 1:1-11
    • 10/14   Acts 2:1-41
    • 10/21   Acts 2:42-47
    • 10/28   Acts 3:1-4:21
    • 11/11     Acts 4:32-5:11
    • 11/18    Acts 5:12-42
    • 11/25    Acts 6-7
  • Study through Acts in your Missional Church.

  • Download the Streetlights Bible app and listen through Acts!

  • Read through Acts during the fall. 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 Acts and use as a study guide.

  • Download this free Acts Study Guide from the Tampa Underground.

 

September 10th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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.

A Morning with Gary Francis

August 28th, 2018

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is excited to have Gary Francis with us on September 2nd. Gary is the Youth Coordinator for Touching Miami with Love, an inner city ministry that works with children, students, and families in the Overtown community.  He has a masters degree in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary and is the author of Where’s My Father, a memoir style book that is filled with stories of seeking and finding God in persons, places, and things both expected and unexpected.

Join us at 10:30 am on Sunday, September 2nd as Gary shares about his own journey of following Jesus and finding God in unexpected places.

Raices & Roots

June 20th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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.

Going Deeper

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.

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Called

May 30th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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.

A Morning with Lyle Green

April 30th, 2018

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is excited to have Lyle Green with us on May 13th. Lyle is a Registered Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist with Wellspring Counseling. His many years as a counselor and pastor, equip him to support individuals and families through times of crisis or distress. Lyle has many years of experience in the field in pastoral and clinical counseling, leadership development, writing, preaching and teaching. He worked as an Associate Pastor for University Baptist Church for 10 years, and at Westminster Christian School for 18 years as a chaplain, leader and teacher. Lyle has been married to Anne for 39 years and they have an adult son.

Join us at 10:30 am on May 13th as Lyle shares what it means for a marriage to thrive and flourish.

Flourish

April 12th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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.

Spiritual Personalities

Design a Passion Path

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

A Morning with Mark Scandrette

April 8th, 2018

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is excited to have Mark Scandrette with us on April 29th. Mark is an author, speaker, activist, and networker among innovative Christian leaders. He is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice based in San Francisco, where he leads an annual series of retreats, Learning Labs and projects designed to help participants integrate the teachings of Jesus into all aspects of life through shared practices and intentional community experiments. He and his wife Lisa and their three children live in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Mark has written numerous books that can be found HERE.

Join us at 10:30 am on April 29th as Mark shares his own journey of raising a family in the urban core of San Francisco and what it can look like for a family to flourish in the way of Jesus.

A Morning with Roxy

April 2nd, 2018

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is excited to have Roxy Williams with us on April 8th. Roxy is a graduate of the University of Miami, a Division I athlete in both rowing and swimming, and holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance. Over the past several years, Roxy has had the privilege of preaching and teaching at several churches and conferences around South Florida.

You can check out one of Roxy’s sermons from 2017 HERE.

Join us at 10:30 am on April 8th as Roxy shares her own journey of healing and transformation through the power of God’s unconditional love.

Holy Discontent

February 16th, 2018

Rhythm Team

It is easy to become complacent spiritually. We get content and comfortable with God, faith, and Christianity. Be talk about previous experiences with God, but resist pressing into what the Spirit is inviting us into next.

C.S. Lewis described our tendency to be spiritually complacent in his book The Weight of Glory:

If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. 

Jesus invites us to live lives of holy discontent – a life that consistently seeks after more of God and remains unsatisfied with our current experience of him. A lifestyle of on-going hunger, desire, and persistence in seeking and discovering God.

In this six-week sermon series, we will dive deep into the nature and character of God that we discover in the Lord’s Prayer. We are meant to pursue God passionately, finding him to be more beautiful the longer we pursue him. A growing life of prayer and intimacy with God is the birthright for every follower of Jesus. Make sure to download the 2018 Lent devotional and Personalizing the Lord’s Prayer guide to use on your own.