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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Realign is a sermon series that is not simply about getting your finances in order by getting on a budget and getting out of debt, but about getting our relationships with God, ourselves and others back on track so that we can manage our money better for a greater impact! Powerful change happens in our lives when God is brought into every financial decision as we learn to say yes to His plans instead of living for ourselves.
Every person is meant to walk closely with God by allowing Him into their financial decisions, and experiencing more peace and purpose in their day to day lives.
In this five-week sermon series, we will focus our minds and hearts on being aligned with God and managing our resources to see a great impact for God’s Kingdom. If you want to go deeper in this series on God and money, download our Going Deeper Guide for suggestions on how to learn and experiment with the material.
The New Testament uses two words for “time” – chronos and kairos. Chronos is where the word “chronological” comes from. When we ask, “What time is it?” we’re talking about chronos time.
But kairos is referring to a different kind of time. It’s a moment in time – a moment that forms and shapes us. It is a moment or season that offers new possibilities. It is an opportune time where God is getting our attention. How we respond to these pregnant kairos moments largely shapes the type of people that we become.
During the season of Advent this year, we will explore the kairos moments for individuals and communities who experienced the first coming of Jesus. If you want to go deeper in this sermon series, we encourage you to use the Advent Devotional Guide in your daily time with God throughout the Advent season.
The story of Jonah is often considered to be one of the Bible’s greatest children’s stories. The big storm and the big whale. But there’s a lot more to Jonah (the man and the story) than getting swallowed by a giant fish.
God called Jonah to go to the great city of Nineveh and deliver a simple message: Repent or you will die in 40 days. Jonah refused. He hated the people of Nineveh and ran from God. He didn’t want his enemies to repent and be forgiven.
In this 6-week series through Jonah we will explore Jonah’s resistance to God and people, God’s pursuit of Jonah, and the boundary-crossing love that God has for our enemies. If you want to go deeper in this series on Jonah, download our Going Deeper Guide for suggestions on how to learn and experiment with the material.
Jesus and the writers of the New Testament use a metaphor to describe the identity and purpose of the church: FAMILY. The people of God are like a really healthy, vibrant family who do life together in a beautiful way. Healing and growth happens in this family. Purpose and unity occur in this family. Honesty and authenticity mark this family. Generosity and abundance extend from this family.
Theologian Christine Pohl says that Christian communities that live like families can bring about transformation and healing in the world.
“Communities in which we grow and flourish last over time and are built by people who are faithful to one another and committed to a shared purpose. A combination of grace, fidelity, and truth makes communities safe enough for people to take the risks that are necessary for growth and transformation. It also makes it possible for groups to handle disagreements without being torn apart and to minister to the world in ways that are far greater than the sum of the individuals involved.” [Pohl, “Living Into Community”]
Rhythm desires to be a church where people do not merely attend, but belong. Join us as we start off a new semester looking at Jesus’ vision and purpose for his church. If you want to go deeper in this series, download our Going Deeper Guide for suggestions on how to learn and experiment with the material.