Posts from the ‘Sermons’ Category
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.
The Psalms are some of the most beloved parts of the Jewish and Christian scriptures. The Psalms capture the vast array of human emotions, desires, and passions – thankfulness, joy, sorrow, grief, doubt, anger, and love. For thousands of years, people have experienced the raw, authentic presence of God in the vulnerability of the Psalms. These ancient writings teach us something about who we are and what it means to relate to God in a raw way.
Eugene Peterson describes the Psalms as tools for being and becoming.
Every distinctive human behavior requires tools: farming, loving, cooking, learning, building, believing. Some tools are made of wood, some of metal, some of words. A tool that is made of words is no less a tool than one made of steel. Prayer is a tool that is made, mostly, of words.
Prayers are tools, but with this clarification: prayers are not tools for doing or getting, but for being and becoming. In our largely externalized culture, we are urgently presented with tools that enable us to do things (a machine, for instance, to clean the carpet), and to get things (a computer, for instance to get information. We are not so readily offered tools that enable our being and becoming human.
For the tool-making, tool-using creatures who venture into the ocean depths of being and journey into the wilderness frontiers of becoming, making and being made into eternal habitations, the Psalms are the requisite toolbox. (Peterson, “Answering God”)
Join us this summer as we experience the beauty of these ancient prayers and allow them to form our lives. If you want to go deeper in this series on the Psalms, download our Going Deeper Guide for suggestions on how to learn and experiment with the material.
The Holy Spirit has gotten a bad rap over years. People have either forgotten about the Spirit, become frightened by how others talk about the Spirit, or have had the Spirit forced upon them. But the New Testament teaches us to “be filled with the Spirit” (Acts 4:31; Acts 13:52; Ephesians 5:18).
Join us for a 3-week sermon series on the Holy Spirit. Each week we will explore a different aspect of who the Spirit is, what he does, and how we can grow in walking in the Spirit’s power.
If you want to go deeper in this series on the Holy Spirit, download our Going Deeper Guide for suggestions on how to learn and experiment with the material.
All of life is made up of rhythms – the seasons of the year, the breath patterns of the human body, the flow of the ocean tides, the human heartbeat. Rhythm is central to our existence and daily life. Jesus invites us to embrace his core life rhythms.
This four-part sermon series will explore the core rhythms of Jesus’ life and ministry. What was central to Jesus’ way of life? Journey with us as we learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
What is God’s will and how can I know it? This is a common question for many people. Sometimes it’s difficult to know if we’re making a decision that honors God or if we are hearing God well. Jesus speaks about having a close relationship with God, where we can hear his voice, experience his peace, embrace his best, and participate in his renewing work in this world.
Journey with us during Lent as we study the Scriptures to gain understanding about spiritual discernment and utilize practices to help us listen to God.
Download a copy of our 2017 Lent Devotional.
Let’s be honest, talking about money is tricky business. We’re skeptical of people’s motivations, unsure of how to best handle our resources, wary of being manipulated, and fearful of not having enough. We’ve got issues when it comes to money.
Jesus’ dream and desire is for us live free, vibrant, generous lives. But what does it mean to be financially generous? What are barriers we all face towards growing in generosity? How should we practically give? How can giving impact my life? In this four-part sermon series, we will explore these questions and what it means for us to trust God with money, experience freedom, and grow in generosity.