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Jonah

September 27th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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.

We Are Family

August 9th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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.

Tools for Every Season of the Soul

June 19th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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.

Be Filled

May 31st, 2017

Rhythm Team

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.

April 29th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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.

Ears to Hear

February 27th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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.

Giving Dangerously

February 1st, 2017

Rhythm Team

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.

January 2nd, 2017

Rhythm Team

To start off 2017, Rhythm is talking about what it means to a church that Loves God and Loves Miami. We live in one of the most vibrant and interesting cities in the world. Miami is known for its diversity, creativity, and beauty. But it’s also known for its seductiveness and shallowness. We’re doing a sermon series about the unique opportunities and challenges of living the faith in Miami. God loves this city and we want to participate in his healing mission here!

Along with the sermons, our liturgy in worship will be centered around following Jesus here in this place and time. We’ll also hear stories from different people in our community – some born here, others new here – about how they’re striving to see more of God’s kingdom come to our city.

Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am for the next four weeks!

We’re encouraging everyone to participate in this sermon series in 3 ways:

  1. Use the Miami Prayer Map to pray for the city. Put it somewhere that you’ll see it everyday and grow your heart for Miami.
  2. Participate in the social healing of God’s kingdom by inviting someone to connect with Rhythm on a Sunday morning or with your Community Group. Invite others to experience God’s community.
  3. Take a picture of you in your “parish” (work, neighborhood, or school) and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #lovegodlovemiami. To learn more about a “parish” listen to this sermon.

Christmas Wishes

November 21st, 2016

Rhythm Team

Every year, Christmas just seems to sneak up on us and take us by surprise. The season of Advent helps us to slow down and pay attention to God as we anticipate the birth of Jesus. It is a season of preparation, waiting, hope, love, and joy.

The time leading up to Christmas Day is also a season of longing – longing for things to be different in our lives, in our relationships, and in our world. In this four-part sermon series, we will discuss some of the longings and desires that people have during this season.

Beauty & Brokenness

September 27th, 2016

Rhythm Team

Life is incredibly messy. There’s no getting around it. At times we see unbelievable beauty in our world and lives, but there’s also a tremendous amount of brokenness and pain. Somehow both the beauty and the brokenness gets intermingled into the stuff of everyday life. And somehow God is present in all of it.

David’s story is one of the most exuberant and robust stories ever told. He was a complicated man, father, husband, shepherd, musician, poet, and king. His passion and pursuit of God has encouraged and inspired people for thousands of years. Yet David had a thick brokenness to his life – a dark shadow side that haunted him.

Join us for a new sermon series that examines 7 stories from David’s life. In a time when we desperately need to rediscover what it means to be whole human beings, David’s story gives a fresh perspective about living a full, robust life that embraces both the beauty and brokenness that is within each of us.