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Riding the Wave

May 28th, 2016

Rhythm Team

The Holy Spirit and surfing have a lot in common. If you’ve ever been surfing then you know that a wave has a power of its own. We don’t create or control the wave. We can only respond to it and go along for the ride.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “The Spirit blows where it wills.” We don’t control the Holy Spirit, nor can we manipulate how the Spirit works. We can only respond to what the Spirit is doing and jump on for the ride. And what a ride it is.

This new sermon series is an invitation. Whether you’ve never gotten in the water for yourself – or you’ve been surfing with the Spirit for years – there’s a place for you on the wave. Together we’re going explore what it looks like to ride the wave of God’s Holy Spirit and how to experience the joy, power, and purpose that comes when we daily walk in the Spirit.

Here’s a sampling of some of the questions we’ll look at during this series. Should we think of the Holy Spirit as a person or as some floaty, invisible substance? What does God’s Spirit want to accomplish in us and through us? How do we hear and listen to the Holy Spirit? How should we understand the gifts of the Spirit?

Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am as we work through these topics and more. And you might want to bring your surf board!

Resurrection

March 29th, 2016

Rhythm Team

Often people think Easter as one day, but actually it’s fifty days. That’s how big the reality of the resurrection is. Holidays come and go, yet seasons allows us to linger. And we need time to linger around the empty tomb and consider what it means for us and the world. (Besides, if the darkness of Lent was forty days then you better believe the brightness of Easter will be longer.) Resurrection Sunday is an all out party – but it’s just the beginning.

Listen in on this message about how Jesus’ resurrection has altered our world forever, unleashing an explosion of power like an electrical current of love, joy, and hope running throughout and underneath reality. And the good news is that this isn’t just something we’ll experience in the future – we can tap into this resurrection power in the here and now!

Misconceptions

February 17th, 2016

Rhythm Team

As we go along in life we all develop a particular picture of God. We may view him as a cosmic killjoy who’s obsessed with rules and restrictions. Or we may see him as a distant deity who’s largely unconcerned with human life. God may be to us an angry tyrant from whose judgment we flee, or the pushover parent who will indulge us no matter what we do. But one thing is certain – what we think about God profoundly shapes the way we live.

In his book, The Good and Beautiful God, James Bryan Smith suggests that our particular ideas about God are formed fairly early in life. They get shaped by the narratives and experiences of our family, our society, and the religious circles we’ve been a part of. These understandings of God, “once in place,” writes Smith, “determine much of our behavior” whether they are accurate and helpful or not. “Once these stories are stored in our minds, they stay there largely unchallenged until we die.” It is, therefore, tremendously important that we have in our minds a true picture and understanding of who God is.

Join us for this new series as we look to Scripture to gain a fresh vision of who the living God is. The Bible paints a picture of a God who is pulsing with goodness and power and love and beauty. This is the glorious God that Jesus came to reveal us to. And knowing God’s true character and heart makes all the difference in the world.

Compelled By Love

October 2nd, 2015

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is partnering with other local churches in Miami to host the Gospel Leadership Conference on October 24th. The theme of the conference “Compelled by Love” and its aim is to lead a conversation about how the gospel informs and transforms our leadership as people of God’s kingdom.

In a culture where the first question we ask in Leadership is “What works best?” we believe rather that we could be asking, “How do we best display who God is and what He has done in and through Jesus Christ within the culture we are sent to?”

Alongside a group of local presenters (including Keas), we also will hear from Debra Hirsch, Darrell Guder, Lisa Rodriguez-Watson, and Darryl Williamson. Check here for more information and to register.

One Day Conference

April 12th, 2015

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is partnering with other local churches in Miami to host the Gospel Leadership One Day on May 16th. We’ll be talking about the issue of failure in leadership and life. Failure is something we all deal with, yet very few of us know how to properly deal with it. What if instead of feeling shame toward failure we saw it as something God uses to do some of his most important work in us? Pastor and author J.R. Briggs will be leading our time, and everyone who attends will receive a copy of his book Fail. We encourage you to register today because space is limited.

An Evening With JR Briggs

April 10th, 2015

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is excited to have J.R. Briggs with us on May 17th. J.R. is a pastor at Renew Community in Lansdale, PA, and serves on staff of the Ecclesia Network. In addition to these responsibilities he speaks regularly, writes, coaches pastors and church planters, and consults with non-profits and mission agencies. You can check out his latest book or read his blog here.

Join us at 6 pm on May 17th as J.R. shares some of his story and talks about how we can join God in the renewal of all things.

The Resurrection Changes Everything

April 9th, 2015

Rhythm Team

Often people think Easter as one day, but actually it’s fifty days. That’s how big the reality of the resurrection is. Holidays come and go, yet seasons allows us to linger. And we need time to linger around the empty tomb and consider what it means for us and the world. (Besides, if the darkness of Lent was forty days then you better believe the brightness of Easter will be longer.) Resurrection Sunday is an all out party – but it’s just the beginning.

Listen in on this message about how Jesus’ resurrection changes everything – and not just for us but for the whole world. Whatever we might be going through, the empty tomb means sadness and sorrow never have the last word.

An Evening With A.J. Swoboda

March 11th, 2015

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is excited to have A. J. Swoboda with us on March 15th. A. J. is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus Church in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical Seminary and a number of other universities and Bible colleges. You can check out his latest book or read his blog here.

Join us at 6 pm on March 15th as A. J. shares some of his story and speaks about the messy but beautiful journey that the Holy Spirit leads us on.

One Day Conference

February 14th, 2015

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is partnering with other local churches in Miami to host the Gospel Leadership One Day on February 28th. The goal of this one day conference is to facilitate conversations about the implications and application of the gospel in leadership. Jonathan Dodson, pastor of Austin City Life Church and author of The Unbelievable Gospel, will be speaking and leading our time. We encourage you to register today because space is limited.

The Gospel and Peacemaking

August 8th, 2014

Rhythm Team

Our film and entertainment industries are saturated with violent images, high gun sales persist despite the growing number of shootings, and nations are more militarized than ever before. There are very few questions more important for the church to be asking than how to live peaceably in a violent world.

Is peacemaking secondary to what the gospel is about? Or is it our birthright and calling to be peacemaking people as followers of Jesus? Listen in to this teaching that was given by Keas Keasler and Tim Keel at the Missio Alliance conference last year.