July 23rd, 2017
Member of Rhythm’s Guidance Team, Paul Olver leads us through Psalm 37 to explore an age-old situation that trips up many people: the bad guys seem to win while those trying to be good and do good have a hard time. In response we must look below the surface and take the long view – and use the teaching of this Psalm to monitor and regulate what’s going on inside us.
July 16th, 2017
Self-pity creates a wall of sorrow that we build around our self to the point that we will focus on our wounds and how horrible life is and how nothing goes our way. However when we realize that Jesus suffered in every way that we have, yet without sin, we can live in a refreshed mindset thankful for the little things we have forgotten. Did you wake up in a bed this morning? Was there a roof over that bed? Was there food in the fridge? Member of Rhythm’s Preachers Roundtable, Anthony Fadelle reminds us that if the answer was yes to these questions, we are doing OK! Ultimately our relationship with Jesus needs to start with us being thankful with our heartbeat.
Anger is a core human emotion, but is so rarely embraced or accepted in society and in churches. We tend to sweep our anger under the rug, being unwilling to face this intense emotion. But the Psalms do not refrain from showing their anger and rage. The writers of the Psalms pray angry prayers, expressing their pain and raw frustration with the world. In this sermon, Matt examines Psalm 109, one of the angriest passages of the entire Bible. This psalm is a tool that God uses to form us into people who pray our anger, rather than directing it onto other people.
How many of us like to clean toilets? It’s not the most popular chore in the world. Cleaning a toilet is something that most people tend to avoid rather than embrace. But when a loved one is visiting our house, then the toilet gets cleaned! In this sermon, Preacher’s Roundtable member Chelsea Bulack compares Psalm 51 to a toilet brush. This psalm helps us to experience God’s loving cleansing and joy through repentance and confession. Facing our darkness is never easy, but life and healing occur when we acknowledge our sin and seek God.
Western society breeds discontentment and dissatisfaction. We are constantly bombarded with the message that we don’t have enough – we are lacking. In this sermon, Matt unpacks Psalm 23 which offers an alternative vision and reality. This psalm speaks of the abundant provision, guidance, and care that we can receive from God. Because God is our shepherd, we lack nothing.
It is impossible for life to exist without water. If there is no water then there is no life. The Bible describes the Holy Spirit as being living water to the human soul – fresh, powerful, renewing life in God. In this sermon, Matt examines the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:1-26. Jesus promises to give his Spirit freely and generously to anyone who recognizes their need and seeks God’s help.
What is the purpose of the church? Do individuals need the church to actually follow Jesus? Many people today believe that being part of the church makes it more difficult to follow Jesus. They love Jesus but not the church. In this sermon, guest speaker Darryl Williamson examines how the Spirit builds up the church around the person and work of Jesus as described in Ephesians 2:19-22. The Spirit does not just develop individuals, but entire communities of people who are submitted to Jesus.
Human beings want to be in control. We want to control our lives, our future, and our schedules. But Jesus invites us to a life of being led, filled, and directed by the Holy Spirit. In this sermon, Matt examines the story of the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost in Acts 2:1-47. The early church discovered that the Holy Spirit is the best leader that they could possibly have to navigate the complexities and challenges of following Jesus in their context.
Jesus created a diverse community to carry his mission forward in the world. The original group of disciples came from different backgrounds, different social classes, and held different political convictions. In this sermon, Matt unpacks Luke 6:12-19 where Jesus models what a healthy community centered around him can move forward in his mission. A thick rhythm of togetherness is challenging because people have sharp edges and it hurts to get cut, but it is impossible to really follow Jesus without other people.