New beginnings are at the core of Christianity. Resurrection and transformation entered into the world when Christ was raised from the dead. But what does it look like for us to receive God’s new beginnings? In this sermon, Matt explores the stories of Mary Magdalene, Thomas, and Peter as they encounter the resurrected Christ (John 20:11-16, 19-28; 21:15-19). Jesus is faithful to bring resurrection and new beginnings in our lives!
Change and transitions are tough to navigate. We tend to power through change, try to avoid it, or remain passives when transitions come our way. In this sermon, Matt explores Philippians 2:5-11 and what it can look like to take the path of descent when we experience change. God desires to shape and form our lives in the midst of change, loss, and transition.
In this sermon, Lauren explores Holy Saturday, the time in between the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus. We often find ourselves in times of waiting that feel dark and heavy. How are we able to wait well in our own Holy Saturdays? How do we wait well in Holy Saturdays that we experience collectively as a community? Lauren unpacks some ways we can wait well and remember that God is present with us in those seasons
Change and transition is hard for most people. We try to avoid change, sweep it under the rug, or distract ourselves from the discomfort that comes with transitions. But God invites us to embrace and accept transitions in our lives. In this sermon, Matt examines Job 1:13-22 and how Job responds to the massive loss and change in his life. As Rhythm prepares for a significant transition, we reflect on what can mean for us to wrestle with God and surrender to him.
Ancient ruins are mysterious and intriguing but recent devastation is somber and heartbreaking. How can something beautiful emerge out of brokenness? How can renewal sprout from ruin? In this sermon, guest speaker Dan White, Jr. examines the story of Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32. Jacob was experiencing ruin in his life, but his relentless wrestling cultivated renewal.
Our bodies are “major” prophets that often help us see when something is happening to us in an unconscious way. But Christians have a bad history of ignoring their bodies and being skeptical of the material world in general. In this sermon, Matt explores the biblical vision of human bodies and the way God is resurrecting his creation.
We like to compartmentalize our lives, especially the spiritual and material. Christians tend to view things in the spiritual category as more important than the material, physical parts of life. But the Bible doesn’t really use these various categories. In this sermon, Matt explores the Hebrew word “nephesh” which normally gets translated as “soul.” Human brings don’t have souls – we are souls.