Western culture tells us to avoid, minimize, and numb pain at any cost. Most people carry around unprocessed pain that leaks out onto other people. In this sermon, Matt explores a biblical framework for mourning and grief. Jesus invites us to authentically process our pain with him and others, trusting that he will birth something new.
Everyone wants to live a full, beautiful life. What does that mean or look like for a Christian? Is it dependent on the season that we’re in or the external circumstances that surrounds us? In this sermon, Matt examines John 15:1-8 when Jesus teaches his disciples to “remain in him.” The key to a flourishing life is remaining in Jesus no matter what is happening in life.
April 8th, 2018
“Where are you? Are you there? Are you paying attention? Do you see what’s going on down here?” Have you ever felt that way about God? In this sermon, Roxy Williams shows how this is exactly how Mary and Martha felt in John 11 when their brother Lazarus became desperately sick and they needed Jesus to come to their aid. We learn through this story that although at times we do not understand why things happen to us in life, we can be sure that God is always working on our behalf, behind the scenes, massaging our greatest good out of what can seem to be a hopeless situation.
April 1st, 2018
There’s nothing like a good surprise! Easter is the biggest surprise that the world has ever experienced – no one seemed to be expecting it. In this sermon, Matt examines Mark 16:1-7 when the angel tells the women that Jesus has gone ahead of them. The good news is that in the resurrection, Jesus has gone ahead of us, charting out a new path for us to follow.
Have you ever wondered what “Lead us not into temptation” actually means? In this sermon, Preachers’ Roundtable member Chelsea Dellet examines Matthew 6:13, the temptation verse in the Lord’s Prayer. Who tempts us and how these temptations actually happen? In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus outlines the spiritual practices that help us to defeat both big and small temptations that impact our lives.
Every person wrestles with forgiveness in life because every person experiences conflict and pain. It is unavoidable. But how do we respond when we experience conflict or pain in a relationship? What does forgiveness look like when abuse or trauma has occurred? In this sermon, Matt examines the “Forgive us” section of the Lord’s Prayer. We learn what forgiveness looks like from the life and action of Jesus – it is at the heart of his good news. Jesus teaches us what it looks like to forgive and seek reconciliation when we experience small grievances and significant trauma.
Jesus teaches us to seek God first in prayer and then to bring our basic needs to him. God promises to care and provide for us as we seek and rely on him for our daily nourishment and needs. In this sermon, Matt unpacks “Give us this day our daily bread.” This portion of the Lord’s Prayer leads us to rest in our Father’s care and love towards us, but also risk so that others may enter into our Father’s kingdom.
What does it mean when we pray “your kingdom come”, as Jesus taught His followers to pray? Continuing in our series on prayer and holy discontentment, Lauren unpacks what Matthew 6:10 means in our calling as followers of Jesus to pray and labor for the kingdom of God in Miami. She also examines what Jesus says our character and posture must look like as we come alongside him in laboring for the kingdom in our city.
Jesus teaches that we can know and experience God as a Father. At the center of Jesus’ life was a growing joy and connection to his Father, and in the Lord’s Prayer we discover that we can experience the same kind of intimacy that Jesus had. In this sermon, Matt examines the very first line of the Lord’s Prayer (“Our Father”) and how knowing God as a Father will radically shape our prayer and identity.