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How’s Your Relationship? (Realign, Part 1)

January 14th, 2018

Matt Alexander

Jesus talked about money, possessions, and finances a lot. It was one of his favorite subjects. Why? Jesus focused so much of his teaching on money because if we can learn to trust him with money and possessions, then we can trust him with our lives. In this sermon, Matt explores Matthew 22:34-40 and how our relationship to money impacts our relationship with God and other people. Jesus cares about money because he knows that money directly impacts relationships, and he cares a lot about relationships.

Vision Sunday: Spirit-fused Mission

January 7th, 2018

Matt Alexander

Who are we and where are we going? These are the two questions that every community has to answer in order to have unity, focus, and health. In this sermon, Matt reflects on the core essentials of Rhythm’s identity and examines John 20:19-23 as we move forward in a unified purpose. Rhythm is called to form and grow disciples on mission that live in the power of the Spirit.

Wonder and the Kairos Moment (Advent, Part 5)

December 31st, 2017

Rhythm Team

As we encounter the Christ we have a kairos moment of wonder and our true selves are revealed. The story of the Magi in Matthew 2 visiting Jesus reminds us that God is actively at work calling us to into a deeper understanding of him, ourselves, and the world. And as we learn more about who our God is through Christ, we learn about the great beauty around us. In this sermon, Preacher’s Roundtable member Esther Knicely reminds us to step into the new year of 2018 with a deeper sense of belief in a God who is weaving an incredible and wonder-filled story in which we play a key role both as individuals and as a community.

Waiting on God (Advent, Part 4)

December 24th, 2017

Matt Alexander

Instant gratification is the way our culture operates. We want things now and we want them to work properly. But the Bible paints a picture of us waiting – it is crucial for our deepening life together. In this sermon, Matt examines Luke 2:22-40, specifically the characters of Simeon and Anna. When they saw Jesus, both Simeon and Anna responded with praise and mission that flowed out of a lifestyle of waiting.

Losing Control (Part Three)

December 17th, 2017

Matt Alexander

Control and power is something that human beings seek and strive to attain. We live with the illusion that we have control over our lives until something threatens our power. In these Kairos moments, God invites us to submit and surrender any power we have to Jesus. In this sermon, Matt examines Matthew 2:1-18 when Herod experiences a kairos moment. Like Herod, our tendency is to resist giving up control, but this type of posture only brings destruction and despair.

The Waiting Game (Part 2)

December 11th, 2017

Jason Bean

As we anticipate December 25th during the second week of Advent, we reflect on the kairos moments for Mary and Joseph and the gap between those moments where we anticipate what God is doing in our lives. How do the lives of Mary and Joseph help us prepare for the kairos moments? In this sermon, Guidance Team member Jason Bean examines Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-33. As we await the second coming of the Son of God we can look to this young couple as they expectantly waited the first coming of the Messiah. The Advent season also marks the turning point in God’s story where Jesus entered human history in a real and personal way. That personal relationship that Son of God experienced with Mary and Joseph is a taste of what we all have as we enter God’s kingdom now while awaiting the kingdom to come.

Stewarding the Kairos Moment (Part 1)

December 3rd, 2017

Matt Alexander

There are certain moments and seasons of life that impact us in profound ways. These can be significant changes in life or small instances where something profound happens. The Bible the word kairos to describe this – an “opportune moment in time.” Kairos moments occur when God is getting our attention, waking us up to something new, and inviting us to lean into his presence. In this sermon, Matt starts our new Advent series and shares about some significant kairos moments that are happening in Rhythm right now!

Speaking the Truth in Love

November 26th, 2017

Matt Alexander

Human beings have an intrinsic need to know and be known by others. It’s hardwired into us, but so few of us actually experience this kind of consistent relational depth and vulnerability. If we’re going to grow in Jesus then we desperately need people to journey with us through the highs and lows of life. In this sermon, Matt unpacks Ephesians 4:14-16 where Paul tells the church in Ephesus that they can mature as followers of Jesus only if they learn to “speak the truth in love” with one another. Spiritual friends offer one another challenging truth, but also constant love as we grow-up in Christ.

Survival of the Mystics

November 19th, 2017

Keas Keasler

How do you spend the gap moments in your day? The 5 minute wait at the checkout line, short walk between appointments, or the countless other moments when you have nothing productive to do? Most of us passively look at our phones. In this sermon, guest preacher Keas Keasler shares about being a mystic – a person who is on friendly terms with God. In a culture that is prone to quick reaction, we desperately need followers of Jesus who are reflective contemplatives.
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