January 7th, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
November 26th, 2017
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.
November 19th, 2017