Our culture is obsessed with mystery and secrets. We have mystery novels, movies, and TV series. Paul says that the mystery of God has been revealed in Jesus and that all of his energies are focused on communicating the fullness of this message to the world. In this sermon, Matt examines Colossians 1:24-2:5 and how every aspect of Paul’s life and ministry points towards Jesus. The church is called to grow into the maturity that Paul worked for, experiencing the wisdom and knowledge of Jesus in beautiful ways.
Powerful stories are held together by familiar elements. They are told and retold with little deviation, so that the themes become rooted and grounded in the minds of the hearers. The church in Colossae was hearing the story of Jesus, but some new twists were being added that were changing the trajectory of the story. In this sermon, guest speaker Danny Perez examines Colossians 1:15-23, where Paul describes the supremacy of Christ and the power of his reconciling love. Paul is passionately contending for the centrality of Christ in all aspects of life.
The church in Colossae was really healthy by all accounts. There were cultural pressures that this young church was facing, but from Paul’s perspective, they were growing in Jesus. In this sermon, Matt begins the sermon series on Colossians by examining Colossians 1:1-14. Paul explodes with thanks to God for the faith, love, and hope that he has cultivated in this young church and he prays for them to be filled with the knowledge of Christ and the power to live for him.
God’s primary call to the church is to be about discipleship – both being a disciple of Jesus and making more disciples. This is what unifies the church and forms our central understanding of what it means to join with God in renewing the world. But how are each of us uniquely wired to contribute the most to disciple-making? In this sermon, Matt examines Ephesians 4:1-16 where Paul shares how Jesus gives the church apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers (APEST). Each of these people-gifts are needed and used by the Spirit to empower the church to accomplish the mission of Jesus in the world.
We all have a calling in life and this comes with different facets. We are first called to Jesus as His beloved and out of this place of intimacy with Him we can live out our vocational callings. However, what happens when we allow things to get in the way of our calling to Jesus as our first love? In this sermon, Lauren examines the idols of our culture and surrendering these so we can truly live out our first call to be in a loving and close relationship with Jesus. She explores the lives of Mary and Martha in Luke 10 and their different postures towards Jesus and how we find ourselves in these places as well.
A few times throughout the year, we invite a few people from Rhythm to share stories of what God has been doing in their lives. Psalm 92 says that those who are planted in the house of God will flourish. Listen to Jessica share about the joys and challenges of following Jesus with young children, Esther’s journey as a single woman, and how Francisco & Liz are prioritizing their marriage.
The Bible is composed of many different letters, writings, and poems but it has one primary, overarching story – it’s a story of God’s desire and mission to restore his creation. In this sermon, Matt examines Acts 4:1-22 and why the early disciples lived with such integrity, courage, & passion. These early church leaders lived with purpose and mission because they understood that they were part of this great mission of God. Now it is the church’s turn to carry this love story forward, living on mission in our city.
Conflict is part of life. There’s no avoiding the disagreements that we will have with one another, especially those closest to us. Followers of Jesus are called to engage in conflict in a way that honors Christ, the other person, and seeks to repair any pain that has been caused. In this sermon, guest speaker Lyle Green examines Ephesians 4:1-6 and other biblical texts that offer a practical vision for processing conflict in marriage. Our marriages flourish when God is put at the center and we are humble towards one another.