May 5th, 2013
Miami has quite the reputation when it comes to sex. Our city ranks among the highest in sexual activity, lifetime sexual partners, and cohabitation among unmarried couples. Yet it’s no secret that people are experiencing a lot of confusion and brokenness because of this. In this sermon, Keas talks about the beauty and power of our sexuality, and why God asks us to reserve sexual expression for marriage. God is more about our good than we are – that’s why his guidance on sex is not arbitrary.
April 28th, 2013
Every culture defines cleanliness and dirtiness differently, and often people are included or excluded based on these definitions. Yet Jesus constantly went out of his way to include those who were considered dirty or outsiders. In this sermon, JR Woodward explains how God’s goal in history is the creation of an all-inclusive community of loving persons with Himself at its center. How then should this impact how we live in our city and whom we associate with?
April 21st, 2013
When it comes to pursuing pleasure, Miami gets it both right and wrong. God created life to be enjoyed – and our city has no problem with that. In Miami there’s always a party going on. The problem is when we look to worldly pleasures to satisfy the deepest thirst within us. In this sermon, Keas talks about how to enjoy creation and culture but never at the expense of enjoying our Creator. Not only through knowing Christ do we experience the fullness of pleasure, but knowing Christ makes every pleasure better.
April 14th, 2013
Miami celebrates the body’s beauty, mystery, and complexity, as well as all its perversions. The view of the body in any given culture has a story to tell about the society it lives in. So what kind of story is Miami telling through its view the body? In this sermon, Liz challenges Rhythm to adopt God’s high view of the body, which leads us to its ultimate purpose: to worship God, to love others fully, and to proclaim the resurrection of humanity through Christ.
April 7th, 2013
What does the resurrection of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago mean for how we live in Miami today? It means our lives ought to be permeated by hope. And not just personal hope but hope for our city, because God wants to do for the whole world what he did for Jesus on Easter. In this sermon, Keas talks about the transformation that’s possible because the tomb is empty, and how God has placed us in the middle of the city to practice resurrection.
March 31st, 2013
A covenant is a remarkable blend of love and law. It’s a relationship made more personal and intimate because it’s legally binding. And because it’s the deepest and most satisfying type of relationship, a covenant is what we need with God. When we enter into a covenant with God, we’re promising to be his people and live under his loving rule. But what happens when we fail to live up to these commitments? In this sermon, Keas talks about the startling way that God fulfills the promises of the covenant – both for God and for us.
March 24th, 2013
Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday sets the stage for his death and resurrection. In this sermon, hip-hop artist and pastor CZ prepares us for Holy Week by talking about the connection between Christ’s journey to the cross and the abundant life we now can experience. This abundant life was made possible because of God’s abundant love.
March 17th, 2013
We often don’t focus on the older son in the parable of the prodigal son, but his story is equally important. He’s presented as hardworking and upright, yet he’s just as lost as the prodigal son is. In this sermon, Keas talks about the elder son being more in love with the father’s stuff than with the father – and how all of our problems stem from this same disordered love with our heavenly Father. Will we realize that our real inheritance as Christians is God’s love? (Luke 15:11-32, part 2)
March 10th, 2013
In Jesus’ most famous parable, the prodigal son leaves home and goes to a far country in order to live it up and party with the world. A conversion begins to take place, however, when he realizes that the joy and pleasure he’s searching for can only be found in his father’s presence. And the conversion of his heart is complete when he sees his father make a fool of himself in order to receive him back. In this sermon, Keas explains how we’re all prodigal sons and daughters that the Father longs to bring back home. Will we realize that only his love can satisfy us? (Luke 15:11-32, part 1)