June 9th, 2019
There is one primary truth that God calls his people to agree on – that every person has unsurpassable worth and value because they are made in God’s image and Christ thought they were worth dying for. This reality is the foundation for Christian justice. In this sermon, Matt examines Micah 6:1-8 and the prophet’s challenge to do justice. The church must be a mañana community, where the a bit of God’s tomorrow is experienced today.
It is easy to keep people at arms length, especially if they are different from us in some way. But Jesus teaches us to draw close to the hurting and vulnerable in the world. In this sermon, Lauren unpacks Matthew 25: 31-46 where Jesus tells His followers that whenever we care for “the least of these”, or those who are most marginalized in society, we actually are serving Him. Lauren examines ways we are called to be genuine and relational when we venture in to serve communities on the margins.
Working for holistic healing and justice is heavy, tiring, and disheartening work. How is this kind of work sustaining and life-giving? In this sermon, guest speaker Keisha Polonio challenges us to be diligent in prayer as we extend the justice renewal of God to the city. Prayer and intimacy with God is what sustains the life of a disciple of Jesus.
God is making all things new in this world. But what does that mean? How did Jesus’ life and ministry extend the renewal of God? In this sermon, Matt unpacks the way Jesus and the early church practice justice in the New Testament. Jesus critiques the injustices of his time but also offers an alternative community that lives into a new reality together.
Justice is a complex topic these days. Different political groups have different “justice issues” that they deem to be extremely important. But how does the Bible speak about justice? In this sermon, Matt starts off this new sermon series by unpacking the Old Testament’s vision for justice. God himself is renewing and restoring all things and calls his people to practice justice amongst themselves and extend his restoration to the entire world. (Note: the original live sermon was not recorded, so this recording does not include community dialogue)
April 28th, 2019
Easter has come and God is actively making everything new. Resurrection and renewal are the new normal. But how does renewal get worked out in everyday life? This week we hear renewal stories from three people in Rhythm. Listen to Evette’s journey with spiritual direction, Juan’s passion for creation care, and how Lauren is experiencing God as a new parent.
Every person has experienced being judged by another. And everyone of us has done our fair share of judging others. In a recent survey, 87% of nonChristians said they think Christians are judgmental. In this sermon, Matt examines Jesus’ teaching about how to experience freedom from judging others in Matthew 7:1-12. Jesus offers us a path towards viewing people like the Father sees them and loving them faithfully.
Worry and anxiety are a significant part of 21st century life. The media encourages us to worry about the circumstances of our lives, many have experienced trauma that creates anxiety, and millions of others struggle with mental illness. In this sermon, Matt examines Jesus’ teaching on worry from Matthew 6:25-34. Jesus invites us to experience freedom from worry as we seek the abundance and care of the Father and his kingdom.