Fear will drive us to do extreme things. Human beings avoid fear at all costs – we run from our fears, we ignore things that make us uncomfortable, we attack our fears in unhealthy ways. God wants to set us free from fear so we can live a life of freedom and joy. In this sermon, Preacher’s Roundtable member Chelsea Bulack examines Jonah 1:4-6 where Jonah chooses to sleep rather than face God in the storm. This story helps us to name our fears and the ways we tend to run from the deeper work that God wants to do in us.
September 24th, 2017
These are scary times with natural disasters, refugee crises, and rumblings of war — not to mention the storms of individual lives. As a displaced person, part of a defeated people, Ezekiel knew about difficult situations. His vision of God helps us put our problems into perspective. In this sermon, Rhythm’s Guidance Team and Preacher’s Roundtable member, Paul Olver unpacks the vision in Ezekiel 1:1-2:3a and applies it to our context. No matter what is happening around us, God is great, He is in charge, and He has a job for us to do.
September 3rd, 2017
The story of the prodigal son is the most well-known parable that Jesus told. This story captured the imagination of Jesus’ original audience and it continues to open up the possibility of redemption for us today. In this sermon, guest preacher Roxy Meyer unpacks this old story but in a new way. It really is not about the rebellion of the younger son or the resentment of the older son, but about the unconditional love and pursuit of the father.
We have all experienced unhealthy power dynamics. We have all had bad experience with authority figures. But can power and authority be used in a different way? In this sermon, Matt examines Matthew 9:1-8, where Jesus uses his power and authority to heal and restore a broken man. The gospel of Matthew claims that Jesus is the final power and authority in the world, which is good news because his authority is used to forgive, restore, heal, and empower.
The church is a family with a purpose – to form and grow disciples of Jesus. But how does this actually happen? Does Jesus give us any wisdom or instructions on how we make disciples? In this sermon, Matt unpacks Luke 10:1-24 and a recipe that Jesus gives us for making disciples in community. The church must pursue God’s mission together, in humility, with good news, and expecting God to move in powerful ways.
The New Testament uses several different metaphors to describe the church. Body. Bride. Building. But the most prevalent metaphor that the early church leaders used was family. The church isn’t a worship service to attend – it’s a family to belong. In this sermon, Matt explores Acts 2:42-47 and the family life of the first church in Jerusalem and the togetherness that God wants us to experience together. At the core of this family is also a significant purpose – to go and make disciples of Jesus. The family of God experiences life and power when we set our lives on this purpose together.
Human beings often have a difficult time remembering things. We forgot items to buy at the store or where we left our glasses. But what about remembering important moments in our lives where we experienced God in a powerful way? These are the most important events to remember, but we so often forget. In this sermon, Preacher’s Roundtable member Terri Dewey examines Psalm 78 which speaks of the significance of remembering God and his mighty deeds. This psalm shows us the power of remembering God’s presence and provision in our past, so that we can live in faith in our present.
The Psalms cultivate a rich, deep, authentic life with God in us. We learn how to know God deeply through these poems and songs of praise. But what about the dry seasons of life where God is distant and it’s hard to experience him? In this sermon, Matt unpacks Psalm 42 to give us vision about how to navigate these dry seasons. Everyone will experience dry seasons in their life with God and it’s important to know how to walk through them well.