We live in an extremely divisive time – the rhetoric and posture of our culture keeps people separated and alienated from one another. How does the gospel of the kingdom of God bring wholeness and relational recovery? In this sermon, Preachers Roundtable member Terri Dewey examines Acts 8:26-40 when Philip and an Ethiopian man have a divine encounter, and the good news of Jesus the Messiah moves out from Jerusalem into Africa. Learn with the Rhythm community how we can become bridges that share the gospel beyond our culture.
Behavioral change is extremely difficult for people. It’s tough to make concrete adjustments to our thinking, attitudes, and habits. It’s quite surprising when we see someone make a dramatic change in life – a complete 180 degree turnaround. In this sermon, Matt unpacks Acts 9:1-31, the story of Saul’s dramatic conversion and commissioning. This man’s life was dramatically changed through an encounter with Jesus.
January 13th, 2019
We like to be in control or at least to appear to be in control. Our ideas are the best, our virtues are the strongest, and our experiences are the most impressive. But the kingdom of God does not come through our control, strength, or wisdom but through the presence of Jesus. In this sermon, guest speaker Keisha Polonio examines 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 and Paul’s vision of embracing weakness and relying on Jesus.
God’s heart is for the entire world to know him, experience his life, and offer his peace to others. But our tendency is to stay in our tribes, distance ourselves from others who are different from us, and protect our own interests. In this sermon, Matt continues our series in Acts as the kingdom of God breaks into Judea and Samaria. Acts 8:1-25 is a story of the church experiencing persecution, and the kingdom breaking into the lives of the most unlikely people as a result.
December 30th, 2018
Reflection seems to be in short supply in Western society. Our frenzied pace of life, overstuffed schedules, and obsession with technological connection distracts us from prayerful examination of our lives. In this sermon, Matt reflects on God’s call to “examine and test our ways” in Lamentations 3:40 and leads us through a reflective exercise of 2018.
The Messiah is called “Everlasting” Or “Eternal Father” in Isaiah 9:1-7. The term “Father”, however, can bring up difficult past memories for some of us. In this sermon, Preacher’s Roundtable member Terri Dewey introduces us to our Everlasting Father, whose character is shown from the first to last pages of Scripture as unlike any of the fathers we have experienced. We are invited to trust his heart and choose to follow his ways, believing together in faith that his path for our lives in the present and eternal future is best.
Why do Americans love superheroes? There are probably many reasons, but primarily because we each have a deep desire to be saved, protected, rescued, and fought for. In this sermon, Preachers Roundtable member Gary Francis unpacks the second name that the prophet Isaiah used to describe the Messiah in Isaiah 9:6-7 – Mighty God. Jesus is a king who fights for the hearts and lives of the citizens of his kingdom.
Over 700 years before birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah spoke of a coming Messiah who would bring liberation to Israel and renewal to the entire world. In Isaiah 9:1-7, the prophet says that this Liberating King will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” In this sermon, Matt unpacks the first name that the prophet Isaiah used to describe the coming Messiah – Wonderful Counselor. Jesus enters into the world offering his presence, his guidance, and his resources. Because Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, we can live trusting his voice and direction.
Pastor Lauren unpacks the story of Stephen in Acts 6 and 7 and talks about the sacrificial, prophetic life he lived that eventually led him to become the first martyr of the church. As Stephen’s life is examined and parallels are found to the life Jesus led while on earth, Lauren challenges us to think about what sacrifice looks like in our own contexts as we live out missional lives in Miami. Lauren also reminds us of the promise Jesus makes to His disciples that He will be with them as they live out His mission.