Like the influenza virus, affluenza is a serious danger in our society – and can be deadly to our souls. Affluenza is living like money and possessions are the most important things in life. In this sermon, Guidance Team and Preacher’s Roundtable member Paul Olver shares the treatment protocol from the Apostle Paul’s teaching in his letters to the Corinthians. Giving – especially regular and systematic giving — is the innocculation and cure for affluenza. Giving starts with God, connects us to community, checks our hearts, and sets us up to receive.
Most people in the world spend a tremendous amount of time doing some kind of work. But we all have issues with work, don’t we? In this sermon, Matt explores a biblical perspective on work and how this shapes our understanding of money from a kingdom perspective. If we have trouble trusting God with our financial resources then we may also have an inaccurate understanding of the work God invites us to do.
Miami is a city full of energy, fun, beauty, and diversity. But yet, we see traces of discontentment all over this wonderful city. What can it look like for the church to offer a different way of relating to our finances and possessions? In this sermon, Matt examines 1 Timothy 6:6-10 and Paul’s vision for pursuing contentment with our financial resources. It is possible to live a content life in God, trusting our Father to provide for our needs.
Continuing in our Realign series on finances, we explore the topic of contentment in Jesus and how it relates to our finances. In this sermon, Lauren explore Philippians 4 and the life of Paul while he was in prison. Paul challenged other Christians to seek contentment in Jesus no matter their circumstances. In order to experience contentment with our finances, we need to examine the lies and truths we often believe about ourselves and God when we think about money and possessions.
January 7th, 2018
Who are we and where are we going? These are the two questions that every community has to answer in order to have unity, focus, and health. In this sermon, Matt reflects on the core essentials of Rhythm’s identity and examines John 20:19-23 as we move forward in a unified purpose. Rhythm is called to form and grow disciples on mission that live in the power of the Spirit.
As we encounter the Christ we have a kairos moment of wonder and our true selves are revealed. The story of the Magi in Matthew 2 visiting Jesus reminds us that God is actively at work calling us to into a deeper understanding of him, ourselves, and the world. And as we learn more about who our God is through Christ, we learn about the great beauty around us. In this sermon, Preacher’s Roundtable member Esther Knicely reminds us to step into the new year of 2018 with a deeper sense of belief in a God who is weaving an incredible and wonder-filled story in which we play a key role both as individuals and as a community.
Instant gratification is the way our culture operates. We want things now and we want them to work properly. But the Bible paints a picture of us waiting – it is crucial for our deepening life together. In this sermon, Matt examines Luke 2:22-40, specifically the characters of Simeon and Anna. When they saw Jesus, both Simeon and Anna responded with praise and mission that flowed out of a lifestyle of waiting.
Control and power is something that human beings seek and strive to attain. We live with the illusion that we have control over our lives until something threatens our power. In these Kairos moments, God invites us to submit and surrender any power we have to Jesus. In this sermon, Matt examines Matthew 2:1-18 when Herod experiences a kairos moment. Like Herod, our tendency is to resist giving up control, but this type of posture only brings destruction and despair.