Rhythm is a non-denominational Christian church in Miami, Florida. There are a few key things that define us. We’re a community of people following Jesus and living in the rhythm of God’s kingdom. Below we offer further explanation on what we mean by this. We also invite you to come to Sunday Worship or one of our groups since the best way to get to know our community is to spend time with us.
The common life we share as a community revolves around the practice of loving God and loving others. These two movements – worship and mission – form a rhythm that we believe embodies the great commandment Jesus gave us, to “love the Lord your God with all you are and love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Just as the human body lives by the back and forth breathing movements of inhaling and exhaling, so our church as an expression of Christ’s body lives by the back and forth movements of worship and mission. Therefore, our “church” is not a building nor a worship service, but a community of people aligning themselves to this common rhythm, or way of life, that extends beyond Sunday worship and is devoted to loving God and loving others.
When Jesus formed the church he was forming a new social reality. Different people from diverse backgrounds are brought into one family – what scripture calls the “body of Christ” – and our community is a local expression of this reality. Living in an individualized and superficial society, we’re learning how to walk with others in intimacy and authenticity. This includes carrying each other’s burdens, sharing our possessions, and being connected in a way that we feel the joys and sorrows of one another. The way of Jesus cannot be lived alone.
At the heart of our community is the person Jesus Christ. We believe Jesus is the fullest expression of who God is and what his love is like. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are at the center of everything we do, both our celebrations and struggles. Jesus came so that we might live life to the fullest, and we believe this abundant life is found in following and patterning our lives after him. Therefore, by God’s grace and Spirit, we strive to be faithful disciples, to be a people who resemble Jesus in lifestyle, beliefs, values, and love. So a question we’re continually asking ourselves is, “What does it look like to follow Jesus in this time and place?”
The broken world we live in and the fractured humanity we’re a part of are not the way things are supposed to be. The good news, however, is that God has not given up on his creation but is at work, bringing the world back to rights. The Hebrew prophets articulated this hope as shalom and Jesus spoke of it as the “kingdom of God,” a term that appears on his lips over ninety times in the gospels. The scope of God’s restorative work cannot be described too comprehensively, for his dream is to redeem the cosmos to its very edges. God desires to bring all people and creation back into harmony with himself and to fill the whole earth with his glory and presence. Beginning with Israel and continuing with the Church, God has always used a people to bring about his good purposes. We believe God is inviting us to join him in the renewal of all things. We work for God’s kingdom and spread his shalom, both individually and as a whole, in a myriad of ways – from creating beauty and speaking truth to extending God’s justice and compassion to the poor and oppressed in our city and world. So a question we’re constantly asking ourselves is, “What would it look like for God’s reign to be fully realized in our neighborhood?”