May 19th, 2019
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.
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.
People love being recognized, valued, and held in esteem by other people. We strive for others to notice us and find us impressive. But Jesus offers us freedom from finding our worth in the perspective of others. In this sermon, Matt examines Jesus’ teaching on vanity and seeking our “reward” from the approval of others (Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18). A hidden life with God carries rewards that are beyond the applause of people.
We live in an angry culture. In fact, if you’re not angry about something then people wonder what’s wrong with you! “Aren’t you paying attention?!” In this sermon, Matt examines Jesus’ teaching on anger in Matthew 5:21-24. According to Jesus, anger is not a neutral force that can be wielded for good – it is a destructive power that hurts us and others. Jesus invites us to release the burden of anger and experience his freedom.
The Bible is composed of many different letters, writings, and poems but it has one primary, overarching story – it’s a story of God’s desire and mission to restore his creation. In this sermon, Matt unpacks the meta-story of the Bible and why the early disciples lived with such integrity, courage, & passion. The early church lived with purpose and compassion because they understood that they were part of this great mission of God. Now it is the church’s turn to carry this love story forward, living on mission in our city.
Our culture is more “connected” than ever before yet studies show that Americans are extremely lonely. In this sermon, Matt examines Luke 6:12-16 and Jesus rhythm of community and vulnerability. Doing life together is difficult but crucial if we are going to grow in Christ.