September 8th, 2019
Integrating our faith in Christ with what we do from 9-5 everyday is a challenge for most Christians. In this sermon, we hear John Fernandez, Stephanie Chery, and Evette Alexander share stories of the pain and possibilities of following Jesus at work. The kingdom of God is growing in our workplaces and we get to partner with Jesus in our work.
August 25th, 2019
It is easy to compartmentalize different aspects of our lives into “spiritual” and “secular.” Many of us do this in order to gain a sense of control over the complexity of our lives. We have a particular tendency to do this regarding the work we do during the week. What could it mean for followers of Jesus to integrate their faith and their work? What kind of impact could that have on our lives and the type of work that we do? In this sermon, Matt examines Genesis 2:4-20 and explains how God went about his creation work, how humans continue God’s work in the world, and what it can look like for us to collaborate with God in our work.
Ezekial 11:19 states that God will give us an undivided heart, a heart of flesh instead of a heart of stone. Jesus is the fulfillment of this prophecy in Ezekial, for he leads the way for us to give ourselves more fully over to God. In this sermon, Preachers Roundtable member Esther Knicely explores when we pursue God with our entire heart like this community in Acts 19, a heart that is undivided in it’s loyalties, we open up a space for God to confront the darkness in this world as we live more fully into our created purpose.
August 4th, 2019
At its core, mysticism is the spirituality of all religion. In this sermon, guest speaker Danny Prada of Heartway Church takes us back to the true essence of Christian faith and practice: Mysticism. Listen and learn some guidelines for incorporating this often forgotten practice into our daily lives in order to experience a deeper life with God.
It is easy to see things in dualistic terms – something is right or wrong, black or white. But the Christian life is centered around the reality that God is always at work in people and places. In this sermon, Preachers Roundtable member Juan Cespedes explores how Paul engages with the city of Athens in Acts 17:16-34. Paul models for us how to engage and affirm what God is doing in people’s lives, while also pointing to Jesus as the source of life.
Humans love to feel in control and we usually resist anything that seems to threaten our plans and priorities. Yet God seems to often interrupt our plans and invites us to pivot with him. In this sermon, Matt explores Acts 16:11-40 when Paul and his companions experience 3 holy interruptions in Philippi.
How do we respond to praise and to whom do we ascribe worth? The Christian life is filled with the temptation to put ourselves at the center and not God. In this sermon, Preacher’s Roundtable member Esther Knicely explores Acts 14:8-20 that describes when a crowd try to turn Paul and Barnabas into gods. Three lies of identity – when others make us gods, when we make ourselves god and when others become our gods – can desensitize us to what is right and wrong when on mission. It is only when we are centered in Jesus and his love that mission naturally becomes an overflow of our knowledge of who God is and our identity in him.
God is actively renewing all things through the Spirit and his church. We are invited to participate in God’s restoration project – to do justice in our relationships and the world. In this sermon, Matt interviewed 3 people who are working for justice in the greater Miami area – Angel from Touching Miami with Love, Jorge from Mennonite Central Committee, and Nadia from Glory House. Listen and learn about what it can look like to practically do justice in our city.