Welcome to the audio podcast of Erwin Raphael McManus, the Lead Pastor and founder of MOSAIC, a community of faith in Los Angeles California. Known for their innovation, creativity, and artistry, MOSAIC has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. Erwin Raphael McManus communicates on culture, creativity, change, and leadership and is widely known as a thought-provoking communicator, poet, and wordsmith. For more information and to stay up to date with Pastor Erwin and MOSAIC please visit http://www.mosaic.org or download the Mosaic app.
Who Are You Taking With You?
In this week’s insightful new message from Ecclesiastes, Lead Pastor Erwin McManus teaches us the power of choosing others instead of simply living for ourselves.
The passage focuses on the life of Solomon, who found that at the end of his time on Earth, the one thing more precious than wisdom or gold was relationship. Pastor Erwin shares that those who fail are not those who fall down, but those who fall down without having anyone there to pick them up because they never took the time to invest into building those relationships beforehand.
We move forward by moving together as a community. Solomon is a reminder in the scriptures that we can have everything and still have nothing when we live a life of isolation.
Pastor Erwin encourages us to be a people who choose to stick with the people God has placed in our lives. He reminds us as the church, that we were meant to walk through the battles of life together.
If you are someone who is waiting for community to come to you, this message will encourage you to instead seek out community!
The End of Fear
What are we so afraid of? In this reflective conversation, Mosaic Lead Pastor Erwin McManus helps us unpack how fear impacts our lives and can paralyze us from stepping into the future we long for.
He encourages us to look at fear differently. What if our fear is not situational but simply a reality we have allowed to rule us from the inside-out? What if the things we are most afraid of are simply the objects we project our innermost fears onto? What if living courageously was a choice?
In Joshua chapter 1, God commanded Joshua and his people to be strong and courageous. This means choosing courage is not simply a suggestion God gives us, but a command. And though many of us have created lives that are tailor-made around our fears, Pastor Erwin proposes that the life God has for us will force us to walk into the center of our fears.
When Jesus died on the cross, he declared to humanity that even death was not something to be feared. When we are aware of how deeply loved we are by God, we experience a boldness that sends us into our deepest fears with a heart full of courage. As we look to the example of Jesus, we are compelled to choose a life filled to the brim with courage and strength.
The Genius Of The Beautiful
Can beauty save the world? In this conclusion to ‘The Genius of Jesus’ series, Mosaic Lead Pastor Erwin McManus leads us to discover how the beauty of God is reflected in everything he creates.
From the beauty of nature to the intricate textures of different foods, we see that God did not create with a singularly utilitarian perspective. God wove beauty in as an essential part of creation. Though some may struggle with the thought that a good God exists in a world full of tragedy, we see in Ecclesiastes 3 that God makes everything beautiful in its time.
The human story is this: God was the author of beauty, and we introduced tragedy into the human story. When we give God permission to enter into our story, we give him the ability to create something beautiful out of our lives - even our most broken pieces. God wants to give us a taste for what is truly beautiful. And this is a life that is fully surrendered to the genius of God’s beauty.
At the intersection of humanity’s greatest tragedy and God’s undeniable beauty, the cross became the ultimate expression of the genius of Jesus. Don’t miss this impactful and resonant message that will lead you into the genius that only Jesus can offer – the genius of being fully human again.
The Genius Of The True
In week four of our The Genius of Jesus series, Mosaic Lead Pastor Erwin McManus answers the question of what real truth looks like, and how to find it in your life. Pastor Erwin explains that truth is essential for living a life that is trustworthy.
He shares that many of us have been confronted by someone who risked their relationship with us to tell us a hard truth. And though truth can be difficult to hear, he candidly shares that he hopes to never be someone that God thinks cannot handle the truth.
In a conversation between Jesus and Pontius Pilate in Matthew 27, Pilate asks Jesus "What is truth?" Jesus had shared with Pilate that his purpose in coming to the earth was to testify to the truth. In that moment, the essence of truth was looking right at Pilate; truth is not simply based on information, but on one person who is the source of all truth. That person is Jesus.
Don’t miss this incredible installment in The Genius of Jesus series!
The Genius Of The Good
In week three of his Genius of Jesus series, Pastor Erwin McManus brings us an important message that redefines how we value what is good. Despite a cultural focus that focuses on doing what is ‘right’ over everything else, Pastor Erwin reminds us that Jesus was not concerned with doing what was most right, but what was most good.
Drawing from 1 Kings, Pastor Erwin brings us into a story of two women who were fighting over a child that they both claimed was their own. This story reveals the genius of the good, as Solomon wades through the confusion of one woman’s treachery and reaches the heart of the matter. He suggests cutting the baby in half for each mother to have a part; the true mother is revealed as she begs that the child be given to the other woman, ensuring it can stay alive.
Pastor Erwin shares that a church culture which is focused on sin, or never doing what is wrong, has missed a crucial point of the scriptures. He shares a lesson learned from personal experience that when he focused less on his bad habits and more on doing good, he ran out of time for the wrong things. He explains that doing good is always based on one’s essence and not their performance.
If you’ve been struggling to figure out what the next right thing is for your life, this message will compel you toward the good!
The Genius of Power
In an important new message from his ‘Genius of Jesus’ series, Pastor Erwin McManus compels us to see the purpose of power differently. Based on the principles Jesus presents in Matthew chapter 5, this message unpacks what it means to use power to sacrificially serve those around us.
Though human history is filled with examples of power being misused, Pastor Erwin emphasizes that Jesus radically shifted what it meant to live powerfully with his teachings. Jesus empowers us to live a life of service to others and never a life of obligation. When we live a life of intention, determined to live in the power of service to others - there’s simply nothing others can take from us that we’re not already willing to give away.
If you’ve been wondering how you can take control of your power to fuel your genius, this message is for you!
Amazing insight and application for life
I have have been listening for quite a few years now and I feel it just keeps getting better and better. Such great application and perspective from God’s word for life. God has used the teachings and sermons of Erwin McManus (and the Mosaic family) so many times to bless, inspire and lift me out of distraction, darkness or apathy!
Thanks for NI
We’ve been listening for quite a while, but since lockdown we’ve been actively sitting down as a family to watch the online services. I normally then also listen again during the week. We all love the sermons!
Been listening to these podcasts a few years now. Heartfelt, sincere.
(Loss the synth background music to the final comments and prayer) - that level of power doesn’t need a backing track).