30Aug

S6E07: Revival Starts Here (Camp Meeting)

Something happens when I preach at the Camp Meeting, and I suspect other preachers feel it as well.  In Pitman Grove, the Camp Meeting has been continuously held since 1871, and the motto has been "Pitman and Power."  It's not the power of the camp meeting or the people who run it, but the power of God's Holy Spirit at work in the hearts of those who adore him.  This message was preached last Sunday, August 26, the final Sunday of the 2018 Camp Meeting season, and all I can say is, the Holy Spirit is still providing power to preachers at the Pitman Grove Camp Meeting.  I couldn't wait to post this one, so I'm giving us a brief intermission in the Apostles' Creed service to bring you: "Revival Starts Here."  Enjoy.

Text: Psalm 84

Recorded at Pitman Grove Camp Meeting on August 26, 2018

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29Aug

S6E06: Conceived by the Holy Spirit (We Believe… Pt. 4)

As we continue our examination of the Apostles' Creed, we come to one of the most difficult affirmations for the modern believer, that Jesus was "Conceived by the Holy Spirit" and "Born of the Virgin Mary." Such things we would be tempted to write off as superstitious nonsense and mythos but we need to be reminded that in affirming this belief, what we are saying about the birth of Jesus is that it is very special, for a child born of a very special purpose, and that it was real - and also very human.

Text: Matthew 1:18-25

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on June 17, 2018

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27Aug

S6E05: Christ, Son, and Lord (We Believe… Pt. 3)

We begin looking at the Christology of the Apostles' Creed with three statements of who Jesus is.  First, he is Christ, the anointed of God.  Second, he is the only begotten son of God.  And third, he is Lord of all.  Third in the series on the Apostles' Creed.

Text: John 1:1-18

Recorded at Hudson UMC on June 10, 2018

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20Aug

S6E04: Maker of Heaven and Earth (We Believe… Pt. 2)

As we continue to examine our affirmation of faith, we turn next to the notion of God as "maker of heaven and earth." What does it mean that God is the creator of all things? What does it mean for us that we are part of His creation? And how does acknowledging God as creator of the universe affect our relationship with Him and with His creation: our home, the earth?

Text: Genesis 1:1-2:4

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on June 3, 2018

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16Aug

S6E03: God the Father, Almighty (We Believe… Pt. 1)

The Apostles' Creed is one of our most ancient statements of the Christian faith. It affirms our belief in the triune nature of God, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Many churches recite this affirmation of faith each week, but how often do we really consider the meaning of the words? Why did the ancient Christians determine the need for such a statement of faith, and what does it mean to us today? On this Trinity Sunday it seems only appropriate that we begin this series, "We Believe..." with a look at God the Father, Almighty, from the throne room vision of Isaiah the prophet.

Text: Isaiah 6:1-6

Recorded at Hudson UMC on May 27, 2018

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13Aug

S6E02: Devoted Wholly (Mark 5:21-43)

This year I celebrated the completion of five years of ministry in Auburn and Pedricktown, and the beginning of my sixth year under appointment to Ebenezer UMC and Hudson UMC. Rather than reflect on my own work I thought it best to look at the ministry of the church, what God has been doing with us and through us, and to look at our ministry next to the lessons we can learn from today's scripture from Mark. Jesus was constantly being pulled in a thousand directions, and yet for each person who sought him, he focussed solely upon the immediate need and made that person feel as though they were the only person he was ministering to. Even when the demands of many pressed around him, he still took time to ask the question, "Who touched me?" Not to accuse, but to focus on that one person. We can learn a lot from this simple act of personal attention.

Text: Mark 5:21-43

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on July 1, 2018

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8Aug

S6E01: Pentecostal Power! (Acts 2:1-21)

We begin our sixth season of the Guerrilla Christianity podcast with a deeper look at the Holy Spirit.  We see the Holy Spirit at work in the pages of the Bible, and we know He is at work in us as believers in Jesus Christ.  What exactly does "Pentecostal Power" mean?  How can the Holy Spirit of God move in us to bring about glory for God as never seen before?  We look at the first Christian Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles in the upper room, and when three thousand people were converted to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Text: Acts 2:1-21

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on May 20, 2018

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