Sermon Podcasts

The Seven Churches of Revelation – Part 6 – The Church at Sardis

The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 6 – The Church at Sardis

Revelation 3:1-6. The church at Sardis has a problem. At one time, they were awake, alive, vibrant and living a Kingdom-life! But over time, they’ve fallen asleep. Could it be this isn’t just an ancient story or plot line? are we still in danger of falling asleep?

The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 5 – The Church at Thyatira

6/4/2017 – The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 5 – The Church at Thyatira

Revelation 2:18-29. Ancient Thyatira was a less notable city than the first three in Revelation, but it was still a place of great tension and temptation for the early church. In response, Jesus uses the OT character of Jezebel to challenge the church to remain faithful.

The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 4 – The Church at Pergamum

5/28/2017 – The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 4 – The Church at Pergamum

Revelation 2:12-17. The church at Pergamum has found itself increasingly indistinguishable from its surrounding culture by following “the teaching of Balaam.” What is the warning in this text for us?

The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 2 – The Church at Ephesus

5/14/2017 – The 7 Churches of Revelation – Part 2 – The Church at Ephesus

Revelation 2:1-7. There were many things to commend the church at Ephesus, except the most needful thing. Love. As a church that has parted ways with poor expressions of fundamental evangelicalism, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of self-commendation, but yet forget to love.

The Lord’s Prayer – Part 6 – Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

4/2/2017 – The Lord’s Prayer – Part 6 – Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

Matthew 6:5-15. To pray “forgive us our debts” we need to recognize we have them: debts. And the mandate “to forgive our debtors” can be particularly challenging, especially when those wounds were caused within the church.

The Lord’s Prayer – Part 4 – Thy Kingdom Come

3/19/2017 – The Lord’s Prayer – Part 4 – Thy Kingdom Come

Matthew 6:5-13
There are political ramification to this phrase in Jesus prayer: to pray for a Kingdom to arrive other than the kingdom that is. The language Jesus used and the life he lived challenged and spoke prophetically into the political reality in which he lived. As followers of Jesus, perhaps we are meant to do the same.

The Lord’s Prayer – Part 3 – Hallowed Be Thy Name

3/12/2017 – The Lord’s Prayer – Part 3 – Hallowed Be Thy Name

Matthew 6:5-13
“Hallowed be Thy name” is a phrase which seems to have lost its meaning. We say the words in the Lord’s Prayer, but they roll off the tongue with little thought or consideration. What does it mean to “Hallow” God’s name? And what is God’s name?

The Lord’s Prayer – Part 2 – Our Father in Heaven

3/5/2017 – The Lord’s Prayer – Part 2 – Our Father in Heaven

Matthew 6:5-13. Oft repeated words begin to sound like nursery rhymes instead of something that might hold depth, truth and the power to change us. This week we dive into the opening words of Jesus prayer. Our Father in heaven.

The Lord’s Prayer – Part 1 – Introduction

2/26/2017 – The Lord’s Prayer – Part 1 – Introduction

Matthew 6:5-9. As we begin a new series on the Lord’s Prayer we must first ask about the context Jesus teaches the Prayer in. What was the lead-up that led him to share this laconic but powerful prayer? More importantly, what does it mean to go into your room, close the door, and pray?

The Good Samaritan – Part 2 – The Improbable Priest

2/19/2017 – The Good Samaritan – Part 2 – The Improbable Priest

Luke 10:25-37. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus venerates the Samaritan above the Priest and the Levite, but the manner in which he does so requires careful attention or we will miss the most beautifully shocking part of the story.

Refresh 2017 – Part 4 – Money

2/5/2017 – Refresh 2017 – Part 4 – Money

Luke 11:33-42. “Church and Money.” When these two words appear in the same conversation, things can get heated. In this sermon, we attempt to challenge financial abuse within the church, and to look with fresh eyes at Jesus clear call to generosity (both individually and corporately).

Advent 2016 Just Christmas – Part 1 – Hope (A Thief, a Desert, and a Manger)

11/27/2016 – Advent 2016 Just Christmas – Part 1 – A Thief, a Desert, and a Manger

Matthew 24:42-44; Mark 1:4-8; Luke 2:6-7. A thief in the night. A wild-man in the desert. And a manger in a stable. These are three very curious ways to speak of Christ’s Advent – the arrival of hope.

Philippians – Part 6

11/20/2016 – Philippians – Part 6

Philippians 4:4-13. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” This is probably the most well-known verse in Philippians … and perhaps the most oft quoted verse of all of Paul’s writings. It is also probably the most abused and misused. A look at this verse in context sheds new light and understanding.

Philippians – Part 5

11/13/2016 – Philippians – Part 5

Philippians 3:1-14, 17

In the early church, the Jewish Religious leaders were trying to impose rules and customs upon the Gentile believers for them to truly belong. How might this story help us respond in a healthy way to last week’s election and to move forward in health, grace and unity?

Family Meeting 11/06/2016

11/06/2016 – Family Meeting

From time to time, we as a church family need to pause and talk about things. Often these family meetings are practical in nature. This one was much more personal (and emotional). If you consider Ekklesia your church home and you missed last Sunday, please click the link below and listen when you have a few minutes. Thanks.

Philippians – Part 3

10/23/2016 – Philippians – Part 3

Philippians 2:1-11

After challenging the Philippians to live lives worthy (politeuo in Greek) of the Gospel, Paul begins to show them what this looks like. No passage articulates Jesus’ upside-down kingdom better than Phil. 2:1-11, a hymn and a challenge to consider the needs of others above yourselves.

Philippians – Part 1 – Live Your Life Worthy

10/02/2016 – Philippians – Part 1 – Live Your Life Worthy

Philippians 1:1-11, 27-30

In the opening chapter of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he uses a unique word with political overtones when he says, ·live your life worthy of the gospel.” What could this mean for us today in the midst of this heightened political season?

Trinity – Part 3 – The Son

09/18/2016 – Trinity – Part 3 – The Son

Colossians 1:15-20
In the early Christian creeds, much more attention is given to the identity and nature of the Son than the Father and the Holy Spirit. This tells us something important about both culture and faith!

Trinity – Part 2 – The Father

09/11/2016 – Trinity – Part 2 – The Father

Luke 15:17-24. “Our Father” is perhaps our most commonly uttered heaven-bound phrase. It is ubiquitous within our faith. And in its ubiquity, it has simultaneously come to mean both too much and too little. This sermon is an exploration of both: how it means too much, and how it means too little.

Trinity – Part 1 – The Mystery (an overview)

09/04/2016 – Trinity – Part 1 – The Mystery (an overview)

Readings: The Nicene Creed and John 14:15-20.
It isn’t just the New Testament that gives hints of a mysterious, multifaceted, three-in-one God. While we will never be able to explain the trinity, we can explore it humble, embracing mystery.

An Illustrated Earth – Part 12 Parable of the Lost Sheep

08/28/2016 – An Illustrated Earth – Part 12 – Parable of the Lost Sheep

Luke 15:1-7
When Jesus tells the parable about the shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep while searching for the 1 lost sheep, it’s about so much more than “insiders” and “outsiders.” It’s a story that addresses bigotry and classism in a powerful and relevant way.

An Illustrated Earth – Part 11

08/21/2016 – An Illustrated Earth – Part 11 – Jonah and the Great Fish (plus: stories from Guatemala)

Jonah 1:1-4, 10-17
The story of Jonah was written during the Judean exile in Babylon to show there is another way (not just war and retribution) to deal with enemies. (Plus: Our 2016 Mission Team returned from Guatemala with stories to share from their visit in La Limonada)

An Illustrated Earth – Part 9 – Creation of the Animals

08/07/2016 – An Illustrated Earth – Part 9 – Creation of the Animals

Genesis 1:20-25
Context is everything. The creation story of Genesis 1 (notably different from the creation story in Genesis 2) is a poetic, worshipful liturgy that came into being the midst of oppression. How does knowing the context shape our understanding?

An Illustrated Earth – Part 8 – Parable of the Soils

07/24/2016 – An Illustrated Earth – Part 8 -Parable of the Soils

Mark 4:1-9
The parable of the soils is one of the most well-known of Jesus parables. A common mis-reading of this story interprets it as about evangelism … but what if it’s bigger and better? What if it isn’t about the “unsaved” but about me?

An Illustrated Earth – Part 7 – Sabbath Rest for the Land

07/17/2016 – An Illustrated Earth – Part 7 – Sabbath Rest for the Land

Leviticus 25:1-7
In the middle of Leviticus, there is an odd command for the Israelites to give the land a Sabbath rest every 7 years. What is the deeper meaning of this commandment, and what could it possibly mean for us today?

An Illustrated Earth – Part 6 – Feeding the 5000

07/10/2016 – An Illustrated Earth – Part 6 – Feeding the 5000

Matthew 14:13-21
The story of the feeding of the 5000 is conspicuously preceded by another feeding story – the story of King Herod throwing a banquet for high ranking officials. These two stories juxtaposed against the other provide interesting insights for us today.

An Illustrated Earth – Part 3 – The Woman at the Well

06/19/2016 – An Illustrated Earth – Part 3 – The Woman at the Well

Matthew 3:13-17
We’re not all that different from the woman at the well. Like her, we are all prone to looking for life / meaning / hope in places other than Christ. How can the Samaritan’s encounter with Jesus encourage us in our search for life?

Reconciled – Part Two – Right Road. Wrong Direction.

05/29/2016 – Reconciled – Part 2 – Right Road. Wrong Direction.

Mark 10:35-45
A message by special guest, Dr. Telika McCoy. When James and John asked Jesus to sit at his right and his left in glory, their request wasn’t entirely wrong. They were on the right road, but headed in the wrong direction.

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