Sermon Podcasts

A Tale of Two Seeds

6/16/2024 – A Tale of Two Seeds

In our gospel text this morning, Jesus tells two parables about seeds. One of them we like a lot. The other one less so. But we need the messages of both to help us follow Jesus effectively. (Q&A about the possibility of moving begins at 21m 40s).

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The Truest Thing About You

6/9/2024 – The Truest Thing About You

In a world that often defines us by our mistakes and shortcomings, what if there was a truth about ourselves that we’ve been overlooking? Join us as we explore some thoughts from the book of Genesis that invite us to discover our true identity in a fresh and transformative way.

Our services are streamed every Sunday on our YouTube channel (https://ekklesiaraleigh.org/youtube). Join us Sundays online at 10:45am. Watch the archived recording of this message here: https://www.youtube.com/live/YpENUQtJNsc?t=1820s

Rats, Cheesecake, and Sabbath (and a special announcement)

6/2/2024 – Rats, Cheesecake, and Sabbath (and a special announcement)

Our lectionary texts this week focus on the Sabbath. Deuteronomy 5 tells us to observe the sabbath and keep it holy. But in Mark 2 and 3, Jesus finds himself in conflict over the sabbath. Was Jesus breaking the sabbath, or was he trying to show us a better way?

Our services are streamed every Sunday on our YouTube channel (https://ekklesiaraleigh.org/youtube). Join us Sundays online at 10:45am. Watch the archived recording of this message here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1v5cWlrUd0&t=1451s

Old and New Stories

5/19/2024 – Old and New Stories

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the day the church celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit in Acts chapter two. This is one of the stranger stories we encounter in the New Testament, but it turns out the symbols and phenomena in the story are pointing to deeper stories, both old and new.

Our services are streamed every Sunday on our YouTube channel (https://ekklesiaraleigh.org/youtube). Join us Sundays online at 10:45am. Watch the archived recording of this message here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j56qGa-wI6A&t=1972s

Rooted Yet Reimagined – and a great church launch postcard

5/12/2024 – Rooted Yet Reimagined – and a great church launch postcard

What can the early church teach us about navigating the tension between being rooted in tradition and simultaneously reimagining a more just expression of faith and church? Also, we will compare who had the better church launch postcard: Ekklesia or the early church.

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Secrets of the Vine

5/5/2024 – Secrets of the Vine

Our lectionary texts in the gospels last week and this week come from John 15. This remarkable chapter speaks about the nature of the Christian life through the metaphor of a vine and branches. What lessons can we learn about our lives from this important passage?

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Bakos and the Boundless Gospel

4/28/2024 – Bakos and the Boundless Gospel

In Acts chapter eight, an early follower of Jesus (Philip) meets an Ethiopian Eunuch (Bakos) and begins to understand just how big and expansive God’s boundless gospel actually is. The story challenges us to reconsider our own understanding of God’s radical welcome and inclusivity today.

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Laying Down Your Life

4/21/2024 – Laying Down Your Life

Our lectionary texts this morning focus on Jesus as the good Shepherd who lays down his life. What does it mean to lay down our lives for others in our faith, and how can the many faithful people throughout history inspire us to do so?

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When Shame Meets Jesus

4/14/2024 – When Shame Meets Jesus

After a crippled is healed at the temple gate, a crowd surrounds Peter and John astonished at what has happened. Just a few months earlier, Peter had denied Jesus 3 times. What happened between that moment and this one? What can we learn from Peter’s transformation and his appeal for the crowds to repent?

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A Life of Togetherness

4/7/2024 – A Life of Togetherness

Exploring the radical communal life of the early church in Acts, Pastor Greg discusses the possibility of modern Christians embracing similar togetherness in today’s world. (Plus, we get to learn some peculiar facts about some of our middle school and high school youth.)

Our services are streamed every Sunday on our YouTube channel (https://ekklesiaraleigh.org/youtube). Join us Sundays online at 10:45am. Watch the archived recording of this message here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9GQxgsatvU&t=1470s