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Hickory Grove Sunday Sermon Podcast
37 minutes | Mar 15, 2020
Lent: Facing Toward God
Sermon Text: Deuteronomy 1:5-8, 26-40 | What you face toward says something about what you enjoy, love, like, and desire. And we’ve heard the voice of Christ. That gentle nudge of our King who has said, “Turn, turn your faces away and your backs on those things, and come, turn your face toward me and follow me.”
35 minutes | Mar 15, 2020
Lent: Journeys & Hungerings
Sermon Text: Exodus 34:1-9 | The story of Lent is the story of God communing with his people; and this God is gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and faithful.
33 minutes | Feb 23, 2020
Sermon on the Mount: The Road Not Taken
Sermon Text: Matthew 7:13-14, 24-29 | We've given Christ our allegiance and we’ve been sent forth on a Great Commission to teach others about the love displayed by the Father through the Son and in the Spirit. To be children of the King, to be the church, to be a community of Jesus, and to be citizens of the Kingdom means we must be willing to take the road not taken.
33 minutes | Feb 22, 2020
Sermon on the Mount: Worrying Hearts & the God of Rest
Sermon Text: Matthew 6:25-34 | Resting in Christ is an acknowledgment that he can handle our worries, that he can carry our troubles. He feeds the birds of the air and he clothes creation with splendor. He also hears your troubles and desires to carry your worries
35 minutes | Feb 10, 2020
Sermon on the Mount: Will the Real Church Please Stand Up?
Sermon Text: Matthew 6:1-18 | Jesus invites his people to a way of divine authenticity, a way that aligns our intentions of loving God to outward deeds of loving our neighbor.
35 minutes | Feb 2, 2020
Sermon on the Mount: Cheeks, Cloaks, & Compassion
Sermon Text: Matthew 5:38-48 | The Christian faith is dangerous. In fact, if we consider it comfortable, we might have accepted a diluted faith. A costly faith turns the other cheek, offers every garment of clothing, and loves enemies.
32 minutes | Jan 26, 2020
Sermon on the Mount: Entangled Hearts
Sermon Text: Matthew 5:27-37 | By Jesus' own description, we're all adulterers. Each of our hearts have run to another god, another relationship, another lover. But, how does grace redeem the wandering and wayward?
34 minutes | Jan 19, 2020
Sermon on the Mount: 21 Grams
Sermon Text: Matthew 5:21-24 | Jesus, in this passage, looks deeply at the human heart and invites his church to be honor, value, and respect every person, from womb-to-tomb.
34 minutes | Jan 12, 2020
Sermon on the Mount: The Small & The Smudges
Sermon Text: Matthew 5:17-20 | Ever wondered: Why does it matter if Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament? And if so, how does such a historic event change or even help my walk with God?
32 minutes | Jan 5, 2020
Sermon on the Mount: Cities of Salt & Light
Sermon Text: Matthew 5:13-16 | Jesus connects his metaphors of salt and light to the church's mission. But, we cannot see ourselves as salt and light without seeing Jesus as the true salt and light.
41 minutes | Jan 1, 2020
Sermon on The Mount: Jesus' Upside-Down Kingdom
Sermon Text: Matthew 5:1-12 | In this beginning of this sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount, we begin exploring the Beatitudes. We have conceptions of "being blessed" in America, but does Jesus have a different and alternative view on "being blessed"? I think we'll be surprised by what he has to say...
36 minutes | Dec 22, 2019
Stories, Stars, & Stuff of King Emmanuel
Sermon Text: Matthew 2:1-12 | The Magi wander to meet the King of the Israelites and the World. The Star (or Comet?) guides them to this newborn King, but maybe that celestial appearance is an invitation into the mystery of God becoming man that we might become like him.
32 minutes | Dec 22, 2019
Stuff: John's Wonderings
Sermon Text: Matthew 11:2-11 | John the Baptist's questioning of Jesus' identify as Messiah is much nearer to our hearts than we might suspect. Doubt creeps into our hearts and minds, but the comfort of our Emmanuel casts out those fears and doubts.
28 minutes | Dec 1, 2019
Stuff: The King Who Dwells With Us
Sermon Text: Isaiah 2:1-5 | As we move into the season of Advent, the Scriptures entice us to see ourselves inside the story of God. In this story, the King has come and he promises to come again. But, how might we use our "stuff" in-between these tensions?
31 minutes | Nov 24, 2019
Spiritual Disciplines: Thanksgiving
Sermon Text: Philippians 4:4-7 | Thanksgiving is more than a season for the church. It's an emotional response to Jesus' work, an ethical reflection of his life, and a worshipful exaltation of his name.
30 minutes | Nov 17, 2019
Spiritual Disciplines: Humility
Sermon Text: Luke 18:9-14 | For centuries in Christian History, humility has been considered the root of all the other virtues. In fact, Jesus reminds his church that religiosity doesn't please God; rather, God exalts humble hearts and meek postures.
36 minutes | Nov 10, 2019
Spiritual Disciplines: Reading Scripture
Sermon Text: 1 Timothy 4:8-16 | Reading Scripture is an essential practice for a Christian's spiritual development and growth. But 2 questions have to be asked: How is the church to read? And why does the church read?
36 minutes | Nov 3, 2019
Spiritual Disciplines: Putting On the Virtues of Jesus
Sermon text: 2 Peter 1:3-9 | How do we grow closer to Christ and how can our beliefs and behaviors be conformed to Jesus? Peter gives us cautions and invitations through these verses on the virtuous life of the church.
36 minutes | Oct 27, 2019
Wise Finances: Practicing God's Economy
Sermon Text: Romans 12:1-2; 14-21 | In this last sermon on wise finances, we're reminded that finances isn't primarily about balancing our bank accounts and more about giving ourselves over to the King and his economy.
28 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
Wise Finances: Trees, Treasures, & Scrooges
Sermon Text: Luke 12:13-21 | We may acknowledge that faith is active, because it participates in the continuing work of Christ. But where do our possessions and treasures fit into that continuing work? Instead of being modern-day Scrooges, this sermon explorers how we can invest our daily treasures obediently and expectantly, and do so without expecting a return.
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