Wfupc Sermon Podcast

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Sinopsis

Questions about faith? Questions about life? Wondering how it all fits together? Come and join us as we unpack the Bible and seek the answers together! Like us on Facebook to partner and support us in our ministry!

Episodios

  • Pentecost Sunday

    23/05/2021 Duración: 19min

    Christians celebrate the Sunday of Pentecost as the birth of the Church, of God granting to the followers of Jesus Christ a place to belong. But for what purpose? Does the Church exist just to be a meeting place for God's people, just to be an institution to enforce and oversee the directives of God, or for something else entirely?

  • The Ascension of the Lord

    16/05/2021 Duración: 18min

    The end of the Easter season for the church comes with an event as miraculous as the one which started the season. The Church calls this day, “The Feast of the Ascension”. Remembering the act of Jesus ascending into heaven to take his place at God’s right hand. The disciples rejoiced and were happy when this happened, but should they have been? Isn’t losing your master and teacher something to feel anxious and fearful over? Or, was the reason why Jesus ascended to heaven the reason they had joy?

  • The Second Sunday of Easter

    11/04/2021 Duración: 18min

    We depend upon sight and proof in almost every aspect of our modern lives. Our pursuit of knowledge depends on our ability, and willingness, to see how the world operates. But in the resurrection, Jesus challenges that what we see and figure out rationally might not produce the result we want. How is it better to just depend upon faith and belief in the resurrection, and what does that do in our attempts to live and proclaim what we know?

  • Easter Sunday

    04/04/2021 Duración: 18min

    The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the apex of the Christian faith. It is a demonstration of what God has done out of his love for us. But it is also a miracle which we struggle with the most in understanding. The resurrection of Jesus from death is supposed to be good news to us, so why do we still struggle with accepting such an act? What does this new age of Christ’s rule mean? How does it invite us, in the lives we currently live, to be active participants within it?

  • Palm Sunday

    28/03/2021 Duración: 15min

    The celebration of Palm Sunday, and the events of the Passion, stand in complete contrast to one another. How can the same people who celebrated Jesus as the King of Israel also call for his torture and death? How can a people who said that Jesus had come in God’s name then call him a blasphemer? And if this is what our ancient faith ancestors did, what is it we are capable of? Do we repeat the events of Palm Sunday and Passion Week on a daily basis, and is Jesus’ example a way to end this tension in our souls?

  • The Fifth Sunday of Lent

    21/03/2021 Duración: 21min

    The pursuit of happiness and fulfillment in this life is sometimes a dead end. We desire a life without pain or suffering, but it is unavoidable when following the way of Jesus. Often the church teaches a Jesus who would rather make us happy, than stand with us in the storms of life. In his life and ministry, Jesus was willing to endure so much in order to reintroduce the people of Israel to the true God of their ancestors. What are we willing to do in order to receive, and accept, such a message?

  • The Fourth Sunday of Lent

    14/03/2021 Duración: 18min

    Everyone has a part of themselves they do not like, a past which makes them ashamed, which they fear makes the rest of society judge and shun them. They also make us see ourselves as broken, useless, and of no help to anybody. But God never uses our past to shame or punish us, but to uplift and help us realize what we truly need. In times of our own self-doubt, what will we look to which will shine our past in a more generous light?

  • The Third Sunday of Lent

    07/03/2021 Duración: 15min

    A jarring and scary thing to have happen is confronting someone you though you knew well, but who acts totally different. That is what happens this week in scripture with Jesus. We see him acting in a way which is totally contrary to how we imagine him! But sometimes, that bit of difference and challenge is needed for our lives. To make us focus on what we are representing, and what we value in our lives.

  • The Second Sunday of Lent

    28/02/2021 Duración: 16min

    Sometimes we all come across a piece of scripture which rubs us the wrong way. A part of the story of God which has caused misunderstanding for so long, and confusion for so many. But, by coming to it with a honestly of how we feel about it, and a willingness to see past how it has been used, can produce a faith and opportunity to grow beyond what we could imagine.

  • The First Sunday of Lent

    21/02/2021 Duración: 16min

    Lent is a time of discovery and focus, of understanding what God has said to us before and guided us when we were least expecting it. Some questions and understandings of the world might be seen as childish and naïve by some. But are they an opportunity to understand how the God of this world operates, what he offers in terms of healed and ordered world, and our part to play to make it a reality?

  • The Sixth Sunday of Epiphany

    14/02/2021 Duración: 16min

    Valentine’s Day is more than just a holiday of card, chocolates, stuffed animals, and fancy dinners. It reflects the idea of what we are willing to do as individuals, and as the people of God, to demonstrate our willingness to reflect his goodness. And going into the season of Lent, it is a challenge to each of us responding to God’s call in our lives: how are we willing to follow Jesus on his journey to the cross?

  • The Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

    31/01/2021 Duración: 17min

    Many of us think that knowledge alone is enough to handle a situation. All we need are all the facts, good observation, and a proper plan of action and we can fix anything! But what happens if there is a problem, a variable which we did not account for? What if it is a person who is getting in the way of our “perfect” plan? Is knowledge enough the do the work of God, or is there something more?

  • The Third Sunday of Epiphany

    24/01/2021 Duración: 16min

    With our nation in a moment of transition, and leadership change, it is a moment to stop and think about what it means to be one people. Unity is a word which has been thrown around as of late, but what does it mean? How do we unify as one people again? How can the people of God be one in the mission and calling God gives us?

  • The Second Sunday of Epiphany

    17/01/2021 Duración: 19min

    We celebrate the ability to say, and promote, our ideas and way of living before others. And we are angered when we are prevented from doing so, when we are censored by people who think they know better. But that is not a situation we must be angered by, or even fear. Our ability to live, our ways of living, the gifts of God given to us are able to be expressed in numerous ways. The question is: how will we choose to do so, and in a way that distracts the least from the true pursuit?

  • The Baptism of the Lord

    10/01/2021 Duración: 17min

    During times of nation crisis and confusion, as well as ambiguous leadership, people struggle to understand what they can do. We want to help, to offer aid and healing, but are unsure of what it looks like in a chaotic situation. But in the event of Jesus Christ’s baptism, the church receives a clue. In this revelation of God’s power and the Son of God’s identity, we understand the power and direction given to us so we might take on that challenge.

  • Order of Our Lives

    03/01/2021 Duración: 16min

    The season of Epiphany, the realization of God's promises to the world, comes just as we are entering a new year. Many want to forget about the things experienced in 2020, but is it in our best interest to do so? Do we ignore, or try to forget, the misfortune visited upon us? Or, look for where God is leading us in the midst of all that is chaos?

  • He Will Overcome!

    25/12/2020 Duración: 29min

    The telling of the Christmas story is one of the oldest traditions in the church, reminding each of us the way God has acted in our world for our good. But it is also a story that is supposed to bend and shape us, challenge and move us, as well as be a guide to us as we navigate the difficult parts of life. Above all it is a story that reminds us just how close God is near in our times of trouble and uncertainty.

  • Loving the Unknown

    20/12/2020 Duración: 17min

    The fourth week of Advent focuses on the idea of Love. In the rush to buy gifts, and organize events for the season, are we actually capturing meaningful celebration? Is love actually being expressed within our list of holiday chores? And what does love look like when our ways of expressing it are not possible?

  • Rediscovering Our Joy

    13/12/2020 Duración: 19min

    The third week of Advent focuses on Joy, but what does joy look like when we are prevented from doing the things we like or are happy with? Is joy the same as happiness? What does God grant us in order we might express joy in this season?

  • Firming Up Our Peace

    06/12/2020 Duración: 19min

    The second week of Advent focuses on the idea of peace. But what kind of peace? From what or whom? And what for? What does the peace of God look like when we still face fear and anxiety over situations in our world which no one can control?

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