Sermons – Oconee Street UMC
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||Homily: Abiding in the Word||Jesus tells us in John 15:4 that “I am the vine, you are the branches.” Spiritual life is like a vine. And just as vines need pruning to stay in good health and bear more fruit, our spiritual lives need seasonal pruning. But we are not asked to do this task alone. God is the … Continue reading Homily: Abiding in the Word||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Homily: Inch Into The Light||During Lent, Oconee Street United Methodist Church will be focused around the theme of “Listen.” Sunday services will be built around this theme, allowing attendees an opportunity to listen and reflect on God. In lieu of a traditional sermon, Pastor Joe Gunby will offer a shorter “Homily,” implementing practices of Lectio Divina, a traditional Benedictine practice of … Continue reading Homily: Inch Into The Light||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Homily: The Sound of Silence||During Lent, Oconee Street United Methodist Church will be focused around the theme of “Listen.” Sunday services will be built around this theme, allowing attendees an opportunity to listen and reflect on God. In lieu of a traditional sermon, Pastor Joe Gunby will offer a shorter “Homily,” implementing practices of Lectio Divina, a traditional Benedictine practice … Continue reading Homily: The Sound of Silence||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sermon: Transfigured||The transfiguration story is a difficult one to grasp. However, perhaps we need to look at in a different way. Instead of looking at it like a journalist, trying to decipher the who, what, when, why and where, look at it like an abstract painting. Admire its beauty, and the meaning will come to you. … Continue reading Sermon: Transfigured||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sermon: Out of the Dark||In Mark 1:29, Jesus heals Mary — not with words — but with a touch. Later he goes into town, taking time to diagnose the problems with the afflicted. For those with physical problems, he heals them. For those with spiritual problems, he casts out the demons troubling them. And to this day, Jesus’ calm … Continue reading Sermon: Out of the Dark||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sermon: Holy One of God||Unlike Matthew and Luke, Mark opens his Gospel not with the birth of Jesus, but his baptism. And just a few verses later in chapter one, while preaching in a sanctuary Jesus casts out a demon from a possessed man. Many were surprised with the confidence with which Jesus did his work, and that he exhibited … Continue reading Sermon: Holy One of God||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sermon: Called For||In Mark 1:14-20, Jesus begins his ministry, but he knows if the work of God is to be accomplished on earth, he’s going to need help. He recruits Simon, Andrew, James and John to follow him. Sensing something special about Jesus, the four fishermen give up their careers and become his first disciples. Today, Jesus is … Continue reading Sermon: Called For||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sermon: A Crack in Everything||The Gospel of Mark is different from the other Gospels. Mark is obsessed with the idea of God “shaking things up.” Martin Luther King Jr. did not intend to be the Civil Rights icon he became. It was after he went to Montgomery to boycott bus segregation — and subsequently received death threats — that … Continue reading Sermon: A Crack in Everything||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sermon: Missed By Nine Miles||The wise men were just nine miles off the mark of finding the location of the birth of Jesus. Their astrological knowledge led them to Jerusalem, where they naturally thought the “king” would be born. However, when learning Herod had know knowledge of a new king, the wise men consulted Scripture, which led them to … Continue reading Sermon: Missed By Nine Miles||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sermon: Watch for the Hook||The American idea of “hope” is a concept that people use like a sweet jam, spread ever so lightly, over the bitter bread of injustice. We use sentimental language about the hope of the future as a way to ignore the injustice and oppression of the present. If we want to be honest about Scripture, … Continue reading Sermon: Watch for the Hook||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|