Sermons on Spiritual Growth (Page 2)

Sermons on Spiritual Growth (Page 2)

Holy Rumbling: Courage, Conflict, and Vulnerability

In our story this week, God calls Samuel and asks him to deliver harsh words of rebuke to his mentor Eli the priest. Watch Pastor Billy will reflect on how we can learn from Samuel’s example and have honest conversations ourselves that are grounded in courage and vulnerability.

Does God Look Away? Does God Forget Us?

Throughout the Bible, we hear of people experiencing God as absent. This is hard because we prefer to believe God is ever-present. How can we honor this scriptural testimony about God’s absence while seeking and finding God’s presence with us always?

Dealing with People Who Don’t Play by Your Rules

How do we deal with people who don’t play by the rules we thought everyone had agreed upon? Rebekah is a woman with a message from God in a patriarchal society. She has to resort to deception to realize God’s message. Can we ever meet Rebekah’s example and learn how to nurture God’s blessings?

Did God Really Want Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac?

Does God really ask Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? Or is there a deeper challenge in the story of Genesis 12:1-14? Pastor Billy will preach on what we can all learn from Abraham and Isaac’s encounter with God (spoiler alert: killing your children is not what God wants).

What Should We Be Grateful For?

We all know we should be grateful and probably more grateful than we are. But, are some things in our ethically complicated world less fruitful as objects of our gratitude? And are something things very fruitful?

What Does it Mean to Be Kind?

In the latest installment of our Summer Stories Sermon Series, Govans member, Carolyn Anewich asks what does it mean to be kind? Using the book, Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller as a starting point, Carolyn draws from her own personal experience to show how kindness can transform our world.
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