Shalom UMC Podcast

Weekly sermon podcast from Shalom United Methodist Church in Carroll, OH

Responding to Grace

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Week 3 of "A Perfect Love" - Scripture Focus is Deuteronomy 6:1-9.

Christian perfection is summarized by one word: love. To be “perfect” (to be complete) in our faith is to love God all the time. It is our response to all that God has done for us. Love is a response to grace, a devotion to God alone.

A Perfect Love - Connected

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Week 2 of "A Perfect Love" - Scripture focus is Isaiah 5:1-7.

What does it mean to be created by God so that we might flourish? We often fail to live up to the standard by which we were created ("in God's image"), but God’s grace enables us to be who God created us to be. When we remain connected and rooted in God’s love made known to us in Jesus Christ, we can produce good fruit – a reflection of God’s love for everything God has created.

 

A Perfect Love: Being Complete

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Week 1 of series "A Perfect Love" - Scripture focus for the week is Matthew 5:43-48.

What do you think about when you hear the word “perfect”? What does it mean that Jesus told his followers to “be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). What does it mean to be perfect/ to strive for perfection? How is God’s perfection reflected in our lives? Well, the answer for that is love.

Well Pleased

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Baptism of the Lord Sunday (1/12/20). Scripture Focus: Matthew 3:13-17. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptizer in the River Jordan, God spoke from heaven and told the people watching that Jesus is, "[God's] Son, the Beloved, with whom [God is] well pleased." God is well pleased with us, too, as we seek to follow Jesus. Our baptisms help us to know and remember God's grace poured out into our lives.

Another Road

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Epiphany Sunday 2020. Scripture focus: Matthew 2:1-12. What do the Magi (kings, wise men, etc.) have to teach us about the birth of Jesus? How do their lives change from coming to worship the newborn king? And how can our lives change when we come to bow before Jesus, the one who was born to save us from our sins?

Christmas Joy

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Sunday after Christmas 2019. Scripture focus: Psalm 98. How does Christmas help us find joy in each day? What help does God give us to find joy and live a life of praise?

Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve 2019 - What does the story of Christmas tell us of how God works in the world (and our lives)? Why is it important to live like everyday is Christmas? 

Expectations

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Week 4 of "Because of Bethlehem". Scripture focus: John 1:1-18. How do our expectations for a Savior affect how we see Jesus? Do we even know why we wait, or what we are looking for? Christmas isn't just about what happened in a stable in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, it is about who Jesus is and why he came to save us!

Watching

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Week 3 of Advent series "Because of Bethlehem". Scripture focus: Luke 2:8-16, 25-32 and Matthew 2:1-2, 9-12. What does it mean for us to watch and wait for the birth of Jesus? What can we learn from others who watched, waited, and celebrated his birth? How do our expectations of the birth of Jesus change and prepare us for when Christ will come again?

Hope is Here

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Week 2 of "Because of Bethlehem" (from 12/8/19) - Scripture focus this week was Luke 1:26-38. We talk about how the birth of Jesus provides us a source of hope in all times of life. We find hope in Jesus' life and ministry, his death, and his resurrection as a sign of God's unfailing and unending love for us and for all of God's children.

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