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9 Podcast Episodes

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3/1/20 - Blessed (Sermon on the Mount 1) - Matthew 5:1-10 - Wes Hunter

Messages at Masonboro Baptist

Wednesday began one of the most important seasons in the church year, the season of Lent. This year during the Lenten season, we will be studying the Sermon on the Mount in worship. We begin this week with a look at the first 4 beatitudes."Blessed are the ______." What does that mean for us today? What is the point Jesus is making with the beatitudes? We will look at what it means to be poor in spirit, to mourn, to be meek and to hunger and thirst for righteousness.Jesus' sermon seems as radical and counter cultural today as it did when he first preached it. We begin our look at the Sermon on the Mount this week.

20mins

1 Mar 2020

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1/26/20 - Action! (What Are We Made Of 3) - 1 John 3:16-21 - Wes Hunter

Messages at Masonboro Baptist

The Bible talks a lot about love. In any conversation we have about God, we won’t make it long in the conversation without bringing up love. Paul says if we don’t have love, it really doesn’t matter what else we do have because it isn’t worth anything without love. But love is such an obtuse word, it can mean a lot of different things. When we talk about the love of God, what exactly are we talking about? We’re going to look at a passage from 1 John that addresses this question and it’s going to point us toward another of our core practices at Masonboro.

21mins

26 Jan 2020

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1/12/20 - Spirit and Truth (What Are We Made Of 1) - Wes Hunter

Messages at Masonboro Baptist

There is an ancient Greek aphorism used by Socrates and many others that came after him, including St. Augustine of Hippo and “the Oracle” from The Matrix movies. Temet nosce is the Latin. In English, it’s “know thyself.” It’s easy to go through the day-to-day routine of life, get stuff done and never take the time to assess one’s self. You can do the same thing in an organization. It’s easy to go from week to week in church life without ever stopping to ask questions like: What makes us who we are? Why do we do the things we do? What are we shooting for? You can get from week to week without asking these questions, but that’s about all you can do. It’s tough to progress as an organization without having a clear picture of who we are and what we do. For the last several months, church council has been working on putting some answers together for these questions. These practices are “what we’re made of” so to speak; they form the basic building blocks of our community of faith. Church council created the list. For the next seven weeks I’ll be expounding on each practice in a sermon. Specifically, I’ll be looking at the biblical basis for carrying out these practices. This week we’re discussing worship and reading the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. What can we learn from Jesus’ interaction with this woman?

24mins

12 Jan 2020

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11/3/19 - A Living Hope - 1 Peter 1:3-9 - Wes Hunter

Messages at Masonboro Baptist

You have to hand it to the school system. Taking a teacher workday on the day after Halloween is pretty brilliant. “The day after Halloween” sort of feels like the appropriate title for today, but it’s really Nov. 1 that is the more significant occasion because it’s All Saints Day.All Saints Day is a day when we celebrate those saints in the church upon whose shoulders we stand. We are blessed at Masonboro Baptist with a rich legacy of faithful saints in our 163 years. All Saints Day is a good day to remember those that came before us. It’s also a good day to consider what kind of legacy we will leave for those who come after us. What binds the church together in communion?We’re going to take a break from the Psalms this week and see what Peter has to say about the communion of saints. We will also remember those folks in our congregation who have passed away this year.

21mins

3 Nov 2019

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6/9/19 - Power with Purpose - Acts 2:36-41 - Rev. Wes Hunter

Messages at Masonboro Baptist

This week is Pentecost Sunday, an important week to remember in the life of the church. Jesus promised his disciples that he would send his spirit to help them. He tells them to wait for it in Jerusalem, and they do. Then finally, on the day of Pentecost, the promise is fulfilled and the world is never the same again. The church baptizes 3000 people that day and keeps spreading throughout the world through the power of the Spirit and the infectious message of the Gospel.

23mins

9 Jun 2019

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4/21/19 - High Hopes (Bottom Up 16) - Luke 24 - Rev. Wes Hunter

Messages at Masonboro Baptist

n his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul writes these well known words: If Christ hasn’t been raised, then your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins,and what’s more, those who have died in Christ are gone forever. If we have a hope in Christ only in this life, then we deserve to be pitied more than anyone else. (1 Cor 15:17-19 CEB) Jesus was a great teacher. We can and should base our lives on his teaching. Jesus Christ gives us hope in this life, but it doesn’t end there. Because, as Paul continues: But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead. (1 Cor 15:20) This Sunday we celebrate the greatest truth that binds the church together. Jesus Christ defeated death. We are not still in our sins, our brothers in sisters in Christ who have gone before us are not gone forever. This Sunday we celebrate the impossible hope of eternal, abundant life that Jesus Christ inaugurates with the resurrection and offers to each of us.

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23 Apr 2019

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12/23/18 - Top to Bottom - Luke 1:24-45 - Rev. Wes Hunter

Messages at Masonboro Baptist

Christmas is almost upon us. On the secular calendar, Christmas is over at midnight. But in the church year, the season of Christmas begins on the 25th and hangs around for a little while. I think the church calendar has it right. Christmas is just the beginning of what God is doing. This year for Advent, we’ve looked at the characters in the first chapter of Luke’s gospel. For this last week of the series, we’ll turn to the real heroes of the story, Elizabeth and Mary. Elizabeth and Mary are faithful from the beginning. They believe the word of God that Gabriel brings them and submit to God’s call in their lives. They usher in a new era of God’s work in the world. Elizabeth and Mary challenge us to accept God’s call in our lives and to look forward to what new thing Christmas might begin in us.

22mins

23 Dec 2018

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11/4/18 - Fall of the Wall - Rev 21:1-5 - Rev. Wes Hunter

Messages at Masonboro Baptist

There are six holes in the wall by the stairs in my house. The reason we have holes in the wall is that we once tried to put up a baby gate to act as a barrier between Banks and the stairs. Banks. was. not. having. it. So he ripped the gate out of the wall. So I put it back up with bigger screws. And he ripped it out again. So I put it back up with those plastic wall anchor things and even longer screws. And he ripped it out again. So we gave up on the baby gate thing. Some walls weren't meant to last forever.This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Day. We call it a celebration because it is, but it's also sad. It's sad to be separated from people that mean so much to us. Death is like a wall between us and the people we love, but some walls weren't meant to last forever. This week we're moving from the chronological end of the Old Testament in Nehemiah to the end of suffering,painand death in Revelation. John shows us a vision of eternity where the wall of separation falls and we are reunited with God and each other forever. It's a powerful vision of hope for the future.

20mins

7 Nov 2018

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2/25/18 - "Get Behind Me" - Mark 8:27-35 - Rev. Wes Hunter

Messages at Masonboro Baptist

"Get behind me Satan!" Jesus has some strong words for Peter in Mark 8. What causes Jesus to rebuke his friend? We aren't guilty of the same thing are we?

23mins

26 Feb 2018