42 episodes

Audio messages from Berwyn United Methodist Church in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, led by Pastor Kevin Rutledge. We are a church Striving to be a diverse community of socially conscious believers, affirming our faith in Christ through action. Visit Us online at https://www.berwynumc.org/

Berwyn UMC (Audio‪)‬ Berwyn UMC, Berwyn, PA

    • Religion & Spirituality

Audio messages from Berwyn United Methodist Church in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, led by Pastor Kevin Rutledge. We are a church Striving to be a diverse community of socially conscious believers, affirming our faith in Christ through action. Visit Us online at https://www.berwynumc.org/

    Gifts of the Spirit from the After the Resurrection Series

    Gifts of the Spirit from the After the Resurrection Series

    After the Resurrection: Gifts of the Spirit - This Pentecost message explores the profound significance of the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples, empowering them to share the Gospel in diverse languages. It reminds us that God celebrates our differences and works through them to create unity. The story challenges the notion that everyone must conform to a single culture, language, or belief system. Instead, it emphasizes that the Holy Spirit is active amidst diversity, using it to strengthen the church. As we reflect on this message, we are encouraged to embrace the unique gifts and experiences God has given each of us, and to trust in the Spirit's transformative power in our lives and communities. Speaker: Pastor Kevin Rutledge

    • 26 min
    Passing on the Good News from the After the Resurrection Series

    Passing on the Good News from the After the Resurrection Series

    After the Resurrection: Passing on the Good News - Has your child's spiritual journey taken a path that's different from the one you envisioned? As a parent, it might feel like a reflection of your own faith journey. But on this special Mother's Day episode, we offer a heartfelt discussion for every parent, guardian, or influential figure in a child's life. We confront the complexities of parenting with faith, sharing not only the joys of seeing children carry the torch of belief, but also extending comfort and understanding when they do not. This episode is a balm for those wrestling with questions and seeking reassurance that their efforts in sharing their faith have not been in vain.Join us as we explore the role of faith in parenting, grounded in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the inspiring wisdom of the apostle Paul. We discuss the importance of sharing the gospel with love and hope, recognizing that true change in a person's spiritual life is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit. This conversation is an affirmation for all mothers and spiritual mentors: your worth is not measured by your children's religious choices. Whether your Mother's Day is filled with church services or reflective contemplation, tune in for an uplifting message that will renew your spirit and remind you of the profound power of faith, hope, and enduring love. Speaker:

    Unity in the Cross from the After the Resurrection Series

    Unity in the Cross from the After the Resurrection Series

    After the Resurrection: Unity in the Cross - In this week's passage, Paul addresses a church founded by exiles from Rome due to their beliefs. Initially united in suffering, they later fractured over claims of spiritual superiority based on baptismal lineage, reflecting worldly hierarchies. Paul's letter rebukes this, urging unity: "I appeal to you...that all of you agree...and that there be no divisions among you." Yet, is this unity merely ideological alignment or deeper?Today, amidst widespread church divisions, even within denominations, Paul's words resonate. We're reminded that unity isn't uniformity of thought but a commitment to shared purpose in Christ. As we navigate our own fractured ecclesiastical landscape, let us heed Paul's call to unity, embracing diversity within our faith communities while remaining steadfast in our collective mission. Speaker: Pastor Kevin Rutledge

    • 19 min
    The Disciple's First Healing from the After the Resurrection Series

    The Disciple's First Healing from the After the Resurrection Series

    After the Resurrection: The Disciple's First Healing - Join us as we explore the profound acts of the apostles Peter and John in the wake of the Holy Spirit's arrival, witnessing the first miraculous healing performed by Jesus's disciples. We delve into the transformative moment at the temple gate called Beautiful, where a man crippled from birth experiences a life-changing encounter. Through this narrative, we discuss the societal perceptions of disability in ancient times, the profound faith displayed by the disciples, and the ongoing mission of Jesus's ministry as it is carried out by his followers. This poignant story serves as a powerful reminder of the legacy of faith, trust, and the unceasing promise of spiritual rejuvenation.In this heartfelt conversation, we reflect on the enigmatic nature of healing and the complex reasons behind the answering of prayers. Listen in as we examine how, even in the absence of physical miracles, we can offer a different kind of healing to those in pain—be it loneliness, despair, or grief—by embodying the love and teachings of Christ. We also discuss the role of modern medicine, the enduring need for compassion, and how each of us can act as vessels for Jesus's healing power. Whether you're wrestling with doubts or looking to strengthen your faith, this episode is an invitation to share in the life-giving faith that sustains us through trials and tribulations, offering solace to all those in search of hope. Speaker: Pastor Kevin Rutledge

    • 25 min
    Living Purposefully Between the Ascension and Pentecost from the After the Resurrection Series

    Living Purposefully Between the Ascension and Pentecost from the After the Resurrection Series

    After the Resurrection: Living Purposefully Between the Ascension and Pentecost - Ever found yourself caught in the quiet anticipation of what's to come, much like the early disciples awaiting the Holy Spirit? Join us as we traverse the sacred space between the Ascension and Pentecost, unearthing the rich lessons of active waiting and the significance of preparation for the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In this compelling episode, we bridge the gap between the Gospel of Mark and the Book of Acts, navigating through the transformative journey of the disciples and directly into the vibrant, sometimes challenging, reality of modern-day Christian living. We're not here to dish out end-time prophecies but to invite you into a space of hopeful expectation and purposeful action.Have you ever considered the power of hope and its ability to transform fear into action? That's the cornerstone of our discussion, as we confront the anxieties stirred by apocalyptic predictions and uncover the beauty of living each day in Christ's love. We'll dissect the reasons behind the doomsday clock's persistent ticking in popular culture and redirect our focus towards a life of service, kindness, and prayer. By embodying the lessons of the early church, actively seeking the Holy Spirit's guidance, and living as if each day could be our last, we craft a narrative of hope that resonates in our daily walk with Christ. Tune in, and be inspired to treasure each moment as an opportunity to align with God's will. Speaker: Pastor Kevin Rutledge

    Is the End Near? from the The Gospel of Mark Series

    Is the End Near? from the The Gospel of Mark Series

    The Gospel of Mark: Is the End Near? - Listen in as we explore the historical cycle of apocalyptic predictions and consider why every generation seems to think they're living in the final days. The discussion takes a critical look at the fixation with interpreting contemporary events as prophetic, contrasting it with scriptural counsel that cautions against claiming knowledge of the exact moment of the Second Coming. We grapple with the question: Are we overlooking the broader Christian message by eagerly awaiting the apocalypse?In the second part of our conversation, we shift focus from end times to eternal hope, drawing inspiration from a solitary yellow flower blooming amidst gravestones—a poignant emblem of life triumphing over death. Through personal stories and theological insights, we discuss the significance of seeking out signs of life and hope in desolate spaces, aligning this with Christ's teachings on resurrection. This episode encourages embracing a state of readiness, not through doomsday predictions, but by fostering faith and hope rooted in the assurance of Christ's return. As we weave together anecdotes and the natural world's testament to rebirth, we invite listeners to reflect on how readiness can liberate us from worldly despair and instill a deep-seated hope. Speaker: Pastor Kevin Rutledge

    • 28 min

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