Welcome to the podcast from South Hills Church in Costa Mesa. You will always find our Sunday messages here, but from time -to-time you may find additional bonus episodes as well!
WORDPLAY - Week 1 - "Talking To Yourself"
When we think about the power of words, we typically think about what we say to others and what they say to us. But the words that shape us most are the ones we say to ourselves. Every one of us is having an ongoing conversation with ourselves in the confines of our own minds. But we don’t often stop and think about the content of those conversations or whether or not the words we’re using are helping or hurting us. If you were to find out that your inner dialogue was toxic, what would you do to change it?
BREATH, DOVES, CLOUDS, & FIRE - Week 5 - "Acceptance , Peace, Innocence" - Sam Mahlstadt
In Scripture, we frequently see the Holy Spirit represented as a dove. Why is that? What does this small, bright-white bird have to do with how God wants to relate to us? What can we learn by taking a deeper look at where and how this illustration was used? Could it be telling us more than one thing? If so, what?How does this winged, word picture point us to the practical ways God wants to help us experience His peace?
BREATH, DOVES, CLOUDS, & FIRE - Week 4 - "Guidance, Presence, Mystery" - Alec Alvarado
There are a lot of notable examples in Scripture of the Holy Spirit appearing in the form of a cloud. Of all the shapes and symbolsGod could’ve chosen, why does He repeatedly approach humanity wrapped in this one? What does this illustration tell us about who the Holy Spirit is and what He does? How might unpacking the places this word picture is used teach us something practical about trusting God in our day-to-day lives?
BREATH, DOVES, CLOUDS, & FIRE - Week 3 - "Boldness, Strength, Enlightenment"
The most prominent metaphor for Spirit is probably fire. And there’s reason for that: It’s all over Scripture. Why? When God’s Spirit shows up in the form of fire, where does it happen and what is God doing? What does this image reveal about who the Spirit is and the impact a relationship with Him ought to have on our everyday lives? How might this aspect of God alter the way we face what He places in front of us?
BREATH, DOVES, CLOUDS, & FIRE - Week 2 - "Intimacy , Animation, Calm"
In Scripture, the Holy Spirit is almost exclusively spoken of in metaphor. One of the most prominent illustrations is ‘breath’. When, how, and why was this word picture used? And what does it tell us about the way God wants to relate to us? If we could experience the Holy Spirit as the breath of God, what would that be like? How might it transform our perspective of Him? How would it help us? And how would we access that help?
BREATH, DOVES, CLOUDS, & FIRE - Week 1 - "God, Three in One"
There’s this core concept in Christianity called ‘the Trinity’. It’s the idea that our singular God somehow exists in three separate forms. If just the thought of that sort-of scrambles your brain, you’re not alone. Why did God choose to reveal Himself this way? How are these identities intertwined? Why are all three essential? Why did the Father see the need to send the Son? And why did the son see the need to send the Spirit? God wants to have a multidimensional relationship with us. What do these roles tell us about how that relationship works?