Podcast of Sermons from Ward Church in Northville, Michigan. Primarily by Sr. Pastor Dr. Scott McKee.
In the opening sermon of our Christmas at the Movies series, Rev. Nicole Unice uses the Polar Express as a metaphor for the journey of belief. Through the characters in the movie, Nicole draws parallels to our own lives, delving into the doubts, fears, and uncertainties that often accompany our pursuit of faith. By reflecting on the characters' experiences aboard the magical train to the North Pole, she vividly illustrates the various stages of belief, emphasizing the significance of trust, courage, and the reliance on others. Her message reinforces the idea that we are all navigating a journey of belief, with the Christmas narrative serving as a poignant reminder of God's unexpected interventions in our lives. Nicole encourages us to introspect and determine where we stand in our personal journey of belief during this advent season.
In this post-Thanksgiving sermon, Mark Ordus explores the transformative power of thankfulness, drawing from biblical insights in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18. Emphasizing a year-round attitude of gratitude beyond Thanksgiving, Mark challenges us to reflect on our responses to life's challenges and highlights the biblical imperative to give thanks in all circumstances. He shares personal stories illustrating how thankfulness refocuses perspective, softens hearts, and reminds believers of God's goodness. He concludes with practical steps for cultivating a habit of thankfulness, ultimately encouraging us to make God the ultimate source of our gratitude for a life infused with joy and transformation.
To Celebrate A Victory
In the grand conclusion of our Nehemiah series Dr. Scott McKee delves into the often-neglected but crucial spiritual discipline of celebration. Dr. McKee guides us through the jubilant scenes in Nehemiah chapter 12, where the people of Jerusalem joyously commemorate the completion of their monumental wall-building task. Drawing parallels to biblical feasts, Bar Mitzvahs, and the first miracle of Jesus, discover how celebration is a transformative discipline that deepens our faith and amplifies our joy. With insights from Dallas Willard, John Ortberg, and more, we explore the profound role celebration plays in personal and communal transformation. Join us as we learn to practice the discipline of celebration and embrace the truth that "the joy of the LORD is our strength."
To Make A Commitment
In this impactful sermon, Dr. Scott McKee explores the biblical story of Nehemiah 10, emphasizing that the narrative extends beyond physical walls to the rebuilding of a community. Pastor Scott underscores the importance of confession, worship, and making commitments, addressing the role of vows and commitments in spiritual growth. His message concludes with a powerful call to action, urging us to reflect on personal commitments and emphasizing the transformative power of moving from preference to commitment in one's spiritual journey.
To Come Clean
In this reflective sermon by Rev. Terence Gray, we are invited to explore the depth of personal revival through an intimate encounter with God. Pastor Terence shares a poignant story of a young preacher's isolated journey, emphasizing the transformative power of spending time with God in quiet moments. Drawing wisdom from the book of Nehemiah, he discusses the significance of engaging with God's Word and the humility found in genuine confession. Through thoughtful storytelling and biblical insights, we are encouraged to embrace a personal revival that starts within, leading to a deeper spiritual awakening. Discover the profound impact of a sincere connection with the divine.
To Overcome Opposition
In this powerful sermon, Rev. Terence Gray reflects on the unwavering faith and vision of leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nehemiah. Reflecting on moments of exhaustion and opposition faced by these leaders, he illustrates how vision provides the courage to start, the perseverance to endure, and the focus to overcome resistance. Pastor Terence passionately encourages us to entrust our challenges to God and fix our eyes on Jesus, the ultimate visionary, reminding us that faith amid resistance is essential for fulfilling God's purpose.
I’m so blessed to have found Ward and especially Pastor Scott! His teachings move me and have brought me closer to Jesus ! I thank God everyday for finding his amazing messenger !
a smorgasborg of awesomeness, clarity, and heart
I highly recommend the teachings from this church. Pastor McKee has just the right balance of gravitas, humor, and biblical insight to help you grow in your faith.