Second on the Mount

Second on the Mount

No matter where you are on the journey of faith, God’s Word has something to say to you. Second on the Mount is a collection of sermons from Second Presbyterian Church on Mountain Avenue in Roanoke, VA. Listen to the encouraging words of ministers George Anderson, Elizabeth Link, Ben Brannan, and occasional guests as we journey together, finding direction by following Jesus. We hope you’ll return to this podcast, visit our website www.spres.org for more, or visit us in person!

Episodes

June 18, 2024 26 mins

"Family Recognition" – Luke 15:11-32

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, June 16, 2024. "At the end of God’s day, we are all related. At the end of God’s day, we’re all family; Jew and Gentile, sinner and saint, male and female. In the biblical worldview, all human issues are family issues, and all human problems are family problems. . . . When harm is done to another, whether of the spirit or the body, the Father is sayi...

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"Say That Again" – Luke 15:3-10

Sermon by the Rev. Tom Are, Jr., Interim Pastor at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL and our Evening VBS guest speaker, from Sunday, June 9, 2024. "Jesus is telling us that we have no idea how much joy God finds in us. In you. That just your existence is a source of joy for the living God. Jesus is clear. God knows an unreasonable amount of joy because of you—and that is something Jesus evide...

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June 4, 2024 20 mins

"God's Memory" – Exodus 16:2-13, Psalm 105:37-45

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, June 2, 2024. "When God saw Israel, God remembered Abraham. . . . The psalmist is reminding the people of faith of God’s remembering for a reason: they are to remember, too."

Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/gods-memory/

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May 30, 2024 23 mins

"Buying In" – Acts 8:1-24

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2024. "We can all lose perspective at times and think it is about us. We can all get tricked into believing that this world is going to be saved by some pristine political or social ideology or agenda and the church just needs to fall in line and help. What our passage reminds us is that all we do even in addressing issues and serving others wil...

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May 24, 2024 26 mins

"Seeing What Cannot Be Seen" – Acts 2:1-13, Romans 8:22-27

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2024. "Here we don’t have to get lost in God told me this or God showed me that. We can focus on this inner realization that the person sitting beside you in the pew right now, and the people you least understand out there, and the people who are constantly being defined to you as different—and maybe even peopl...

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May 14, 2024 19 mins

"Bridging the Gap" – John 17:6-21

Sermon by the Rev. Ben Brannan from Sunday, May 12, 2024. "Jesus was sent into the world, set apart for a unique purpose to reveal the love and grace of God to a world that he knows will not listen, yet it is the same world that God so loves, as the famous verse puts it. As the Son of God and the Son of Man, Jesus bridges the gap between God and humanity, between heaven and earth, between power and...

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May 7, 2024 15 mins

"Upside Down Kingdom" – Mark 10:17-31

Sermon by the Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from Sunday, May 5, 2024. "Jesus’ love leads. It leads and redirects and corrects and turns us right around. It isn’t afraid to offend. Jesus’ love shows us what we really are, not to shame or defeat us, but to deliver us. Are we ready for this kind of loving gaze?"

Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/upside-down-kingdom/ 

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May 7, 2024 23 mins

"Church: Seen and Unseen" – Matthew 18:15-20

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, April 28, 2024.

Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/church-seen-and-unseen/ 

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May 7, 2024 25 mins

"Owning Up or Doubling Down?" – Acts 4:5-22

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, April 21, 2024.

Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/owning-up-or-doubling-down/ 

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April 15, 2024 17 mins

"Seeing Good" – Acts 3:12-21

Sermon by the Rev. Ben Brannan from Sunday, April 14, 2024.

Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/seeing-good/ 

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April 9, 2024 23 mins

"It's Not About You, Thomas" – John 20:19-31

Sermon by Dr. Jacqueline E. Lapsley, President of Union Presbyterian Seminary, on the Sunday of the Kitty Susan Trent Symposium for Newly Ordained Ministers, April 7, 2024.

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"Following: Loving, and so Following" – Mark 16:1-8 Lenten Sermon Series Part VII

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024. "...so many cling to the resurrection hope in a desperate way, hoping for an out when death must come. Sadly, what often comes of this escapist hope is an escape from the moral demands of life. But a true resurrection hope is this: It is finding hope in God even after all other hopes...

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March 25, 2024 19 mins

"Following: The Crowds" – Matthew 21:6-15, 27:15-23 Lenten Sermon Series Part VI

Sermon by the Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024.

Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/following-the-crowds/

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"Following: Following at One's Own Pace" – John 3:1-8, 7:50-51, 19:38-40 Lenten Sermon Series Part V

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, March 17, 2024.

Read the manuscript on our website: https://www.spres.org/following-following-at-ones-own-pace/ 

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"Following: Paul's Conversion and Call to Follow" – Acts 9:1-20 Lenten Sermon Series Part IV 

Sermon by the Rev. Ben Brannan from Sunday, March 10, 2024. "When the voice of God calls out to us, when the voice of the Lord calls us to follow, we enter into something bigger and deeper than individual salvation and vocation. Conversion is never an end in and of itself. It is a beginning. We step into something new for ourselves and for...

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"Following: Jesus Is Being Followed?" – Matthew 12:9-14 Lenten Sermon Series Part III

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, March 3, 2024. "We all have biases. Even Jesus in our story has a bias. He clearly stated a bias in the passage. You heard it. He prefers compassion and mercy over the literal keeping of a law that would prevent a man with a need from receiving help. His bias is toward seeing the person in front of him...

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"Following: Who Said She Could Follow?" – Mark 5:25-34 Lenten Sermon Series Part II

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, February 25, 2024. "Who says she can follow Jesus? Not the crowd. Not even Jesus who doesn’t know she is behind him. She follows Jesus because she gets it. She gets what makes it possible for any of us to follow Jesus, no matter how worthy we think we already are. 

"What she gets is grace. She knows that...

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February 22, 2024 19 mins

"Following: Peter, the Rock" – John 18:15-17, 25-27 and 21:15-19 Lenten Sermon Series Part I

Sermon by the Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from Sunday, February 18, 2024. "What is it that makes us chicken out—whether we’re 11 years old, 41 years old, or 81 years old? Why are we afraid to speak up? To live what we claim to believe? What is it that makes us vulnerable to this kind of behavior—the kind of behavior Peter shows on Good Friday?...

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February 12, 2024 18 mins

"Fan the Flame" Youth Sunday Sermons 2024 – 2 Timothy 1:3-7

Sermons by graduating seniors Trevor Waters (2:00), Claire Thielecke and Caroline Kepley (7:09), and Ellen Mikkelson (13:21) from Youth Sunday, February 11, 2024. Our Youth Group theme for the year is "Fan the Flame." May the flame of faith that lives inside of you burn brighter and become a guiding light in the world!

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February 5, 2024 21 mins

"Not Alone, but Lonely" – Mark 1:29-39

Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, February 2, 2024. "We are all lonely sometimes. No one can reach those inner parts of you that only God can reach. I encourage you to embrace sacred loneliness. In being alone with God, become comfortable with being alone with yourself. . . . Find your identity in being alone with God. That is where your clarity and strength will come while being a...

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