Sermons

Mickey Counter

Mickey Counter
Role: World Team Missions in Brazil
Mickey serves with World Team Missions in Farroupilha, Brazil. Mickey works with pastors of churches in the region and encourages new believers through discipleship.

Latest sermons by this teacher

The Church on Mission
Sun, Jul 25, 2021
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. - Matthew 16:18 (ESV) “In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.” This Sunday we will be looking at the last phrase of our statement of faith and concluding our series on the church. It is about what has been called, “the great commission”. I like to call it “the great task” because it is what our Lord has called us to do. But what does that mean and how do we accomplish it in these days of recovery from social distancing and our global internet age? Join us this Sunday at 10am either in person or online as we to look together at this most important purpose for Christ’s church.
This is the Church
Sun, Jun 06, 2021
For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. Ephesians 2:18-22 (ESV) Jesus declared, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The church is Jesus’ very purpose, His mission on earth. The Bible teaches clearly what his church is, but how clearly do we understand what the church is? What Jesus means by His church and what our culture understands may be two very different things. Who belongs to the church? What does it take to be part of it? And what does it do? The true church of Jesus is under attack on many fronts, some subtle and some not so. The past year of suffering the consequences of COVID-19 have challenged the very existence and health of the church. We have, due to God’s grace toward us (of which the results of the vaccine are a part), been able to return to unrestricted meeting. With grateful hearts we can renew our purpose as a church and seek the Lord together to live for eternity as part of His church. This summer we will focus on renewing our understanding of Jesus’ church and its life. The Elders want to invite you to join us on a journey of renewal of understanding and practice of everything Jesus meant when he told us he was about building his church.
No One Like Him - God's Glory
Sun, Aug 02, 2020
Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” - Exodus 33:18–20 (ESV) In the passage above something strange happens. Moses has been leading the new nation of Israel out of Egypt and into the wilderness. This has been a crazy journey filled with miracles and demonstrations of the presence of God, but Moses wants more. He wants to know and see his God. It's an amazing and bold request. In an even more amazing twist, God grants Moses' request - sorta. God will display himself to Moses but not fully. He will only see a veiled vision of God for Moses' protection. This bring up a great question - what is the glory of God? It's an attribute of God. It is found in many places in scripture. This week we continue our series on the attributes of God - No One Like Him - by looking at the Glory of God. Mickey will be opening up God's word to us.
No One Like You - God is Triune
Sun, Jul 05, 2020
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV) The Trinity is a mysterious and difficult idea to understand. No analogy does it justice (in fact most of them lead into or are at the edge of a heresy). Yet it is true that we worship One God in Three Person - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This week we continue our series of No One Like You as Mickey Counter opens up God's word to us.
No One Like You - God is Creator
Sun, Jun 07, 2020
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. - Acts 17:26-27 (ESV) The world is one of design. On both the micro and macro levels there is a pattern and imprint that can be see of a Divine hand. It's hard to miss, but people do. We do. When we dismiss this critical idea it skews not only our understanding about God but about ourselves, the people around us, and the world itself. This week we are going to continue our series: No One Like You. This week we will talk about God as our Creator. Take some time to read through Acts 17 as Paul describes God.
What We Long For
Sun, Feb 09, 2020
What does it take to see renewal in your life? Life's a mess but God can make something beautiful out of it. This book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book.
Community
Sun, Sep 01, 2019
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. - Acts 2:44–47 (ESV) There are some amazing pictures for what God does when He saves us. He redeems us. He frees us. He rescues us. He pays our debt. He adopts us. The first few lets us see what God has done for us and between Him and us. However, that final one adds another dimension. We are called, not only to Him, but also into a family. We (together) are His kids. We are going to talk about this idea this coming weekend. Mickey Counter will be opening God's Word to challenge us about our need to not only be connected to God through Christ, but be connected to each other because of Christ. One of the ways we do that at Hope is through Community Groups. Community Groups are smaller gatherings of households who meet regularly for study, encouragement, prayer, and outreach. We want to challenge everyone to make this type of connection with other believers at Hope.
Psalm 24
Sun, Jul 15, 2018
Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place He who has clean hands and a pure heart who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. -- Psalm 24:3–4 (ESV) Do you ever feel like you can't come and worship God? Maybe you had a bad week. Maybe a specific sin seems to be undefeatable this week. Maybe life seems so tiring and suffocating that worship feels like one more thing. In Psalm 24, the Psalmist asks a honest, penetrating question. Who can come and stand in the presence of a perfect, holy, righteous God? Can you? Can I? His answer: someone with clean hands and a pure heart. Uh-oh. Now what?
The Day the LORD Made
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. -- Psalm 118:22–24 (ESV) The Psalms are a curious mix of tears and cries of vengeance and beauty and devastation and hope and failure and longing. This week we are going to take a look at Psalm 118 in our series, Songs of A Savior. In it the Psalmist feels the press of his enemies and the need to retreat to the safety of the love of God. But will even this refuge fail him? Where can it be found? How do we get in? I want to encourage you to take a few minutes and read through this poignant Psalm. Mickey Counter will be opening it up to us, as I will be sharing with Shade Valley Church (an EFCA church) in Birmingham on Sunday.
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