Looking Back At Our River Corner Church Sermon Podcast: The Top 5 Sermon Messages of 2023
Over the past two years, our River Corner Church Sermon Podcast has had over 1,063 sermon downloads. While a significant majority, 81%, comes from the United States, it is noteworthy that countries like Finland, Germany, and Brazil contribute significantly to our downloads. It is humbling and surprising that we have reached other countries such as this, especially as a small rural church community.
Moreover, I found it fascinating to discover that the cities showing the most enthusiasm for our River Corner Church Sermon Podcast include Lancaster (PA), Helsinki (Uusimaa), Ashburn (Virginia), Recife (Pernambuco), and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania).
As I reflected on our statistics, I also became curious about the most popular sermon messages of 2023. While I may not have insights into why these particular messages resonated more than others or what connected with our listeners, I am genuinely touched by the strong support and engagement our community has shown for these five sermons.
Thank you all for being a part of this journey, regardless if you are part of our church community or you just listen online. Your presence and involvement make our small church community truly special. Perhaps these messages have or will encourage you in some way.
Top 5 Sermon Messages
In order of most downloads, the list below highlights our top five sermon messages from Sunday Mornings in 2023. You can find our River Corner Church Sermon Podcast on Apple, Google, and Spotify Podcasts.
- Always Keep Watch (Proverbs 4:23) On February 5, Pastor Jeff McLain explored Proverbs 4:23, as we considered what it means to always keep watch and guard our hearts. We saw that often the best way to keep our inner self from denial and compartmentalization is to be careful with watching influences we drop our guard for, those things we allow to shift and shape our hearts.
- Sound of Rattling: Reminders for Hopeless & Helpless Moments (Ezekiel 37:1-14) On Sunday, January 8, Jeff McLain looked at Ezekiel 37 and what the story of Ezekiel, and his vision of the dry bones, can teach us about surviving the bleak and barren moments that we may feel hopeless and helpless.
- The Time Has Come: A Spirit of Offense (Mark 6:1-6) As part of our Sunday morning series through Mark, Pastor Jeff looked at the dangers of a spirit of offense on July 2. In Mark 6:1-6, Mark recounts a story in which Jesus could not do miracles because of the prevalent spirit of offense adopted by those in Jesus' hometown.
- Remaining Faithful While Suffering (1 Peter 4:12-19) On February 13, Pastor Rip Wahlberg (Guest Speaker) unpacked what 1 Peter 4:12-19 has to teach us about remaining faithful while suffering. Hardships and persecutions are struggles we will encounter and both have a way of revealing our true character. Jesus doesn't pass struggle on to us, but he will redeem us through it.
- Palm Sunday: A King of Peace (Luke 19:29-44) On Sunday, April 2, for Palm Sunday, Pastor Jeff McLain looked at Luke 19:29-44, and Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. Through this story, we examined what it means to rightly view Jesus and Jesus' Kingdom.