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Aspire Church Podcast

Located at the heart of Jacksonville, Florida, Aspire Church is engaged with God in His mission to make all things new. Aspire Church is not what you might expect. While the Corinthian columns and stained glass windows may lead you to believe you know what this place is all about, don't make your decision until you meet the people. At Aspire we believe it is the people, not the building, that is the church. We believe it is our privilege to represent Jesus in San Marco by creating ministry environments where people can GATHER to worship God, GROW in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, and GO in the power of His Spirit to serve the world.

Tracks

This Is Us | Part 7 - We Are Locally Grown
Life is full of transitions. Sometimes we choose the transition and sometimes it is forced upon us. Whatever leads us to it, change is an opportunity to grow and serve God as we commit to following Him. Join us for part 7 of This Is Us, where we will learn that God is calling us to bloom wherever He plants us.
37:21 5/23/24
This Is Us | Part 6 - We Believe Love Will Keep Us Together
They exist everywhere. Little contradictions that are sometimes humorous and sometimes downright disturbing. From driving on a parkway and parking in a driveway to the endorsement of slavery by a nation whose founding document states that all men are created equal. But what happens when the message of the Gospel is contradicted by the church that is proclaiming it? Join us for part 6 of This Is Us, where we will learn that the Gospel is validated by the unity of the Church.
28:11 5/13/24
This Is Us | Part 5 - We Are Gospel-Centered
Twenty years ago, no one had a smartphone, and few had social media accounts. Twenty years before that, no one had heard of e-mail or the Internet. One hundred years before that, people relied on a horse and buggy for transportation. Technology and culture continue to change at an accelerated rate. With all that has changed, how has the church endured? Join us for part 5 of This is Us, where we will explore the one enduring truth that holds us together. 
39:28 5/6/24
This Is Us | Part 4 - We Measure Success Differently
Companies and organizations measure their success and report it to their stakeholders. How much did we make (or lose)? What was our quarterly growth (or decline)? Did we come in on time and under budget (or is someone getting fired)? The institutional church also has a set of metrics it uses to measure its success. How many people were in worship this week? How much money was collected in the offering last month? How many people did we baptize the previous year? But is that the best way to determine the success of a Jesus Centered Community? Join us for part four of This Is Us, where we will learn that we measure success by our sending capacity rather than our seating capacity. 
31:18 5/3/24
This Is Us | Part 3 - We Are Making, Not Faking Disciples
Jesus commissioned His church to “Make disciples of all nations.” But there is a difference between making disciples and faking them. Join us for part 3 of This Is Us to learn how Jesus responded to fake disciples and what it takes to truly make a disciple of Jesus. 
35:47 4/21/24
This Is Us | Part 2 - We Are Upper Room People
When Jesus gathered His disciples in the Upper Room, they were confronted with the price He would pay for their redemption. After the Resurrection, Jesus again met His Disciples in the Upper Room, and it was there that the church was born. Join us for part two of This is Us, where we will discover that Jesus-centered communities are built by people who live in the Upper Room. 
34:00 4/14/24
This Is Us | Part 1 - We Are a New Kind of Family
From the fall in Genesis to the final scene of Revelation, the Bible tells the story of how God is building a new kind of community—a people He set apart for His glory. But from its very beginning, controversy has surrounded the Church. People throughout history—insiders and outsiders alike—have struggled to understand the Church and its mission. Join us every Sunday for This Is Us, a sermon series exploring a new kind of family and its mission to heal a broken world. 
37:32 4/8/24
Easter Sunday | True and Useful
We are constantly inundated with information. To manage this persistent flow, many people ask two simple questions: Is it true, and is it useful? Join us on Easter Sunday as we consider the claim that God raised Jesus from the dead by answering those two questions. Is it true? And is it useful? 
36:04 4/2/24
Cross Walk | Part 2 - The Criminals’ Cross
Long before His arrest, Jesus told His disciples that if they wanted to follow Him, they would have to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him. It is doubtful the disciples fully understood what Jesus meant. Even two thousand years after His crucifixion, understanding what it means to bear Jesus’ cross can be difficult. Join us for a series exploring the Cross Walk that leads to the Kingdom.  
33:41 3/17/24
Cross Walk | Part 1 - Simon of Cyrene
Long before His arrest, Jesus told His disciples that if they wanted to follow Him, they would have to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him. It is doubtful the disciples fully understood what Jesus meant. Even two thousand years after His crucifixion, understanding what it means to bear Jesus’ cross can be difficult. Join us for a series exploring the Cross Walk that leads to the Kingdom.
31:51 3/11/24
Dressed for the Occasion
We are excited to welcome home Mark and Kim Wilbanks. Mark pastored Southside Baptist Church from 1985 to 2002. During the Dr. Wilbanks’s 17 years of leadership, Aspire experienced significant growth, a prolonged season of health and vitality, and a massive expansion and renovation of our facilities and property. After leaving Aspire, Mark pastored in Tallahassee and Atlanta before retiring to Birmingham, Alabama. He has just released his first book, Along the Journey, a collection of essays, stories, and devotionals. 
31:14 3/4/24
The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul | Part 8 - From Darkest Night to Morning’s Light
Silence can be deafening, especially when you’re used to living amidst the clamor and commotion of our noisy world. But what happens when God is silent? Join us for the final message in The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul as we discuss the dark night of the soul to see how it can draw us closer to God. 
33:55 2/25/24
The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul | Part 7 - Your Soul Needs Rest
Today, we welcome our guest preacher, Dr. Mark Searby. Mark is a native of Illinois, where he completed his college and seminary education at Lincoln Christian University and his Doctor of Ministry degree at the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. After serving over 20 years in pastoral ministry, he taught at Lincoln Christian Seminary for ten years. He also served as a Vice President for Lincoln Christian University for four years. He served ten years as the director of Doctor of Ministry Studies at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He currently resides with his wife, Linda, in central Florida. 
33:34 2/20/24
The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul | Part 6 - Your Soul Needs Satisfaction
For advertisers to sell their products, they must generate a sense of need. They often do this by exploiting feelings of dissatisfaction in their potential customers. Advertisers recognize what many of us do not, that the human soul needs satisfaction. Join us for part 6 of The Care and Feeding of The Human Soul, where we will discuss the dangers of a dissatisfied soul. 
35:11 2/11/24
The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul | Part 5 - Your Soul Needs a Future
From medicine to technology, plastic surgery to space exploration, humans have been on a constant quest for meaning and eternal life. From the moment we were exiled from the Garden and lost access to the Tree of Life, all striving has been an effort to regain eternity. Why? Because our souls need a future. Join us for part 5 of The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul as we talk about the eternal nature of every human soul. 
28:51 2/4/24
The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul | Part 4 - Your Soul Needs a Foundation
Sinkholes cost Floridians an average of $300,000,000 every year. This threat goes largely unseen until it is too late. Likewise, our souls might be in danger of suddenly collapsing if they are not centered on the proper foundation. Join us for part 4 of The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul, where we will learn to recognize the dangers of a soul not centered on Jesus Christ. 
27:49 2/1/24
The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul | Part 3 - Your Soul Needs a Keeper
“Who is responsible for that?” This is the question asked about everything from cleaning the kitchen to paying the national debt. In a world where it seems like we are encouraged to take responsibility for less and less, it is no wonder that so many have failed to take responsibility for the care and feeding of their soul. Join us as we learn three things only you can do for your soul. 
34:47 1/24/24
The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul | Part 2 - Lost Souls
You’ve heard it, probably said it, and have certainly been it at some point. What do we mean when we say someone is a “lost soul”? Join us for part two of The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul, where we’ll talk about the condition of our souls and the only remedy for their healing.
43:08 1/15/24
The Care and Feeding of the Human Soul | Part 1 - What is the Soul?
A recent study found that the average American spent $722 on health and beauty products and services in 2023, with Gen Zers spending more than double that at $1,754. While our society pursues eternal youth and beauty, another part of our human being goes largely ignored – our souls. The evidence of this oversight is obvious when you consider the growing mental health crisis we are facing in America. Join us for a six-week series exploring what the Bible says about caring for the most important and only eternal part of you – your soul.
36:50 1/8/24
Joy to the World | Part 6 - 85 Hours in the Word
If I could see the world like you, I would think and act differently. Our perspective on life and truth is limited, but what if we could access God’s perspective? What if we had directions on how to live life according to the author of life Himself? Join us for the final sermon of 2023 and the kickoff to 85 hours in the Word. 
28:07 1/4/24
Joy to the World | Part 5 - The Wonders of His Love
The greatest expression of love the world has ever known arrived with little recognition and no fanfare. Jesus was born in a barn and laid in a manger. He never wrote a book, held political office, or traveled more than 200 miles from where He was born. He never did any of the things that we associate with greatness, yet because of His death and resurrection, people around the world have come to believe that Jesus is the perfect embodiment of God’s love. Join us for the final message in our Advent series, Joy to the World, where we will explore the wonders of His love. 
21:38 12/31/23
Joy to the World | Part 4 - Far as the Curse Is Found
Ask any gardener and they can tell you about the curse of weeds and thorns that infest the ground. It will require work if you want to grow flowers, vegetables, or a beautiful yard. The things we don’t want will grow without effort, while the things we want require constant attention. This is the nature of sin in our lives and the world. Join us for part 4 of Joy to the World, where we will learn how Jesus came to change the landscape of our world and your life.
22:44 12/17/23
Joy to the World | Part 3 - Repeat the Sounding Joy
If Luke were writing his Gospel today, his version of the Christmas story might very well be a Broadway musical! In chapter one, Luke shares the songs of Zechariah and Mary, and in chapter two, all heaven breaks into song as the angels announce the birth of Jesus. But this Broadway production wasn’t performed for the elite, but for those the world often overlooks. Join us for part three of Joy to the World, where we meet the unlikely recipients of the best news ever.  
22:50 12/12/23
Joy to the World | Part 2 - Let Earth Receive Her King
We sing it every year, “Joy to the World, the Lord Has Come!” But what does that mean? With war, injustice, and division all around, how can Christians believe that a baby born two thousand years ago has brought joy to the world? Join us for part two of Joy to the World, where we will discover God’s conspiracy to overturn the corruption of this world and establish his Kingdom of Joy. 
21:35 12/8/23
Joy to the World | Part 1 - The Lord Has Come
“Joy to the World” is one of the world’s most recognizable songs. The lyrics, written in 1719 by Sir Isaac Watts, are based on Psalm 98 and describe the arrival of King Jesus and His impact on the world. Join us for an Advent series exploring the joy that Jesus brings to every heart that prepares Him room. 
31:33 11/26/23
Back to the Future
Aspire Church San Marco will celebrate 85 years of ministry in 2024. With a tremendous legacy behind us, a compelling mission ahead of us, and a faithful Savior leading us, how should Aspire Church San Marco members faithfully run the race set before us? Join us as we begin a year-long journey Back to the Future.
27:04 11/22/23
Philippians: Relentless Joy | Part 11 - All Things
The Bible tells us to rejoice always, but is that realistic? Given the real problems we face personally and globally, how can God expect His people always to be filled with joy? Join us for the final message in our Philippians series, where we will learn the three essential elements of relentless joy and why we need it now more than ever. 
37:53 11/12/23
Philippians: Relentless Joy | Part 10 - My Joy and Crown
We see it in almost every institution. Our government is paralyzed by it. Schools, corporations, and media are defined by it. Our courts are overrun because of it. The fracturing and division of our society can make it seem as if everything is coming apart at the seams. Then what is the Church’s answer? Unfortunately, too often the same division we see in the world has also infected the Church. Join us for part 10 of our Philippians series, where we will learn that the unity of the Church is essential to the mission of the Church.
38:13 11/6/23
Philippians: Relentless Joy | Part 9 - Wardrobe Regrets and Hairstyle Horrors
Looking at old pictures can be embarrassing. Things we thought stylish eventually become dated. Time eventually sees the passing of every fad. What’s true about fashion and hairstyles is also true about more essential things such as beliefs and ways of living. Join us for part 9 of Philippians: Relentless Joy, where we will discover how the mind of Christ changes how we understand our past, future, and other people. 
38:08 10/29/23
Philippians: Relentless Joy | Part 8 - $kub@lon!
Perhaps you grew up singing, “Jesus loves me, this I know,” but do you believe that? Would you care so much about what others think of you if you did? Would you work so hard to impress your boss, your girlfriend, or your parents? What drives you to achieve and accomplish things? What is behind your insatiable appetite to consume? Join us for part 8 of Philippians: Relentless Joy, where we will explore the two ways to live.
36:12 10/22/23

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