Local Church St. Pete Podcast



This podcast features talks given at Local Church St. Pete. We are a community of people humbled by the grace and love of Jesus located in the heart of St. Pete, FL - a diverse, eclectic, artistic and active city. Our hope is for Local Church St. Pete to be a place where you can grow in faith, ask hard questions and take time to explore the truths of who Jesus is and what it means for your life today. Visit us online at www.localchurchstpete.com.


  • Empowered and Transformed | Philippians 2:12-18

    03/10/2021 Duration: 33min

    How are we supposed to respond to the breath-taking rescue accomplished through Jesus’ humility and obedience? Philippians 2:12-18 challenges us to be empowered and completely transformed by it. The temptation will be to compartmentalize it, to push it into some “religious” corner of our lives. Instead, we’re told to work it out (walk it out, live it out), here and now. To allow the truth of who Jesus is and what he accomplished to shape us through and through. The result? We’ll shine like stars.

  • Kingdom, Not Empire | Philippians 2:5-11

    27/09/2021 Duration: 35min

    Human nature is to climb the ladder. We strive to accumulate power, control and influence, and never let go. Jesus descended the ladder by coming to earth, living a servant’s life, and dying on a criminal’s cross. He had everything, and yet He let go. The story of Jesus is not a story about empire; it is a story about a kingdom. And this is the defining story of our lives.

  • Local Story | Shirley Hurley

    20/09/2021 Duration: 08min

    Local stories are stories of God's grace at work in the lives of those who are a part of Local Church St. Pete. We want to highlight his activity and celebrate his grace. 

  • Authentic, Unafraid and Unified | Philippians 1:27-2:4

    20/09/2021 Duration: 35min

    We live in an age of skepticism, cynicism and disunity. How many times have we been let down by people who say one thing but do another? It seems every direction we look individuals are taking sides and writing off those who don’t agree with them. As a result our culture has turned radically inward. But the way of Jesus leads to authentic, unafraid and unified lives. At the heart of it all is an others first humility – behavior that only makes sense in light of what we've received and who we've become. 

  • An Invitation Like No Other | Luke 5:27-32

    13/09/2021 Duration: 38min

    An ordinary and unlikely person receives an extraordinary invitation that changes the course of their life forever. Unable to keep this news to themselves, an enormous party is thrown and all their friends are invited. As they feast together, a staggering truth is revealed with implications reaching far beyond the people in that room.

  • The Thing You Desire Most | Philippians 1:12-26

    06/09/2021 Duration: 31min

    What if the thing you desire most in life was able to be accomplished regardless of circumstances? The result would be an incredibly hope-filled perspective. Obstacles would become platforms and preferences could be laid aside. Fear and cynicism wouldn’t have an atmosphere to thrive in and joy would be the defining characteristic of your life.

  • Love That Grows and Overflows | Philippians 1:1-11

    30/08/2021 Duration: 38min

    Imagine sitting down to write a letter to a group of friends you haven’t seen for a long time. These are people that stood by your side, people you love dearly. That is the type of letter the apostle Paul writes to a group of Jesus followers in the ancient city of Philippi. Joy fills his heart as he remembers what they share together. Affection fills his prayers as he asks for their love to grow and overflow. What did they share that brought so much joy? What did they need that only love could answer? 

  • Where is God in This Broken World? | Psalm 89:14-16

    23/08/2021 Duration: 32min

    We long for wrongs to be made right. We long for the innocent to be protected. We celebrate the orphan adopted, the sex-trafficked rescued. We applaud the efforts of those who have courage to step into dark places, willing to sacrifice comfort and safety to help others. When tragedies like war, earthquakes or a pandemic hit we may wonder, “Where is God in this broken world? Is God indifferent, unwilling or unable to do something?” How does Christianity answer that honest question? 

  • What is This All About? | Acts 28:17-31

    16/08/2021 Duration: 37min

    Every so often it’s good to pause and ask ourselves what following Jesus is all about. As we come to the end of the book of Acts, that’s exactly what it⁠ answers. What is this all about? Who is this for? And what are we supposed to do about it? With refreshing honesty Acts 28 recenters us on what matters most and boldly⁠ reminds us that we were never meant to be merely spectators of this story.⁠

  • Hope in Our Darkest Hour | Acts 27-28

    09/08/2021 Duration: 39min

    When all hope is lost and there’s no fight left within you, when the circumstance you’re facing go from bad to worse, what will you do? In Acts 27-28 we find the apostle Paul out at sea, in the midst of a fierce storm that threatens his life and the lives of everyone with him. His words of assurance when all hope was abandoned, his expressed faith when shipwreck was certain will help us face storms of every kind and find hope in our darkest hour. 

  • Before the King | Acts 25-26

    02/08/2021 Duration: 37min

    Followers of Jesus have been misunderstood from the start - sometimes due to poor decisions of those who say they follow Jesus, sometimes due to misrepresentation of those set against them. In Acts 25-26 we enter an extraordinary courtroom scene that gets to the heart of what faith in Jesus is all about. The apostle Paul is before the king and given an opportunity to set the record straight. Some conclude he’s crazy, while others aren’t so sure. Are his words the ramblings of a man gone mad or are they the words of hope and freedom we long for? 

  • Local Story | Nathan Johnson

    26/07/2021 Duration: 05min

    Local stories are stories of God's grace at work in the lives of those who are a part of Local Church St. Pete. We want to highlight his activity and celebrate his grace. 

  • Comfort in Crisis | Acts 23-24

    26/07/2021 Duration: 40min

     What will you do when circumstances threaten to hijack what you believe is God’s plan for your life? When you find yourself in the midst of crisis, wondering what’s next, not at all sure how it’s all going to play out? In Acts 23-24 the apostle Paul is given comfort in the midst of crisis. A comfort that doesn’t give him all the answers to his every question, it doesn’t promise convenience, but is exactly what he needs in order to face his crisis with faith and courage. If there was ever a time we needed to know this comfort it’s now. 

  • Out of the Shadows | Colossians 2:16-23

    19/07/2021 Duration: 34min

    When light hits an object, it creates a shadow, a dark copy of the original. If you only ever saw the shadow of an object but not the object itself, it would be incomplete and misleading. This is the way spirituality and religion are if they are void of Christ. To be a “Christian” but not know Christ, or to be spiritual without the Spirit is to miss something. Christ is the source of our Christianity. 

  • The Secret Life of Prayer | Matthew 6:5-14

    11/07/2021 Duration: 40min

    I’m sure you’ve experienced the joy of a meaningful conversation with someone who loves you. One where you pulled away from the noise, even if for a few minutes, to share your heart and focus on theirs. There’s a kind of energy and renewal that comes into a relationship when that happens. Prayer is intended to bring that kind of energy and renewal into your life. Jesus invites his followers into a meaningful, unrehearsed, secret life of prayer. It’s about pulling away from the noise to share your heart with someone who loves you.

  • Resolute | Acts 21-22

    05/07/2021 Duration: 37min

    There are times in our life when we know exactly what God wants us to do, but it’s incredibly hard to do it. Staying resolute in these moments, when opposition comes from every side, is a real test. If we cling to the gospel of Jesus, it will make all the difference.

  • Legacy | Acts 20

    28/06/2021 Duration: 38min

    “Disciples who make disciples” is not just a great slogan; it is what the church has always been about. From the very beginning, Jesus’ first followers made disciples who made disciples. We desire that discipleship be the legacy of Local Church and the legacy of our lives. The first followers had their time. Now it is our time. 

  • The Extraordinary Power of Jesus | Acts 19

    21/06/2021 Duration: 34min

    Imagine someone you love is in bondage, held captive to something they voluntarily submit to again and again. They think it’s the answer to their fears and anxieties. It brings a sense of power and control. It could be drugs, sex, the influence of a person or belief system – but it’s ruining their lives. Acts 19 is the story of magical, religious and cultural powers ruining people’s lives and what happens when these powers come face to face with the extraordinary power of Jesus. 

  • Strength to Stay | Acts 18

    14/06/2021 Duration: 32min

    Are you physically, emotionally or spiritually exhausted? Where will you find the strength to stay? To endure? To continue speaking about Jesus and living for Jesus when loneliness, discouragement and weariness is your present experience? Acts 18 is the story of finding strength to stay – right there, in the midst of the craze. Right there, in the midst of the loneliness, discouragement and weariness.

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