Efrem Smith

Efrem Smith is the senior pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church, with the vision to be an urban, multi-ethnic, relevant, holistic, and Christ-centered community. He has held leadership positions in organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Hip-Hop Church.

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Audio: The Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God, and Candy Bar Christianity

by Efrem Smith 04-14-2009
In this sermon, Pastor Efrem discusses the focus in April on Martin Luther King's death and the Easter Season, and proclaims that there is no separation between proclaiming the gospel and advancing

Audio: Who is in Control? Wealth and Wisdom

by Efrem Smith 03-12-2009

It's always difficult to find just a few minutes from Pastor Efrem's sermons to highlight on the blog. With this sermon, it was impossible. So for a change, here's the entire sermon, in which he preaches from Proverbs 3 and talks about:

Audio: The Right Relationships to Fight Physical and Spiritual Poverty

by Efrem Smith 02-26-2009
Preaching from the story of Ezekiel and the dry bones, Pastor Efrem describes the "right relationships" that God wants to bring about for both physical and spiritual change in our lives.

Audio: Improving Our Party Invitations

by Efrem Smith 02-18-2009
In this clip, with Acts 2:36ff as his text, Pastor Efrem describes the church as the expression of the invitation to the party of God's kingdom -- and questions why so few are saying yes.

Audio: Shifting How We 'Have Church'

by Efrem Smith 02-04-2009
In this clip, Pastor Efrem talks about how the church has constantly changed throughout history to get closer to God's heart.

Audio: Taking 'Change We Can Believe In' to the Next Level

by Efrem Smith 01-15-2009
It was hard to narrow this sermon down to a short clip -- it makes so many good points!

Audio: Change We Can Believe In

by Efrem Smith 12-11-2008
In this clip Pastor Efrem talks about how, in order to be change agents in society, we need to change a church divided by race, class, and culture.

Audio: Biblical Redistribution of Wealth -- What You Think You Own is Not Yours

by Efrem Smith 11-20-2008

In this clip, taken from a Nov. 2 sermon, Pastor Efrem talks about the implications of the commandment not to covet, and a biblical approach to wealth and ownership.

Seeing True Worth Despite Financial Downfall and Political Demonization

by Efrem Smith 10-10-2008

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