• Bob Hunter

    Contributing sermons since Nov 25, 2001
Bob's church

Gresham, Oregon 97080

About Bob
  • Education: B.A. Religion, Mount Vernon Nazarene College 1991 Master’s of Divinity, Nazarene Theological Seminary 1994
  • Experience: Church Planter 1994-1998 New Directions Church in Wilsonville,OR Senior Pastor 2000-present Springwater Church in Gresham, OR
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: They’re free! For crying out loud, if you can find better then go for it! More seriously, all my messages are fully texted in order to avoid redundancies and mistatements. That doesn’t mean they are grammatically sound from every angle. Moreover, it is very typical to depart from the script and extemporaneously address issues. Or speak to the audience using only selected statments. Having a full text is not bondage it actually allows for greater freedom in the pulpit. And it does wonders to eliminate frustration. Use what you can!
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: The Joshua series of messages impacted me and my Church in a great way. Turn around Churches need to be immersed in books like Joshua and understand the conditions and climate for conquering new spiritual territory. Without boldly confronting these issues and courageously risking it all; a turn around will never be experienced. A Biblical model for turn around can be found in this wonderful O.T. book. Use these messages to set the stage for spiritual activity in your Church. Not all the insights are original with me, in fact I narrowed my study down to address the particular issues relevant to our local Church.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: So many illustrations, so little time! I am biased to my own personal ones that tell of actual experiences I have had. They are too numerous to mention! My favorite analogy: "I wish I could change people as fast as I can change a diaper" See the sermon "Growing in Grace"
  • Family: Married to the lovely and dynamic Cambria Hunter. Three small children, Grant, Brianna and Tanner. Second to none, the most exciting form of Church growth is biological growth. Be fruitful and multiply. Amen?
  • What my parents think of my sermons: When Mom finally said it was a good sermon, it was indeed a good sermon!
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She’s my biggest fan.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Don’t feel bad about using material not original with you. In many cases, a false sense of guilt prevents us from gleaning insights from others and presenting the most effective message. If you want to be an effective communicator, learn from the best! Preaching also has a lot to do with whats in your heart. So get to the heart of the matter! Let people into the interior of your life when your preach. Don’t hide, people want to know you are human and you struggle. Have a heart, and let it show.
  • Books that have had an impact: Turn around Churches by George Barna Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren Boundaries by Cloud and Townscend Control Freak by Les Parrot
  • Hobbies: Enjoy hiking, camping, boating, skiing, and generally anything that has to do with the outdoors.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: I would say what Jesus said in Acts Ch. 1 when He ascended into heaven. See my outline study, "Ascension lessons for today."
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: My first Sunday at Springwater Church was quit an eventful one. As I stepped up to the podium, I activated the wireless microphone, somehow I set off a fury of distortion. The seemingly endless volume of noise was eventually silenced by the swift action of a sound tech. Hands were wringing, faces were grim, a deadening silence fell over the crowd. In an unusual moment of wit, I blirted out, "Now that’s what I call a static reception!" At that, we all laughed together and proceeded with the message.
  • What I want on my tombstone: His mouth stopped moving here!
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  • A Mystery, A Miracle And A Total Life Make-Over

    Contributed on Dec 14, 2005
    based on 1 rating

    Mary gets a lot of attention in the Christmas story, but what about Joseph? Video clip suggestion. Easy to use outline and narrative.

    A MYSTERY, A MIRACLE AND A TOTAL LIFE MAKE-OVER. Matthew 1:18-25 Video clip suggestion: “Joseph’s Quill” available at Opening Ilustration: My wife Cambria and I have been blessed with three wonderful kids. We love them equally. They are hilarious to watch. Looking more

  • Finding Certainty In Uncertain Times

    Contributed on Nov 28, 2005
    based on 120 ratings

    Four things you can count on in times of uncertainty. Step by step through chapter seven. Use in series

    FINDING CERTAINTY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES Daniel Ch. 7 Pastor Bob Hunter Intro: Daniel lived through some pretty uncertain times as an exile in Babylon. Death threats, idol worship, temperamental kings, backbiting officials, puzzling dreams, difficult problems, etc. more

  • Learning The Hard Way

    Contributed on Nov 7, 2005
    based on 87 ratings

    Are you the type of person who learns things the hard way? King Nebuchadnezzar was a slow learner. Contemporary sermon with solid practical outline. Use it in series.

    Nebuchadnezzar: Learning the hard way Daniel Ch. 4 Intro: Have you ever wondered why some people choose to learn things the hard way? King Nebuchadnezzar was that type of person. Nothing came easy for him. He was a perpetural slow learner when it came to spirituality. If given the choice more

  • What's So Great About Jesus?

    Contributed on Feb 7, 2005
    based on 6 ratings

    The key word in the book of Hebrews is: Better. This message describes how much better our lives are in Christ. Video clip suggestion. ppt friendly outline. Relevant to seekers & believers.

    What’s so great about Jesus? By Pastor Bob Hunter Scripture: Hebrews Chs.1-4 Video Clip suggestion: “That’s My King” available at Intro: There is one reoccurring word in the book of Hebrews used by the author to describe Jesus. The word is “Better.” The original more

  • Fighting The Good Fight

    Contributed on Dec 14, 2004
    based on 48 ratings

    ATTENTION: MEN ONLY!!! This message written for a men’s audience will challenge men to finish what they have started and not allow the diversionary tactics of the enemy to prevail. Old Testament characters are used to illustrate spiritual diversion and

    Message: FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT & FINISHING THE RACE MEN’S RETREAT 2004 PASTOR BOB INTRO: Men are in spiritual crisis these days. Women are more active in Church than ever. Where have all the men gone? Why are Men Missing In Action? M.M.I.A. Let’s face the facts men, we’ve more

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