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Generosity

Jesus had options. We know that was the case from the very start of his ministry. In the Synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – he exercises his initial options in the wilderness following his baptism, deciding between: â—      Bread for his belly versus food for his soul â—      The glory that accompanies worldly […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Michael Cheuk, Senior Minister, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., on November 11, 2012. Isaiah 58:9-11, Matthew 5:14-16 November is our stewardship emphasis month, and this year our stewardship theme is “Investing in God’s Kingdom, Mission and Future.”  When we hear the word “investment,” we often think in terms of giving or […] Read More

The Heart of the Gospel

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on October 14, 2012. Mark 10:17-31 This is a tough passage, and I wrestled with it every day last week. It contains one of the most demanding challenges found in the gospels, along with one of the harshest warnings and most outlandish promises. […] Read More

Job: a Righteous Man

A sermon delivered by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., on October 14, 2012. The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Today we continue a four-week journey through the Old Testament book of Job.  Last week I asked you to imagine a world where righteousness is always rewarded and wickedness is always […] Read More

The Generosity of Faith

A sermon delivered by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo., on October 14, 2012. The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Mark 10:17-31 Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16 It’s October and so it’s also the time for the League Championship games to begin – games that determine who will play in the […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky, on July 29, 2012. John 6:1-14 The Food Network is hot! Some of the most popular programs on television are cooking shows, and these are not your grandmother’s cooking shows. We have come a long way since the days of Julia Childs. While […] Read More

Except for that dramatic encounter on the road to Damascus, the actual connections between Paul and Jesus aren’t all that clear. Certainly this earliest of our Christian writers heard first-hand the oral traditions about what Jesus did and what he preached and taught – oral traditions that were finally put down in writing and then […] Read More

Giving for Our Sake

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on November 13, 2011. 2 Deuteronomy 15:7-10 Morning Prayer: Lord of all love, we ask that you would compensate for our failures today.  If there are any to whom we cannot speak a word of blessing, be to that person a constant presence […] Read More

A sermon delivered by, Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on November 6, 2011. 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 Morning Prayer: O Lord, we pray today for those who are generous with their livelihoods, both within the church and within the community.  We ask that you would bless those who go within the community who […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Robert Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky., on October 9, 2011. Philippians 1:9-11 What do you think are the most important things in life? It is not uncommon for me to ask this question when getting to know people. Few questions tell me more about people than the answers they […] Read More