First Baptist Church

2017 Sermons

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January 1 Sometimes-We-Just-Don’t-Know-When-to-Quit
January 8 Services cancelled due to inclement weather
January 15 A Radical Word and a Word of Hope
January 22 What Exactly Is a Deacon?
January 29 Turning the World Right Side Up
February 5 Being Salt and Light 
February 12 Beyond Ethical Minimalism
February 19 A Way to Move beyond ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ Thinking
February 26 Listening to Jesus
March 1 Ash Wednesday Toward a More Faithful Lent
March 5 Confronting Temptation
March 12 What Does It Mean to Be Born Again
March 19 The Powerful Symbolism of Water
March 26 Acknowledging the Limits of Our Vision
April 2 Something We Cannot Do for Ourselves 
April 9 Palm Sunday “From Blame to Blessing” (A Dramatic Sermon)
April 16 Easter Sunday Why Are We Here Today?
April 23 What to Do with Our Fears?
April 30 Do We Recognize Jesus Today?
May 7 The Church on Its Best Behavior
May 14 Reclaiming our Priesthood
May 21 A Different Kind of Witness
May 28 Between Memory and Promise
June 4 Guest Preacher
June 11 Graduation Sunday – Youth Speakers
June 18 Go Ahead and Laugh
June 25 There Is Meaning in Our Mode of Baptism
July 2 What Is at Stake in Simple Acts of Hospitality
July 9 Is This It? (D. Ray) 
July 16 In Defense of the Seemingly Reckless Sower
July 23 Jacob or Israel, Patriarch or Momma’s Boy 
July 30 How to Use Our Hotline to God
August 6 Guest Preacher
August 13 Where Is God in This Story?
August 20 An Affirmation of Where We Are and a Calling to Go Beyond
August 27 Adopting an African-American Model of Church 
September 3 A Message We Struggle to Hear 
September 10 Moving Beyond Our Resistance
September 17 Addressing the Deepest Needs
September 24 Do We Really Want to Believe in an Angry God?
October 1 In Search of Authentic Unity
 October 8 What Matters Most
 October 15 Two Sides of the Same Gospel
October 22  Keeping Our Loyalties Separate 
October 29 The Boar Who Burned the Bull – Learning from Luther
November 5 Blessed Are Those Who Mourn
November 12 For Every Hallelujah, One Good Deed
November 19 A Faithful Response to Anxiety
November 26 Works Count 
December 3 The Least We Can Do Is Try to Be There
December 10 Guest Preachers
December 17 Ways to Prepare
December 24 Reflections of a Proud Father – A Dramatic Sermon
December 31 Something to Live For (D. Herman)

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