2008 Sermons:

New Hope Baptist Church,

Romulus, AL


These sermons are delivered at New Hope Baptist Church in Romulus, Alabama (unless otherwise noted). I've placed these sermons here for my non-resident members (or anyone else interested in some sermons). Unless otherwise noted, all scriptures are from the English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. These sermons are not for profit; I'm not selling them, and you can't either. If they help you, please let me know. Feel free to share them if you think they're worth it. You should know that I rarely preach exactly from manuscript; things come to me as I go. (Most ministers will empathize.)

For most of the Church year, I follow the Revised Common Lectionary. You can read why I follow the Lectionary here.

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Other Sermons and Studies:

Sermons prior to Holy Week 2008

St. Paul: God’s Chosen Apostle.

Esther: God's Redeemer of Israel.

Reformation: From Rome's Fall to Luther's Stand a presentation for Reformation Day 2007.

Moses: Obedience and Redemption Our current Wednesday night Bible study lecture notes.

Revelation Delivered during Pentecost 2007.

The Apostles' Creed Delivered during Epiphany 2008. The Apostles' Creed states the basics of our faith.

Our Daily Bread. Scripture reading: Psalm 78:1-25. Sermon text: Luke 22:14-30. This is the sermon for Maundy Thursday 2006.

Thy Kingdom Come. Scripture reading: Joel 2:1-17. Sermon text: Matthew 6:5-13. This is my second sermon on the Lord's Prayer, preached Ash Wednesday 2007.

Reaching Higher. Scripture reading: Jeremiah 1:1-10. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 14:1-20. Given events in the SBC, the topic of glossalalia needs addressing.

My Redeemer Lives. Sermon text: Job 19:25. This is an ordination sermon.

The Cost of Salvation. Sermon text: Mark 10:17-27 (the story of the young ruler).

Mighty Works, Mighty Wind. Scripture reading: John 14:8-17. Sermon text: Acts 2:1-11. This is a Pentecost sermon.

Psalm 51: Relationship Restored I preached this sermon in Preaching class on Friday after Ash Wednesday.

No Shortcuts I preached this sermon at Beeson's weekly Communion service 03 March 2004. Students typically deliver the homily for this service.

Too Blessed to Worry Preached at the Community Thanksgiving Service in Romulus, 2003.

Building on God's Foundation Based on a sermon I wrote for Preaching class.

Summation of the Trinity In 2003, I preached a series on the Trinity. This was the last sermon of the series.

Thinking about Mary. Scripture reading: 2 Samuel 7:4-16. Sermon text: Luke 1: 26-38. From Advent, Year B.

The Cross Holds a King This is a poem, not a sermon.

The Choice of Eternity. Scripture reading: Amos 6:1-7. Sermon text: Luke 16:19-31. Note: this will be a very uncomfortable sermon for most readers, but it's time someone made the choice of life plain to everyone.

2004 Sermons (Year C Readings)

2005 Sermons (Year A Readings)

2006 Sermons (Year B Readings)

2007 Sermons (Year C Readings)


Epiphany Sunday, 6 January a.m.: God, the Father Almighty. Scripture reading: Isaiah 43:1-15. Sermon text: 1 John 4:4-14.

6 January p.m.: The Rising Glory. Sermon text: Isaiah 60:1-6.

13 January a.m.: Jesus Christ Our Lord. Scripture reading: Acts 17:24-31 Sermon text: Acts 26:22-28.

13 January p.m.: "This Is My Son." Sermon text: Matthew 3:13-17.

20 January a.m.: Laurie Beth Wedgeworth will give her testimony in the morning worship service.

20 January p.m.: A New Song. Sermon text: Psalm 42.

27 January a.m.: The Holy Spirit, Our Glorious Hope. Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:1-6. Sermon text: 1 John 3:19-4:4.

27 January p.m.: The Message of the Cross. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18.

3 February: Winter Bible Study: Esther: God's Redeemer of Israel.


Ash Wednesday, 6 February: Be Reconciled to God. Scripture reading: Isaiah 58:1-12. Sermon text: 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10.

10 February a.m.: The Joy of Forgiveness. Scripture reading: Romans 5:12-19. Sermon text: Psalm 32.

10 February p.m.: The Ultimate Tempter. Sermon text: Matthew 4:1-11.

17 February a.m.: You Must Be Born Again. Scripture reading: Romans 4:1-17. Sermon text: John 3:1-17.

17 February p.m.: Lifting Our Eyes to Our Help. Sermon text: Psalm 121.

24 February a.m.: Meeting at the Well. Scripture reading: John 4:1-26. Sermon text: John 4:27-42.

24 February p.m.: Reconciled through Faith. Sermon text: Romans 5:1-11.

2 March a.m.: Who Would You Choose? Scripture reading: Psalm 23. Sermon text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13.

2 March p.m.: Children of Light. Sermon text: Ephesians 5:8-14.

9 March a.m.: Lazarus, Arise! Scripture reading: Psalm 130. Sermon text: John 11:1-45.

9 March p.m.: Living Bones. Sermon text: Ezekiel 37:1-14.

Holy Week

16 March a.m. (Palm Sunday): Hosanna! Scripture reading: Psalm 118. Sermon text: Matthew 21:1-11.

16 March p.m.: Mercy in the Time of Trouble. Psalm 31:9-16.

20 March, Maundy Thursday: Keep the Feast. Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. Sermon text: Exodus 12:1-14. We will meet with Romulus Methodist Church at 7 p.m. at the Methodist church. We will celebrate Holy Communion in this service.

21 March, Good Friday: Rev. Paul Peeples will deliver the sermon at New Hope at 7 p.m.


23 March, Easter Sunday: "I Have Seen the Lord." Scripture reading: John 20:1-18. Sermon text: Acts 10:34-43.

30 March a.m.: Do You Believe? Scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9. Sermon text: John 20:19-31.

30 March p.m.: Fifth Sunday Night Singing.

6 April a.m.: Burning Hearts. Scripture reading: Psalm 116:1-17. Sermon text: Luke 24:13-35.

6 April p.m.: Ransomed by the Blood. Sermon text: 1 Peter 1:17-23.

13 April a.m.: "I Am the Door." Scripture reading: 1 Peter 2:19-25. Sermon text: John 10:1-10.

13 April p.m.: Adding to the Number. Sermon text: Acts 2:42-47.

20 April a.m.: When the Heavens Open. Scripture reading: John 14:1-14. Sermon text: Acts 7:44-60.

20 April p.m.: A Royal Priesthood. Sermon text: 1 Peter 2:1-10.

27 April a.m.: Proclaiming an Unknown God. Scripture reading: Psalm 66. Sermon text: Acts 17:22-31.

27 April p.m.: The Other Among Us. Sermon text: John 14:15-21.

4 May a.m.: That We May Be One. Scripture reading: Acts 1:1-14. Sermon text: John 17:1-11.

4 May p.m.: When Trials Come. Sermon text: 1 Peter 4:12-5:11.


11 May, Pentecost (Mothers Day, U.S.): Why the Spirit? Scripture reading: Acts 2:1-21. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 12:1-13. We will celebrate Holy Communion on this day.

18 May a.m.: Gideon Sunday. A local Gideon will tell the congregation of the vital work of the Gideons' ministry.

25 May a.m.: Seek the Kingdom. Scripture reading: Psalm 131. Sermon text: Matthew 6:24-34.

1 June a.m.: Wise or Foolish? Scripture reading: Psalm 46. Sermon text: Matthew 7:21-29.

8 June: Homecoming. No sermon, as a former pastor preached that day.

15 June: Are You Ready to Go? Scripture reading: Psalm 100. Sermon text: Matthew 9:35-10:23.

22 June: Speak of the LORD. Scripture reading: Matthew 10:24-39. Sermon text: Jeremiah 20:1-13.

29 June: Sing of His Love. Scripture reading: Psalm 13. Sermon text: Psalm 89:1-18.

6 July: Come, Rest. Scripture reading: Psalm 145:8-14. Sermon text: Matthew 11:25-30.

20 July: “You Know Me.” Scripture reading: Isaiah 44:6-8. Sermon text: Psalm 139.

3 August: Feed Us, Lord. Scripture reading: Psalm 145:15-22. Sermon text: Matthew 14-13-21.

10 August: Confess and Believe. Scripture reading: Psalm 85:8-13. Sermon text: Romans 9:1-10.

24 August: Series on Philippians: Complete the Good Work. Scripture reading: Philippians 1:1-6. Sermon text: Philippians 1:7-11.

31 August: Series on Philippians: Fight for the Faith. Scripture reading: Philippians 1:12-17. Sermon text: Philippians 1:18-30.

7 September: Series on the Philippians: The Confession of the Ages. Scripture reading: Matthew 21:23-32. Sermon text: Philippians 2:1-13.

14 September: Series on the Philippians: The Unsung Heroes. Scripture: Philippians 2:14-30.

21 September: Series on the Philippians: A Prize Worth Pursuing. Scripture reading: Philippians 3:1-11. Sermon text: Philippians 3:12-21.

28 September: Series on the Philippians: A Peace Worth Possessing. Scripture reading: Philippians 4:1-9. Sermon text: Philippians 4:10-23.

19 October: Rendering unto Caesar. Scripture reading: Isaiah 45:1-7. Sermon text: Matthew 22:15-22.

26 October: The Greatest Commandment. Scripture reading: Matthew 22:23-33. Sermon text: Matthew 22:34-46.

2 November, All Saints Day Readings: For All the Saints. Scripture reading: Revelation 7:9-17. Sermon text: 1 John 3:1-3.

9 November: The Last Trumpet. Scripture reading: Amos 5:18-24. Sermon text: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

16 November: A Thief in the Night. Scripture reading: Zephaniah 1. Sermon text: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.

23 November, Sunday of Christ the King: When Christ Shall Reign. Scripture reading: Psalm 95:1-7a. Sermon text: Ephesians 1:15-23.

30 November: Coming from the Heavens. Scripture reading: Psalm 80:1-7. Sermon text: Isaiah 64:1-9.

7 December: Preparing the Way. Scripture reading: Mark 1:1-8. Sermon text: Isaiah 40:1-11.

14 December: Good News to All. Scripture reading: John 1:6-28. Sermon text: Isaiah 61.

21 December, Christmas readings: Unto Us a Child Is Born. Scripture reading: Isaiah 9:2-7. Sermon text: Luke 2:1-20.

28 December: The Royal Diadem. Scripture reading: Galatians 3:25-4:7. Sermon text: Isaiah 61:10-62:3.