2009 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)

2008 Sermons (Year A Readings)


11 January a.m.: Empowered by the Spirit. Scripture reading: Genesis 1:1-5. Sermon text: Mark 1:1-11.

18 January a.m.: Created to Serve. Scripture reading: Psalm 139: 1-17. Sermon text: 1 Samuel 3:1-10.

18 January p.m.: Do You Know Who Calls? Sermon text: John 1:43-51.

25 January a.m.: When the People Listen. Scripture reading: Jonah 1. Sermon text: Jonah 3:1-4:11.

25 January p.m.: Leave It Behind. Sermon text: Mark 1:14-20.

1 February: New Hope will hold our annual Winter Bible Study. Subject: St. Paul: God’s Chosen Apostle.

8 February a.m.: Renewing Our Strength. Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23. Sermon text: Isaiah 40:21-31.

8 February p.m.: Proclaiming the Message. Sermon text: Mark 1:29-39.

15 February a.m.: Visiting the Jordan. Scripture reading: Psalm 30. Sermon text: 2 Kings 5:1-14.

15 February p.m.: “Be Clean.” Sermon text: Mark 1:40-45.

22 February a.m.: Transfigured. Scripture reading: Scripture reading: Mark 9:2-9. Sermon text: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6.

22 February p.m.: The End of an Era. Sermon text: 2 Kings 2:1-12.


25 February, Ash Wednesday: Romulus Methodist Church will join us at 7 p.m. for Holy Communion. Sermon: Where Is God? Scripture reading: Isaiah 58:1-12. Sermon text: Joel 2:1-17.

1 March a.m.: An Everlasting Covenant. Scripture reading: Palm 25:1-9. Sermon text: Genesis 9:8-17.

1 March p.m.: Suffering Once for All. Sermon text: 1 Peter 3:18-22.

8 March a.m.: Take up Your Cross. Scripture reading: Romans 4:13-25. Sermon text: Mark 8:31-38. Rev. Dr. Gerald Bray, guest minister.

8 March p.m.: Bow before the LORD. Sermon text: Psalm 22:22-30.

15 March a.m.: A Message of Foolishness. Scripture reading: John 2:13-22. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.

15 March p.m.: The Words of God. Sermon text: Exodus 20:1-17.

22 March a.m.: Raised up with Christ. Scripture reading: Numbers 21:4-9. Sermon text: Ephesians 2:1-10.

22 March p.m.: Lifting the Son of Man. Sermon text: John 3:1-21.

29 March a.m.: Gideon Sunday. Scripture reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34.

29 March p.m.: No sermon; Fifth Sunday night singing.

Holy Week

5 April, Palm Sunday: Hosanna in the Highest. Scripture reading: Psalm 118:19-29. Sermon text: Mark 11:1-11.

5 April p.m.: From What Authority? Sermon text: Mark 11:27-33.

9 April, Maundy Thursday: New Hope will join Romulus Methodist Church at the Methodist church at 7 p.m. Gather ‘Round the Table. Scripture reading: Exodus 12:1-14. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.

10 April, Good Friday: Romulus Methodist Church will join New Hope at 7 p.m. Rev. Paul Peoples, Romulus Methodist Church, presiding.


12 April, Easter Sunday: When We See the Lord. Scripture reading: Acts 10:34-43. Sermon text: John 20:1-18. We will celebrate Holy Communion in this service.

19 April a.m.: What Life Do You Want? Scripture reading: 1 John 1:1-2:2. Sermon text: John 20:19-31.

19 April p.m.: Coming Together. Sermon text: Acts 4:32-35.

26 April: Now That You Know. Scripture reading: 1 John 3:1-7. Sermon text: Acts 3:1-21.

3 May: The Only Name You Need. Scripture reading: John 10:11-18. Sermon text: Acts 4:1-12.

10 May: Blessed Are the Gentle. Delivered at Cedar Hill Baptist Church, Jasper, AL. Sermon text: Matthew 5:1-5. This isn’t the lectionary reading for the week.

17 May a.m.: The Most Important MIssion. Scripture reading: 1 John 5:1-6. Sermon text: John 15:9-17.

17 May p.m.: Open the Door. Sermon text: Acts 10:25-48.

24 May a.m.: Jesus’ Greatest Wish. Scripture reading: 1 John 5:9-13. Sermon text: John 17:1-26.


31 May a.m., Pentecost Sunday: Mighty Works, Mighty Wind.

7 June, Trinity Sunday: Called for His Glory. Scripture reading: Isaiah 6:1-13. Sermon text: Romans 1:1-7. Note: This Sunday will begin a sermon series from the book of Romans that will last throughout the Ordinary season.

7 June p.m.: Give God His Due. Sermon text: Psalm 29.

14 June, Homecoming: Proclaimed throughout the World. Scripture reading: Mark 4:26-34. Sermon text: Romans 1:8-17.

21 June: When the Wise Go Dark. Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13. Sermon text: Romans 1:17-32.

28 June a.m.: The Danger of Judgment. Scripture reading: Lamentations 3:21-33. Sermon text: Romans 2:1-16.

5 July a.m.: Who Really Belongs to God? Scripture reading: Ezekiel 2:1-5. Sermon text: Romans 2:17-29.

5 July p.m.: Sufficient Grace. Sermon text: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10.

12 July a.m.: Justified by Grace. Scripture reading: Romans 3:1-20. Sermon text: Romans 3:21-31.

12 July p.m.: The End of the Era. Sermon text: Mark 6:14-29.

19 July a.m.: Why? Scripture reading: Psalm 78:1-25. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. We will celebrate Baptism and Holy Communion in this service.

19 July p.m.: Another Part of the Plan. Sermon text: 2 Samuel 7:1-17.

26 July: No sermons. I’ll be on vacation.

2 August a.m.: The Real Promise. Scripture reading: Romans 4:1-15. Sermon text: Romans 4:16-25.

2 August p.m.: A Busy Day. Sermon text: John 6:1-21.

9 August a.m.: You Can Have Peace. Scripture reading: Ephesians 3:14-21. Sermon text: Romans 5:1-11.

9 August p.m.: From Defeat to Victory. Sermon text: 1 Kings 19.

16 August a.m.: The Difference of One Man. Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:25-5:2. Sermon text: Romans 5:12-21.

16 August p.m.: The Right Prayer to Pray. Sermon text: 1 Kings 3:3-14.

23 August a.m.: Buried, Yet We Live. Scripture reading: Romans 6:1-11. Sermon text: Romans 6:12-23.

23 August p.m.: The Dedication. Sermon text: 1 Kings 8. We’ll hear the entire chapter describing Solomon’s dedication of the First Temple in c. 960-959 B.C.

30 August: O Wretched Man! Scripture reading: Romans 7:1-12. Sermon text: Romans 7:13-25.

6 September: Rejoice, Heirs of God! Scripture reading: Psalm 15. Sermon text: Romans 8:1-17.

13 September a.m.: Tackling the Tough Questions. Scripture reading: Romans 9:1-18. Sermon text: Romans 9:19-33.

13 September p.m.: The Cry of Wisdom. Sermon text: Proverbs 1:20-33.

20 September a.m.: All Who Call. Scripture reading: Romans 10:1-13. Sermon text: Romans 10:14-21.

20 September p.m.: Welcome the Children. Sermon text: Mark 9:30-37.

27 September a.m.: What a Mystery. Scripture reading: Romans 11:1-12. Sermon text: Romans 11:13-36.

27 September p.m.: Overwhelmed? Sermon text: Numbers 11.

4 October a.m.: A Living Sacrifice. Scripture reading: Romans 12:1-8. Sermon text: Romans 12:9-21.

4 October p.m.: Speaking through the Son. Sermon text: Hebrews 1.

11 October a.m.: R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Scripture reading: Romans 13:1-7. Sermon text: Romans 13:8-14.

11 October p.m.: The Great High Priest. Sermon text: Hebrews 4:12-16.

18 October a.m.: Protecting the Weaker. Scripture reading: Romans 14:1-9. Sermon text: Romans 14:10-23.

18 October p.m.: The Suffering High Priest. Sermon text; Hebrews 5:1-10.

25 October a.m.: With One Voice. Scripture reading: Romans 15:1-12. Sermon text: Romans 15:13-33..

25 October p.m.: The Eternal High Priest. Sermon text: Hebrews 7.

1 November a.m., All Saints Day: For All the Saints. Scripture reading: Romans 16:1-16. Sermon text: Romans 16:18-27.

1 November p.m.: Wiping the Tears. Sermon text: Isaiah 25:1-9.

8 November a.m.: Unlikely Heroes. Scripture reading: 1 Kings 17:8-16. Sermon Text: Mark 12:38-44.

8 November p.m.: Not Made with Hands. Sermon text: Hebrews 9.

15 November a.m.: Our Protector and Refuge. Scripture reading: Psalm 16.  Sermon text: 1 Samuel 2:1-10.

15 November p.m.: Only the Beginning. Sermon text: Mark 13:1-8.

22 November, Last Sunday of Pentecost (Christ the King): The Cross Held Our King. Scripture reading: 2 Samuel 23:1-7. Sermon text: John 18:33-37.

22 November p.m.: Fulfilling the Oath. Sermon text: Psalm 132.

24 November, Joint Thanksgiving Service with Romulus Methodist Church Tell the Nations Our Joy. Scripture reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7. Sermon text: Psalm 126.

29 November, First Sunday of Advent: The Strength to Stand. Scripture reading: Psalm 25:1-10. Sermon text: Luke 21:25-36.

29 November p.m.: At the Coming of the Saints. Sermon text: 1 Thessalonians 3:8-13.

6 December: The Messenger. Scripture reading: Malachi 3:1-4. Sermon text: Luke 1:57-80.

13 December: The Consuming Fire Comes. Scripture reading: Zephaniah 3:14-20. Sermon text: Luke 3:1-18.

13 December p.m.: Annual Festival of Carols and Lessons.

20 December (Christmas readings): In the City of David. Scripture reading: Isaiah 9:2-7. Sermon text: Luke 2:1-14. New Hope will celebrate Christmas Communion at this service.

20 December p.m.: New Hope’s choir will present “Hope Has Hands” at 6 p.m.

27 December (First Sunday of Christmas): The Word Became Flesh. Scripture reading: Psalm 147. Sermon text: John 1:1-18.

27 December p.m.: Keep Not Silent. Sermon text: Isaiah 61:10-62:3.