2011 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

Daniel: God’s Divine Ambassador.

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.

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 needed addressing.

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

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

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

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

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)


2 January a.m.: Worship the King. Scripture reading: Jeremiah 31:7-14. Sermon text: Matthew 2:1-12.

2 January p.m.: In His Father’s House. Sermon text: Luke 2:41-52.


9 January a.m. (First Sunday of Epiphany): Te Deum Laudamus! Scripture reading: Psalm 29. Sermon text: Matthew 3:13-17.

9 January p.m.: I Am the LORD. Sermon text: Isaiah 42:1-9.

16 January a.m.: A Light to the Nations. Scripture reading: Psalm 40:1-12. Sermon text: Isaiah 49:1-7.

16 January p.m.: Enriched in Christ Jesus. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.

23 January a.m.: Follow Me. Scripture reading: Isaiah 9:1-4. Sermon text: Matthew 4:12-23.

23 January p.m.: Agree. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18.

30 January: His Requirements. Scripture reading: Matthew 5:1-12. Sermon text: Micah 6:1-8.

6 February a.m.: What Does God Want? Scripture reading: Psalm 112. Sermon text: Isaiah 58:1-12.

6 February p.m.: The Greatest Knowledge. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16.

13 February a.m.: Spirit of the Law. Scripture reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20. Sermon text: Matthew 5:17-37.

20 February a.m.: Serving a Holy God. Scripture reading: Leviticus 19:1-18. Sermon text: Matthew 5:38-48.

20 February p.m.: A Sure Foundation. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 3:10-23.

27 February a.m.: Why Worry? Scripture reading: Isaiah 49:8-16. Sermon text: Matthew 6:24-34.

27 February p.m.: A Trustworthy Steward. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5.

6 March a.m.: Transfigured. Scripture reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21. Sermon text: Matthew 17:1-9.

6 March p.m.: Why Do the Nations Rage? Sermon text: Psalm 2.


13 March a.m.: Christ Victorious. Scripture reading: Genesis 3:1-7. Sermon text: Matthew 4:1-11.

13 March p.m.: Forgiven. Sermon text: Psalm 32.

20 March a.m.: A Promise Made. Scripture reading: Romans 4:13-17. Sermon text: Genesis 12:1-8.

27 March a.m.: Standing at the Rock. Scripture reading: Psalm 95. Sermon text: Exodus 17:1-7.

27 March p.m.: Reconciled. Sermon text: Romans 5:1-11.

3 April a.m.: The LORD Is My Shepherd. Scripture reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Sermon text: Psalm 23.

3 April a.m.: Out of Darkness, Into Light. Sermon text: Ephesians 5:8-14.

10 April a.m.: Brandie Rickett will tell New Hope about her recent missionary trip to Peru.

10 April p.m.: Bones Brought Together. Sermon text: Ezekiel 37:1-14.

17 April a.m. (Palm Sunday): Hosanna! Scripture reading: Psalm 118:19-29. Sermon text: Matthew 21:1-11.

17 April p.m.: Trust in Trouble. Sermon text: Psalm 31:9-16.


24 April, Easter Sunday: New Hope’s choir will present “In the Presence of Jehovah.” Sermon: Resurrection! Sermon text: Matthew 28:1-10. New Hope will celebrate Holy Communion in this service.

1 May a.m.: Jesus Our Victorious Lord. Scripture reading: Psalm 16. Sermon text: Acts 2:14-32.

8 May: Receive the Gift. Scripture reading: Psalm 116. Sermon text: Acts 2: 32-41.

15 May a.m.: The True Gate. Scripture reading: Psalm 23. Sermon text: John 10:1-10.

15 May p.m.: The Beginning Days. Sermon text: Acts 2:42-47.

29 May: The God We Know. Scripture reading: Psalm 66:8-20. Sermon text: Acts 17:16-34.

5 June a.m.: It’s Time. Scripture reading: John 17:1-11. Sermon text: Acts 1:1-14.

5 June p.m.: Exalted. Sermon text: 1 Peter 5:6-11.


12, 19 June: The Rev. Billy Gray will minister to New Hope while I travel to Israel. Please pray for me and for those traveling with me.

26 June a.m.: The Rev. Chip Freeman, New Hope’s youth minister, will minister to New Hope.

26 June p.m.: New Hope will hold commencement for our Vacation Bible School.

3 July: Loving Our Lord. Scripture reading: John 11:38-57. Sermon text: John 12:1-8.

10 July a.m.: Glorify His Name. Scripture reading: John 12:12-36. Sermon text: John 12:37-50.

17 July a.m.: Do It Quickly. Scripture reading: John 13:1-20. Sermon text: John 13:21-38.

17 July p.m.: Reflections on Israel.

24 July a.m.: Show Us the Father. Scripture Reading: John 14:1-17. Sermon text: John 14:18-31.

24 July p.m.: The Promise of the Generations. Sermon text: Psalm 105:1-11.

31 July: Living as Friends. Scripture reading: John 15:1-15. Sermon text: John 15:16-27.

7 August a.m.: New Hope will celebrate the dedication of our newest arrival with a Dedication service and Holy Communion. Sermon information: “Let the Children Come to Me.” Scripture reading: Exodus Exodus 12:21-27. Sermon text: Matthew 19:1-15.

7 August p.m.: Selling the Dreamer. Sermon text: Genesis 37.

14 August a.m.: Overcoming. Scripture reading: John 16:1-15. Sermon text: John 16:16-33.

14 August p.m.: Vindicated. Sermon text: Genesis 45:1-15.

21 August a.m.: New hope will celebrate Baptism and Holy Communion in this service. Sermon info: Jesus’ Desire. Scripture reading: John 17:1-11. Sermon text: John 17:12-26.

21 August p.m.: The Great Confession. Sermon text: Matthew 16:13-20.

28 August a.m.: James and Lori Rice will tell the congregation about their upcoming mission assignment to South America.

28 August p.m.: The Rev. Chip Freeman will minister to the congregation.

4 September: Gathered in Christ. Scripture reading: Romans 13:8-14. Sermon text: Matthew 18:15-20.

11 September a.m.: Betrayed! Scripture reading: John 18:1-24. Sermon text: John 18:25-40.

11 September p.m.: Crossing the Sea. Sermon text: Exodus 14:19-31.

18 September: I was home sick.

25 September: Behold Your King. Scripture reading: John 19:1-37. Sermon text: John 19:38-42. No p.m. service for the church to attend the Fleetwood Gregory visitation.

2 October a.m.: Christ Lives! Scripture reading: John 20:1-10. Sermon text: John 20:11-18.

2 October p.m.: The Covenant. Scripture reading: Psalm 19. Sermon text: Exodus 20:1-21.

9 October a.m.: Restored. Scripture reading: John 20:19-31. Sermon text: John 21:1-25.

16 October a.m.: Render to God. Scripture reading: Exodus 33:12-23. Sermon text: Matthew 22:15-22.

16 October p.m.: A Testimony Worth Telling. Sermon text: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10.

23 October a.m.: From Age to Age. Scripture reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-12. Sermon text: Psalm 90.

23 October p.m.: Share the Gospel. Sermon text: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8.

30 October a.m. (Reformation Day Readings): By Grace Through Faith. Scripture reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34. Sermon text: Romans 3:19-31.

30 October p.m.: The Rev. Chip Freeman will minister to the congregation.

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

6 November p.m.: Bless the LORD. Sermon text: Psalm 34.

13 November: The Story of Deborah. Scripture reading: Psalm 90:1-12. Sermon text: Judges 4.

20 November, Sunday of Christ the King: The King of All. Scripture reading: Psalm 100. Sermon text: Ephesians 1:15-23.

20 November p.m.: Here Comes the Day. Sermon text: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.


27 November a.m.: Do You Really Want His Return? Scripture reading: Mark 13:24-37. Sermon text: Isaiah 64:1-9.

27 November p.m.: Strengthened to the end. Sermon text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.

4 December a.m.: Here Is Your God. Scripture reading: Mark 1:1-8. Sermon text: Isaiah 40:1-11.

4 December p.m.: New Hope joined Romulus Methodist Church for the annual Community Thanksgiving service.

11 December a.m.: Sent for the Gospel. Scripture reading: Luke 1:46-55. Sermon text: Isaiah 61:1-11.

11 December p.m.: New Hope’s children will present their Christmas play, followed by a “Happy Birthday Jesus” fellowship.


25 December (Christmas Day): New Hope will celebrate Christmas Communion at a 10 a.m. worship service. Sermon: Shine the Light. Scripture reading: Isaiah 9:1-7. Sermon text: Luke 2:1-20.