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A Place to Serve - Acts 6:1-7 - Feb 14, 1999 - 5

"Anyone can be great because anyone can serve.” Those are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They remind us of the words of Jesus who declared that he did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). On the night before he was crucified, when ... More

Deacons & Deaconesses: Servants of Christ - Apr 7, 1993

First images stay in the mind forever. Whenever I hear the word “deacon,” I always think of Hilliard Felton. He was a lifetime deacon at the First Baptist Church of Russellville, Alabama. As I think back, I don’t believe I ever saw him without a coat and tie on. He was one of t ... More

Portrait of a Godly Pastor - Romans 15:14-21 - Aug 19, 2007 - 741

In 1978 Michael Hart wrote a book called “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential People in History.” In it he ranked the most important people in the history of the world, taking into account the people they influenced, they movements they started, the impact they made, and the legac ... More

Great Joy in the City - Acts 8:4-8 - Jan 9, 2005 - 664

“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. With shrieks, evil spirits came out of man ... More

Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gifts - Various - Apr 1, 1990 - 567

The name Peter Drucker will be familiar to you if you are a student of business or economics. To put it simply, he is one of the great minds of the 20th century. His writings include Managing for Results, The New Society, The Effective Executive, and America’s Next Twenty Years. For over a ... More

My Favorite Teacher - Romans 12:7; I Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11 - Apr 22, 1990 - 568

It’s not hard for me to remember my favorite teacher. I first met her on a bright September morning in 1962. Her name was Mrs. Witt. We were her new fifth-grade class. She was a big, strong woman, which meant she could take care of us without any trouble. To me she looked like she had bee ... More

Martha's Vineyard - I Corinthians 12:28; Romans 12:7 - Apr 29, 1990 - 569

I first met Bill Petch twelve years ago this summer. I was fresh out of seminary and starting my first pastorate. It happened that my church was like most churches pastored by men right out of seminary—small and struggling. When I arrived on the scene, there were about 50 people left in a c ... More

What Elders Do - Apr 12, 1992

Preach the Word! - 2 Timothy 4:1-5 - Aug 10, 2003 - 492

I’d like to begin by calling your attention to verses 3-4 of this passage. They describe a scene that seems amazingly contemporary: “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of tea ... More

The Pastor’s Reward - 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 - Aug 9, 2013 - 1488

(A sermon at the installation service for Brian Bill as the pastor of Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island, IL.)  When I was student at Dallas Seminary four decades ago, I spent a lot of time in the library. I’ve always been fascinated by old books, especially old books that are not well ... More

Accidental Cross - Luke 23:26 - Mar 28, 2013 - 1483

“As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus” (Luke 23:26). We don’t know much about him. He was just a bit player in the great drama surrounding the death of Chris ... More

First Century Patterns For 21st-Century Churches - Various - Apr 5, 1992 - 332

I. The Purpose of This Mini-SeriesA. To provide a biblical background for some of the key issues surrounding the proposed revision of our church constitution. There are three primary issues that need special discussion: the role of elders, the role of deacons, and the biblical basis for congregation ... More

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