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May 31, 2020: “… they were all together in one place …”

Pastor Michael preaches on the story of Pentecost. Three symbols in this story catch our attention. First, there is the wind, which is the spirit of God being breathed into each believer. Pastor Michael relates this story to the tragic events in Minneapolis where George Floyd died because he could not breathe due to the police officer kneeling on his neck. Second, tongues of fire were on each of the believers. Third, the believers were confessing of the mighty works of God in many languages. We are called to continue that same activity, to kneel in confession that Jesus is Lord, to speak of what God is doing in the world. The sermon text is Acts 2:1-21; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

May 24, 2020: “… that they may be one.”

Pastor Michael preaches on Jesus’ prayer in which he prays that his disciples might be one. The disciples’ oneness, and our oneness, comes from the oneness of Jesus with God. This oneness refers not to the disciples having one spirit or one will, but that they have one purpose, which is the salvation of the world. The sermon text is John 17:1-11. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

May 17, 2020: The Spirit of Truth: Jesus Abiding with Us in Love.

As Jesus prepares his disciples for his ascension, he leaves them with two words; one is a command and the other is a promise. The command is to love one another. The promise is that God will send the Holy Spirit. These words, which sustained the disciples in their transition, support and sustain us in our transitions today. The sermon text is John 14:15-21. The reading of the scripture in included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

May 10, 2020: “Let not your hearts be troubled”

Pastor Michael preaches on Jesus’ farewell discourse. In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, our hearts are often troubled. But Jesus offers us the faithful heart, the heart that believes in God. He offers us a peaceful heart, a heart that is not afraid. We are dwelling in Jesus and Jesus is dwelling in us. The sermon text is John 14:1-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

May 3, 2020: “I am the Good Shepherd.”

Pastor Michael preaches on the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Michael notes that the term pastor is synonymous with shepherd; he expands the Baptist concept of “priesthood of all believers” to “pastorhood of all believers.” All of us are pastors in the sense that we have a responsibility to care for each other, as a shepherd cares for his sheep. As good pastors we are in a caring relationship with the risen Jesus, with ourselves, and with one another. The sermon text is John 10:1-18; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

April 26, 2019: How do we recognize Jesus in our lives?

Pastor Jason offers three ways to recognize God’s presence in our lives. First, we can learn to see God in other people. The coronavirus pandemic has caused us to realize how much we enjoy the company of other people. We can see a bit of the divine in one another. Second, we can spend more of our time thinking, reading, and talking about God. The more we engage with the topic of God, the more we feel connected to God. Third, when the pandemic is over, don’t forget to have meals together. Something happens in the breaking of the bread together. The sermon text is Luke 24:13-35; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack, minister of community, preaching.

April 19, 2020: “Receive the Holy Spirit”: Power, Peace and Forgiveness

After his resurrection Jesus tells the disciples to receive the Holy Spirit and then sends them out to share peace and forgiveness with the world. With every breath we experience the power of peace, the power of forgiveness from the risen Jesus. The sermon text is John 20:19-31; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

April 12, 2020: “Don’t Touch Me”: Jesus and Social Distancing

On this Easter morning, Pastor Michael preaches on the resurrected Jesus and social distancing. His thesis: even in a time of social distancing, we experience Christ through community. The sermon text is John 20:11-18; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

April 9, 2020: Maundy Thursday readings

Selected readings from 1 Corinthians, chapters 11-15. The reader is Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister.

April 5, 2019: “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus”

Pastor Michael reflects on part of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Michael reminds us that suffering is real; the Bible talks about suffering and how to deal with it. In the face of suffering, humility is needed. As Christians we declare that Jesus is Lord and Master. The sermon text is Philippians 2:5-11; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

March 29, 2020: “You are in the Spirit.”

Pastor Michael preaches on the Apostle Paul telling the Romans about the Spirit of God that enlivens Christians. The Spirit of God, or Christ, is shown in love, in sacrifice, in Christians calling out for justice. It is shown in Jesus being active in our lives. God’s Spirit is shown in us during this coronavirus pandemic as we reach out to others, as we check on and take care of each other. The sermon text is Romans 8:6-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

March 22, 2020: “You are light.”

Pastor Michael preaches on being a light to the world in this time of the coronavirus pandemic. The sermon text is Ephesians 5:8-14; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

March 8, 2020: “That the promise may rest on grace”

Pastor Michael continues his Lenten series on grace abounding in community. Michael tells the story of the promise that God made to Abraham and Sarah to become the ancestral father and mother of Judaism, Islam, and the Christian faiths. This promise was based on grace, which is the unmerited favor of God. Michael declares that grace abounds all around us, calling us to respond. How are you responding to that grace? The sermon text in Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.

March 1, 2020: “Grace abounded all the more.”

Pastor Michael preaches on grace, which can be defined as the unmerited favor of God. Michael asserts that: (1) grace abounds in Jesus Christ, (2) grace abounds here at First Baptist Church, and (3) grace abounds as we celebrate communion. The sermon text is Romans 5:12-21; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, transitional minister, preaching.