Sermons

Each week we present biblically based sermons that challenge us to grow and live as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We are happy to share them with you!

Each week we present biblically based sermons that challenge us to grow and live as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We are happy to share them with you!

What’s Your Motive

Pastor Jane Johnson August 28, 2016
Our lectionary passage from Luke chapter 14:1, 7-14 asks us to check our motives? What drives your decisions and actions in life? Is it exaltation or glorification?

#Connectedbyfaith

Elder Kelvin G Perry September 4, 2016
Elder Kelvin reminds us that we are a family connected as one. Christ lives within us and he draws us together in love and compassion.

In The Potter’s Hands

Pastor Jane Johnson September 11, 2016
No matter what occurs in life, we have the assurance that our lives are secure in God’s loving hands. Text: Jeremiah 18:1-12

Defense

Pastor Jane Johnson and Elder Kelvin Perry October 9, 2016
Week two of our Living Generously stewardship series focused on the question – If your money could talk, what would it say about you. Text: Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two master…”

Poor In Spirit

Pastor Jane Johnson and Elder Kelvin Perry October 16, 2016
Week three of our Living Generously Series challenged us to have a ladle mentality and not a spoon mentality. With a spoon we feed ourselves. With a ladle we serve others.

God Our Strong Tower

Pastor Jane Johnson and Elder Kelvin Perry October 23, 2016
In whom or what does your security lie? Proverbs 18:10 says “the name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and are safe.”

Living Generously – Seedtime

Pastor Jane Johnson October 30, 2016
Our last sermon in this series teaches us that when we sow seed and are fruitful we bring glory to God. Text: Galatians 6:6-10

Being A Warrior For Christ

Pastor Jane Johnson November 6, 2016
There are many battles being waged in the world today. What matters most is who you are fighting for. Text: Judges 7:1-21

Thy Kingdom Come

Pastor Jane Johnson November 13, 2016
When we look to human powers and alliances to bring aboutGod’s rule and reign on this earth, we miss it. Isaiah 65:17-25, Luke 17:20-2

Go Fish!

Pastor Jane Johnson January 22, 2017
How do we fish for souls? Like a fisherman puts a lure on his hook and casts it into the lake, we draw people to Christ by living the gospel not just sharing the gospel. Text: Matthew 4:12-23

The Upside Down Kingdom

Pastor Jane Johnson January 29, 2017
Jesus gives eight attributes that characterize those who belong to his kingdom. Matthew 5:1-12

The God Who Sees

Pastor Jane Johnson February 5, 2017
Our sermon series “Black Presence in the Bible” began with the story of Hagar and Ishmael. Text: Genesis 16:1-16, 21:8-21

Divine Appointment – Ready, Willing and Waiting

Pastor Jane Johnson February 12, 2017
If we are ready, willing and waiting, God is more than willing to use us to share his good news with those who have yet to hear it. Acts 8:26-40

The Undivided Church

Pastor Jane Johnson February 19, 2017
When the church is single-minded in its focus and purpose, effective ministry will occur, the church will grow spiritually and numerically and people are commissioned to do the work of the ministry. Acts 11:19-26, 13:1-3

Courage to Love

Pastor Jane Johnson February 26, 2017
The Last in the Series “Black Presence in the Bible.” Do we have the courage to walk in love and speak up against what is not right? Text: Jeremiah 38:1-13, Jeremiah 39:15-18

Living Fully For Christ

Elder Kelvin G. Perry March 5, 2017
Elder Kelvin reminds us that the only way to fully live is to live for Christ. Text: Luke 9:21-26

Choosing the Better Part

Pastor Jane Johnson March 19, 2017
This is the third in our Lenten Sermon Series – Being a Follower of Christ. Text:Luke 10:38-42 St. Ignatius of Loyola. He wrote “Our only desire and our one choice should be this: I want and I choose what better leads to the deepening of God’s life

Living for TRUTH in a World of Alternative Facts

Pastor Jane Johnson March 26, 2017
To know the truth is to know Jesus Christ. The truth is not political freedom or academic knowledge. Knowing the truth means accepting Jesus, obeying Jesus, and regarding Jesus above all earthly opinions. Text: John 8:31-51

Surrendering to the Will of God

Pastor Jane Johnson April 9, 2017
Text: Matt. 26:36-46, Surrendering your life to God’s will means: • Following God’s lead without knowing where he’s sending you • Waiting for God’s timing without knowing when it will come • Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will prov

7 Last Words of Christ – First Word

Minister Laetitia Wells April 14, 2017
First Word – “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Gospel of Luke 23:34

7 Last Words of Christ – Second Word

Pastor Mable Finney April 14, 2017
Second Word -“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Gospel of Luke 23:43

7 Last Words of Christ – Third Word

Pastor Mike Waddell April 14, 2017
Third Word – “Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.” Gospel of John 19:26-27

7 Last Words of Christ – Fourth Word

Elder James Hagwood April 14, 2017
THE FOURTH WORD “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34

7 Last Words of Christ – Fifth Word

Pastor Bob Button
THE FIFTH WORD “I thirst.” Gospel of John 19:28

7 Last Words of Christ – Sixth Word

Pastor Jane Johnson April 14, 2017
Sixth Word – A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his sp

7 Last Words of Christ – Seventh Word

Pastor William Randolph April 14, 2017
Seventh Word – Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Gospel of Luke 23:46

Do You Need a Do Over?

Pastor Jane Johnson April 16, 2017
Christ’s death was our way to life and it would lead to glory for him and to the countless number of people whose lives would be transformed because of him. John 12:20-32, Matthew 28:1-6

The Boomerang of Judgement

Pastor Jane Johnson May 7, 2017
Pastor Jane shares about the trap of judging others in the second message of the sermon series on the book of Romans. Text: Romans 1:1-11

Sowing Seeds of Faith

Pastor Jane Johnson and Justin Johnson May 14, 2017
Pastor Jane and her son, Justin, share how mothers and others who play a nurturing role in the lives of children and young people, can plant seeds of faith in their lives. Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-6

A Circumcised Heart

Pastor Jane Johnson May 21, 2017
God said I will write my law on their hearts. I will give them a heart of flesh instead of stone. A circumcised heart is one that has been changed by God. Text: Romans 2:18-29

Do You Love Me?

Pastor Jane Johnson May 21, 2017
Loving Christ includes loving and serving people. Text: Joh 21:1-19

Ignite Your Faith

Elder Kelvin Perry June 4, 2017
Romans 5:1-11 Elder Kelvin reminds us that the Holy Spirit has been poured into us there when we surrender to God, there is no mountain or struggle we cannot overcome

No Longer Bound

Pastor Jane Johnson June 11, 2017
Pastor Jane teaches that whatever submit to will be our master. We can submit to God or we can submit to sinful desires and temptations. But because we know Christ, we have the power to choose. Text: Romans 6:1-23

Father’s Day Message

Rev. Frederick Nelson June 18, 2017

Live Your Best LIfe

Pastor Jane Johnson June 25, 2017
If we belong to Christ, we free to live a life of meaning that extends far beyond the pleasures of this present moment. Text: Romans 14:1-19

Supernatural Living for Natural People

Pastor Jane Johnson July 2, 2017
We can be natural people who live supernaturally, relying on Christ’s Spirit to help us live in a way that honors God. Text: Romans 8:1-16

Birth Pains

Pastor Jane Johnson July 9, 2017
Scripture points out that there is a shared connection between suffering and glory, but qualifies it by saying that the suffering we experience now is nothing compared to the glory God will reveal to us later. Text: Romans 8:18-39

Wrestling with the Questions

Pastor Jane Johnson July 16, 2017
Text: Romans 9:14-24 “Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.” (Elisabeth Elliott)

Prescription for Life

Elder Kelvin Perry July 23, 2017
Our Sermon Series on the book of Romans continues. Text: Romans 12:1-21

The Dichotomy of Dual Citizenship

Pastor Jane Johnson July 30, 2017
As Christians, we live as subjects of two domains – the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of men. As followers of Jesus Christ, we know that He is the true sovereign and Lord of heaven and earth, and His Lordship takes precedence above all things.

For the Sake of Unity

Pastor Jane Johnson August 6, 2017
What would happen if the church refused to let struggling and weak believers drown in sin? What if the church formed a chain of love and refused to give place to anything that sought to distract or divide us? Text: Romans 15:1-13

You Are What You Love

Pastor Jane Johnson August 13, 2017
What we give our hearts to will shape us for the good or for the bad. If we wholeheartedly love the Lord, as Scripture teaches us to do, it will influence everything we do. Text: Psalm 115:1-8, 1 John 2:15-17 Text: Romans 15:1-13

A God-Bearing Life

Pastor Jane Johnson August 20, 2017
When we abide, or remain in Christ, we bear godly fruit. What kind of fruit does my life produce is a question we must all ask ourselves. We cannot be fruitful if we do not stay connected to the True Vine – Jesus Christ. Text John 15:1-17

Summer Revival

Rev. Junior Wimbush August 21, 2017
Pastor Wimbush blessed us with a powerful message on our revival theme – Overflow!

Tuesday Evening Revival Message

Pastor William Randolph August 22,2017
Pastor Randolph inspired us on night two of our annual summer revival!

Wednesday Evening Revival Message

Pastor Matthew Brown August 24, 2017
Pastor Brown blessed us with an inspiring message on our last evening of revival.

Abiding in the Vine

Pastor Jane Johnson August 27, 2017
Jesus uses the analogy of the grapevine and gardener to illustrate both the intimacy and the fruitfulness that results from a close relationship with Jesus. Text : John 15:4-8

What Are You Willing to Give Up?

Pastor Jane Johnson September 3, 2017
What is the kingdom of God worth to you in light of the fact that God gave us his best? He sacrificed his all on the cross for us. Shouldn’t living for Him and building His kingdom be at the top of our priority list? Text: Matthew 13:44-45, 2 Corinthia

The Mystery of Grace

Pastor Jane Johnson September 10, 2017
Jesus is not only above and beyond whatever storm may arrive in our lives, but he is with us in our storms with all power and authority to rebuke the storm. Text:1 Kings 18:20-39, Matthew 8:23-27

FOCUS – Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus

Pastor Jane Johnson September 17, 2017
Pastor Jane encourages us to Fix Our Concentration Unswervingly and Single-mindedly on Christ – FOCUS. Text: Hebrews 12:1-3

Women’s Day Message

Minister Eileen Tarpley Williams September 24, 2017
Minister Williams shared a powerful message with us for our annual Women’s Association Sunday.

Call to Remember

Rev. Sharon Risher October 1, 2017
Rev. Risher delivered a powerful message for the community World Communion Service.

Loving Generously – Banquet

Pastor Jane Johnson and Elder Kelvin Perry October 8, 2017
God wants us to move from transactional generosity to relational generosity – to where we give of our resources to where we give of ourselves. Luke 14:1-14

For Sale – Blessing or Burden

Pastor Jane Johnson and Elder Kelvin Perry October 15, 2017
The second message in our Loving Generously sermon series asks the question – What do you own and what owns you? Text: Matthew 19:16-22

Kind: Loving Those Who Are Different Than Me

Elder Kelvin Perry October 22, 2017
Message three of our Stewardship Month sermon series – Loving Generously challenged us to show God’s love to those who are different from us. Text: Proverbs 19:17

Good Eyes

Pastor Jane Johnson October 22, 2017
Pastor Jane shares a message at High Ridge Baptist Church Women’s Day about how what we treasure affects how we see ourselves and the world. Text:Matthew 6:19-23, 1 Peter 3:3-4

Called – Sharing Christ’s Suffering & the Suffering of Others

Pastor Jane Johnson and Elder Kelvin Perry October 29, 2017
In the fourth message of the sermon series “Loving Generously” we are reminded that following Christ may lead to persecution. Text:John 15:18-19, Matthew 16:24-25

One to Another

Pastor Jane Johnson and Elder Kelvin Perry November 5, 2017
The last sermon in our Loving Generously sermon series. God calls us to love those he puts in our path. Text: Matthew 7:12

Lip Service

Pastor Jane Johnson November 12, 2017
True followers of Christ back up their words with action. God doesn’t want our lip service. He wants our life service. Text: Joshua 24:1-3a, 13-25, Matthew 15:1-10

Saved to Serve

Rev. Dr. Linda Perkins McRae November 12, 2017
Dr. Linda shared a powerful message about what it means to serve in the church.

Extending Grace

Rev. Dr. Carl Utley November 19, 2017
Our Transitional Executive Presbyter shared a powerful message about the transforming power of God’s grace. Text:Psalm 145:8-21, Acts 4:32-35

Life Changing Prayer

Pastor Jane Johnson November 26, 2017
Pastor Jane shares about Paul’s prayer for spiritual wisdom from Ephesians 1:15-23. Text:Psalm 145:8-21, Acts 4:32-35

Advent Prayer Breakfast Message

Minister Terry Moore December 3, 2017
Christ tells us that He is coming back and that his coming will be sudden and unexpected. Therefore we are to get ready and stay ready. Matthew 24:29-36

Living the Baptized Life

Elder Kelvin Perry
Pastor Kelvin shares with us 7 habits for Effective Christian Living in 2018. Text: Romans 6:1-14

Keep the Fire Burning

Pastor Jane Johnson January 14, 2018
Pastor Jane share 5 things that will help to keep the fire of our faith burning. Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-14

Good News Worthy of Our Lives

Pastor Jane Johnson January 21, 2018
Is there anything in your life that is preventing you from being fully open to God’s claim on your life? The Good News of Jesus Christ is worthy of our lives. Text: Mark 1:14-20

Finding Common Ground

Pastor Jane Johnson January 28, 2018
The apostle Paul sought to find common ground with all those he shared the gospel with, adjusting his lifestyle and behavior in order to win people to Christ. Text: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Liberation Theology and Civil Rights

Elder Naomi Hodge Muse February 11, 2018
Elder Naomi shared the first message in our Black History Month sermon series on the Intersection Between Social Justice and the Scriptures. Text:Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 22:34-40

The Church Needs Lent

Pastor Jane Johnson February 14, 2018
The Church needs Lent to remind us of who we are, what we are called to do, and how desperately this world needs the Savior. Text:Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

When God Says Enough!

Pastor Jane Johnson February 18, 2018
God is still calling His people to be advocates for those whose voices go unheard and to proclaim His Truth in a country that is increasingly seeking to silence their voices. Text:Amos 5:4-15, 22-24

Courage Under Fire

Pastor Kelvin Perry February 25, 2018
No matter what we face in life, no matter how hot the furnace or what kind of fire we find ourselves in, remember we are never alone. God is with always us. Text: Daniel 3:19-30

Let Your Life Speak

Pastor Jane Johnson March 4, 2018
What does your day to day behavior say about you? When people see you, do they see the character of Christ? If you belong to Christ, let your life speak. Be a living and breathing testimony of the love and power of God to save and transform a life.

Living in the Light

Pastor Jane Johnson March 11, 2018
The light of God’s Word and His indwelling Spirit will keep us from tripping over the stumbling blocks of sin and also help us to light the way for others around us. Text: John 3:14-21

Giving it All to Follow Jesus

Elder Naomi Hodge Muse March 18, 2018
Text: John 12:20-26

Hallelujah Christ is Risen! Now What?

Pastor Jane Johnson April 1, 2018
Christ rose from the dead so that you and I could l have freedom from sin and life a life that is pleasing to God. Text:1 Corinthians 15:1-8b, Colossians 1:9b-14, 19-17, 21-23