New Hanover Presbyterian Sermons

February 8, 2016

Grow Up


Grow Up

  GROW UP!!! These words are the little bomb we toss at people who aren’t acting in ways we think are mature – someone, in other words, who knows better than they are doing. When it comes to our faith, what does it mean to be someone who is mature, who is being a grown-up […]

January 31, 2016

Baptism as our Commissioning

We will welcome Dr. Eric Douglass as our guest preacher. The sermon will focus on Jesus’ baptism as a commissioning, and so (among other things) to consider our baptism as our commissioning…and to act in accordance with that baptism.

January 17, 2016

Mystery of the Ages

Mystery of the Ages

“Lord, what about that guy?” Peter asked Jesus that question a couple thousand years ago, and it has perplexed us ever since. What does it mean to have others who are out there, not part of “us” (however you define that)? What was God thinking when God made the __________ (fill in the name of […]

January 11, 2016

Remember Your Baptism

Remember Your Baptism

January 10 is the celebration of the Baptism of Our Lord. This week’s sermon, informed by Isaiah 43:1-7 and Luke 3:10-22, focuses on what baptism means, both at the time we are baptized, and throughout the rest of our lives.   Click here to listen to the sermon.

January 4, 2016

Close to the Father’s Heart

Close to the Father's Heart

The first chapter of John’s gospel is a combination of obscure Greek philosophy, and talk of God, Word, light, grace and truth. So, is faith in Christ a matter of the intellect? Mind is a part of it, but John also says that Jesus is the one who truly makes God known because Jesus is […]

December 27, 2015

The Rising and the Falling

The Rising and the Falling

We hear all the time about the “Good News of the Gospel”. But, this implies that this Good News means there is bad news somewhere else. Simeon’s words about Jesus – that he “is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed…” is […]

December 20, 2015

The Messiah’s Reign

The Messiah's Reign

In a season of obsession about the 2016 Presidential election (at Christmas time?) we are going to pause to think about what it means to be a people under the rule of Jesus Christ. What does it mean to be under the Reign of the Messiah? We will look at Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 12:15-21 […]

December 13, 2015

A Kingdom Won by Peace

A Kingdom Won by Peace

This Sunday, using passages from Isaiah (9:1-7) and the Epistle to Titus (3:1-5), Robert will look at what it means to say that Jesus, the messiah, is also the Prince of Peace. In “A Kingdom Won by Peace?” we will contrast earthly political power with the power of redemption in Jesus Christ. Click here to […]

December 6, 2015

You Asked For It…

You Asked For It...

For the second Sunday in Advent, we will look at the song of Mary – the Magnificat – from Luke 1:39-55. The Magnificat is Mary’s reflection on what God’s choice in sending the Messiah as her child, instead of the child of the rich and powerful, means. Click here to listen to the sermon

November 15, 2015

To the Nth Degree…

To the Nth Degree...

In this week’s sermon “To The Nth Degree” we will look at what makes us near-or far- from the Kingdom of God. Have a look at our text Mark 12:28-34.   Click here to hear the sermon

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