New Hanover Presbyterian Sermons

Dr. Robert Johnson
June 18, 2017

A Big Ask!

For a few years I was the director of an organization that raised money for the mission college we served in Pakistan. When we were gearing up for a big fundraising visit, or sending in a large grant application, we (ungrammatically) called it “a big ask” – one that had the potential for transformation for […]

June 11, 2017

The Hidden Source

What is the true strength in Christianity and where does it come from? This week, as we install officers, we ask about the real force in Christian life – the Trinity. On this Trinity Sunday, we see how the unity of God the Father, Son and Spirit underwrites everything we possess in our faith.   […]

May 28, 2017

You Will Receive Power!

“You will receive power.” Jesus made this promise as one of the last things he said on earth. But it wasn’t just any kind of power… it was power with a purpose. The promise Jesus made in Acts 1:6-14 finds its ultimate expression in 1 Peter 4:12-19. This Sunday’s sermon, “When the Power Comes Down”, […]

December 11, 2016

Greater Love

If you were to choose a central  theme for the Christian Faith what would it be? Love, perhaps? Giving? Grace? Mercy? Forgiveness? Put together, what would you call them? Greater Love? Jesus believed that is just what the life of self-giving, generous love could be called. In the season of Advent, what do we seek? Our […]

December 4, 2016

No Cost Gifting

During our 9:30 a.m. worship service this week we continue to think about how we can best love God in our lives as believers. Considering our texts from Psalm24, John 10:11-18 and Romans 5:12-17, we will look at the ways in which Christ’s Advent on earth set up his life of compassion and service, and how […]

November 6, 2016

A Little Knowledge…

Let’s say you really, really want to go somewhere – maybe you are going there to get a fantastic award when you arrive. You know the destination exists, and you know it is possible to get there, but have no real idea of how to do it. What would you do? Just set out and […]

October 23, 2016

Who Should We Pray For

What does intercessory prayer – prayer for others – mean when you pray to an all-powerful and all-knowing God? Is prayer redundant? Is it self-psychology to pray on behalf of others. This week’s sermon, “Who should we pray for?” despite having a grammatically incorrect title, will incorporate insights from Luke 10:1-9 and Ephesians 3:7-21 to […]

October 16, 2016

What Do We Pray For?

We all know we should pray, but what do we do when we start?   This question has bedeviled many, After praying God’s blessings on our family and friends, asking to make the sick better and to bring world peace, we are often stuck. This Sunday, we looked at possible ways to pray, and what […]

June 13, 2016

Welcome to the Idol Factory

Welcome to the Idol Factory

Welcome to the Idol Factory the June 12 sermon reminds us that Idols aren’t just statues of Gold, they can be much more subtle than that and we need to be ever watchful that our idols don’t take our eyes off God.

May 15, 2016

The Fire This Time

The Fire This Time

“Pie in the Sky By and By.” How many times has this old saw been used to mischaracterize the Christian faith? Yet, the faith Jesus proclaimed (and the Hebrew prophets before him) was a faith that was intimately connected to life and its living. During this sermon, “The Fire This Time” Robert looks at John […]

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