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Sermons – Auburn First Baptist Church
A Unique Community of Faith, Learning and Ministry in Auburn, Alabama
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Certainty is so temping. We do not want up to become down, or forward to become backward. Certainty is more appealing than change. Thankfully, though, Abraham and Sarah kept going.
Feb 21, 2021
Waiting on God
If we didn’t have to wait, we wouldn’t have time to reflect. And, if we don’t have time to reflect, then we can’t pinpoint those spaces in our lives that need to feel a little bit more of God’s steadfast love. The sermon for College Sunday, February 21, 2021.
Feb 14, 2021
The Light of Christ
We not only see the Light of Christ with our eyes. We also see it through our singing and our prayers, through the gift of shared community and acts of generous service, through gracious fellowship and genuine kindness.
Feb 7, 2021
Our Home in God
When our lives are disrupted, we might feel the tendency to do more, to act immediately, to grip life tighter, and to hold it closer—but we benefit from taking a step back.
Jan 31, 2021
Don’t Waste Waiting
Lauren Hooie is an Auburn University alumna with a degree in Journalism, and is in her final semester at Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology. Auburn First Baptist has a long history of recognizing the calling of women, ordaining its first woman, Leland Cooper, as a deacon in 1974. Since 2007, Baptist Women in Ministry has…
Jan 24, 2021
God Is Love
We have before us a choice: to be an accuser or to be an advocate — which, Jonah reminds us, is quite the journey.
Jan 17, 2021
We are called to hold each other in common, which always leads us back to what it means to be the Body of Christ.
Jan 10, 2021
Gather at the River
We are to continue to drip with the waters of Grace, to immerse ourselves in the Love of Christ, to live with that same self-giving Love.
Jan 3, 2021
In this world, we can either construct a dam or build a bridge. We can try to get the water to pool in one place for our benefit, or we can reach out and create connections with others. And the Epiphany of the Lord calls us to build bridges.
Dec 27, 2020
Wisdom and Grace
This Child has a Divine Mission, and that Mission will bring out the best and the worst in the people He encounters. There will be pain, Mary — and you will experience it, as well.
Dec 20, 2020
The Significance of Christmas
When the backdrop falls apart, or the light flickers on and off, when a truck veers off the road and there is no frankincense or myrrh, or even when someone tries to steal Jesus at Christmas, the Love of Christ comes to us.
Dec 13, 2020
Those Who Dream
Apparently, Joy is rather subversive. Joy is always working in the background — always trying to redeem the heartache and the hurt.
Dec 6, 2020
Room for Peace
Christmas is never an escape. Christmas deals with reality.
Nov 29, 2020
Jesus always saw the possibility for change, knowing that Light does shine in all darkness.
Nov 22, 2020
A Place to End and Begin
The last day of the Church year invites us to put the most vulnerable first, because those on the margins are found at the very center of our Faith.
Nov 15, 2020
Despite the reassurance, change always feels rather overwhelming.
Nov 8, 2020
Prayer is not just about the immediate moment. It ends up preparing us for all of the moments to come.
Nov 1, 2020
It’s one thing to notice the Presence of God in the dramatic, but it’s yet another thing to discover the Presence of God in the midst of ordinary life.
Oct 25, 2020
Putting on Our Shoes
We discover that the Home we find in God does not have four walls. It can even call us into the wilderness, where we discover that many of the assumptions we have made are wrong.
Oct 18, 2020
The Fog Lifts
Can we really move mountains? Gratitude has that kind of power, because it changes how we see everything — where the fog begins to lift, and we can make out the Goodness of God.
Oct 11, 2020
It is in the face of hard days and temporary exiles that our souls still insist on a Song.
Oct 4, 2020
Gift of Love
What we do on the outside can change how we feel on the inside: generating gratitude, cultivating compassion, creating contentment. It is both joyful and difficult, because it is a gift of Love.
Sep 27, 2020
Patience can keep us from selfishness: rushing to hold resources out of fear. Patience can guard us against blaming others, where we never take the time to look at ourselves in the mirror. Patience cautions us against self-medication: seeking healing in unhealthy ways. Patience can keep us from giving up, shutting down, or closing off.
Sep 20, 2020
Whether it is the walls of a waiting room or the days of a pandemic, we know what it feels like to live one day at a time. We have less to do, but more to manage. We are not as busy, but we are still exhausted. We realize: nothing is harder than when there…
Sep 13, 2020
People of The Way
The ways of nonviolence remind us that Love is not just an emotion. It is a choice. It is an action. It is a way of Life.
Sep 6, 2020
Jesus counsels us to move slowly, to speak honestly, and to proceed prayerfully.
Aug 30, 2020
Hospitality is how we put Love into action. It is opening ourselves to the other. And, hospitality leads to call, because it is in the opening-up that we hear, that we notice, that our eyes are opened to need.
Aug 23, 2020
We are called to embody the Love that we see in Jesus the Christ: through the gifts of welcome, prayer, service, and kindness; the gifts of learning and teaching, listening and responding; the gifts of hospitality, generosity, encouragement, and humility, the gifts of reaching out, showing up, and standing alongside others.
Aug 16, 2020
Because God has met us in this place, we know that God will meet us in all of our places — wherever we are — because the lines between us are infinitely small.
Aug 9, 2020
You are a Child of God. You are called to the Ways of Jesus, and the Spirit of God binds us together wherever we are. We are in this boat together, and we are called to authenticity and Hope.