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  • Do You Enjoy God

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,848 views

    This was preached two Sundays after my resignation, dealing with the approaching time of transition that the church (and pastor) will be experiencing.

    Introduction: Hold items dug up in the process of moving. Use them as references to all of the change that we have experienced individually and as a church. File – containing clergy records Church – nearly 75% of you were not actively involved when I arrived New article – 911 and all that ...read more

  • A Bad Day At Church

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 28 ratings
     | 3,975 views

    Have you ever had a bad day at church? Jesus did. In fact, one day Jesus went to church and they tried to kill him.

    Have you ever had a bad day at church? Jesus did. In fact, one day Jesus went to church and they tried to kill him. We have all had a bad day at church at least once in our lives. Maybe it was that time when the food you prepared for the fellowship meal did not turn out the way you ...read more

  • The Thanksgiving Packrat

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 9 ratings
     | 5,771 views

    Thanksgiving sermon based on Psalm 100

  • Dealing With Transition

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,735 views

    This sermon was preached a week after I have followed God’s call to resign as pastor of a loving church to follow a new call from God.

  • It's All In Your Hands

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,329 views

    Dare we believe that God is still at work in this world despite all its brokenness and iniquity? Dare we believe that God can still work in the world through the church despite all the change and cultural upheaval we see taking place in our society?

  • A Vision Of God's Greatness

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,461 views

    When you are moving toward the future, it is good to know where you are going. It is good to have a vision of how things are going to look down the road a bit.

  • Blessed Are The Cheesemakers

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 19, 2007
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,504 views

    What does it mean to be blessed? What does it mean to be favored by God? And what does it mean to be among those who are cursed with troubles and woes.

  • The Gift Of Righteousness

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 17, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,834 views

    Righteousness is God’s gift to us, not our gift to God.

    Two men go to church to pray First – one of the few, the proud, the chosen – one of the Pharisees Rules—obeyed; Rituals—observed; Regulations—followed. Religion = Performance He performed well. He was self-centered, self-serving, and self-righteous. Sabbath – prayer time. Song of ...read more

  • Danger In The Water

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 17, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 887 views

    First sermon at Patterson Avenue Baptist as pastor.

    I want to thank you for the warm reception we have received since our arrival in Richmond. Your kindness and generosity has touched my family’s heart and made us feel at home very quickly in this great city. Many of you have commented on the fact that you have been praying for my former parish ...read more

  • Revealing A Great God

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 17, 2007
    based on 11 ratings
     | 3,131 views

    Our purpose is not to build a great church, but to reveal a great God.

    His name was Simon, but his friends called him Peter. If we translated his name into our language we would probably call him “Rocky” or “The Rock.” Peter was one of Jesus best students—one of his closest followers. He had heard most of Jesus sermons and parables. He had been present for most of ...read more

  • Do Not Be Discouraged

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 17, 2007
    based on 6 ratings
     | 4,393 views

    When God is involved, the future is always better than the past.

  • Pulling Up Stakes

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Nov 17, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,017 views

    God is always calling us onward.

  • Would You Give Up Your Salvation

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Sep 6, 2005
    based on 75 ratings
     | 4,424 views

    Very short sermon about the sacrifices needed for church growth and personal evangelism

    Would You Give Up Your Salvation Romans 9:1-5 Introduction: This is a brief sermon that begins as a verbal exchange/dialouge between preacher and parish. Engage in a dialogue about the blessings and benefits of being a Christian! Discussion starters: “What are some of the most ...read more

  • Clothe Yourself With Christ

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Sep 6, 2005
    based on 27 ratings
     | 6,582 views

    How does the law function in the life of the believer? It is not proscriptive, but descriptive.

    When he was a boy growing up in Philadelphia, Tony Campolo and his best friend devised what they considered a brilliant and creative Halloween prank - one which, by the way, they never carried out. Their plan was to break into the basement of the local five-and-dime store. (To explain to children ...read more

  • Real World Spirituality

    Contributed by William Nieporte on Sep 6, 2005
    based on 61 ratings
     | 4,711 views

    How do we live a life of holiness in the kind of wold in which we must now reside

    This morning I would like to talk about how to live spirituality in the real world. We live in a world of terrorist attacks – of sexual predators that prey on small children – of gang violence and drug busts – of economic hardships, poverty, homelessness, and starvation – of battered ...read more