Sermons by Rev. Dr. J. Roy Sharpe

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Thinking Like a Fisherman


Luke 5: 1-11   Last week – Thinking Like a Fish. This week – Thinking Like a Fisherman The topic under consideration in both messages is the church’s task of disciple-making. Last week I read from Luke’s gospel about Jesus’ call of his first disciples. That story is our text for today as well. Fishing […]

Thinking Like a Fish


Luke 5: 1-11   The July/August worship theme, Former Glory, Future Promise, is, from my perspective, a primer on the successful church in the 21st century.  When your new pastor is selected, I plan to send him the sermons in this series so he will know what he has to do.  I’m teasing.  Your new […]

Bring On The Giants


Numbers 13: 25-33 If we are to move forward, from the previous glories in our history into God’s future promises for his people, we must acknowledge the obstacles along the way. We must understand that the waters will be rough and the boat will rock. The church has historically been seen as a ship on […]

Dreaming God-Sized Dreams


2 Corinthians 5: 17-20a, Ephesians 3: 8b-9a, 10a, Philippians 2: 5, 14-15 Last week I introduced the July-August worship theme: Former Glory, Future Promise. For 2 months I’ll be focusing on some of what I believe to be the critical issues for the church in the 21st century. Today, I want to look at Dreaming […]

Former Glory, Future Promise


Lamentations 1: 1a, selected verses, & 5:21   Over the past months I have tried to call attention to the plight of the Christian Church in the 21st century. I believe this is essential information for every church and especially a church that is in the process of calling a new pastor. In many ways, […]