Gospel of Matthew 22:15-22 Fifth Sunday After The Epiphany, February 5, 2023 Fifth in a Pastoral Series on Practicing Baptist Principles Dennis W. Foust, PhD, Senior Minister ________________________________________   Today, I offer you a sermon on a subject which, sadly, is seldom addressed in pulpits across this nation. This subject is always important and has […]

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Free to Follow the Spirit of God – TOGETHER

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 Fourth Sunday After The Epiphany, January 29, 2023 Fourth in a Pastoral Series on Practicing Baptist Principles Dennis W. Foust, PhD, Senior Minister ________________________________________   At the outset of this sermon, let me begin with an embarrassing admission. Through the years, it has been my privilege to participate in some significant moments […]

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FREE TO FOLLOW THE SPIRIT OF GOD

Gospel of John 16:12-13 Third Sunday After The Epiphany, January 22, 2023 Third in a Pastoral Series on Practicing Baptist Principles Dennis W. Foust, PhD, Senior Minister ________________________________________     On Sunday, November 15, 1964, I made my commitment to follow Jesus Christ. I know this to be true because my mother recorded that date […]

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Response-Ability

Genesis 1:26-27 and Joshua 24:14-15 Second Sunday After The Epiphany, January 15, 2023 Second in a Pastoral Series on Practicing Baptist Principles Dennis W. Foust, PhD, Senior Minister ________________________________________ People are surprised by the broad diversity of Baptists. Here are a few names of some well-known persons who have been members of Baptist churches: Oprah […]

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FREEDOM IS NOT SELF-INDULGENCE

Galatians 5:1, 13-15 and John 8:31-32 First Sunday After The Epiphany, Baptism of Our Lord, January 8, 2023 First in a Pastoral Series on Practicing Baptist Principles Dennis W. Foust, PhD, Senior Minister ________________________________________   Beloved, one reason you are here today is to help Build a Better World. You want to make a difference […]

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A Pastoral Message for the People of St. John’s Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC, by The Rev. Dennis Foust, PhD, Senior Minister, on October 23, 2022 Scriptures: Mark 8:31-38 ____________________________________________________________   Comedian Yakov Smirnoff immigrated to the United States from Russia. He told of his first confusing shopping trip. He saw powdered milk – just […]

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SAVED FROM WHAT TO WHAT FOR WHAT

A Pastoral Message for the People of St. John’s Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC, by The Rev. Dennis Foust, PhD, Senior Minister, on September 25, 2022 Scriptures: Luke 15:1-13 and John 3:16-21 ____________________________________________________________ A young father met me for lunch with an important question. After some general conversation, he said, “In your sermon last Sunday, […]

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IS JESUS CHRIST FOR YOU?

A Pastoral Message for the People of St. John’s Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC, by The Rev. Dennis Foust, PhD, Senior Minister, on September 18, 2022 Scriptures: Matthew 16:13-20 and John 18:33-38 ____________________________________________________________ This morning, I have a message for you to hear that is extremely important. This message is not new to most of […]

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Could You Bake & Deliver Brownies?

A Pastoral Message for the People of St. John’s Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC, by The Rev. Dennis Foust, PhD, Senior Minister, on September 11, 2022 Scriptures: Colossians 3:12-15 ____________________________________________________________ One children’s Sunday School class closed their time together each week by interlacing their fingers and repeating the familiar rhyme with a twist: “Here’s the […]

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Love Never Fails – But Love Is Hard Labor

A Pastoral Message for the People of St. John’s Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC, by The Rev. Dennis Foust, PhD, Senior Minister, on September 4, 2022 Scriptures: Matthew 5:43-48; Mark 12:28-31; and 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ____________________________________________________________ Labor Day parades were part of my childhood. Steelworkers, coal miners, electricians, carpenters, and machinists would march down the […]

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