First Baptist Church


Written Sermons

  • “Encounter with Christ #2” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Encounter with Christ #2 – Nicodemus March 12th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: John 3:1-17, Psalm 121 How many of you know where your birth certificate is? Life can be tough if you have lost or misplaced your birth certificate. Lynn Curtis, who heads up the Spirit of […]

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  • “Our God is Holy!” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Our God is Holy! February 26th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 17:1-9, Psalm 99 Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, begins with a statement that I have never forgotten. It has been some years now since I read the book – at least a decade. I […]

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  • “The Love Law” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: The Love Law February 19th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 5:38-48, Psalm 119:33-40 The Riverside Church in New York City is a church with American Baptist connections. Their pastor, Amy Butler, sometime writes for Baptist News. They posted an article of hers a few days ago in […]

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  • “Salty and Bright” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Salty and Bright February 5th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 5:13-20, 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 Last week’s homework: to read the Beatitudes each day. Any insights about who you are as a student of Jesus, or as a fisher of people, or about God’s priorities. Did you get […]

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  • “Blessed” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Blessed. January 29, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 5:1-12, Psalm 15 The psalm this morning starts out with a great question! “Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy mountain?” Eugene Peterson paraphrases those questions this way in The Message Bible, “God, […]

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  • “The Empowering Spirit of God- Making the Ordinary, Exraordinary” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: The Empowering Spirit of God – Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary January 22, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 4:12-23, Ephesians 3:14-21 In 1940, a baby boy was born to sharecroppers Eddie and Willa Mae who lived on a farm outside Troy, Alabama. John grew up in a large […]

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  • “The Equipping Spirit of God” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: The Equipping Spirit of God January 15, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Psalm 40:1-11, John 1:29-34, 1 Corinthians 12:4-14 In our worship service last week we thought about God as Three – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We remembered the moment of […]

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  • “God: the Three-In-One” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: God: the Three-In-One January 8, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Psalm 29, Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 3:13-17 January 6th, Friday, was Epiphany – the day that the church calendar remembers and celebrates the visit of the Magi, the three kings from the Eastern lands, to Jesus. That trio had […]

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  • “Let’s Open Our Christmas Gifts!” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Let’s Open our Christmas Gifts! December 25, 2016 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Psalm 98, John 1:1-14 Have you gotten any good gifts yet this morning, or last night if you are from a family that opens gifts on Christmas Eve? I read an article this week that advised […]

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  • “Dangerous Discipleship” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Dangerous Discipleship December 11, 2016 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 Today is the third Sunday of Advent – we have been doing things to prepare for Christmas, reading scriptures and talking about our anticipation of Jesus’ coming, about making room in our […]

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  • “Signs and Signals” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download Sermon: Signs and Signals December 4, 2016 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 11:2-11 This past week I read a story about one of the weirdest auctions in history, told by Wallace Hamilton. It was an auction held in Washington, D.C., in […]

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  • “Ready or Not……” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download Sermon: Ready or Not … November 27, 2016 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 On Thanksgiving Day, David and I joined the feasting at David’s brother’s home in Neenah, WI. There were 12 adults and 12 kids –great-nieces and nephews ranging […]

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  • “Christ Rulz” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download    Sermon:  Christ Rulz   November 20, 2016                                                                           Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages:  Psalm 46, Luke 23:33-43   We have been following the church calendar, using the common lectionary to guide our scripture readings and to shape the sermon message each Sunday.  Today is the last […]

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  • “Remember” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download   Sermon:  Remember   November 6, 2016                                                                             Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages:  Psalm 145, Haggai 2:1-9, Luke 20:27-38   Remember.  This morning we will take time to remember.   The psalm for today, Psalm 145, is a psalm of praise, “Great is the Lord and most […]

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  • “Hide ‘n Seek” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download    Sermon: Hide ‘n Seek October 30, 2016 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Psalm 32, Luke 19:1-10 My daughter Kara and her dog, Raji, love to play hide ‘n seek together. Raji is a short dog – not exactly small, as David had to buy him […]

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  • “Total Trust” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download     Sermon:  Total Trust October 23, 2016                                                                               Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages:  Psalm 23, Luke 18:15-30   Have you ever participated in one of those team-building, trust-building activities with a group of people at the start of a conference or retreat or at work?  How […]

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  • “Persistent Faith” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download    Sermon:  Persistent Faith October 16, 2016                                                                               Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages:  Psalm 121, Luke 18:1-8   When have you been tempted to give up?  When have you gotten so discouraged that you just weren’t sure you could keep on going?  Has there been a time […]

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  • “Faith Grows From Gratitude” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download Sermon: Faith Grows From Gratitude October 9, 2016 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Psalm 111; Luke 17:11-19 The scene that struck me from the scripture reading this morning is the image of the man who came back to thank Jesus for healing him. Can you picture […]

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  • “Sharing is Caring” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download    Sermon:  Sharing is Caring September 25, 2016                                                                                      Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages:  Psalm 91, Luke 16:19-31   Before reading the scripture passage this morning I would like to share with you how I came to it today and explain where I will be going […]

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  • “Recognizing Jesus In The Journey” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download    Sermon:  Recognizing Jesus in the Journey September 18, 2016                                                                          Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages:  Proverbs 3:3-6, Luke 24:13-35   Recognizing Jesus in the Journey – recognizing = discerning As you listened to the scripture passage being read this morning, some of you may have been […]

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  • “HIS-story, Our story ” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download Sermon: HIS-story, Our story September 11, 2016 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Exodus 3:1-6, Hebrews 3:1-6 Holy Moments in history Significant days in our lives often burn a memory into our minds – you will always remember where you were at the moment the crisis occurred, […]

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