First Baptist Church


Written Sermons

  • “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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  • “What’s The Bottom Line?” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download  “What’s The Bottom Line?” Pastor Michael Ida 8/14/16 Scriptures: 1 John 3:11-20 Luke 10:25-28 How many of you know what I call bottom line people? Bottom line people are people who are not interested in lengthy conversations. They are not interested in platitudes, or polite chit chat. Bottom line people are […]

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  • “Why Am I Here: Discerning Our Purpose Part 6” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download   “Why Am I Here? Discerning Our Purpose Part 6”    Pastor Michael Ida    8/7/16       Scriptures: Matthew 28:16-20                                                                                                                                                                      1 Peter 3:13-16 There was an interesting article awhile ago in “Peoples” magazine about a young man who tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Apparently […]

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  • “Why Am I Here: Discerning Our Purpose Part 5” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download    “Why Am I Here? Discerning Our Purpose Part 5”     Pastor Michael Ida     7/31/2016       Scripture: Proverbs 17:13-17                                                                                                                                                                          Acts 20:13-24 When I learned that she had been placed in the hospice program I began to visit her on a regular basis. I knew that she didn’t […]

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