First Baptist Church


Written Sermons

  • “New Life” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: New Life January 7th, 2018 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Mark 1:1-12, Psalm 29, Genesis 1:1-5 The Beginning: A New Year Happy New Year! It is 2018! It is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts. In the life of the wider church, we move from the Christmas […]

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  • “No Room in the Inn” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: No Room in the Inn December 24th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Isaiah 52:7-10, John 1:1-14, Psalm 98, Hebrews 1:1-4 Christ Candle O Manger, straw-strewn cradle in the night, rough-hewn, muzzle-dampened space where cattle feed, sparrows nest, and cloth snags on splintered wood. O simple feed trough for […]

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  • “Promise” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Promise December 24th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Luke 1:26-38, 46-55 Candle of Love Promises – the word for today is ‘Promise.’ What is your first reaction to this word? Promise. Do you think of promises made to you or promises you have made? Promises kept, or promises […]

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  • “Faith” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Faith December 17th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; John 1:6-8, 19-28 FAITH. The first Sunday of Advent I invited you to think about the word ‘expectancy’. Today I want you to take a moment to think about the word ‘faith’. What comes to your mind? […]

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  • “Expectancy” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Expectancy December 3rd, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13:24-37 Expectancy! Take a moment to think about that word. What is your first response to the word ‘expectancy’? Are there memories it stirs up? How have you experienced expectancy in your life? Has expectancy played a […]

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  • “Blessings and Benefits” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Blessings and Benefits November 26th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Psalm 103, Ephesians 1:15-23 Forgetting We humans are a forgetful lot! We can forget all sorts of things – anniversaries, birthdays, appointments, the last tray of cookies in the oven, … An elderly husband and wife visited their […]

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  • Seedtime” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: SEEDTIME November 19th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 25:14-30 (Parable of the Talents), Galatians 6:1-10 Today we complete our series on Living Generously, and we focus on the whole, interconnected community of people that contribute to the planting, sustaining and tending of Gospel seeds that makes God’s […]

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  • “A Strong Tower” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: A STRONG TOWER November 12th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Proverbs 18:10-11; Philippians 4:4-7, John 14:1 Today, as we continue in our series on Living Generously, we focus on how our ability to live a life of generosity, a life fully committed to the discipleship of Jesus, is […]

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  • “The Poor” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: THE POOR November 5th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Luke 6:20-21, 2 Corinthians 8:7-9 Today, as we continue in the series on Living Generously, we focus on how our generosity and our giving expresses itself in caring for the poor. As I’ve been thinking about that this past […]

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  • “Money Talks” Sermon by Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: MONEY TALKS October 29th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 6:19-24, 1 Timothy 6:6-11 “Money talks” Money talks. What does that expression mean? There’s a story of an older woman walking down the sidewalk trying to find a particular address. She saw a young boy riding his bike […]

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  • “First and Best” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: FIRST & BEST October 22nd, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 22:34-40, 2 Corinthians 9:6-14 Introduction For those of you who are members of this church or attend this church regularly, you received a letter from me in your church mailbox this week. There will be another letter […]

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  • “St. Francis – Imitating Christ” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: St. Francis – Imitating Christ October 8th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: St. Francis Sunday; John 1:1-4, Genesis 1:20-25, Job 12:7-10 It was the year 1202. A time in history that we now call the Middle Ages or the Medieval time. It was an era that saw a […]

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  • “Doing Life Together-Generosity and Love” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Doing Life Together – Generosity & Love September 24th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 20:1-16 We have been following the Gospel of Matthew as assigned in the lectionary readings for each Sunday. This week we will again hear Jesus telling a story, a parable. If you recall, […]

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  • Doing Life Together-Forgiveness and Grace” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Doing Life Together –Forgiveness & Grace September 17th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 18:21-35 The title for the sermon today starts with the title from last week’s sermon, “Doing Life Together” and then adds the words Forgiveness and Grace. I did that because the parable that we […]

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  • “Doing Life Together” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Doing Life Together September 10th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 18:15-20, Romans 13:8-14, Proverbs 9:7-9 “Where two or three gather together in my name, there am I with them.” Here we are, gathered together, claiming Jesus’ name as Christians, as people of Christ, as God’s faith community. […]

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  • “Transforming Minds” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Transforming Minds September 3rd, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 16:21-28, Romans 12:2 There’s something I’ve always found confusing about the Labor Day holiday. It is a holiday to honor workers, to remember the efforts of the labor movement to bring greater justice for workers, greater recognition of […]

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  • “The Sign Of Fear” Sermon by Dave Stebnitz

    The Sign Of Fear Aug 20 2017 Scripture: John 6:15-21 I once read the story of a man who was hitch hiking on a very dark night in the middle of a storm. It was late at night and no cars were passing. The storm was fierce and the winds strong he could hardly see […]

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  • “Take Heart” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Take Heart! August 13th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 14:22-33 Take heart! We just heard the scripture reading from the NIV. On the back of your bulletin I have the same passage printed from the ESV. I included that because I wanted to bring to your attention […]

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  • “My Brother’s Keeper?” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: My Brother’s Keeper? August 6th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 14:13-21, Psalm 145:8-9,14-21 There is a question that has echoed down the length of history and across every page of scripture, through families and communities, over the continents and oceans of the whole earth. It is a […]

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  • “Wheat and Weeds” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Wheat and Weeds July 30th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Psalm 105:1-4 Another scripture passage about seeds and planting, farming and gardening. I’ve already confessed to you all my great ignorance of this subject and last week I reached out to Fritz for help. This […]

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  • “The Reckless Sower” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: The Reckless Sower July 23rd, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 The story Jesus tells in our reading this morning, is the first of a series of 7 parables in Matthew chapter 13 that Jesus tells to a crowd people along the shore of a lake. […]

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