Good Try, Peter!

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. August 10, 2014 The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 14:22-33 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he...

Just Like Jesus

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 14:13-21 At one point in my sabbatical I went to see my daughter Ellie in Charleston.  Ellie has spent the last few years working for some very glamorous...

Church Just Happened

A sermon by Jim Somerville, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. June 8, 2014 The Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-21   In a way, the story of Pentecost is a ghost story.  It’s about the coming of the one the King James Version refers to as the “Holy Ghost.”  And although it...

Finishing the Work

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. June 1, 2014 The Seventh Sunday of Easter John 17:1-11 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify...

Promises, Promises

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. May 25, 2014 The Sixth Sunday of Easter John 14:15-21 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This...