Saturday, September 30, 2023

Sermon Text and Thoughts for Sunday, October 1, 2023


“Family First, the Commandment with a Promise” 

“Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12, ESV

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.’” Ephesians 6:1-3, ESV

Giving and Gaining Respect

Respect, honor begins at home. See if some of the following ideas can be of some help to you as you teach your children to respect you and as you model being a parent worthy of respect.

*Foster an attitude of servanthood toward each other in your home. Children who learn to serve learn to respect others.

*Create opportunities for your children to spend time with their grandparents or other senior adults. Attitudes about what it means to grow old and to respect elders comes through knowing our elders.

*Do not excuse children’s rudeness or disrespect toward you just because they are angry or upset. If a child is rude or insensitive, insist on a sincere apology.

*Begin teaching respect for parental authority early in your child’s life.

*What disrespectful behavior are you laughing at today that you do not want to see repeated and exaggerated when your child gets older?

*Model honoring respect in front of your children by honoring your own parents.

*Is there anything in your life that is causing your children to disrespect you?

*How might you work with your kids to let them know that your interests include their best interests.  

*If you, as an adult, are at war with either of your parents, do what you can to make peace.

*Let your children see you having the courage and humility to admit mistakes and take the blame when you are wrong.


Saturday, March 25, 2023

Sunday, March 26th Sermon Text



The Cleansing of the Temple

John 2:13-17, NIV

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Monday, February 6, 2023

Sunday Sermon Series from Malachi


Join us for worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Carrollwood Baptist Church. Our current sermon series is "Rekindling the Fires of Faith."

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Sundays at Carrollwood Baptist Church


Join us for worship Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at CBC where all are welcomed! 

Current Sermon Series: "What If?" Evangelism for Everyone

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Sunday May 29, 2022 Sermon Text


Sermon: "I am Coming Soon"

Scripture: Revelation 22:12-21

1. A Promise (22:12-14)

With Christ’s coming, there will be the end of sorrow, separation, and sin. However, this “good news” is balanced by the fact that there will also be a day of reckoning for injustice, a day when evil will be vanquished, a day when swords will be turned into plowshares, to use Isaiah’s language.


2. A Condition (22:14-15)

Robes washed speaks of trusting in the righteousness of Christ. Leaving the world of sin and death, Jesus’ followers are invited to partake of “the tree of life” and find refuge in the city of God. That which was lost is now restored – it is Paradise! There is no future to the path of loving and practicing falsehood as indicative of being “outside” of the city and the source of life.


3. An Invitation (22:16-17)

Here is what makes the good news good, it is a message proclaimed by both the Holy Spirit and his church. All (“everyone”) are invited to simply “come.” God’s invitation is gracious, personal, inclusive, hopeful, and volitional (relating to one’s choice). Grace makes all this possible and is a fitting word of conclusion (22:21). 


 Revelation 22:12-21, NRSV

12 “See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16 “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book; 19 if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Sermon Text for Sunday May 1, 2022


John 21:1-19, NRSV

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

21 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus and Peter

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Sermon Text for Sunday April 24, 2022


Acts 5:27-32

27 When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. 30 The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”

Revelation 1:4-8

John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Look! He is coming with the clouds;
    every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
    and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.

So it is to be. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.