Sermons by Robert Bayley

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God Has a Plan


“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:…”
“During the interim journey, as the congregation and its intentional interim pastor work together with integrity, the ultimate goal is to bring a congregation to a point of knowing and accepting where it has been, of being able to define where it is and where it wants to go, and of having the ability to commit itself to a new vision and new leadership as it moves into the future.” Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry by Roger Nicholson, © 1998, The Alban Institute
The five developmental tasks of intentional interim ministry: 1.Coming to terms with history; 2. Discovering a new identity; 3. Implementing necessary leadership changes; 4. Renewing denominational connections; 5. Commitment to new directions in ministry.

Sermon in Song

Praise Him With All Your Heart (from Psalm 9) #24
The God of Abraham Praise #23
To God Be the Glory #56
Be Assured (from Romans 8) #587
Blessed Assurance #572
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms #575
Present Your Requests to God (from Philippians 4) #646
What a Friend We Have in Jesus #630
The Trumpet Call of God (from I Thessalonians 4) #782
When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder #774
For All the Saints #767


Hope is a PLACEMENT of our existence in the FUTURE – 1 Corinthians 15:19; 1 Peter 1:3-4
“If only for this life we have HOPE in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new
birth into a living HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an
inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you,…”

Here I Am, Lord

His calling on our lives is a ‘before-conception’ calling: Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;…”

The formation of our unique person / gifts / strengths took place in the womb–Psalm 139:13-16
“ 13For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Where Can I Find Jesus?


Jesus has now risen from the dead – but proving himself elusive as his followers wonder – what is coming next? His post-resurrection appearances gave them clues – and us as well – as to the answer to today’s question: Where can I find Jesus?, presenting dynamics and raising questions. What are they?

WHERE CAN I FIND JESUS? Behind the closed doors of our lives – John 20:19-23.

On the Day When Jesus Calls Your Name


14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him & cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).”

“A Piece of Bread” and Our Potential for Betrayal


Dynamic: The power of secure affection
1It was now the day before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. He had always loved those in the world who were his own, and he loved them to the very end.

Q: What does it mean to know that Christ loves you to the very end of your life – regardless?