William L. Self Sermon Archives

It is Finished!

The Rev. Dr. William L. Self
Organization: Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

In his final service as pastor of Johns Creek Baptist Church, Bill summarizes his life of ministry, offers counsel to the church, and paraphrases Gary Cooper’s line from, “The Pride of the Yankees,” when he says, “I’m the luckiest man that ever lived.”

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Depression: Its Cause and Cure

The Rev. Dr. William L. Self
Organization: Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Sometimes we feel like the prophet Elijah, so depressed we want to run away and quit. But God provides for us, even when we feel alone and abandoned.

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Taking Control of Your Life

The Rev. Dr. William L. Self
Organization: Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

You can act your way into a new way of feeling easier than you can feel your way into a new way of acting. Know what you want. Dream. Believe. And then get ready for what God is doing with you and you know what’ll happen? You’ll be in charge of your life and you’ll give it to God.

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Roadblocks to Renewal

The Rev. Dr. William L. Self
Organization: Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Bill Self says many Christians are like the people in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth, who did not believe in him, so he could do few miracles. “The power of God, the immediate power of God in our lives, is much more available than the average Christian knows, or is willing to dare tap ... This is the central tragedy of any church, that God in Jesus Christ is willing to do much more in and through us than we are willing to do or to let him do.”

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No Cross, No Crown

The Rev. Dr. William L. Self
Organization: Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Bill Self said in this sermon, “If you think you have a Christian faith without a cross, you don’t have a faith. We want a faith that makes us feel good. We want a faith that gives us four ways to get along with everybody, three ways to save our marriage, two ways to make sure that we don’t get in trouble. And all of that little, shallow “Reader ’s Digest” kind of religion will not do a thing for you. That kind of religion is not going to get to the heart of the human problem...”

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Is Our Gospel Too Small?

The Rev. Dr. William L. Self
Organization: Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Bill Self said, “Politicians can come and go, philosophies can come and go, elections can come and go, but the church of the Lord Jesus Christ and the gospel of God is forever. We need to unhook ourselves from these petty causes ... Changing this world is the only vision big enough for the cross of Jesus Christ and it’s the only vision big enough for a church that takes its calling seriously.”

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Back To Basics

The Rev. Dr. William L. Self
Organization: Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Bill Self says many Christians are like the people in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth, who did not believe in him, so he could do few miracles. “The power of God, the immediate power of God in our lives, is much more available than the average Christian knows, or is willing to dare tap ... This is the central tragedy of any church, that God in Jesus Christ is willing to do much more in and through us than we are willing to do or to let him do.”

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For Such a Time as This

The Rev. Dr. William L. Self
Organization: n/a
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Bill delivered the 1977 annual sermon at the Southern Baptist Convention in Kansas City, MO, which was the keynote sermon. He challenged the convention to expand its vision, think more creatively and minister more courageously, saying, “Who knows whether we have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

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Come Home, Atlanta!

The Rev. Dr. William L. Self
Organization: n/a
Denomination: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Taking his text from the story of the Prodigal Son, Bill Self said Atlanta, “like the Prodigal, have left our father’s home. I think we need to take a good, hard look at where we are and what we’ve done, and I think that in our journey to be uptown, and our journey to be like New York, and our journey to take our place in the middle of what may be the nation and the world, we have left our father’s home.” He urged, “Come home, Atlanta. Get up out of the farmer’s pig stye and come home!”

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