Don’t Just Do Something, STAND THERE! (Video Sermon)

The sermon below was preached on March 2, 2014, by Dr. Bill Nieporte, at the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.  You can watch the video below.   You may also visit the church website at to watch this video, listen to the MP3, and  subscribe to our weekly podcast.

CHURCH PEOPLE have a tendency to be religious busy-bodies.  Peter’s comments to Jesus in Matthew 17:1-9 are a prime example.  Seeing the magnificient vision of Christ TRANSFIGURATION, Peter says what religious institutions have been saying for centuries.  “Don’t just stand there, DO something.”

The voice of the Father says quite the opposite.  The voice says,

In the presence of the magnificience of God’s amazing grace, there is NOTHING we are expected to do EXCEPT to stand there is grateful awe.

This is another sermon about giving up our religious addictions and enterprises so that our lives might be built up around Jesus and his gospel only.

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Unfortunately, the video card was filled with older files – so this sermon cuts abruptly about 2 minutes before the sermon’s conclusion.

Here’s the text, from Matthew 17:1-9:

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Here’s the video:

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