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The sermon materials found here have been preached by me through many years of service. I do not claim originality.  The Greek traveler Ulysses, returned home from his journeys to say,  I am a part of all that I have met.” How true! This material has come from many, many sources, men I have met, respected, read from and learned from through the years.

 

My early influence with preaching came through the influences of my father John Ray Cope,  who labored with the Homestead church of Christ in Crossville, Tennessee from its very inception. Dad was a close friend of brother Roy J. Hearn who preached in Crossville, during my first memories. My dad, would carry many of the young boys from the Homestead congregation to different places where there wasn't a preacher, and we learned to preach by preparing and presenting our lessons at these places on Sunday afternoons. Dad was a great influence to all these young men as well as to me.  From this small Homestead congregation, a dozen young boys, including myself, went on to become full time preachers, because this congregation and my dad cared enough to encourage us to do so.

 

I often read 2 Timothy chapter 1, verses 5  where Paul states of Timothy:  "5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also."  and I am reminded that I am a product of five generations of preachers, my father through the influence of his godly mother who likewise was influenced by her father and great grandfather  Daniel Isenberg,  a restoration preacher from Kentucky.  I thank God, when I call to remembrance the  unfeigned faith that dwelt in my father, my grandmother, and others before them.  

 

Many years ago, I had the privilege of leading  the singing during a gospel meeting where Brother G.K. Wallace was doing the speaking. I enjoyed the time that I was able to spend with him. He advised me, if I was going to preach, to purchase N.B.Hardeman Tabernacle Sermon books. "and learn to preach right," as he stated it. He also recommended that I purchase all the debate books that I could find, and learn issues confronting the Lord’s church. He suggested I purchase books by Foy E. Wallace Jr.,  Guy N. Woods, Franklin Camp, and added, "anything you can find written by me."  This was good advise, which I followed. I cut my teeth, as many young preachers do, on the N.B. Hardeman Tabernacle Sermons. Today they remain un-surpassed in providing sermons and lessons for young men who aspire to preach.

 

In 1998, I had the wonderful privilege of meeting sister Joanne Bradshaw, granddaughter of N.B. Hardeman. She was at the time a member of the Chestnut Dr. church of Christ, where my brother, Clyde Cope was serving as an elder. She invited Clyde and myself, along with our wives to her home where we enjoyed dinner, and wonderful fellowship. After the wonderful meal, she showed us into a room, where she was safe-keeping the personal belongings of her grandfather Brother Hardeman, which would be shortly transferred and placed permanently in the N.B. Hardeman Library, located on the campus of  the Memphis School of Preaching in Memphis Tennessee. There were many  family pictures . Brother Hardeman,  was a great horseman, often riding and showing his horses.

 

We were able to view many if his personal things, some notes used in the debates with Ben Bogard and Ira M. Boswell. Also his hand written outlines of sermons which I recognized immediately as the Tabernacle Sermons. Several other historical documents were there as well. Sister Bradshaw gave me a keep sake, a golden pencil sharpener, shaped like a single edged razor. She told me she remembered as a little child, it had always set upon Brother Hardeman's desk,  and he had treasured it. I treasure the visit and the pencil sharpener very much. It sits upon my desk now.

 

All those mentioned here, and many others, have greatly influenced what I am, and what I have preached through the years. "These being dead, yet speaketh."  To these, I affectingly dedicate my sermons page. May their words go forth through others to the glory of our Heavenly Father. Please feel free to use any materials found here, as I have freely taken from others.

freely ye have received,freely give. Matthew 10:8
    

Ron Cope minister

Chestnut Mountain church of Christ.

(678)617-9658

For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is revealed a righteousness of God from faith unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live by faith. Romans 1:16-17

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