Are you ever hesitant about evangelizing in certain situations? This message draws 3 questions from Jesus to effectively avoid contentious traps, turn the tables on false teachers, and open the door for evangelism.
The apostles were afraid seeing waves filling the boat. From fear, they woke Jesus who calmed the storm. "Why are you so afraid? Have you no faith?" This message draws from Jesus's miracle and words in application for this stressed world around us.
Should repentance intimidate believers? This message draws from the apostle Paul's revelation that repentance is without regret. Godly sorrow produces repentance into salvation without regret. This message draws from 2 Corinthians 7:8-13.
Do you feel prepared to evangelize? Christians are more equipped than they often think. This message is a part of a series of sermons called "Evangelism Notes." This message is an encouragement to evangelize with insights from Acts 17 and Romans 1.
How is the God of the Bible the God of all comfort? What comfort does God give the faithful to hope in Him? This study draws from the apostle Paul's words in 2 Corinthians to establish the foundation of hope that allows Christians to share in suffering and comfort in the hope of God.
What is of first Importance to what Christians believe? What is the original Christian faith? What should Christians really be sharing with the world? This message draws from 1 Corinthians 15 to set the foundation for all Christian beliefs and unity.
Nathan prophesied evil coming into David's house for his sins. The influence of David as a father was compromised by his sins. The message draws out the devastation in David's house and the humility of David's faithfulness to God.
The Holy Spirit unites Christians in love and truth. Christians must maintain the unity by bearing with one another in love. This message connects the mission of the Spirit with the mission of the church to make disciples.
Endurance produces character. Hannah was a great example of faith in the time of Israel's judgment. She grieved her inability have children. Hannah relied and trusted in God through everything. This message concludes with Hannah's praise of God that is rich in theology.
King Saul pursued David to kill him, yet David respected King Saul as the Lord's anointed. David had occasions to kill Saul and he refrained. David's actions are examples for Christians today to respect the government authorities because God has appointed them. This message expands on respecting the government.
God does not see as man sees. Man looks at the outward appearance, and God looks at the heart. Because of this, God chose the next King of Israel. A shepherd boy demonstrated the heart after the Lord. His faith was bold and confident to face a giant champion. This message reflects on the faith necessary for Christians to act boldly without fear.
Was Jesus really buried? Is Jesus's burial essential to the gospel? Should Christians share Jesus's burial and empty tomb? This message draws from the Gospel of Matthew and also presents archeological evidence for Jesus's empty tomb.
Isaiah 53 is an amazing text prophesying the coming of a Suffering Servant and the good news of His death, burial, and prolonged life. This ancient text predates the rise of Christiany by centuries and is essential to the convincing many of the Christian faith. This message draws from Isaiah 53 to display the good message of the salvation that has come to all nations.
Why do we quit? Why do we struggle to endure? Faith is the assurance of hope for which the faithful are able to continue. That means Christians look to God's promises and they press forward the more that they know God's promises. This message draws from Hebrews 11 to gain from the examples of faithful people who were obedient and hoped for the heavenly country.
What does the Bible mean by "filled with the Holy Spirit"? Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? This message will consider what the Bible teaches about the Spirit living within repentant baptized believers and how believers can recognize the work of the Spirit within and through life.
A close relationship with someone respectable will greatly affect your life, thinking, and behavior. The writer of Hebrews brings believers attention to knowing Christ so that they do not move away from God. The text of Hebrews reveals the greatness of Christ above angels and prophets to how Jesus is equal with God being God. This message teaches the need to focus on Christ and encourages others to do the same everyday, so believers are not led away by the deceitfulness of sin.
God provides for the faithful to be holy and live holy lives. The Holy Spirit accomplishes this purpose. Living by sin grieves, insults, and enrages the Holy Spirit. This message encourages the faithful to set their minds on the Spirit to put to death the deeds of the body.
While many believers have a hopeless perspective of heaven, Revelation tells of a city in a paradise for the faithful to live eternally. The place that Jesus is preparing is heavenly and where God will dwell with His people. This message opens up to the reality of a heavenly homeland made by God. This glorious place is spiritual, physical, heavenly, tangible, and real.
Does the Holy Spirit communicate in feelings and hunches that Christians must learn to interpret? This message addresses this thinking with what the Bible teaches about how the Spirit communicates with words.
John's Revelation reveals the mystery of coming events on Christians in the first century and how these events affect Christians today. This message will examine the endurance and hope of the Revelation to John. This lesson also gives a key to understanding the Book of Revelation.
What are the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit? What was the purpose of these gifts? The Bible answers these questions directly. This message draws out the truth about these spiritual gifts from the Scriptures to expose the many assumptions about the Holy Spirit.
John's Revelation is a text of victory encouraging churches so to ensure and not compromise the truth. However, many churches drift into error and Christ calls these churches to repent. This message seeks to help churches listen to Jesus's love in which He reproves and disciplines.
The message presents the beliefs of the early church for what Jesus and the apostles taught about the gift of the Holy Spirit in distinction from the charismatic gifts that are a unique part of the general gift of the Spirit.
Have you ever ignored a warning label? Often, we learn the hard way. The biblical writer John warned the early church about antichrists and their deception that flanked the convictions of many. This message addresses what John taught Christians to do to avoid the devastating consequences of those trying to change the identity of Jesus of Nazareth.
Why do the Scriptures predict the pouring out of the Spirit? How can the Spirit be poured out like a liquid? This message answers these questions about the Holy Spirit and presents the active work of the Spirit in the churches of Christ.
Jesus prayed for future believers to be one. Jesus prayed that the church is one flock with one Shepherd. This message draws from Jesus's prayer to unite in God the Father and Christ. Therefore, one church must exist as one in Christ.
Jesus gave a new command to His apostles to love as Jesus loved them. By that love, the world will recognize the disciples of Christ. However, that does not mean the world will join the faithful but Jesus reported that the world will still hate Christians. This message encourages us love like Christ, which is counter cultural. Christians don't love like the world as Christ stood against the evil and hypocricy of the world.
Jesus of Nazareth promised His Spirit to His messengers --- the Apostles. Jesus told them that the Spirit of Good would guide them into all truth. The first followers of Jesus lacked nothing because Jesus's messengers had all truth to give to all who trust in Jesus. This message stresses the mission of God's Spirit to transform with truth those who trust in God to be more like Jesus.
Jesus of Nazareth taught that those who would not listen to Him because they did not believe His works. If they believed His works, then they would listen and understand Him, so they could follow Jesus. Jesus gives eternal life to those who follow Him. This message focuses on reasons to trust that Jesus did miraculous works so that believers may become followers and inherit eternal life.
Christ came into the world and the world did not know Him. The Gospel of John illustrates bringing others to Christ and sharing Christ and eternal life. This message is a simple observation of people coming to Christ and becoming confident in leading others to Jesus Christ.
The Old Testament Scriptures reveal much about the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit spoke by the prophets giving them revelation. Likewise, Isaiah predicted the Holy Spirit of wisdom and knowledge would rest upon the Christ, who is the Prophet predicted by Moses. This message draws essential points from scriptures about the operation of the Holy Spirit in giving God's wisdom in His Word.
What is a living sacrifice? The apostle Paul expanded on the teaching of Christ revealing how baptized believers are transformed. This message builds on how to change your life as Good wants you to do. Jesus taught how it is essential to take up one's cross daily to be His disciple and to lose one's life to be saved.
Being zealous for God is not enough according to Romans 10. Paul taught that one must have knowledge. What knowledge? Paul means a knowledge built on saving faith that Jesus is the Lord and that He resurrected from the dead. This message draws vital points like these that are essential to preaching the gospel.
This message is in a series of messages covering what the Bible reveals about the Holy Spirit. In this sermon, the operation of the Holy Spirit among the nation of Israel is emphasized to recognize the work of the Spirit to come through Jesus Christ.
As difficult as it is for people to reconcile with one another, no one should think it is a small thing that God reconciled sinners and enemies through Jesus Christ. This message draws observations from Romans 5 to realize the magnitude of God's gift of grace and reconciling humanity through Jesus. The blessings are numerous and great so that every faithful Christian has reason to rejoice and enjoy hearing these scriptures.
The apostle Paul sought to evangelize to the church in Rome. However, Paul first taught about God's judgment revealing that all stand accountable before God, because all have sinned. The background of judgment reveals the need for God's justness and a Savior.
This message concludes a long series from 1 Corinthians where the apostle Paul collected much error to unify this congregation. First Corinthians shows Christians how to unite in doctrine, discipline, God-given tradition, and more. For the preacher, this encouragement becomes personal and heartfelt.
This message helps Christians to understand how God changes repentant believers into a new person throughout life. God does the work of raising the believer alive to new life putting off the old self of sin. The focus and perspective of the Christian changes to Christ and so changes one's life.
The apostle Paul gave specific commands from God for the Christian home. This message draws directly from the Bible. This sermon addresses how wives are to subject their husbands, how husbands are to love their wives, why children are to obey, and how fathers are to their children.
Some will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?" This is quoted from 1 Corinthians 15:35. Paul answered the question of how the faithful will resurrect like Jesus Christ when Christ returns. This is the hope and an essential Christian teaching.
Many people declare that they would give up everything for God. However, when a ballgame is scheduled, a promotion comes, a needed vacation begins, and a favorite show started, we often forget our thanksgivings to God and Christ. The apostle Paul sets a common example among mature Christians that helps us to devote ourselves faithfully to reading, prayer, service, giving, worship, evangelizing, and making disciples. This message draws out the focus of mature Christians from Philippians 3 so that we may remain devoted.
Does what a person believes about God and Christ affect one's behavior? The church at Corinth had many problems. Behind their moral struggles, some in the church did not believe in the coming resurrection of the dead. Paul explained the gospel again with evidence of eyewitnesses to Jesus's resurrection. Furthermore, Paul taught how Jesus's bodily resurrection was the first of the resurrection to come. This message is enlightening of the Christian hope that is the essential core to the whole Christian faith.
Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Being holy is essential to salvation. God strengthens the hearts of believers to be blameless in holiness before the coming of Jesus Christ. This message explores God's Word to the church to be sexually pure and no longer covet various sexual passions.
Few Christians today talk about their hope of eternal life by Jesus's resurrection. Throughout Acts, apostles and evangelists have spread the gospel of hope. In this study, Paul stood to defend himself before the Roman governor of Judea from the accusations of Jerusalem's high priest. Paul revealed that he was on trial for his hope in the resurrection that the sect of the Sadducees rejected. Paul's courage to evangelize to the end stands as an example to all Christians.
"Maintain the traditions just as I have delivered them to you" wrote the apostle Paul. The assembling of a church is not only for worship but for edification --- to build up one another in teaching. This message is a biblical review of the principles that organize the assembly of Christians. The focus of edification is to teach and worship with meaning specifically with intelligible words so that both the Spirit and the mind are engaged.
Through the Book of Acts in the Bible, evangelists proclaimed the gospel of Jesus mostly to those were already devout believers of God who accepted the Jewish Scriptures. In Acts 18, a woman and her husband pull aside an eloquent speaker who teaches about Jesus accurately but his teaching about baptism is not accurate. Furthermore, another preacher will teach twelve men about another baptism than what they received. This message is relevant to those considering their baptism in comparison to the baptism that Jesus commanded to become a disciple of Christ.
Many place rules, laws, and judgments on others. In Acts 15, some were trying to place the burdens of the Law of Moses on new converts. However, salvation is by grace in Jesus Christ and not Moses's Law. This message draws from the speeches of a church council in Acts 15 to help Christians understand what Christians must obey today.
The gift of various kinds of tongues was not for every Christian. God gave supernatural gifts by the Holy Spirit for the common good of the church. Spiritual gifts all came from the same God for unity. These points and others are essential for Christians to have a biblical view of gifts from the Spirit.
After persecution scattered Christians, Philip went out proclaiming the gospel so that many men and women were baptized. The Holy Spirit sent Philip to preach to an Ethiopian official traveling in his chariot reading from the scriptures of Isaiah. This account teaches Christians how to preach Jesus from the prophecies of the Christ in the Book of Isaiah and that devout believers of God need to hear about Jesus to be saved.
The apostles preached Jesus's resurrection for the coming resurrection on the last day. Jesus's resurrection is His conquest over death bringing eternal life to the faith. Jesus's resurrection is essential to all Christian beliefs and teachings. Christ rising from the dead unites the faithful in the church. This message draws every point from the Bible.
This message recognizes the confusion of the world and its inability to know God by the world's wisdom. Only by God's wisdom in preaching the gospel can humanity understand God and the need for Christ's crucifixion. The crucifixion of Jesus in Luke 23 reveals the perspectives of unbelief and belief that Jesus is the Messiah. By the cross, believers realize and reconcile the love and just wrath of God.
Paul taught the church to maintain the traditions just as delivered, and then he taught that God is the head of Christ, Christ is the head of man, and man is the head of woman. This message addresses this statement's basis in God creating man distinctively from woman. Furthermore, the text applies this practice to men uncovering and women covering their heads in teaching and prayer.
The dead can't warm you about your life. Mediums are not really contacting the dead. However, the dead may want warn you about your life and what is to come from your living. Jesus warned about the lack of compassion and giving that leads to torment in fire. This message will explain more about what Jesus means by Hell.
The church at Corinth had been justifying behaviors that hurt more than oneself but other "weak" Christians. Paul reminded of their communion with Christ's body and blood to teach them not to justify communing with demons. This message draws out essential points for not justifying specific actions to join with evil.
Jesus commands His disciples not to be anxious. How can Jesus command this of all disciples? Christ warned of how anxieties and cares can choke out faith in God's Word. Jesus gave instruction for what to focus and seek so that His followers will not lack the necessities of life. This message turns to the Bible to gain that truth.
The apostle Paul made himself a servant to all. In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul revealed the right of the evangelist to receive payment for his labor, but he didn't use the right for sale of those who are weak. Paul sets an example being willing to become like those who are weak in faith to win them. He disciplined himself for the good of others. This message observes how the apostle gave up rights to serve all.
The apostle Paul addressed those spreading false teaching who have swerved from rightly using the law, thinking that they have an understanding, and teaching speculations in vain discussions. At the core, these teachers have drifted from sound doctrine by lacking certain qualities. This message examines these qualities as the aim of the Apostles' charge.
How you view your body affects how you use your body. The Christian view of the body is that God meant the body to glorify God. Furthermore, using one's body for sexual immortality affects your commitment to Christ. The Bible instructs us to flee from sexual immortality. Furthermore, this message expands on how God gave marriage for those tempted by sexual sins.
Solomon urged his listeners to remember their Creator in the days of their youth before the evil days come. This message references research that reveals when youth begin to question and some leave their faith. The disciple-making of the church must include the children and students directing them to the only lasting hope in Jesus Christ and faith by a reasonable view of God.
A man has taken his father's wife, and the church at Corinth did not respond to this open sin by someone having the name of brother in Christ. However, the apostle Paul pronounced judgment in his absence and corrected the church for allowing this to continue. First Corinthians 5 and 6 challenge Christians to stand against continued sin and to judge one another within the church rather than before unbelieving judges.
Should Christians act as citizens in this world? This message examines a number of scriptures to find how Christians are to live as citizens of heaven and of one's nation. How will you stand by faith in Christ before the public arena?
Every profitable trade requires training. Likewise, Christians need training to grow. Believers are capable of growing to maturity. While facing his death, Peter wrote some final words to urge Christians to keep growing because of the dangers that face them, so he revealed how to supplement one's faith.
The perception of church leaders often causes division rather degrades or puffed up. The apostle Paul presents the apostles as servants, stewards of God's Word, and last among all. They endured many trials unlike many other teachers influencing the church. For this reason, Paul taught the church not to go beyond what is written in judgment of them. The Scriptures are fully sufficient.
Jesus taught of the coming age of true worship not in any specific place but in spirit and truth. This message draws from John 4 to understand worship in spirit and truth. Jesus offers God's gift of eternal life as He did when He sat beside Jacob's well in Samaria and requested that a Samaritan woman give Him a drink. Jesus kept leading her to the truth that He was the Messiah and now God seeks true worshipers.
GARLAND BASFORD - This message is a survey of Jesus's prayer life through the Gospel of Luke. Jesus's life of prayer is apparent at essential points in His ministry. In Luke, Jesus taught the example prayer that the believer should want to learn to pray as Christ commands.
Jesus sang with His disciples before going to the Garden of Gethsamane on the night of His betrayal. Psalm 22 prophesied of the Messiah singing and glorifying God in the congregation. As Christ sang, singing is an essential behavior of the Christian faith. As Christians are priests in God's temple --- the church, Christians offer spiritual offerings of praise as the fruit of the lips. This message draws points on the purpose of congregational singing as commanded in the Scriptures.
How can you know that you have not been deceived? A person must have an objective foundation for knowing the truth. For the church of Christ, the foundation is Jesus Christ. Many want to build carnal things by worldly wisdom upon Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul revealed that all things will be tested by fire. He also taught that God will destroy anyone who destroys His holy temple --- the church. This message explores the Scriptures drawing insight for avoiding deception in the church.
Every spiritual blessing is in Christ. Redemption and eternal inheritance are all in Christ. The Scriptures reveal only one way to get into Christ. This message goes to Bible to see how one receives the blessings that are in Christ.
What are the beliefs of the churches of Christ? This message gives a brief introduction to the beliefs and mentality of the churches of Christ. The church of Jesus Christ must maintain the apostles' traditions as they delivered them (1 Cor 11:1-2).
Lot chose to move to Sodom, into the midst of sin. People cried out to God against the city. The sins that we overlook every day have consequences. Lot is an example of such dismissal and casting pearls before swine. Righteousness does not partake of lawlessness.
The church at Corinth was divided and had many problems. The apostle Paul wrote appealing to them to unite and agree, because Christians can. The philosophy of the world infected this church's core beliefs, brought forth sin, and produced division. This message focuses on church unity and preaching God's wisdom who is Jesus Christ. Christians must start with the pure gospel to unite together in God's authority taught in the words of the apostles.
When God destroyed the Earth with a flood, God had seen the evil and violence throughout the world. God saw that the intentions of everyone and the thoughts of their hearts were evil continually. However, Noah found God's favor and grace because he was righteous, blameless, and walked with God. God's grace came with instructions to build an ark for salvation. This sermon looks to Noah's example of faithfulness and leadership as a father to save his family through the water.
Jesus's resurrection is the victory over death. How Jesus resurrected determined the beginning of the church. Jesus sent His disciples out to proclaim the gospel as witnesses, but first, Jesus had to address their acceptance and belief of the witnesses.
Should preachers dismiss Jesus's burial from the gospel of Jesus Christ? Many have in their preaching and by excluding baptism as a burial with Christ. This message draws from significant details attesting to the honoriable burial of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.
No one can be a saved without confessing faith that Jesus bodily resurrected. This message presents the evidences of Jesus's resurrection. When Peter preached on the Pentecost following Jesus's crucifixion, he proclaimed Jesus's resurrection with specific proofs as noted in this sermon. The historical evidences of Jesus's resurrection stand today.
What effect would seeing Jesus crucified have on you? The Centurion who saw Jesus die declared, "Truly this man was the Son of God." The fulfilled predictions and historical facts stand out in the Gospel of Mark. This message depicts and draws from Mark's Gospel the details from its eyewitness source.
Today, many distort the meaning of Jesus's sacrificial suffering in His beatings, scourging, and crucifixion. This message observes the false witnesses, true accusations, and mockery of Jesus throughout His suffering.
Judas is the "betrayer." The traiterous kiss of Judas is relatable to anyone who has a friend stab them in the back. This message draws from Judas's betrayal and applies this event to the Christian's life so that today's believer does not do the same.
What was the cause of the universe --- nothing, a mindless generator, or a mindful Creator? This message encourages listeners to seek out the most reasonable explanation for the existence of the universe. The Bible presents how God created a fully functioning and mature universe that accounts for the state of isotopes in rocks used for radiometric dating. Listen for this and more.
"Why can I not stop?" Everyone is at war with temptations. Many believers struggle with sin. The Bible tells us that for a person to be transformed then that one must renew the mind and set the mind on the Spirit. This sermon addresses how to set the mind.
Jesus's prayers in the garden emphasize His full humanity in the face of suffering and death. This message draws out from the Scriptures the humility and emotive response of Jesus. His example of prayer resembled His whole life of prayer. Disciples have much to gain by studying Jesus's example today.
The Holy Spirit appoints church elders by the word that gives specific qualifications. The church needs elders. The Scriptures reveal that a church without elders is lacking. This message addresses the blessing of having qualified elders and their essential work in the church.
While the chief priests and sectarian groups disputed among themselves, a man came to Jesus having heard His answers to these leaders in the temple complex. He asked, "Which commandment is the most important of all?" This message explores to the teachable character of that man.
Paul commanded Timothy to teach faithful people who would teach others. This is the perpetual mission that Jesus gave to His disciples, so this is the mission of the church. This message addresses the need for teaching and discipleship after baptism that is essential to make disciples who make disciples.
What keeps you from focusing on what really matters --- trusting in Jesus Christ? Seeing a miracle is not enough. Jesus's disciples had to perceive and understand as Jesus taught them on the Sea of Galilee.
What is the hope of the gospel? Christians believe in the one hope that Jesus bodily resurrected from the dead and so will the faithful resurrect like Christ (1 Cor 6:14). This sermon draws from the Scriptures about the resurrection to eternal life.
What is the gospel that Christians are proclaiming? A lot of what Christendom is proclaiming is not of first importance to the gospel. This lesson reflects upon how the apostles preached the good message to the world.
"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few." Jesus instructed His disciples to pray for laborers to go into the harvest. Likewise, the apostle Paul wrote from prison seeking prayers for wisdom to speak the gospel. Prayer is one of the essentials of evangelism. This message explores some essential to begin sharing the faith.
Jesus marveled at the unbelief of those who recognized His miracles and were astonished at the wisdom of His teaching. However, Jesus continued moving and teaching more. Christians should learn from Christ's perseverance.
Christians have weapons from God to destroy strongholds raised up against God. This message presents a simple biblical approach to correcting false views of God. By graciously doing so, the faithful open doors to sharing the gospel effectively.
Jesus demonstrated His authority by forgiving sins and healing a paralytic man. Christ's authority in speech to heal, forgive, and so much more reveal that Jesus is God in the flesh. Therefore, believers have all the more reason to observe all that Jesus has commanded.
Jesus Christ amazes in the Gospel of Mark. His teachings and works attest that He is the Son of God, God in the flesh, and the Christ who resurrected from the dead. These select sermons from the Gospel of Mark come from the exposition of Scott Shifferd.
How does the world know what love is? Love is not an invention of men. Love is eternal. For love to be eternal, a Being must exist eternally to possess love. This message focuses on how faith in the God of Christ is faith in God who is love. God revealed His love in Jesus's sacrifice.