By Scott J Shifferd
A podcast of biblical preaching from Scott Shifferd and special speakers for the Thomasville church of Christ (Thomasville, GA). We hope you find this podcast to be a reliable source of biblical exegetical preaching.
A Living Sacrifice - Romans 12:1-2
Christians are called to extraordinary acts of faith. God calls believers to offer themselves as living sacrifices. This message draws from Romans 12:1-2 to perceive the blessings of such an offering.
June 27, 2022
A New Covenant with Better Promises - Hebrews 8:6-13
Why has God established a new covenant that is His contract with His people? This message draws from the biblical book to the Hebrews to understand the greatness of God's promises in Christ for the faithful to live in the new way.
June 21, 2022
For Order in the Assembly - 1 Corinthians 14:26-33
God is the not the God of confusion. God has set an order for the meeting of saints. This message draws from 1 Corinthians 14:26-33 to see God's commands for the Assembly of Christians.
June 20, 2022
Our Confession and God's Rest - Hebrews 3:7-11
Why do we disobey God? What are we lacking? This message observes truths from Hebrews 3:7-11 where the author draws from Psalm 95:7-11.
June 14, 2022
The Need for the Assembly - Hebrews 10:19-25
"Why go to church if I don't get anything from it?" This message explores what is missing from church and more. This lesson draws from Hebrews 10:19-25 for the importance of Christians assembling together.
June 13, 2022
The Wisdom of God in Christ - Colossians 2:1-10
How does the knowledge of Christ keep believers from the deception of plausible arguments? This message draws from Colossians 2:1-10 to understand Christ as the basis of reality and truth.
June 07, 2022
The House of God - Ephesians 2:19-22
What would happen to house that was built without a foundation (6:46-49)? This message draws from Ephesians 2:19-22 to see the foundation of God's house and the position that every Christian has in God's temple.
June 06, 2022
To Take Up Your Cross - Mark 8:34-38
What did Jesus mean by requiring that believers take the cross follow Him? This messages draws from Mark 8:34-38 to understand the sacrifice of the Christian life for blessings beyond the cost.
May 31, 2022
The Guarantee of Every Spiritual Blessing - Ephesians 1:3-14
Why is every spiritual blessing in Christ? This message draws from Ephesians 1 to recognize God's plan and realize God's guarantee of the blessings of God.
May 24, 2022
Avoiding Arguments - 2 Timothy 2:14-18
Have you ever been in the percense of someone else's argument? Have you ever read the comments on social media? This message draws from the apostle Paul's words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:14-18.
May 23, 2022
Your Heart and God's Election - Romans 9:6-18
This message draws from God's purpose that determines His compassion and mercy. However, God also hardens the hearts of those who harden their own hearts against Him. Does this hardening remove free will from humanity? Can God still find fault? Would God create people whom He knows would disobey Him? This message draws from Romans 9:6-18 to answer these questions.
May 10, 2022
Wisdom in the Home - Proverbs 1:7-9
Knowledge begins with the fear of the LORD, and the family begins with God-fearing fathers and mothers. This message draws from Proverbs 1:7-9 to recognize and honor God's design for the home.
May 09, 2022
The Fall to Temptation - Genesis 3:1-19
This message draws from the first sin of Eve and Adam and its consequence upon all humanity.
May 02, 2022
To Be Justified by Faith - Romans 1-4
Most people want to be recognized as good by a moral standard rather than be made good by a belief that trusts in God's promises. God saves by faith and not by any law, because no one can be made just by a law especially when people cannot keep their own laws. This message draws from key passages in Romans chapters 1-4 to get an overview and introduction to the Book of Romans.
April 26, 2022
Put on the New Person - Colossians 3:1-11
Believers in Christ change and become a new creation. This message presents how one's aim and focus on life change to follow Christ. This message pulls from the words of an apostle of Jesus Christ about becoming a new person from Colossians 3:1-11.
April 25, 2022
The Unchanging Gospel - Galatians 1:6-12
Changing the gospel affects church unity and freedom from sin. This message explores these important points from apostle's message to the churches of Galatia starting with Galatians 1:6-12.
April 19, 2022
In This Hope We Were Saved - Romans 8:18-25
The resurrection of Christ gives assurance of hope to the faithful that they will resurrect like Christ on the last day. This message draws from Romans 8:18-25 to focus on the redemption of the body that every Christian looks forward to coming.
April 19, 2022
Christ Crucified - Luke 23:32-43
The crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth is the most attested event in ancient history. For every selfish and rebellious action, Christ responded with mercy and forgiveness from the cross. This message draws from Luke 23:32-43 to find meaning and purpose in Christ's crucifixion.
April 11, 2022
To Persuade Another to Become a Christian - Acts 26:19-32
How did you come to faith in Christ? This message draws a number of lessons from Paul's rational and persuasive words before governor Festus and King Agrippa to see how Christians talk about the faith.
April 05, 2022
Faith that Overcomes the World - 1 John 5:1-12
What affect has faith that Jesus is the Son of God had your life? This message draws from 1 John 5:1-12 to understand how the faith that Jesus is the Son of God is victorious over the desires and pride of the world.
April 04, 2022
God of the Living - Mark 12:18-27
God gives greater understanding of the spiritual things to those who know His power. This message draws from Jesus's response to the Sadducees in Mark 12:18-27 to observe that God is the God who gives life to come.
March 28, 2022
To Enter the Kingdom of God - Acts 14:19-23
This message looks at the example of a suffering minister in Acts 14:19-23 whose endurance and ministry strengthened the church.
March 21, 2022
Scientific Foreknowledge in the Bible - 1 Corinthians 3:18-20
"Test everything." This message draws from verses of the scientific knowledge and medical acumen of the Bible to encourage Christians to base their beliefs on the Scriptures.
March 20, 2022
The Nature of Evangelistic Ministry - Acts 11:19-26
Why are a few open to hearing the gospel and so many are not? This message draws from Acts 11:19-26 to see "the hand of the Lord" in evangelism and how Christians can better prepare to share the message.
March 15, 2022
To Contend for the Faith - Jude 3-4
Are you fighting the good fight? Are you battling for the faith knowing there are those who creep into churches and pervert the grace of God for sexual sins? This message draws from Jude's encouragement to see how to fight for the faith that was once for all delivered.
March 14, 2022
The Need for Blood Sacrifice - Genesis 9:4-6
Life is in your blood according to the Bible. The Creator has given you your life and He requires an account of your life. By these facts, we need a Savior to bring peace by His life, His blood, His sacrifice, and His overcoming death, so He gives peace by His lifeblood. This message explores these essential points from Scripture to understand the need for one blood sacrifice.
February 28, 2022
He Saw the City and Wept over It - Luke 19:41-44
Christ predicted the desolation of a great city. Christ's judgement is just. He pleaded with the people of Judea to repent and believe that He is the Son of God. This message draws from Luke 19:41-44 and chapter 21 to see the extent of God's coming judgement.
February 22, 2022
The Character of God's Love - 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
Can you do good and use your God-given gifts without love? Some Christians do. This lesson defines love that reflects the character of God's love. This message draws from 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 to correct boastful and selfish use of our abilities.
February 21, 2022
Are You Living in God's Kingdom? - Luke 16:16-17
Are you living in the kingdom of God? This message looks to Jesus's teachings about the kingdom in Luke to encourage believers to seek first the kingdom.
February 15, 2022
To Awaken Marital Love - Song of Solomon 1:1-2:1
Do you need wisdom to see beauty in God's creation? The Song of Solomon served this purpose. This message observes the God-given wisdom about marital love in the Song of Songs.
February 14, 2022
To Love Your Neighbor - Luke 10:25-37
Jesus taught about a compassionate Samaritan and this talk pulls from Christ's teaching to be a loving neighbor to those need even enemies from Luke 10:25-37.
February 08, 2022
Love that Depends on Faith - Luke 6:27-36
How can anyone obey the command to love one's enemies unless they have faith that Jesus is the Son of God? This message draws from Christ's teaching to love enemies in Luke 6:27-34. Jesus teaches the good that comes from His followers loving those who hate, abuse, slander, and beat them.
February 07, 2022
The Book of God - Luke 24:44-49
How did Jesus receive the Jewish Bible? Did He question it, doubt it, or reject any of it? This message draws from Jesus's words and teachings about the Bible to establish how Christians are to receive the Bible.
February 01, 2022
True Faith in Christ - Luke 4:16-30
How much do you believe Jesus's claims of His identity? How much do you accept Jesus's authority? This message draws from Luke 4:16-30 to think deeply about Jesus beyond recognition and confession.
January 25, 2022
Devotion Stops Deceivers - Titus 1:10-16
The church will face deceivers, imposters, and false teachers. How is the church to be prepared and to respond? This message draws from Titus and 2 Timothy to gain God-given wisdom from the apostle Paul.
January 18, 2022
Is Hell Real? - Matthew 13:36-43
Jesus described Hell in great detail. This message draws from the words Christ as the everlasting punishment of Hell and the nature of its torment.
January 17, 2022
Teach No Different Doctrine - 1 Timothy 1:3-7
What can churches do about false teaching? This message draws from 1 Timothy to understand the Christian charge against erring doctrine.
January 11, 2022
The Extent of Forgiveness - Matthew 18:21-35
Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy (Matthew 5:7). Do you forgive as God has forgiven you? This message draws from Jesus's teaching in Matthew 18:21-35 to further understand forgiveness.
January 10, 2022
The Effect of God's Grace - Titus 2:11-15
Has anyone ever done you a favor that changed your life? God has given life, breath, and everything. Ultimately, God given grace for eternal life in Jesus Christ. This message draws from Titus 2:11-15 to see the effect of God's grace upon the lives of the faithful.
December 27, 2021
The Greatest Commands - Mark 12:28-34
If you could ask a prophet of God anything, what would you ask? A scribe comes to Christ after hearing Jesus answer antagonists and he asked, "Which commandment is the most important of all?” Christ is more than a prophet and Christ presents the core of devotion to God. This message also digs a little deeper into the passages behind Christ's answer.
December 20, 2021
God's Great Gifts - Romans 5:15-17
This message reflects upon the theme of God's gift of salvation and the Christian's response.
December 20, 2021
Jesus's Transfiguration - Mark 9:2-8
To whom do you listen? What expert and authority has influence upon you? The fallacy of authority holds power by not recognizing that authorities can be wrong even in concensus. The transfiguration of Christ is a reminder of ultimate authority and truth.
December 14, 2021
The Greatness of Christ - Colossians 1:15-20
What Christians think about Christ shapes every fundamental belief of the Christian faith from creation to the new creation of the final resurrection. This is how Jesus is the beginning and end --- the Alpha and the Omega. Furthermore, the identity of Jesus will offend every person's pride.
December 13, 2021
Listening to the Hymn of Christ - Philippians 2:1-11
Blessed is the one who humbles oneself according to the model of Christ. Christ's life, death, and resurrection set the example for every Christian's life. This message pulls from Philippians 2:1-11 that includes the "hymn of Christ" to teach the depth of Christ's humility to serve and obey unto death.
December 07, 2021
Boasting in the Lord - 2 Corinthians 10:13-18
How do you boast? The apostle Paul exposes the foolishness of boasting of oneself. This message pulls from 2 Corinthians 10:13-18 to reveal how Christians should boast in the Lord.
November 30, 2021
Christ's Purpose for Evangelism - Acts 26:12-20
Blessed are those who see that God had appointed them for a purpose in the great commission. This message draws from Acts 26:12-20 to observe how Christ appointed the apostle Paul to bear witness of Christ before the nations and see how each Christian has a part.
November 29, 2021
Magnify God with Thanksgiving - Psalm 69:29-32
A lack of gratitude is very revealing of a person's character. This message draws from Psalms like Psalm 69 to see each person's need to magnify God with thanksgiving.
November 22, 2021
The God of All Encouragement - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Blessed are those who seek out God in difficult times. Why is knowing God so comforting to the faithful? This message draws greater insights about the encouragement and comfort of God from 2 Corinthians 1:3-11.
November 18, 2021
The Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-20
God has given Christians what they need to be strong and stand against evil. It is not by one's own morals or claims of faith. This message draws from Ephesians 6:10-20 to recognize the strength of the armor of God.
November 15, 2021
Edification in the Assembly - 1 Corinthians 14:12-19
Why do Christians assemble? Can Christians not worship on their own, read their own Bibles, and take their own communion? Christ did not organize the church to operate remotely. This message draws from 1 Corinthians 14 to understand the gathering of the whole congregation and the significance of its purposes.
November 08, 2021
To Gain Christ - Philippians 3:2-11
Why would God not align with our personal goals and help us individually to attain them? Blessed are those who lose their personal goals and accomplishments to gain Christ. This message pulls from Philippians 3 to understand the power of Christ's resurrection that sets life's priorities for what is kept in heaven.
November 08, 2021
To Meet the Lord in the Clouds - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Blessed are those who believe in the resurrection because they have hope for the coming of Christ. This message draws from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 to observe details about the coming of Christ and why the gospel is the good news.
November 01, 2021
The Foundation of Christ - 1 Corinthians 1:10-13
Can Christians agree? Can followers of Christ unite in the same mind and same purpose? This message draws from 1 Corinthians to understand the possibilities of Christian unity.
October 26, 2021
The Word of the Cross - Matthew 27:24-50
The Word of the cross is the power and the wisdom of God. The truth of the Christian faith is revealed in the person of Christ fulfilled in His suffering and death. This message draws lessons from Matthew 27:24-50.
October 25, 2021
The Endurance of Faith - James 1:2-8
Do you find joy in trials, tribulations, and temptations? James wrote to consider it all joy to endure trials. Why and how? This message draws from James 1:2-8 to see why Christians can find joy in hard times and endure by faith.
October 22, 2021
Use Your God-Given Talents - Matthew 25:14-30
The kingdom of God is God entrusting gifts according to the ability of His servants. Do you use your talents? This message draws from Matthew 25:14-30 to recognize Christ's exhortation to use talents.
October 18, 2021
Fellowship with God - 1 John 1:5-2:2
God loves you and He has given continual forgiveness through Jesus Christ to the faithful. This message pulls from 1 John to observe how those who walk in the light have unity with God and are cleansed from all sins.
October 11, 2021
The Parable of the Wedding Feast - Matthew 22:1-14
What do we think about inconvenient social events? "Well, I was planning to attend but I've got so much to do. They won't miss me." God's kingdom is like a wedding feast prepared by a king for his son, yet the guests are too busy to come. This message draws from Matthew 22:1-14 to look deeper into Jesus's parable of the wedding feast.
October 06, 2021
To Walk in the Spirit - Galatians 5:16-26
Are you struggling with sin in the flesh? God has given baptized believers freedom from sin so they can walk by the Spirit. This message draws from Galatians 5:16-26 to live for the blessings of walking in the Spirit.
September 27, 2021
Sheep without a Shepherd - Matthew 9:35-38
Is the harvest plentiful today for evangelizing the lost? This sermon draws from Matthew 9:35-38 to observe the need for laborers and for prayers today to reach those who have no shepherd.
September 23, 2021
Live by the Spirit - Romans 8:1-11
Who can help humanity with sin living in the flesh? This message helps those struggling with temptation and addictions to sin. The lesson pulls points from Romans 8 to see that God has enabled the faithful to live by the Spirit and teaches how Christians put to death sin in the flesh.
September 21, 2021
Where Is Your Wealth? - Matthew 6:19-24
Did Jesus teach not to store up wealth on earth? This message pulls from Matthew 6:19-24 and other passages to know the most important things about wealth and basic needs.
September 14, 2021
Sin in the Flesh - Romans 7:5-13
What do you struggle to resist to do? This message pulls from Romans 7:5-13 and the rest of Romans 7 to help Christians to understand freedom from sin that most do not have the ability to resist. However, Christians have a strength to put to death sin.
September 12, 2021
The Spirit over Temptations - Matthew 4:1-11
Why did the Holy Spirit descend upon Jesus and then lead Him into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil? This message draws from Matthew 4:1-11 to think more about Jesus's model for strength to endure temptations.
September 07, 2021
Freedom from Sin - Romans 6:1-11
Blessed are those who have died, been buried, and risen with Christ because they are free. This message draws from Romans 6:1-11 to understand how Christians have freedom from sin in the body and can live in the way of the Spirit.
September 05, 2021
The New Jerusalem - Revelation 21:1-8
What is the New Jerusalem? God promised a holy city for His people where there will be no more crying, pain, or death. This message pulls points from Revelation 21:1-8 to further understand the place where God dwells with His people.
August 29, 2021
Armageddon and then the Millennium - Revelation 16-20
Are Christians reigning with Christ as King now? Revelation is teaches Christians to see Christ's ultimate victory. This message pulls from parts of Revelation 16, 19, and 20 to understand the victory at Armageddon and the Millennial period of reigning.
August 23, 2021
In the Latter Days - Micah 4:1-5
How does God's Word comfort and strengthen the faithful? Micah reports that the nations will flow to hear the Word of the LORD. This message pulls from Micah to realize the power of God's Word especially in the time of Christ.
August 23, 2021
New Heavens and a New Earth - Isaiah 65:17-25
Do you hope for things in this life more than the afterlife? In Isaiah, God declared that He would create new heavens and a new earth where life continues and there would be no more weeping. This message pulls from Isaiah 65:17-25 to encourage believers to hope for more than a vague afterlife but a new life resurrected to the joy of the heavenly homeland.
August 19, 2021
The Dragon and the Beasts - Revelation 12-13
The Book of Revelation reveals how the world worships power and authority rather than worshipping God. In the midst of persecution from authorities of the world, God urges the faithful to endure for victory because Christ will conquer. This message draws from Revelation to see who the Beast is, who influences the world to worship the Beast, and what the mark of the Beast is.
August 16, 2021
Holy Fasting - Isaiah 58:1-12
The Judeans in Isaiah's day fasted, sought God daily, and delighted to know God's ways. However, God did not call for this fast while they were oppressing others. This message draws from Isaiah 58:1-12 to see the true and holy fast of those who humble themselves before God.
August 12, 2021
God's Judgments upon the Earth - Revelation 6-11
Revelation reveals catastrophic events that God brings upon the earth. During this period, Christians endure the storm of tribulations by faith and many will give their lives for the Word of God. This message draws from the Bible to understand the 4 Horsemen, the 7 Trumpets, and the 2 Witnesses.
August 09, 2021
The Light to the Nations - Isaiah 49:1-6
Is the gospel for all people of all ethnicities? This message draws from Isaiah 49:1-6 to observe predictions of God's Servant who is born in the womb to be a light to the nations.
August 05, 2021
Wisdom to Understand the Book of Revelation - Revelation 1
Do you have the strength to outlast authoritarian leaders to victory? Revelation gives churches the strength and assurance for living counter to wicked authorities. This message draws from the 1st chapter of John's Revelation to reveal why John wrote the book and why it exalts Jesus Christ as the Almighty.
August 02, 2021
Christian Devotion - Acts 2:41-47
What should a Christian do after baptism? This message draws from Acts 2:41-47 and it tells what the early church was like and sets a model for all Christians today.
July 25, 2021
He Will Swallow Up Death Forever - Isaiah 25:6-9
The beautiful book of Isaiah tells of catastrophic events and wonderful events to come in apocalyptic language. This message draws from Isaiah 25:6-9 of Isaiah's revelation of how God will swallow up death. God promised an everlasting hope by resurrecting the dead.
July 06, 2021
Bless the Lord, O My Soul - Psalm 103
Have you ever had to tell yourself to do something? The Psalmist David called himself to bless God in worship. This message draws from Psalm 103 to call oneself to worship and recognize the reasons why.
June 29, 2021
The Branch, the King - Isaiah 11:1-10
What are the scriptures that the apostles taught to persuade those who believed in God to believe that Jesus is the Christ? This message draws from Isaiah 11:1-10 and other passages of Isaiah to see the characteristics of the coming King and encourage Christians to rethink evangelism.
June 22, 2021
Matters of Opinion and Faith - Romans 14
This message draws from Romans 14 teaching Christians how to handle matters of opinion and respecting each other's faith so to maintain unity in the church. The hardest part of this is recognizing and separating one's opinions and convictions from God's commands.
June 17, 2021
Who Pastors the Flock? - John 10:1-18
Jesus is the good shepherd and He has one flock. His sheep hear His voice and follow Him. This message draws from John 10:1-18 to commit believers in following Christ, relying on the blessings of the good shepherd, and being prepared for wolves.
June 16, 2021
Righteous by Faith - Romans 4
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin. This is how God makes the faithful right with Him. This is God's gift of forgiveness. This is God's grace. For it to be a gift, grace cannot be earned. This message draws from Romans 4 to understand how God makes right those who have faith.
May 27, 2021
Devoted to Good Works from Wholesome Teaching - Titus 2:1-8
What does the world tell Christians about biblical morals? Early Christians faced a similar struggle. This message draws from Titus 2:1-8 to observe the moral teachings that Titus needed to teach and counter false teachers.
May 25, 2021
The Song of Moses - Deuteronomy 32
What good are hymns especially songs of warning? This message draws from the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32 to see what God wants passed onto the people of Israel to encourage their repentance in times of trials.
May 18, 2021
God's Marriage Counseling - Ephesians 5:22-33
From the beginning, God made man male and female, and God made marriage for the two to be joined together. God knows what husbands and wives need. This message draws from Ephesians 5:22-33 to observe God's commands to bless marriages.
May 17, 2021
Does the Bible Allow Slavery? - Deuteronomy 24:7
The Bible condemns human trafficking. God commanded Israel, "Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death" (Exodus 21:16). This recording is a message drawing from a number of such passages about "slavery" and bondservice from the Law of Moses with insight from the New Testament.
May 13, 2021
Qualities of Esther
Esther lost her parents, but her cousin adopted her as his own daughter. Esther being raised by a Jewish scribe had a distinct influence in the development of her character. This message tells the story of Esther and draws from her character and actions to deliver her people, the Jews, from extermination.
May 11, 2021
The Tongue Is a Fire - James 3:1-12
The wrong word is like an arrow that you cannot catch. Everyone stumbles in the words that we speak. This message draws from James 3 to consider how we speak can change the direction that we go in life.
May 03, 2021
Because God Is Not Far from Anyone - Acts 17:22-31
Good news! God is not far from anyone, so He does not overlook ignorance of who He is. For this reason, God commands all people to repent. This message draws from Paul's speech in Acts 17:22-31 and gives Christians a basis today to talk to others about God in an agnostic world.
April 26, 2021
Who Did Not Write the Bible? - 2 Peter 1:20-21
This message draws from scriptures that many would not have written in the Bible to show who would have written the Bible. These scriptures open eyes to see how the Spirit guided holy men to write the truth that most would not have written.
April 21, 2021
The Fear of the LORD - Deuteronomy 5:22-33
Should Christians fear the LORD like Israel did? The answer is not so simple because it is conditional. This message draws from Deuteronomy 5:22-33 to observe Israel's fear that produced obedience and applies New Testament passages that address fear.
April 13, 2021
Wisdom toward Outsiders - Colossians 4:5-6
Have you ever regretted missing an opportunity to share your faith in Christ with others? This message reflects on the biblical teachings of speaking to others by drawing from Colossians 4:5-6 and other scriptures.
April 12, 2021
Know the LORD Is God - Deuteronomy 4:32-40
What realization about God changed your life? Moses noted how Yehovah God is the only God who does great things in history. This message draws observations from Moses's texting in Deuteronomy 4.
April 08, 2021
The Gospel of Jesus's Resurrection - 1 Corinthians 15
What would it take for you to believe that God will resurrect the faithful on the last day? This message draws from 1 Corinthians 15 to teach the purpose and power of Jesus's resurrection from the dead.
April 06, 2021
The Crucifixion of Christ - Mark 15:22-39
The crucifixion of Jesus was neither a mere tragedy nor a mere example of martyrdom. This message will draw from Mark 15:22-39 and see from witnesses why Jesus died and so fulfilled predictions in the Old Testament.
March 28, 2021
Confidence by Christ - Hebrews 7:23-28
Who do you say that Jesus is? The predictions of the Christ are immensely in-depth and so much of these scriptures give us great confidence in what Christ has accomplished so that the faithful can draw near to God. This message draws from the Epistle to the Hebrews as the biblical writer draws from Psalm 110.
March 23, 2021
The Calling of God - 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
God calls those who seek the truth and He does so in a very specific way. Furthermore, God calls those seeking the truth. This message will expand on 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15 and other scriptures to understand the calling of God.
March 22, 2021
So Not to Drift Away - Hebrews 2:1
The writer of Hebrews urged believers to mature in knowing God's Word so not to drift away from God. This message draws from these encouragements and exhortations to bring this message into our lives today.
March 18, 2021
The Strength to Be Content - 1 Timothy 6:6-12
What do you focus on in life? Are you wanting certain things so much that the meaning that God gives to life is blurred out of focus? Where is your treasure? What would you give for your soul? This message draws from 1 Timothy 6 about contentment. This lesson also warns about coveting while drawing from Philippians 4 about the strength of Christ.
March 16, 2021
The Nature of Jesus's Resurrection - Luke 24
Did Jesus rise as a ghost, an ecstatic vision, an emotive experience, or bodily glorified? This message notices Luke's emphasis of Jesus's revelation that He resurrected from the dead. This message draws from Luke 24.
March 11, 2021
The Most Out of Life - Ecclesiastes
Solomon had everything and did everything. He reveals God's gift of how to have joy in life. This message draws from the biblical book of Ecclesiastes.
March 07, 2021
Few Are Saved - Luke 13:22-30
The man who works his whole life to provide and retire wealthy is a fool if he does so without growing in wealth to God. This message draws from Jesus's warnings in the Gospel of Luke that few will be saved.
February 26, 2021
Hearing the Word - Luke 8:4-15
Faith comes by hearing the Word of Christ. This message draws from Luke 8:4-15 and other scriptures to encourage believers to listen in a way so that none drift away from God.
February 25, 2021
God's Response to Injustice - Isaiah 59
Truth stumbles in the public square and God is displeased that there is no justice. This message draws these points from Isaiah 59 to see how God responds to humanity's lack of justice and truth.
February 22, 2021
Because God Is Love - 1 John 4:7-12
God is love. First John 4 had many great things to reveal about God's love. This message will draw observations about God's love and loving others from 1 John 4:7-12.
February 21, 2021
To Perceive God's Glory - Exodus 32-34
Should people think of God's glory "like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man"? This message draws from the event of Israel worshiping the golden calf, and Moses coming to plead with God to see His glory. However, what is the glory of God? This message will draw from Exodus 32-34 to show the true glory of God.
January 29, 2021
Not Conformed to This World - Romans 12:2
Should Christians be friends with the desires and pride of this world? How can the faithful balance their relationship with this world? This message draws from Romans 12:2 and other scriptures to see that believers are not to conform to this world.
January 28, 2021
God's Pattern of Peace from Judgment - Exodus 25-31
God has a pattern and plan to resolve judgment on those who have broken His commandments. This message emphasizes Christ in why God commanded Israel to construct the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant and why God required the highpriest to wear a breastpiece.
January 19, 2021
Return to God - Book of Malachi
Malachi is God's messenger to the Jewish people who have found worship to God wearisome and no longer are committed to their marriage covenants. The Book of Malachi is a fitting message to introduce the sinful struggles of Judea when Jesus comes. This study draws from the key points of Malachi to encourage repentance and give hope as the Jews prepare for the coming messenger who will prepare the way for the Lord.
January 15, 2021
Sinners to Repentance - John 3:16-21
The Bible teaches transformation of life by changing behavior that comes by changing the mind to think by God's Word. This message draws from a number of scriptures that reveal the essential nature of changing one's mind, as is repentance, to believing the gospel.
January 14, 2021
God's People and the Coming King - Book of Zechariah
The Book of Zechariah encourages the Jews to rebuild the temple in the hope of greater things to come. Zechariah has detailed prophecies of the coming priest-king.
January 06, 2021
The Church that Christ Built - Matthew 16:15-19
Jesus promised to build His church. The church are faithful disciples of Christ built up as a temple of God. Jesus built the church on a specific foundation. This message draws from the Scriptures to see the church of Christ.
January 05, 2021
The Need for Passover - Exodus 11-12
This message draws from the Passover and surrounding events from Exodus 11-12 and then connects it with the true Passover sacrifice of the Christ.
December 27, 2020
God's Greatest Gift - Fulfilled Prophecies of Isaiah
God's gift of His Son is the greatest gift to humanity. Jesus came for a purpose and thus message draws from Isaiah and Jesus's words to remind us to stay in awe of Christ and share that with others.
December 21, 2020
Time to Rebuild - Book of Haggai
This message draws from Haggai to observe God's command to the Judeans not to neglect rebuilding the temple and to consider the consequences. Haggai applies to the state of the churches of Christ now to rebuild and stop ignoring God's temple, the church, for one's own house. The faithful can maintain and rebuild both.
December 07, 2020
Seek the Lord - Book of Zephaniah
Is Zephaniah a book of the Bible? Zephaniah encourages readers to seek the Lord and escape the great day of the Lord's judgement even in times of reform and prosperity. Someone could miss it. This study continues a series on the books of the 12 prophets at the end of the Old Testament. May God bless those who listen.
November 25, 2020
No One Spoke like Him - John 7:11-19
The words of Jesus of Nazareth are too good to be false. If the Gospels were merely legendary embellishments of Jesus, then why hasn't anyone else done the same? This message draws from John 7:11-19 to see how Jesus told people, who were wrestling with who He is, how to know that His teaching is from God.
November 24, 2020
Living by Faith - Book of Habakkuk
What is God doing in this world? Why does God allow so much evil? The prophet of Habakkuk asked questions like these that many want to ask God today. God answers him directly in the Book of Habakkuk. This message draws from the Book of Habakkuk to help believers to live by faith.
November 17, 2020
Why Did Jesus Do Miracles? - John 2:1-11
Jesus turned water to wine* as His first miraculous sign in the Gospels. Why? How is this act a sign? This message will draw from John 2:1-11 to see how this sign persuaded Jesus's disciples to believe and why people should believe Jesus's miracles today.
November 15, 2020
Nineveh Will Fall - Book of Nahum
This message draws lessons and gives a survey of the Book of Nahum that is significant to understand God's justice and how God enacts justice among rebellious and wicked nations.
November 11, 2020
Attention to the Son of God - Hebrews 1-4
A respectful and close relationship with someone 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 because He is 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. Reposted from March 15, 2020.
November 11, 2020
The Lion of Judah - Genesis 49:8-12
What does the Bible mean that Jesus is the King of kings? This message draws and builds on Genesis 49:8-12 that the kingship belongs to Israel's tribe of Judah.
November 10, 2020
The King Is Coming - Book of Micah
Despite the corrupt political and religions leaders, God promises to raise up a remnant from Israel. This message draws from Micah to picture the coming King and His kingdom to come as this encourages Christians to serve for the greater purpose. This is the 6th lesson among a series of lessons on each of the 12 minor prophets.
November 04, 2020
Forgive You or Forget You - Genesis 45:1-15
Did Joseph treat his brothers justly? Should he have immediately forgiven his brothers instead of testing them? This message draws observations from Genesis 45:1-15 and Jesus's teachings to understand how Christians are to forgive.
November 01, 2020
God's Providential Grace - Genesis 41:37-45
Joseph endured betrayal, slavery, slander, and imprisonment for about 14 years. However, God meant it for good. Despite all the evil and suffering in the world, God works all things for good to those who love Him. This message draws from God working in the life of Joseph to encourage believers to trust in God's providing grace.
October 28, 2020
God's Compassion for All to Repent - Book of Jonah
Have you ever ran away from responsibility? God commissioned Jonah to call out against the city of Nineveh warning them of a coming disaster. Jonah could not escape God's presence. This message draws from the book of Jonah recognizing the need for compassion from the faithful as God has compassion on all people. God's compassion calls for repentance.
October 21, 2020
To Wrestle with God - Genesis 32:22-32
Genesis teaches a reliance on God's promises. This message draws from Jacob wrestling with an angel of God and wrestling with God throughout life. In the end, Jacob's faith in God's promises is victorious.
October 18, 2020
God's Judgment against Pride - Book of Obadiah
Do you need self-esteem? Should you take pride in yourself by your standard without looking to the Creator? This message draws from Obadiah and other scriptures to reflect on God's judgment against the nation of Edom whose pride led to their fall.
October 14, 2020
Jacob's Ladder to God's Promises - Genesis 28:10-22
How do God's promises change how people seek and follow God? This message explores Genesis 28 to draw insights from Jacob's dream of a ladder to heaven.
October 11, 2020
Betrothed to Christ - Jeremiah 33:11
James Sullivan preaches about the applications of ancient Israelite and Jewish betrothals and weddings to God's marriage to His people that are throughout the Scriptures. This is especially clear in connection with the church's marriage to her bridegroom -- Jesus Christ.
October 04, 2020
Prepare to Meet Your God - Book of Amos
The prophet Amos spoke against abuses of Israel's wealthy against the needy. God promised to bring judgment on Israel but ultimately to restore them. This message observes how God created the universe and has universal authority to judge. This lesson also reflects upon various overlooked sins, calls for repentance, and calls to act with compassion.
October 01, 2020
Godlessness in God's World - Genesis 19
Because of the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah, God brought His wrath on them for their abuses upon travelers. This message draws from the destruction of Sodom in Genesis 19 seeing the need of people to view reality through knowing God as the Creator and to know God's created order especially for sexuality.
September 30, 2020
Relentless Faith like Abram - Genesis 15:1-6
Have you ever wondered what God is doing with your life? Abram trusted in the promises of the LORD, and this message draws out how believers can trust in God's grace and live by faith.
September 20, 2020
To Repent and Restore Joy - Book of Joel
God pleads with His people to mourn and weep for their sins and be restored to Him. This message is on the Book of Joel among a series of lessons on each of the 12 Prophets in the Bible.
September 17, 2020
The Worldwide Flood and God's Just Judgment - Genesis 6-9
This message draws from the Flood account to understand God's grace upon Noah and His just judgment upon the wickedness and violence of humanity. Faithful obedience is essential to following God's grace. Are you ready for God's final judgment on the world?
September 16, 2020
Hope to Restore a Nation - Book of Hosea
God commanded His prophet Hosea to do a strange thing and marry a woman of harlotry to illustrate Israel's apostasy as adultery against God. This message draws from Hosea the hope for restoration to God even after abandoning God.
September 11, 2020
Are the Six Days of Creation in Genesis True? - Genesis 1
Did God create the heavens and the earth at the same time that is "in the beginning"? Was Moses right that God created the cosmos and specifically the earth in 6 days? Was Jesus right that God created humanity male and female "from the beginning"? This message will draw observations for an actual creation in 6 days from Genesis 1.
September 10, 2020
The Congregation Must Assemble - Hebrews 10:23-31
Should believers "go the church"? This message will draw from Hebrews 10:23-31 with additional scriptures from 1 Corinthians to understand why God wants His people to gather together.
September 01, 2020
Are You Saved or Not? - John 14:6
Who should Christians share their faith with --- those who believe God already or those living wild lives? This message teaches both. This study draws from a list of scriptures to see whom God says are saved and are not saved.
August 24, 2020
Life in the Womb - Luke 1:35-45
Is a human fetus a baby in the womb who deserves protection? This message draws from Luke 1 and other scriptures to demonstrate that the Bible has always agreed with science and the human fetus is an unborn child from conception.
August 23, 2020
Scriptures for Personal Evangelism - Luke 9:23-24
This message looks at the approach of Jesus, apostles, and prophets in the Bible to determine essential points and scriptures that Christians need to share with others in personal Bible study.
August 20, 2020
Avoiding Controversy and Refuting Error - 2 Timothy 2:14-18
This message draws from Paul's instructions in 2 Timothy and Titus to avoid quarreling and controversies that cause quarreling. Furthermore, the Scriptures also teach the need to correct errors with humility and severely rebuke those who are divisive.
August 19, 2020
God's Watchman to Evangelize - Ezekiel 33:1-20
When do you warn someone of a coming tragedy? Immediately. This message draws from God's words to Ezekiel demonstrating the responsibility of those who know God's Word to warn others and why God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
August 13, 2020
The Good Servant Is Devoted to God - 1 Timothy 4:6-16
To what are you devoted? This message draws from the apostle Paul's instruction in 1 Timothy 4:6-16 about how to be a good servant who trains oneself for Godly devotion.
August 09, 2020
How Jesus Evangelized - John 4:7-17
John wrote the Gospel of John so that those who read would believe the signs that Jesus did and so believe. The Gospel of John remains an effective tool for evangelizing to those who do not know Jesus. This message draws from Jesus's actions in proclaiming the gospel to individuals so that Christians can better follow His example.
August 06, 2020
The Coming Day of the Lord - 2 Peter 3:1-13
As he faced the end of his life, Peter reminded Christians to remember the prophets and Jesus's command via the apostles. He was preparing them for the coming scoffers who mock Jesus's coming again. Peter's response to such scoffing was that God is patient not wanting anyone to perish. This message draws from Peter's teaching about the coming day of the Lord and what will happen to the heavens and the earth.
August 05, 2020
Destroying Arguments against God - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
How can the common Christian stand against the wisdom of the world? Has not the advances of humanity surpassed the teachings of Jesus? This message encourages Christians to stand their ground against secular scholars and debaters who cannot know God by the world's wisdom.
August 01, 2020
When Each Part Is Working - Ephesians 4:11-16
The United States is now the third largest mission field in the world. Every Christian has a part in the mission of the church. This message relies on Jesus's teaching about making disciples and every Christian's role.
July 30, 2020
The Good that Overcomes Evil - 1 Peter 3:13-17
What good comes from living as a Christian in a Godless society? This message draws from 1 Peter teaching the faithful how to have a good life and see good days. Christians are blessed when we suffer for righteousness and put to shame those who curse us by our good conduct.
July 29, 2020
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree - Mark 11:12-25
Why did Jesus rebuke a fig tree for not producing fruit when it was not in season? Jesus cursing that fruitless fig tree tree was a lesson about the fruitlessness that Israel was enduring from its faithless leaders. This message draws from Mark's Gospel in the Bible to uncover deeper insights about faith and works.
July 19, 2020
Evil Defiles from Within - Mark 7:14-23
This message draws from Jesus's teaching about the defilement of evil in Mark 7:14-23. Jesus gave His longest list of things that are evil things that come from within. This message will look at the answer to such evil.
July 12, 2020
Evangelism Questions - Matthew 19:16-17
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.
July 07, 2020
He Calms the Storm - Mark 4:35-41
The apostles were afraid seeing waves fill the boat. From fear, they woke Jesus who calmed the storm. Jesus asked, "Why are you so afraid? Have you no faith?" This message draws from Jesus's miracle and words from this event of calming the storm with application for confronting this stressed world around us with faith. Following Christ always works for good.
July 05, 2020
How to Boast in the Lord - 2 Corinthians 10:12-18
The apostle Paul boasted in the Lord. Paul boasted of his weaknesses to glorify God. This message draws more about how such Christian boasting undermines slander and false teaching.
June 28, 2020
How Repentance Is without Regret - 2 Corinthians 7:8-13
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.
June 28, 2020
Weapons of Divine Power - 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
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.
June 23, 2020
How Christians Share in Suffering and in Comfort - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
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.
June 16, 2020
Of First Importance to Faith - 1 Corinthians 15:1-19
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.
June 11, 2020
Holiness and Marriage - 1 Corinthians 6:12-7:9
What is the most disliked teaching of Jesus? This message draw from 1 Corinthians 6:12-7:9 about the way that Christians must glorify God with their bodies by living holy lives.
May 31, 2020
People of Power - Ephesians 3:14-21
In this message, James Sullivan expands from Ephesians 3 about the power of God that all Christians have to so much more than believers often think that they can.
May 24, 2020
Evil in the House of God's Anointed - 2 Samuel 12:9-13
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.
May 18, 2020
Unity of the Spirit - Ephesians 4:1-6
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.
May 12, 2020
A Woman of Faith - 1 Samuel 2:1-10
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.
May 10, 2020
The Sins of God's Anointed King - 2 Samuel 11-12
Israel's heroic king fell to temptation and sinned. King David did evil and despised God's Word. This message draws from David's sins, his repentance, and the consequences.
May 03, 2020
Respect the Lord's Anointed King - 1 Samuel 26
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.
April 26, 2020
Rise of the Anointed King - 1 Samuel 16-17
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.
April 19, 2020
Jesus Left the Tomb - Matthew 27-28
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.
April 12, 2020
Foretelling the Gospel - Isaiah 53
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.
April 05, 2020
Faith Is the Assurance of Hope - Hebrews 11
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.
March 29, 2020
The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit - Ephesians 5:18
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.
March 17, 2020
How to Live by the Spirit - Romans 8:1-17
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.
March 13, 2020
The Promise of the Holy City to Come - Revelation 21:1-5
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.
March 09, 2020
Communication of the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 2:13
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.
March 04, 2020
The War on Christians - Revelation 12-13
Revelation depicts an historical war on Christians and encourages believers to ensure. This message examines how John predicted the Roman persecution on Christians.
March 03, 2020
Understand the Book of Revelation - Revelation 6-11
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.
February 25, 2020
Miraculous Gifts of the Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12
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.
February 18, 2020
For Churches to Endure - Revelation 2-3
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.
February 17, 2020
The Gift of the Holy Spirit - Acts 2:38
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.
February 12, 2020
Antichrists and Deception - 1 John 2:18-27
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.
February 11, 2020
The Pouring Out of the Spirit - Isaiah 32:15-17
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.
February 05, 2020
Christ's Prayer for Unity - John 17
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.
February 04, 2020
Love like Christ - John 14:21-24
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.
January 31, 2020
The Mission of the Holy Spirit - John 16:12-13
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.
January 21, 2020
To Believe the Works of Jesus - John 10:24-30
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.
January 21, 2020
The Spirit Preparing the Way - John 3:34
The Holy Spirit has a significant role in bringing Christ into the world. The message examines the way that the Spirit worked within Christ without measure.
January 18, 2020
Ways to Evangelize - John 4:7-26
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.
January 17, 2020
The Spirit, Prophets, and the Christ - Isaiah 11:1-5
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.
January 08, 2020
How to Offer a Living Sacrifice - Romans 12:1-2
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.
January 08, 2020
The Need to Preach the Gospel - Romans 10:14-17
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.
January 02, 2020
God's Spirit and Israel - Isaiah 63:10-14
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.
December 26, 2019
God's Gift of Grace - Romans 5:1-21
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.
December 24, 2019
The Identity of the Holy Spirit - Ephesians 1:13-14
The Spirit hovered over the face of the deep. Who not what is the Holy Spirit? This message observes insights from the Scriptures to see what the Spirit reveals about Himself.
December 17, 2019
The Just Judgment of God - Romans 1:18-23
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.
December 17, 2019
The Church Can Stand Firm Together - 1 Corinthians 16
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.
December 09, 2019
How God Renews the Faithful - Colossians 3:1-11
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.
December 03, 2019
How to Be Faithful Wives, Husbands, and Children - Ephesians 5:21-6:4
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.
November 25, 2019
What Kind of Resurrected Body? - 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
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.
November 20, 2019
Press toward the Goal - Philippians 3:7-16
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.
November 19, 2019
Why Jesus Had to Rise - 1 Corinthians 15:1-34
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.
November 13, 2019
God Is Calling You through the Gospel - 2 Thessalonians 2:14
God calls everyone through the gospel. The gospel calls us to more than mere belief but a living faith. The church are those called out of their homes to glorify God.
November 12, 2019
Christian Assemblies: Decently and in Order - 1 Corinthians 14:26-40
Paul taught the order of the assembly consisting of two or three speakers one by one.
November 06, 2019
God Can Make You Holy - 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
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.
November 05, 2019
Why Proclaim Hope? - Acts 24:10-21
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.
October 28, 2019
Worship with My Spirit and My Mind - 1 Corinthians 14:1-19
"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.
October 23, 2019
Why Teach Baptism to Believers - Acts 18:24-19:7
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.
October 22, 2019
Love Is a More Excellent Way - 1 Corinthians 13
This message draws from the love chapter as Paul counters the lack of love that divides and hurts the church.
October 16, 2019
Saved through Grace Not Law - Acts 15:7-11
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.
October 15, 2019
Spiritual Gifts from the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12
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.
October 09, 2019
How One Man Proclaimed Jesus - Acts 8:26-39
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.
October 08, 2019
Proclaiming the Resurrection - Acts 4:1-13
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.
September 30, 2019
The Meaning of the Cross - Luke 23:32-49
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.
September 23, 2019
Men & Women Uncovering God's Glory - 1 Corinthians 11:1-16
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.
September 18, 2019
Hell: Compassion or Torment - Luke 16:19-31
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.
September 17, 2019
Communing to the Glory of God - 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1
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.
September 10, 2019
Do Not Be Anxious - Luke 12:22-31
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.
September 09, 2019
A Servant to All to Win Some - 1 Corinthians 9:15-22
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.
August 26, 2019
The Aim of Our Charge Contrary to False Teachers - 1 Timothy 1:5
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.
August 12, 2019
Self-Control and Marriage - 1 Corinthians 6:12-7:9
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.
July 16, 2019
Hope to Another Generation - Psalm 71:17-21
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.
July 16, 2019
How to Judge Christians - 1 Corinthians 5:1-6:11
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.
July 09, 2019
The Christian Citizen - Acts 22:22-29
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?
July 08, 2019
Grow in Grace and Knowledge - 2 Peter 3:14-18
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.
July 02, 2019
Not to Go Beyond What Is Written - 1 Corinthians 4:6-7
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.
June 25, 2019
Worship in Spirit and Truth - John 4:21-24
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.
June 25, 2019
Jesus's Prayer Life and the Example Prayer - Luke 11:1-4
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.
June 18, 2019
Why Congregational Singing? - Romans 15:5-13
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.
June 17, 2019
The Foundation of Jesus Christ to Know Truth - 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
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.
June 11, 2019
How to Be Saved IN CHRIST - Galatians 3:23-28
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.
June 10, 2019
Maintain God's Traditions in the Church - 1 Corinthians 11:1-2
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).
June 03, 2019
Moving into the Midst of Sin - Genesis 19
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.
May 27, 2019
Christ Is the Wisdom of God - 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
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.
May 21, 2019
Noah Responded to God's Grace - Genesis 6-9
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.
May 21, 2019
How Jesus Christ Resurrected - Mark 16:1-20
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.
May 13, 2019
Loyalty and Love - Ruth 1-4
This message considers the encouraging account of Ruth with her loyalty and love for Naomi. Such character is always needed in Christian homes and the church today.
May 13, 2019
How Jesus Was Buried - Mark 15:42-47
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.
May 07, 2019
Believe Because Jesus Resurrected - Romans 10:8-17
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.
April 30, 2019
How Christ Was Crucified - Mark 15:21-41
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.
April 22, 2019
How Christ Suffered unto the Cross - Mark 15:6-20
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.
April 15, 2019
How He Betrayed Christ - Mark 14:43-50
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.
April 14, 2019
The Bible and Science Agree - Genesis 1:1-31
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.
April 07, 2019
Set the Mind on the Spirit - Romans 8:5-8
"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.
April 01, 2019
How Jesus Prayed Facing Death - Mark 14:32-42
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.
March 26, 2019
The Blessing of Having Church Elders - 1 Timothy 3:1-7
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.
March 26, 2019
"Which Command Is the Most Important of All?" - Mark 12:28-34
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.
March 19, 2019
How to Make Disciples - 2 Timothy 2:2
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.
March 19, 2019
Perceive and Understand Jesus - Mark 8:17-21
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.
March 11, 2019
Christian Leadership Is Servant Leadership - Mark 10:32-45
Jesus teaches His disciples about godly leadership. Jesus led His disciples to Jerusalem where He would give Himself as a ransom for many. Christ came to serve so must His disciples serve.
March 11, 2019
The Hope of the Gospel --- the Resurrection - 1 Corinthians 15:50-53
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.
March 11, 2019
How to Proclaim the Gospel - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
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.
March 04, 2019
Pray for Open Doors of Evangelism - Colossians 4:2-6
"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.
February 24, 2019
Jesus Marveled at Unbelief - Mark 6:1-6
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.
February 18, 2019
How to Destroy Arguments against God - 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
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.
February 18, 2019
The Authority of Jesus Christ - Mark 2:1-12
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.
February 12, 2019
Astonished at His Teaching - Mark 1:21-28
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.
February 04, 2019
Faith in God's Love - 1 John 4:12-16
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.
February 03, 2019
Beliefs at the Core of these Messages
February 02, 2019