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Thomasville church of Christ

177 EpisodesProduced by Scott J ShifferdWebsite

A podcast for sermons 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 preaching.

177 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

One Shepherd and One Flock - John 10:1-18

June 16th, 2021


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 …

Righteous by Faith - Romans 4

May 27th, 2021


Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin. This is how God's makes man 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 …

Devoted to Good Works from Wholesome Teaching - Titus 2:1-8

May 25th, 2021


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 …

The Song of Moses - Deuteronomy 32

May 18th, 2021


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.

God's Marriage Counseling - Ephesians 5:22-33

May 17th, 2021


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 …

Does the Bible Allow Slavery? - Deuteronomy 24:7

May 13th, 2021


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 …

Qualities of Esther

May 11th, 2021


Esther lost her parents and her cousin adopted her as his 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 …

The Tongue Is a Fire - James 3:1-12

May 3rd, 2021


The wrong word is like an arrow that your cannot catch. Everyone stumbles in the words that we speak. This message draws from James 3 to consider how we speaking can change the direction that we go in life.

Because God Is Not Far from Anyone - Acts 17:22-31

April 26th, 2021


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 …

Who Did Not Write the Bible? - 2 Peter 1:20-21

April 21st, 2021


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 …

The Fear of the LORD - Deuteronomy 5:22-33

April 13th, 2021


Should Christians fear the LORD like Israel did? The answer is not so simple but conditional. This message draws from Deuteronomy 5:22-33 to observe …

Wisdom toward Outsiders - Colossians 4:5-6

April 12th, 2021


Have you ever regretted missing an opportunity to share your faith in Christ with others? This message reflects on the biblical teachings of speaking …

Know the LORD Is God - Deuteronomy 4:32-40

April 8th, 2021


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.

The Gospel of Jesus's Resurrection - 1 Corinthians 15

April 6th, 2021


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 …

The Crucifixion of Christ - Mark 15:22-39

March 28th, 2021


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 …

Confidence by Christ - Hebrews 7:23-28

March 23rd, 2021


Who do you say that Jesus is? The predictions of the Christ are immensely in-depth so much these scriptures give us great confidence in what Christ …

The Calling of God - 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15

March 22nd, 2021


God calls those who seek the truth and He does so in a very specific way. Furthermore, God calls those seeking the truth for specific purposes. This message will expand on 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15 and other scriptures …

So Not to Drift Away - Hebrews 2:1

March 18th, 2021


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.

The Strength to Be Content - 1 Timothy 6:6-12

March 16th, 2021


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 …

The Nature of Jesus's Resurrection - Luke 24

March 11th, 2021


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.

The Most Out of Life - Ecclesiastes

March 7th, 2021


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 …

Few Are Saved - Luke 13:22-30

February 26th, 2021


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 …

Hearing the Word - Luke 8:4-15

February 25th, 2021


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.

God's Response to Injustice - Isaiah 59

February 22nd, 2021


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.

Because God Is Love - 1 John 4:7-12

February 21st, 2021


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.

To Perceive God's Glory - Exodus 32-34

January 29th, 2021


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 …

Not Conformed to This World - Romans 12:2

January 28th, 2021


Should Christians be friends with the desires and pride of this world? How can the faithful balance their relationship with this world? This message …

God's Pattern of Peace from Judgment - Exodus 25-31

January 19th, 2021


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 …

Return to God - Book of Malachi

January 15th, 2021


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 …

Sinners to Repentance - John 3:16-21

January 14th, 2021


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 …

God's People and the Coming King - Book of Zechariah

January 6th, 2021


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.

The Church that Christ Built - Matthew 16:15-19

January 5th, 2021


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 …

The Need for Passover - Exodus 11-12

December 27th, 2020


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.

God's Greatest Gift - Fulfilled Prophecies of Isaiah

December 21st, 2020


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.

Time to Rebuild - Book of Haggai

December 7th, 2020


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 …

Seek the Lord - Book of Zephaniah

November 25th, 2020


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 …

No One Spoke like Him - John 7:11-19

November 24th, 2020


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 …

Living by Faith - Book of Habakkuk

November 17th, 2020


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 …

Why Did Jesus Do Miracles? - John 2:1-11

November 15th, 2020


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 …

Nineveh Will Fall - Book of Nahum

November 11th, 2020


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.

Attention to the Son of God - Hebrews 1-4

November 11th, 2020


A respectful and close relationship with someone will greatly affect your life, thinking, and behavior. The writer of Hebrews brings believers …

The Lion of Judah - Genesis 49:8-12

November 10th, 2020


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.

The King Is Coming - Book of Micah

November 4th, 2020


Despite the corrupt political and religions leaders, God promises to raise up a remnant from Israel. This message draws from Micah to picture the …

Forgive You or Forget You - Genesis 45:1-15

November 1st, 2020


Did Joseph treat his brothers justly? Should he have immediately forgiven his brothers instead of testing them? This message draws observations from …

God's Providential Grace - Genesis 41:37-45

October 28th, 2020


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 …

God's Compassion for All to Repent - Book of Jonah

October 21st, 2020


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 …

To Wrestle with God - Genesis 32:22-32

October 18th, 2020


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.

God's Judgment against Pride - Book of Obadiah

October 14th, 2020


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 …

Jacob's Ladder to God's Promises - Genesis 28:10-22

October 11th, 2020


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 …

Betrothed to Christ - Jeremiah 33:11

October 4th, 2020


James Sullivan preaches about the applications of ancient Israelite and Jewish betrothals and weddings to God's marriage to His people that are …

Prepare to Meet Your God - Book of Amos

October 1st, 2020


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. …

Godlessness in God's World - Genesis 19

September 30th, 2020


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 …

Relentless Faith like Abram - Genesis 15:1-6

September 20th, 2020


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.

To Repent and Restore Joy - Book of Joel

September 17th, 2020


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.

The Worldwide Flood and God's Just Judgment - Genesis 6-9

September 16th, 2020


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. …

Hope to Restore a Nation - Book of Hosea

September 11th, 2020


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 …

Are the Six Days of Creation in Genesis True? - Genesis 1

September 10th, 2020


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 …

The Congregation Must Assemble - Hebrews 10:23-31

September 1st, 2020


Should believers "go the church"? This message will draw from Hebrews 10:23-31 with additional scriptures from 1 Corinthians to understand why God …

Are You Saved or Not? - John 14:6

August 24th, 2020


Who should Christians share their faith with --- those who believe God already or those living wild lives? This message teaches both. This study …

Life in the Womb - Luke 1:35-45

August 23rd, 2020


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 …

Scriptures for Personal Evangelism - Luke 9:23-24

August 20th, 2020


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.

Avoiding Controversy and Refuting Error - 2 Timothy 2:14-18

August 19th, 2020


This message draws from Paul's instructions in 2 Timothy and Titus to avoid quarreling and controversies that cause quarreling. Furthermore, the …

God's Watchman and the Need to Evangelize - Ezekiel 33:1-20

August 13th, 2020


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 …

The Good Servant Is Devoted to God - 1 Timothy 4:6-16

August 9th, 2020


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 …

How Jesus Evangelized - John 4:7-17

August 6th, 2020


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 …

The Coming Day of the Lord - 2 Peter 3:1-13

August 5th, 2020


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 …

Destroying Arguments against God - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

August 1st, 2020


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 …

When Each Part Is Working - Ephesians 4:11-16

July 30th, 2020


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 …

The Good that Overcomes Evil - 1 Peter 3:13-17

July 29th, 2020


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 …

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree - Mark 11:12-25

July 19th, 2020


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. …

Evil Defiles from Within - Mark 7:14-23

July 12th, 2020


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.

Evangelism Questions - Matthew 19:16-17

July 7th, 2020


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.

He Calms the Storm - Mark 4:35-41

July 5th, 2020


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 …

How to Boast in the Lord - 2 Corinthians 10:12-18

June 28th, 2020


The apostle Paul boasted in the Lord. Paul boasted of his weaknesses to glorify God. This message draws more about how such Christian boasting …

How Repentance Is without Regret - 2 Corinthians 7:8-13

June 28th, 2020


Should repentance intimidate believers? This message draws from the apostle Paul's revelation that repentance is without regret. Godly sorrow …

Weapons of Divine Power - 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

June 23rd, 2020


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 …

How Christians Share in Suffering and in Comfort - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

June 16th, 2020


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 …

Of First Importance to Faith - 1 Corinthians 15:1-19

June 11th, 2020


What is of first Importance to what Christians believe? What is the original Christian faith? What should Christians really be sharing with the …

Holiness and Marriage - 1 Corinthians 6:12-7:9

May 31st, 2020


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 …

People of Power - Ephesians 3:14-21

May 24th, 2020


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 …

Evil in the House of God's Anointed - 2 Samuel 12:9-13

May 18th, 2020


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 …

Unity of the Spirit - Ephesians 4:1-6

May 12th, 2020


The Holy Spirit unites Christians in love and truth. Christians must maintain the unity by bearing with one another in love. This message connects …

A Woman of Faith - 1 Samuel 2:1-10

May 10th, 2020


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 …

The Sins of God's Anointed King - 2 Samuel 11-12

May 3rd, 2020


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.

Respect the Lord's Anointed King - 1 Samuel 26

April 26th, 2020


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 …

Rise of the Anointed King - 1 Samuel 16-17

April 19th, 2020


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 …

Jesus Left the Tomb - Matthew 27-28

April 12th, 2020


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 …

Foretelling the Gospel - Isaiah 53

April 5th, 2020


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 …

Faith Is the Assurance of Hope - Hebrews 11

March 29th, 2020


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 …

The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit - Ephesians 5:18

March 17th, 2020


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 …

How to Live by the Spirit - Romans 8:1-17

March 13th, 2020


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 Promise of the Holy City to Come - Revelation 21:1-5

March 9th, 2020


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 …

Communication of the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 2:13

March 4th, 2020


Does the Holy Spirit communicate in feelings and hunches that Christians must learn to interpret? This message addresses this thinking with what the …

The War on Christians - Revelation 12-13

March 3rd, 2020


Revelation depicts an historical war on Christians and encourages believers to ensure. This message examines how John predicted the Roman persecution on Christians.

Understand the Book of Revelation - Revelation 6-11

February 25th, 2020


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 …

Miraculous Gifts of the Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12

February 18th, 2020


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 …

For Churches to Endure - Revelation 2-3

February 17th, 2020


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 …

The Gift of the Holy Spirit - Acts 2:38

February 12th, 2020


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 …

Antichrists and Deception - 1 John 2:18-27

February 11th, 2020


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 …

The Pouring Out of the Spirit - Isaiah 32:15-17

February 5th, 2020


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 …

Christ's Prayer for Unity - John 17

February 4th, 2020


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 …

Love like Christ - John 14:21-24

January 31st, 2020


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 …

The Mission of the Holy Spirit - John 16:12-13

January 21st, 2020


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. …

To Believe the Works of Jesus - John 10:24-30

January 21st, 2020


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 …

The Spirit Preparing the Way - John 3:34

January 18th, 2020


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 …

Ways to Evangelize - John 4:7-26

January 17th, 2020


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 …

The Spirit, Prophets, and the Christ - Isaiah 11:1-5

January 8th, 2020


The Old Testament Scriptures reveal much about the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit spoke by the prophets giving them revelation. Likewise, …

How to Offer a Living Sacrifice - Romans 12:1-2

January 8th, 2020


What is a living sacrifice? The apostle Paul expanded on the teaching of Christ revealing how baptized believers are transformed. This message builds …

The Need to Preach the Gospel - Romans 10:14-17

January 2nd, 2020


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 …

God's Spirit and Israel - Isaiah 63:10-14

December 26th, 2019


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 …

God's Gift of Grace - Romans 5:1-21

December 24th, 2019


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 …

The Identity of the Holy Spirit - Ephesians 1:13-14

December 17th, 2019


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 …

The Just Judgment of God - Romans 1:18-23

December 17th, 2019


The apostle Paul sought to evangelize to the church in Rome. However, Paul first taught about God's judgment revealing that all stand accountable …

The Church Can Stand Firm Together - 1 Corinthians 16

December 9th, 2019


This message concludes a long series from 1 Corinthians where the apostle Paul collected much error to unify this congregation. First Corinthians …

How God Renews the Faithful - Colossians 3:1-11

December 3rd, 2019


This message helps Christians to understand how God changes repentant believers into a new person throughout life. God does the work of raising the …

How to Be Faithful Wives, Husbands, and Children - Ephesians 5:21-6:4

November 25th, 2019


The apostle Paul gave specific commands from God for the Christian home. This message draws directly from the Bible. This sermon addresses how wives …

What Kind of Resurrected Body? - 1 Corinthians 15:35-58

November 20th, 2019


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 …

Press toward the Goal - Philippians 3:7-16

November 19th, 2019


Many people declare that they would give up everything for God. However, when a ballgame is scheduled, a promotion comes, a needed vacation begins, …

Why Jesus Had to Rise - 1 Corinthians 15:1-34

November 13th, 2019


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. …

God Is Calling You through the Gospel - 2 Thessalonians 2:14

November 12th, 2019


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.

Christian Assemblies: Decently and in Order - 1 Corinthians 14:26-40

November 6th, 2019


Paul taught the order of the assembly consisting of two or three speakers one by one.

God Can Make You Holy - 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

November 5th, 2019


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 …

Why Proclaim Hope? - Acts 24:10-21

October 28th, 2019


Few Christians today talk about their hope of eternal life by Jesus's resurrection. Throughout Acts, apostles and evangelists have spread the gospel …

Worship with My Spirit and My Mind - 1 Corinthians 14:1-19

October 23rd, 2019


"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 …

Why Teach Baptism to Believers - Acts 18:24-19:7

October 22nd, 2019


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 …

Love Is a More Excellent Way - 1 Corinthians 13

October 16th, 2019


This message draws from the love chapter as Paul counters the lack of love that divides and hurts the church.

Saved through Grace Not Law - Acts 15:7-11

October 15th, 2019


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, …

Spiritual Gifts from the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12

October 9th, 2019


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. …

How One Man Proclaimed Jesus - Acts 8:26-39

October 8th, 2019


After persecution scattered Christians, Philip went out proclaiming the gospel so that many men and women were baptized. The Holy Spirit sent Philip …

Proclaiming the Resurrection - Acts 4:1-13

September 30th, 2019


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 …

The Meaning of the Cross - Luke 23:32-49

September 23rd, 2019


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 …

Men & Women Uncovering God's Glory - 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

September 18th, 2019


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, …

Hell: Compassion or Torment - Luke 16:19-31

September 17th, 2019


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 …

Communing to the Glory of God - 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1

September 10th, 2019


The church at Corinth had been justifying behaviors that hurt more than oneself but other "weak" Christians. Paul reminded of their communion with …

Do Not Be Anxious - Luke 12:22-31

September 9th, 2019


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 …

A Servant to All to Win Some - 1 Corinthians 9:15-22

August 26th, 2019


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 …

The Aim of Our Charge Contrary to False Teachers - 1 Timothy 1:5

August 12th, 2019


The apostle Paul addressed those spreading false teaching who have swerved from rightly using the law, thinking that they have an understanding, and …

Self-Control and Marriage - 1 Corinthians 6:12-7:9

July 16th, 2019


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 …

Hope to Another Generation - Psalm 71:17-21

July 16th, 2019


Solomon urged his listeners to remember their Creator in the days of their youth before the evil days come. This message references research that …

How to Judge Christians - 1 Corinthians 5:1-6:11

July 9th, 2019


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. …

The Christian Citizen - Acts 22:22-29

July 8th, 2019


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 …

Grow in Grace and Knowledge - 2 Peter 3:14-18

July 2nd, 2019


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 …

Not to Go Beyond What Is Written - 1 Corinthians 4:6-7

June 25th, 2019


The perception of church leaders often causes division rather degrades or puffed up. The apostle Paul presents the apostles as servants, stewards of …

Worship in Spirit and Truth - John 4:21-24

June 25th, 2019


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 …

Jesus's Prayer Life and the Example Prayer - Luke 11:1-4

June 18th, 2019


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 …

Why Congregational Singing? - Romans 15:5-13

June 17th, 2019


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 …

The Foundation of Jesus Christ to Know Truth - 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

June 11th, 2019


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 …

How to Be Saved IN CHRIST - Galatians 3:23-28

June 10th, 2019


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 …

Wisdom from the Spirit - 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

June 4th, 2019


The apostle Paul did not go out into the world preaching via rhetoric and philosophy. Paul preached Christ crucified. Paul had to teach again that …

Maintain God's Traditions in the Church - 1 Corinthians 11:1-2

June 3rd, 2019


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 …

Moving into the Midst of Sin - Genesis 19

May 27th, 2019


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. …

Christ Is the Wisdom of God - 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

May 21st, 2019


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 …

Noah Responded to God's Grace - Genesis 6-9

May 21st, 2019


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 …

How Jesus Christ Resurrected - Mark 16:1-20

May 13th, 2019


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 …

Loyalty and Love - Ruth 1-4

May 13th, 2019


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.

How Jesus Was Buried - Mark 15:42-47

May 7th, 2019


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 …

Believe Because Jesus Resurrected - Romans 10:8-17

April 30th, 2019


No one can be a saved without confessing faith that Jesus bodily resurrected. This message presents the evidences of Jesus's resurrection. When Peter …

How Christ Was Crucified - Mark 15:21-41

April 22nd, 2019


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 …

How Christ Suffered unto the Cross - Mark 15:6-20

April 15th, 2019


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.

How He Betrayed Christ - Mark 14:43-50

April 14th, 2019


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 …

The Bible and Science Agree - Genesis 1:1-31

April 7th, 2019


What was the cause of the universe --- nothing, a mindless generator, or a mindful Creator? This message encourages listeners to seek out the most …

Set the Mind on the Spirit - Romans 8:5-8

April 1st, 2019


"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 …

How Jesus Prayed Facing Death - Mark 14:32-42

March 26th, 2019


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 …

The Blessing of Having Church Elders - 1 Timothy 3:1-7

March 26th, 2019


The Holy Spirit appoints church elders by the word that gives specific qualifications. The church needs elders. The Scriptures reveal that a church …

"Which Command Is the Most Important of All?" - Mark 12:28-34

March 19th, 2019


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?" …

How to Make Disciples - 2 Timothy 2:2

March 19th, 2019


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 …

Perceive and Understand Jesus - Mark 8:17-21

March 11th, 2019


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.

Christian Leadership Is Servant Leadership - Mark 10:32-45

March 11th, 2019


Jesus teaches His disciples about godly leadership. Jesus led His disciples to Jerusalem where He would give Himself as a ransom for many. Christ …

The Hope of the Gospel --- the Resurrection - 1 Corinthians 15:50-53

March 11th, 2019


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 …

How to Proclaim the Gospel - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

March 4th, 2019


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.

Pray for Open Doors of Evangelism - Colossians 4:2-6

February 24th, 2019


"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few." Jesus instructed His disciples to pray for laborers to go into the harvest. Likewise, the …

Jesus Marveled at Unbelief - Mark 6:1-6

February 18th, 2019


Jesus marveled at the unbelief of those who recognized His miracles and were astonished at the wisdom of His teaching. However, Jesus continued …

How to Destroy Arguments against God - 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

February 18th, 2019


Christians have weapons from God to destroy strongholds raised up against God. This message presents a simple biblical approach to correcting false …

The Authority of Jesus Christ - Mark 2:1-12

February 12th, 2019


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 …

Astonished at His Teaching - Mark 1:21-28

February 4th, 2019


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 …

Faith in God's Love - 1 John 4:12-16

February 3rd, 2019


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 …

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