By Scott J Shifferd
Biblical MessagesMay 22, 2023
The Untamable Tongue - James 3:1-12
This message draws from James 3:1-12 to see the power of the tongue and the words that we speak. James urged the church not to bless God and curse those made in His image.
Oct 01, 202324:41
Living Faith Works - James 2:14-26
This message draws directly from the Bible to see how faith without works is dead and how to find life in your faith.
Sep 24, 202323:48
Love over Partiality - James 2:1-13
How to love your neighbor by removing partiality from your thinking. This message draws from James's words in James 2:1-13 to early churches about partiality and favoritism.
Sep 17, 202323:20
Get Endurance from Trials and Temptations - James 1:1-27
This message draws from James 1:1-27 to see the endurance that comes from trials and temptations, and to see wisdom comes from God as He gives to those who ask.
Sep 10, 202329:32
What Does the Bible Mean by "Walking with God"? - Luke 24:13-27
This sermon sets the path to walk as established by God throughout the Bible. This message draws from various scriptures about the meaning of walking with God and the path of grace for faithful Christians.
Sep 03, 202328:06
God's Grace to Walk in God's Ways - Ephesians 2:1-10
This message draws from Ephesians 2:1-10 to observe humanity's sinful state of death and the life that God gives to make people full of good works.
Aug 31, 202322:35
Because Jesus Made Wine - John 2:1-11
This message considers the greatness of Jesus's first recorded miracle and its implications to drinking alcohol. Why would Jesus make enough wine to fill hundreds or even a thousand wedding guests with wine when they already had their fill?
Aug 20, 202331:25
Sealed by the Holy Spirit - Ephesians 1:13-14
This message draws from the references to the Holy Spirit throughout the Book of Ephesians to recognize the blessings of the Holy Spirit especially the strength of the Spirit in the inner person. This lesson also counters false ideas about the Spirit of God.
Aug 06, 202333:46
"I Am the Bread of Life" - John 6:1-14
This message draws from the words of Christ in John 6 that offended many so that they stop following Him. Starting with the feeding of the 5000 in John 6:1-14, Jesus offended people by claiming to be "the Bread of Life."
Jul 30, 202331:35
The Case for Biblical Baptism - Acts 8:26-39
This message addresses the one baptism commanded by Christ drawing from the conversation of the Ethiopian official in Acts 8:26-39.
Jul 23, 202337:07
The Reality of Hell - Revelation 14:6-13
This message launches from Revelation 14:6-13 to observe the warnings of Christ and biblical writers about the reality of Hell.
Jul 17, 202332:27
Biblical Wisdom about Money - Luke 12:13-21
What should we expect the Bible to teach us about money? This message draws key points throughout the Scriptures often forgotten to observe God-given wisdom about money.
Jul 11, 202331:55
Are We One Nation under God? Proverb 16:12
This message draws from the Proverbs for God's instruction to kings, rulers, and all authorities and urges all Christians to live by faith in a way that best helps their nation come to God.
Jul 03, 202329:60
Returning to a Compassionate Father - Luke 15:11-32
This message draws from the example of the compassionate father of two sons, one the prodigal and the other resentful, to see that God celebrates repentance.
Jun 19, 202327:20
And God Said... - Genesis 1:14-31
This message draws from Genesis regarding the last days of God's creation to see that creation and science agree.
Jun 12, 202327:56
In the Beginning - Genesis 1:1-13
This message draws from Genesis 1:1-13 to see the necessary existence of God and the design of God in creation.
Jun 05, 202325:11
Christ Is Head of All Things to the Church - Ephesians 1:22-23
Why are there so many different churches when Christ declared, "I will build My church"? This message draws from Ephesians 1:22-23 and seeks unity for all churches as the body of Christ.
May 29, 202329:32
Seven Things that God Hates - Proverbs 6:16-19
This message draws from Proverbs 6:16-19 to see that God hates evil.
May 22, 202323:16
The Qualities of Esther - Esther 4:1-17
This message draws from the story of Queen Esther to exemplify the qualities of faithful women.
May 15, 202325:39
Christian Marriage Roles - 1 Peter 3:1-12
This message draws from 1 Peter 3:1-12 and other scriptures to observe the biblical instructions for Christian husbands and wives. These teachings are in contrast to the ancient classical world and today's western society.
May 08, 202329:51
To Multiply God's Gifts - Luke 19:11-27
This message draws from Jesus's parable of the minas to see that we are to use God's gifts to do great things because we can and we were created to do so.
May 01, 202324:06
Use Your God-Given Gifts - Romans 12:3-8
This message draws from Romans 12:3-8 to understand the instruction to use our God-given talents and abilities for the purpose that God created us for.
Apr 24, 202331:43
Christ Will Transform the Believer's Body - Philippians 3:20-21
This message draws from Philippians 3:20-21 to see the power of Jesus's resurrection and how Jesus will resurrect Christians like Jesus resurrected to attain eternal life.
Apr 18, 202322:26
Consequences for Not Trusting God - 2 Samuel 24:1-17
"What happens when I make life decisions apart from my faith in God?" The consequences can break the limits of your expectations. This message draws from King David's sin to number his army and the consequences that Israel endured.
Apr 10, 202326:42
"It Is Finished" - John 19:17-30
The kindness of God leads us to repentance. This message draws from the crucifixion of Christ in the Gospel of John to remind of the compassion of Christ until "It is finished."
Apr 05, 202324:23
Christ Works for the Glory of the Resurrection - John 11:1-44
This message draws from John 11 to see Christ as "the Resurrection and the Life." Jesus's love allows a difficult struggle with the hope to rise again.
Mar 27, 202325:15
The New Identity in Christ - Ephesians 2:19-22
This message draws from Ephesians 2:19-22 and its immediate context to see each believer's place in the temple of God.
Mar 20, 202324:57
Translating the Word of God - 1 Corinthians 2:10-13
The preacher talks about Bible translations. This message draws from 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 to see the importance of every word taught of God's revelation. The lesson examines the basis for translating the Bible and deciding which translations to trust.
Mar 13, 202333:26
To Know the Love of God - 1 John 4:7-11
This message draws from John's instruction to love like God in 1 John 4:7-11. The Word of God empowers those who know God to be able to love like God.
Mar 06, 202323:16
Examine Your Manner of Worship - 1 Corinthians 11:23-34
Preacher talks about the right manner of worship for the church. This message draws from 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 to observe the apostle Paul's instruction about the right manner of worship in the Lord's Supper. This message applies these points to all traditions given by Christ and the apostles especially for congregational worship.
Mar 01, 202326:19
The Pattern of Churches of Christ - 2 Timothy 1:13-14
This message builds on the instructions to "hold to the pattern" from 2 Timothy 1:13-14 to see how Christians within churches are to imitate the examples of Christ and apostles and keep the traditions just as delivered in the Bible.
Feb 20, 202329:14
Becoming a New Person - Ephesians 4:17-24
How do I become a new person? How do I avoid degrading myself? How does my new identity change me to be more like Christ? This is an expository sermon that draws from Ephesians 4:17-24 and answers these questions.
Feb 12, 202323:37
Preacher Warns of False Prophets - Matthew 7:13-20
"Beware of false prophets." Jesus warned about wolves in sheep's clothing leading disciples away from God and Christ. This sermon draws from Matthew 7:13-20 and verses 21-27 to recognize the fruits of false teachers and how to avoid being deceived.
Feb 06, 202329:34
What Did Jesus Mean by Ask and You Shall Receive - Matthew 7:7-12
Who do you trust the unbeliever, self doubt, or Jesus Christ? This message draws from Jesus's teaching about faith and prayer in Matthew 7:7-12.
Jan 30, 202323:01
How You Can Walk in the Spirit - Galatians 5:16-17
This sermon pulls insights from Galatians 5:16-17 to see how the Holy Spirit directs Christians in the right desires.
Jan 25, 202327:58
How to Evangelize in a Pagan World - Acts 17:22-31
Preacher shares how to evangelize to today's secular world. This message draws from Acts 17 to consider Paul's points of evangelism toward polytheists in Athens, Greece.
Jan 24, 202329:04
When You Judge Others by Your Standard - Matthew 7:1-6
This message pulls from Matthew 7:1-6 to see what Jesus teaches about judging others. In Matthew 7, Jesus taught not to judge by one's own standard. Furthermore, Jesus revealed how and when to judge and by what standard.
Jan 23, 202324:17
To Store Treasure in Heaven - Matthew 6:19-34
What are your priorities? Listen to what Jesus preaches in Matthew 6. This message draws from Matthew 6:19-34 to set our focus on God over wealth and anxiety.
Jan 16, 202327:07
If You Do Good in Secret... - Matthew 6:1-18
God blesses those who do good with the right motives. This message draws from Matthew 6:1-4 where Jesus teaches against hypocrisy of religion.
Jan 09, 202325:49
To Us a Son Is Given - Isaiah 9:1-7
Every good and perfect gift is from the Father above (James 1:17). This message draws from the great prophecy of Isaiah 9:1-7 that is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Dec 25, 202226:52
Days of the Messiah Foretold by the Prophets - Acts 3:17-26
Do you see the blessings of Christ in your life? This message reflects upon the days of refreshing that have come by Christ as presented in Acts 3:17-26.
Dec 20, 202223:59
How God Came in Flesh and Blood - Hebrews 2:14-18
Give close attention to the message of salvation. This expository sermon draws from Hebrews 2:14-18 to give close attention to what Christ accomplished by coming in flesh and blood.
Dec 13, 202222:15
Why Christ Came to Call Sinners - Matthew 9:9-13
"Why did my Savior come to earth, and to the humble go?" This message draws from the words of Christ in Matthew 9:9-13 to see the purpose of Christ's coming, reveal His identity as the Son of God, and call sinners to repentance.
Dec 04, 202222:60
How to Love Your Enemies - Matthew 5:38-48
Why would Jesus teach His followers to love their enemies and not to resist evil? Are Christians to be pushovers? This message draws from Matthew 5:38-48 to see the wisdom of God and the completeness of God's love.
Nov 27, 202229:02
Why the Faithful Give Thanks - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
This sermon draws from a number of scriptures encouraging Christians with the benefits of giving thanks to God in all circumstances.
Nov 21, 202220:43
Swear or Tell the Truth? - Matthew 5:33-37
Blessed are the honest who recognize the power of God. This sermon gives an exposition of Jesus's instruction not to swear oaths from Matthew 5:33-37. Only God can swear oaths.
Nov 16, 202223:28
Cheating on Your Spouse within Your Heart - Matthew 5:27-30
Would men divorce their wives if they did not covet other women? Jesus preached that looking with coveting produces adultery in the heart. This expository sermon draws insights from Matthew 5:27-30 of Christ's great sermon on the mount.
Nov 07, 202233:26
How to Reconcile Relationships - Matthew 5:21-26
This expository sermon draws from Jesus's teaching in Matthew 5:21-26 so that we counter the murderous heart that acts in wrath and insults to others. This sermon includes Matthew 5:38-45.
Oct 31, 202226:38
Simple Evangelism - 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
This message draws from 1 Corinthians 15 and more to understand how to share the gospel with others.
Oct 25, 202228:60
Christ Fulfilled the Law - Matthew 5:17-20
Christ declared that He fulfilled the Law and the Prophets. This message draws from Matthew 5:17-20 to understand the implications of Jesus's teaching.
Oct 24, 202226:55