Sermons by David Shipley
John 15:5-11 When Jesus says He is the True Vine & His Father is the Gardener, we realize that faith demands a growth mindset. Living daily in Jesus’ Words produces spiritual fruit. However, it’s not always at the pace or in the way we anticipate. It’s a great challenge! There is also a great assurance. Jesus’ words in John 15 are so that His joy may be in His followers. Even the smallest step of growth can bear fruit and…
John 3:1-8 John 3 is a talk between Jesus and a man named Nicodemus. Midway into the talk, Jesus asks, “You’re a teacher, and yet you don’t these things?” I have to believe Nicodemus didn’t see this talk with Jesus ending this way. And yet, striving to be more like Jesus comes with these moments of vulnerability. Jesus came to expose our ignorance & guilt. We can run from it or we can resolve it. But if we accept our…
Matthew 1:18-25 C.S. Lewis stated: “Nothing can seem extraordinary until you have discovered what is ordinary.” He was speaking about how a firm understanding of the way this world works can help us appreciate some of the Bible’s most extraordinary miracles. A reasonable person can believe in miracles &, most importantly, trust the Savior they ultimately point toward.
Hosea 11:1-4 Some of the most touching & moving depictions of God’s love are found in the Old Testament prophet of Hosea. What does it mean to be on the receiving end of God’s steadfast love?
Matthew 27: 45-54
Luke 4:18-19 Jesus was raised in Nazareth, a community of God-fearing people. This was nothing to be ashamed of. Yet, God-fearing does not mean immune to doubting what one believes. In Luke 4, Jesus returned to his own people. Despite making a good impression through His wisdom, power and use of Scripture, this homecoming ends in anger, frustration and violence. Jesus’ attempts to help his hometown see God’s truth, but they choose to reject Jesus as God’s Messiah. Doubt does not have to end in disbelief. We can be faithful in uncertainty. We can also accept the challenge of aligning our beliefs with what is true and pleasing to God.
Scripture Reference: Genesis 2:24 What is the Bible’s clearest & simplest statement explaining marriage? For all the different ways man has conducted it’s marriage vows over the centuries, there is one statement about marriage that the Bible repeats four times. What’s amazing is that this statement remains unchanged. Before we can defend our idea of marriage, we should recognize God’s profound and concise statement about this special relationship He created. As is so often the case, understanding God’s intention and expectation helps us to understand Him and live more hopefully and joyfully.
Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Abram has all the markings of adulthood. He is of age. He has struck out on his own. Abram worships God wherever he goes. He is married, and although childless, cares for his nephew Lot. Is Abram’s faith ready for adulthood? Genesis 12 is an illustration of the concept in 1 Corinthians 1:26 where God uses seemingly small things to shame those who boast in their strength. Before Abram becomes the great father of our faith, God uses everyday challenges like hunger and fear to humble Abram and keep him focused on living faithfully. Much of our Bible’s credibility comes from its willingness to critique even its greatest heroes.
What Does God Want from Me? Matthew 11:25-30 What does the word “yoke” make you think of? The yoke links two animals so they pull in the same direction; together, their work becomes easier. In Matthew 11:29, Jesus invites us to “take my yoke upon you.” How are we yoked to Jesus? We are linked to Jesus as we become disciples who learn and follow Him. He pulls with us as we learn His teaching and follow His example. Discipleship answers a most significant question of ‘What does God want from me?’ Jesus places demands upon us, but His way of discipleship is always lighter in the end.
Proverbs 3:5-8 We love mom (and dad) not only because they have high hopes for what we can do with our lives, but that they are most concerned with what we should do with the life we’ve been given. Just because we could do something doesn’t mean we should. In their best moments, parents teach us who we should be. The short story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9 hits on a similar theme. Having one language, God’s people could accomplish anything. Except they utterly fail to acknowledge God. It’s like forgetting mom’s contribution to your life. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Evangelism’s Voices Romans 10:14-15 What do you think of when you think of evangelism? We might think of a powerful preacher; someone going door to door; or an overseas missionary. What about the person who took the time to walk with us through the process of learning the good news about God’s Son so we could become one of God’s people? They used their ability and voice to seized the moment! The result allowed God to work something beautiful in our hearts. They gave us the opportunity to know God better and be obedient to Him. This is what we will see Sunday night as we look in the book of Luke: disciples of all backgrounds and talents working together to seize the moment to help others learn and be obedient to the gospel.
God Remembered Noah Genesis 7:17-8:1 It’s hard to picture how bad things must have been in Genesis 6 when every intention of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually. Did God forget about His creation? Does it ever seem like God has forgotten His people today? At this awful peak in man’s history, God extends His grace. He remembers Noah. I imagine Noah was eager to escape such a violent time. But God also extends grace to the world by patiently waiting nearly a century before the flood comes. We remember that Noah stood out for his obedience to God, but also that he held out hope as a willing messenger on behalf of God’s goodness and patience.
Genesis 4 Luke 24:25 and Psalm 103:11-13 “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.”
Genesis 3:8-13 Entitlement goes back to the garden of Eden. The sense that I deserve more, or I deserve better, or I’m not getting my fair share for my work, has been around since Genesis 3. It’s easy to be disappointed in Adam and Eve’s unwillingness to submit to God. Still, I live with more than enough but always seem to be longing for more. What does it say about my heart that it’s easier to fill my emptiness with…
Scripture: Genesis 1:26-28 Genesis teaches that God is Creator and that man is made in His image. A shadow is an image leading back to something of substance. In a similar way, man is made to be connected with God while also resembling Him. In the garden, man is given a place to belong and work to do, though is left to feel his need for companionship. Some needs are met before feeling them; others remain unfulfilled for a time.…