Sermons by David Shipley
Matthew 11:28-30 We need rest. Do we think about how we rest? Do you think God understands our need for rest better than we do? Sunday morning we’ll study the concept of rest as physically & spiritually renewing as well as the rest God promises in Christ.
Job 31:1-12. In this passage, Job is defending himself against the accusation of adultery. This is quite an accusation for a guy who has just lost everything. The Bible understands a lifelong commitment to purity can be challenging. And so we get more than a list of rules. We see in Job’s response that his idea of a pure heart goes beyond not committing adultery. This is surprisingly similar to Jesus! For Job, a pure heart that translated into pure actions protected the well-being of his family and resulted in a community better able to recognize the values & purposes of God.
Matthew 5:33-37 God is a God of truth, honesty and plain speech. He calls His people to tell the truth, even when it hurts.
John 14:25-26 Even the Holy Spirit is depicted in Scripture as “He”. Why is God, an eternal Spirit, careful to depict Himself in this way? There’s something necessary about a male authority figure who is both firm and kind.
1 Kings 21 Life can easily consume me with thoughts of, well, me! We covet and do not get, which leads to strife. But the Bible’s teaching helps us to rejoice with others, rather than take from them. We also learn to appreciate the value of work and to not look past others in need. Jesus says: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15
Genesis 24:63-67 God teaches us to respect love. In Genesis 24, God preserves the covenant through Isaac & Rebekah. He also gives us insight into finding and preserving lifelong love.
Exodus 20:12 Why we still need to “Honor our father and mother”
John 11:1-5: Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Life is precious, death is costly & God takes both seriously enough to send Jesus.
Psalms 23, John 10, Ezekiel 34
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.