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Lesson of the Hour
A Message of God's Word
Category: Christianity
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
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June 28, 2017 03:57 PM PDT

The assembly of Christians is not only for worship but explicitly for the edification of Christians. Edification means “building up” and includes teaching of revelation and knowledge for encouragement and consolation. In 1 Corinthians 14, the apostle Paul established that understandable words are essential to the edification of the church. Because of the necessity of words for edification, Paul excluded foreign languages (without interpretation) from the assembly. Paul established a principle that excluded anything in the assembly lacking understandable words. Paul taught that one must pray and sing with the spirit and the mind. Many today have added musical instruments to singing in the assembly, yet these instruments cannot communicate words. No one can preach, pray, or praise with an instrument. For this reason, most churches throughout history have excluded the instrument from the assembly. In fact, the apostle Paul described such instruments as “lifeless” and “soulless.” This message challenges the listener to accept the primary need of intelligible words in edification and worship in the assembly.

Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 14:12-19 (read by Gerrit Dekker)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded June 18, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

June 11, 2017 01:29 PM PDT

This message presents the purpose of the assembly especially the necessity of edification through intelligible words. The concept of “worship service” originates from man’s tradition and not the Bible. The New Testament described the gathering of Christians for the Lord’s Supper as “the assembly.” The church of Christ must restore the assembly. Paul wrote the church at Corinth to overcome the display of spiritual gifts for pretense. Instead, Christians are to strive to excel in the edification of the church. Should Christians expect to contribute to edification in the assembly? Yes. The Scriptures exhort followers of Christ to stir one another to love and good works. This is the beginning of a series to depict a biblical picture of the assembly.

Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 14:1-12 (read by Ken Adams)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded June 11, 2017, at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

June 05, 2017 09:08 AM PDT

The Apostle Paul was confident in his salvation because devoted himself to obeying God’s will. Paul wants all Christians to focus on the Spirit because there is life in the Spirit; but many focus too much on the flesh. If we want to get into heaven, we must learn to overcome the desires of the flesh and focus on the things that do not perish. But then again, what does it mean to be focused on the flesh and how do we know if we are concentrating on the Spirit? What are the consequences of focusing too much on the flesh and the rewards of devoting ourselves to the Spirit? Lastly, can we be as confident in our salvation as Paul was in his; and if we can, how?

We will answer these questions and more by discussing three aspects of Paul’s ministry: (1) life in the Spirit, death in the flesh; (2) Traditions of the men are traditions of the flesh; and (3) focusing on the Spirit of God.

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4:1-8 (read by David Johnson)
Lesson by Undre Griggs
Recorded June 4, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

May 31, 2017 12:41 PM PDT

Jesus revealed that Satan was a murderer from the beginning. He is the father of lies, and his lies brought death to humanity. He was seeking to murder humankind and he did (John 8:44). God worked through the history of time to defeat sin. God was patient not to exclude free will and most importantly give opportunity for repentance (2 Pet 3:9). God set forth in Christ a plan for the fullness of time. This message observes how Christ came and defeated Satan, death, and sin.

May 29, 2017 06:44 PM PDT

How can Christians pass on their hope of eternal life to their children? Christians need the hope of the redemption of the body and the mortal body putting on immortality. This is the victory of Jesus’s resurrection over death. Children are dependent on their parents, and humanity is dependent on their heavenly Father. Christ wants the little children to come to him and everyone to become like these little children in humility and dependence on God. The Bible encourages youth to remember their Creator in their youth because old age can hinder faith. The message will consider the similarities between Christians to the heavenly Father and as children to their parents. Christians must pass their hope to the next generation.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 71:17-21 (read by Christopher Howell)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded May 28, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

May 25, 2017 05:43 AM PDT

The purpose of this message is to challenge believers to see why sin is sin and how sin is contrary to God’s nature. Sin is not an arbitrary invention of some “man in the sky.” Sin is lawlessness. Sin is any act contrary to God’s Law. While many think that God’s Law is arbitrary and they wish that God would change His Word, His Word is according to nature of love, holiness, and righteousness. Sin does have a depraving effect upon those who sin, and all do sin. This lesson addresses the question, “Because God created everything, did God create sin?” and “Why did God make a world where people can sin?”

Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded May 21, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

May 23, 2017 07:11 AM PDT

This message is to challenge the church to encourage and anchor hope in our children. This message addresses the question, “Why do so many children leave the church?” Besides passing the blame to parents or society, the church must consider what is lacking in their faith that causes adolescents to leave the church in adulthood. Holiness in the home is essential. From where does that holiness come? This message presents some essential points from the Scripture to secure our children including the need for a believing parent in the home, fathers who do not embitter their children, and parents who can evangelize the Gospel to their own children. However, one may observe the lack of holy living among young believers. Why? Hope and its resulting holiness are an essential conviction for parents and the church to pass onto their children. Christians must hope in eternal life through Jesus’s resurrection. Our children need the hope that is the anchor of the soul.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:25-27 (read by Don Kovar)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded May 21, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

May 17, 2017 02:42 AM PDT

Did anyone teach you that all sins are equal and one is not greater than another? Jesus addressed this matter throughout his ministry as he taught about the severity of the punishment for sins. In Jesus’s trial, Christ answered the question of whether sins are greater. Many churches today take a false position that undermines their integrity and purity as followers of Christ. This message addresses those positions. Christians must listen to Paul’s exhortation for Timothy to avoid contradictions. Within this message are a number of scriptures that answer this vital question.

Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded May 14, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

May 15, 2017 02:55 PM PDT

Where should a woman find love and value first and above all? With so many expectations that women place on themselves, they need to turn first to God and know the love of Christ. All other expectations may disappoint. Women need Christian men. This lesson will present six things that women need primarily from Christian husbands including the need for men to lead their wives in holy living. The Scriptures reveal the great blessings of prudent wife is to man. God gives favor to the man who finds a wife. Women who fearful serve God deserve praise.

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 31:30-31 (read by Marcq Rhodes)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded May 14, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

May 09, 2017 01:45 PM PDT

To be a light of the world is to glorify God. Glorifying God is more than praising God. Jesus taught that being a light meant the world could see the disciple’s good works and those works give glory to the Father. This lesson explores important reasons to look deeper into Jesus’s teaching of being a light. Glorifying God was the mission of Christ, and this is the mission of the church. Glorifying God is the effect of the Gospel. However, Christians do not realize how they hinder the glorification of God. With a biblical understanding, faithful Christians will move forward. Christians can increase their light that glorifies God. This lesson emphasizes the need for disciples to share the light and the opportunity to glorify with other through the Gospel and sharing one’s life.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:14-16 (read by Barry Rutkowski)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded May 7, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

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