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Lesson of the Hour
A Message of God's Word
Category: Christianity
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
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July 16, 2018 09:03 AM PDT

The apostle Paul requested prayers for an open door to declare the mystery of Christ when he was in prison. For this reason, Paul urged Christians to walk in wisdom toward outsiders making the best use of time and speaking with grace knowing how to answer each person. The church of Christ unites in its mission to make disciples. Jesus revealed that each person is either with Him or against Him and either gathering or scattering. This message urges Christians to think more about sharing the gospel with others.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:16-20 (read by Dutch Dekker)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded July 15, 2018 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

July 02, 2018 05:41 PM PDT

Should Christians stay out of politics? Many would prefer Christians remain quiet or secular in addressing government action and behaviors of society. However, neither society nor self are the source of what is morally right and wrong. God is the only possible standard of moral absolutes. Furthermore, Christ spoke openly against abuses. Christians must speak the same way and uphold God’s moral standards. The Scriptures reveal how Paul used his rights as a citizen of Rome to continue spreading the gospel through beatings, arrests, and more. This message explores how the Scriptures encourage Christians to obey government authorities and live as free people even in the face of persecution.

Scripture Reading: Romans 13:1-7 (read by Don Kovar)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded July 1, 2018 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

June 25, 2018 10:40 AM PDT

Society has convinced most Christians that personal sexuality is a natural outlet. However, Paul described such a pursuit of satisfying lusts as “impurity.” The Scriptures describe impurity as a specific sexual sin that those who practice will not inherit the kingdom of God. The apostle Paul instructed Christians not to let sin reign in their bodies to obey its passions. Furthermore, Paul revealed that those who walk in the Spirit will not gratify the lusts of the flesh. How does the Christian walk in the Spirit? This message presents key scriptures that free believers from slavery to sin.

Scripture Reading: I Thessalonians 4:7-8 (read by Justin Hirt)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded June 24, 2018 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

June 21, 2018 02:13 PM PDT

Some early churches struggled with welcoming guests. James corrected believers who showed favoritism for the value of someone’s clothing. Such partiality is to sin against the royal law of loving one’s neighbor as oneself. The Bible calls those showing partiality "judges with evil thoughts." Christians must think of how they welcome guests into the church and into their lives. The Bible commands Christians to be hospitable and love guests. This message challenges Christians to think about how the church receives guests.

Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 14:23-25 (read by Dutch Dekker)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded June 17, 2018 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

June 11, 2018 08:42 AM PDT

In the first century, the church in the city of Corinth divided according to teachers. They quarreled and forgot that they all united in Christ. While this church denominated, Paul identified them as “of Christ.” Twenty centuries later, the church faces the same problems. Christians must learn from the apostle Paul not to accept such division or even agree to disagree. He exhorted this church to unite in the same mind and same judgment. The church has teachings from Christ and His apostles that are essential to its oneness. This message encourages those points of unity, and that Christians can and must maintain unity.

Scripture Reading: John 17:17-23 (read by Marcq Rhodes)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded June 10, 2018 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

June 04, 2018 08:53 AM PDT

Being a member of a community requires some commitment and certain responsibilities. To be in the church, a believer must be in Christ. The Bible tells of salvation that is only in Christ. Who is in Christ? Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a Christian. The apostle Paul revealed the way in which believers are baptized in Christ. This message turns to the Scriptures to understand that the church are those in Christ.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:9-11 (read by Christopher Howell)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded June 3, 2018 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

May 28, 2018 12:13 PM PDT

Jesus declared, “I will build my church.” Jesus promised to build His church — the congregation of His followers. Jesus spoke of His church built upon the rock of faith that He is the Christ, the Son of the living God. According to Scripture, Jesus’s apostles and prophets form the foundation with Jesus as its cornerstone. The foundation of the apostles and prophets is God’s revealed message to the faithful. In the Bible, many churches like today drifted from the teachings of Christ and His apostles and prophets. However, that foundation can and does unite churches today. This message continues a series of lessons encouraging all Christians stand on the foundation that Christ set for the church.

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:24-28 (read by Don Kovar)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded May 27, 2018 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

May 21, 2018 08:59 AM PDT

This message challenges believers to follow Christ to His church. Today, many people prefer non-denominational churches with few distinctions to be more accepting and less restricting. Who wants to question their family church and traditions? However, Christians cannot compromise the church of Christ built upon faith in Jesus as the Son of God. This message draws commands from the Scriptures to observe and maintain the traditions that come from Christ and His apostles. Distinctive characteristics set the church in the New Testament apart from many churches today.

Scripture Reading: Mark 7:1-9 (read by Steve Berg)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded May 20, 2018 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

May 14, 2018 05:24 PM PDT

In the parable of the sower, Jesus described different types of soil representing the types of people who hear God’s word. Those who heard the word and the cares of the world choked them were as seed cast among the thorns. What are Christians to do with cares and anxieties in this life? Jesus commanded, “Do not be anxious about this life” (Matt 6:25). This message presents Christ’s words that redirect the believer’s focus past anxieties to seek more.

Scripture Reading: Luke 12:22-33 (read by Dutch Dekker)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded May 13, 2018 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

May 07, 2018 06:45 PM PDT

For 18 years, she was bent over. One day, she was in a synagogue where Jesus was preaching. Without the woman asking, Jesus called her to him, and he healed her. Christians desire to model Jesus’s compassion as seen throughout His numerous miracles. Jesus referred to the woman that He healed as “a daughter of Abraham.” The way that people view each other affects how they love one another. This message compels each person to look at others as God would have believers to look at each other and all humanity.

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:9-10 (read by Gerrit Dekker)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded May 6, 2018 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

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