Making This Summer the Best One Ever

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Like most children, I looked longingly toward summer. To be out of school, to get to go to the beach, and just to do something different, made we look forward to summer every year. Like most other children, I also had the plan to make my particular summer the best summer ever. I probably never quite …

When Good Things Happen at Church

~by Waylon Bailey Many years ago I preached a sermon entitled, “When Good Things Happen at Church.” At that time, our church had many good things happening and I wanted to encourage our people to be faithful in serving God and continuing doing those things that make good things happen at church. The reasons for those good things happening are …

A Disastrous Decision

~ by Waylon Bailey Acts five contains one of the most tragic, sobering, and shocking passages in all of Scripture. This passage is closely akin to the death of Achan in Joshua seven which occurs for roughly the same reason. You may recall the events. Ananias and Sapphira, two married believers in the early church, sought to receive the same …

How the Church Stands in the Midst of Persecution

~ by Waylon Bailey The church will face opposition. Jesus made this plain. He warned His disciples about impending persecution and opposition. He knew the opposition would come, and He prepared them for the future. Jesus warned His disciples that if the world hated Him it would hate them also. He prepared them for persecution but assured them that He …

Miracles and the New Testament

By: Waylon Bailey ~ As a child I assumed that miracles were on every page of the New Testament. After all, that’s what we studied in Sunday School. We read about Moses and the children of Israel. We heard stirring stories about Elijah and Elisha. And, of course, we studied the ministry and work of Jesus. The connection of these three time …

The Importance of Leadership

By: Waylon Bailey ~ John Maxwell has famously stated: “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” That may be true in the business world, politics, or sports, is it also true in matters of faith. As I prepared to preach from Acts 1, I became aware of the importance of leadership. After all, what did Jesus do? According to Luke’s gospel, …

Words for Graduates–Both Past and Present

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Yesterday we celebrated with over 40 high school seniors at our church. We recognized them in the morning worship and rejoiced with them and their families at a luncheon afterward. Graduate recognition is a fun time to preach. It seems that people are more ready to hear than at other times. At the worship services, I …

Your Are Essential for the Gospel Mission

By: Waylon Bailey As I prepared to teach about Paul’s trip to Corinth on his second missionary journey (Acts 18:1-11), I saw something I had never seen before–Paul didn’t reach Corinth by himself. In fact, I came to the conclusion that Paul could not have done this by himself. He needed a number of people and churches to take the …

Three Facts About Baptism

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Every church baptizes people, and every church observes the Lord’s Supper. While all churches practice these two ordinances, they often disagree about the mode of baptism or the meaning and practice of the Lord’s Supper. What can we say about baptism? First, Jesus commanded His followers to preach the Gospel and to baptize those who believe. Christians …

The Last Words to the Church

By: Waylon Bailey What would be your last words to the church? What would you say to prepare the church for an uncertain future? Paul’s last words to the church at Ephesus prepared them for the difficult days which he and the church would experience. We know that Paul wrote to Ephesus, but we also have evidence that he may …