• Scott Bayles

    Contributing sermons since Nov 7, 2003
Scott's church

Blooming Grove Christian Church
Palmyra, Illinois 62674

About Scott
  • Education: I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, a small Church of Christ in TN.
  • Experience: I began preaching part-time when I was just fifteen years old, however it was when I was just three years old that I knew I would one day be a preacher. I continued to preach for a small congregation in Illinois all through high-school and then another, in Tennessee, while in college. After graduating I began preaching full time in northern Illinois, then moved to Saint Louis, then southern IL.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I hope these sermons can be a blessing to you and your congregation.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I can't think of any one particular sermon or series, but I owe so much to radio preachers/teacher such as John MacArthur, Chuck Swindoll, Charles Stanely, David Jeremiah, and Hank Hannegraaff. I also owe much to my own personal pastors and teachers, such as Ray Exum, Billy Smith and Mike Root.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: It’s a quote I use often from Mark Twain. He once said, "Be careful to take from an experience only the wisdom that is in it."
  • Family: My wife, Ashley, and I have been happily married since February 2005, are thankful everyday for Jesus and his matchless grace, and are the proud parents of three adorable little ankle-bitters (Yeshua, Sarai, & Avigayle).
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My mom is very proud. My grandpa said I preach "better than Billy Graham." lol
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: I don't know... she rarely hears them since she's pre-occupied with children's church. But she has many compliments when she does get to hear me.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: "If you can see yourself doing something else, then do it. Being a preacher requires complete dedication."
  • Books that have had an impact: Just Like Jesus; 3:16; Next Door Savoir; Apocolypse Code; The Promise
  • Hobbies: I am a huge comic book/superhero enthusiast. I even dress in spandex twice a year: once for the annual Superman celebration in Metropolis, IL and once for Halloween.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: God loves. God gives. We believe. We live.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: One time when I was asking for prayer requests, a little boy who was visiting for the first time said, "My sister needs prayer because she lies. One time she was flashing her flashlight in my eyes when I was trying to sleep. Finally I took it away and flashed it in her eyes and told her 'how do you like it.'"
  • What I want on my tombstone: He loved God and loved the people God gave him.
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  • Journey Through Acts (Part 10)

    Contributed on Feb 7, 2024

    In Acts 27, we discover that as long as we trust in God’s PRESENCE, God’s PLANS, God’s PEOPLE, and godly PRAYERS—we’ll reach the end of our journey safe and sound, just like Paul.

    The Journey: Following Jesus through Acts (10) Scott Bayles, pastor Scripture: Acts 27:13-44 Blooming Grove Christian Church: 8/27/2017 If you’re new to the Grove or just visiting today, we are coming to the end of a ten-week journey through the book of Acts. The book of Act deals with the more

  • Journey Through Acts (Part 9)

    Contributed on Feb 7, 2024

    In Acts 16, we witness an amazing encounter between Paul and the Philippian Jailer including SINGING, SHAKING, SAVING, and SERVICE.

    The Journey: Following Jesus through Acts (9) Scott Bayles, pastor Scripture: Acts 16:22-34 Blooming Grove Christian Church: 8/20/2017 As most of you know, we’re nine weeks into this ten-week journey through the book of Acts. While the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—tell the story of Jesus more

  • Journey Through Acts (Part 8)

    Contributed on Feb 7, 2024

    In Acts 14, we witness a powerful MIRACLE, a case of MISTAKEN identity, the MESSAGE of the Gospel, and the attempted MURDER of the Apostle Paul.

    The Journey: Following Jesus through Acts (8) Scott Bayles, pastor Scripture: Acts 14:8-20 Blooming Grove Christian Church: 8/13/2017 As most of you know, we’re eight weeks into a ten-week journey through the book of Acts. As I’ve said before, our goal is to follow in the footsteps of those who more

  • Journey Through Acts (Part 7)

    Contributed on Feb 7, 2024

    In Acts 9, Paul's conversion reveals an unshakable conviction and an unexpected confrontation, which ultimately to an uncommon conversion.

    The Journey: Following Jesus through Acts (7) Scott Bayles, pastor Scripture: Acts 9:1-22 Blooming Grove Christian Church: 8/6/2017 As most of you know, we’re already seven weeks into a ten-week journey through the book of Acts and it feels like we’ve barely begun. In sense, Acts 1:8 seems to be a more

  • Journey Through Acts (Part 6)

    Contributed on Feb 7, 2024

    The Witness, the Word, and the Water - Each one of these ingredients played an important role in the Ethiopian Eunuch’s conversion to Christ.

    The Journey: Following Jesus through Acts (6) Scott Bayles, pastor Scripture: Acts 8:26-40 Blooming Grove Christian Church: 7/30/2017 As most of you know, we’re six weeks into a ten-week journey through the book of Acts. The purpose of this journey is to follow in the footsteps of those who more

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  • Even Billy Graham Doesn’t Win Them All. ...

    Contributed on Dec 18, 2012

    Even Billy Graham doesn’t win them all. There’s a story about Billy Graham when he was visiting a city for one of his crusades. He had written a letter to his wife and was looking for a place to mail it. Outside the lobby of his hotel, he came across a young boy. He asked the boy if he knew how to more

  • The Forbidden Fruit

    Contributed on Jun 28, 2012
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    THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT And the first thing God told Adam and Eve was: "Don't." "Don't what?" Adam replied. "Don't eat the forbidden fruit," God said. "Forbidden fruit? We got forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve . . . we got Forbidden Fruit!" "No way!" "Yes WAY!" "Don't eat that fruit!" said more

  • Beautiful Feet?

    Contributed on Mar 14, 2012
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    BEAUTIFUL FEET? The Bible says, in Romans 10:15, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace..." (NKJV). I don't know about you, but when I think about beautiful things, feet don't rank very high on my list. Feet are sweaty and stinky. Did you know that your feet have more

  • We Often Don't Realize How Good We Have It Here ...

    Contributed on Dec 1, 2011

    We often don't realize how good we have it here in America. The film, End of Spear, tells the true story of five missionaries--including Jim Elliot and Nathan Saint--who were speared to death by the murderous Waodani tribesman living in the jungles of Ecuador. Amazingly, the wives and children more

  • I Don't Want To Be A Saint...

    Contributed on Dec 1, 2011
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    "I DON'T WANT TO BE A SAINT..." So the Bible clearly teaches that everyone who has been sanctified and set apart by God is a saint. I read a story earlier this week about a Wisconsin mom who was trying to teach her kids how God sees them. She told them that when they receive Jesus as Savior that more