• 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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  • The Plan

    Contributed on Dec 19, 2022

    Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the most famous verse of the Bible. But what does it really say to beleivers today? This promise is multi-faceted, reflecting the many colors of God’s grace and sovereignty.

    The Plan Scott Bayles, pastor Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11 Blooming Grove Christian Church: 4/30/2017 Have you heard about the photographer for a national magazine assigned to get photos of a great forest fire? He was told to hurry to a nearby airport, where a plane would be waiting. When he arrived more

  • Following Jesus: Mark 16

    Contributed on Dec 19, 2022

    Part 16 of 16: In this series, we follow Jesus chapter-by-chapter through the Gospel of Mark. This is Mark 16.

    Following Jesus (16) Scott Bayles, pastor Scripture: Mark 16:1-8 Blooming Grove Christian Church: 4/16/2017 Good morning, welcome to the Grove and Happy Easter. I’m reminded of a preacher who spotted a young man he recognized at church on Easter Sunday. On his way out the door, the preacher more

  • Following Jesus: Mark 15

    Contributed on Dec 19, 2022

    Part 15 of 16: In this series, we follow Jesus chapter-by-chapter through the Gospel of Mark. This is Mark 15.

    Following Jesus (15) Scott Bayles, pastor Scripture: Mark 15:16-39 Blooming Grove Christian Church: 4/9/2017 I want to thank you for joining us today and, if you’ve been here the last fifteen weeks, I want to thank you for joining me on this journey through the Gospel of Mark. I hope that this more

  • Following Jesus: Mark 14

    Contributed on Dec 19, 2022

    Part 14 of 16: In this series, we follow Jesus chapter-by-chapter through the Gospel of Mark. This is Mark 14.

    Following Jesus (14) Scott Bayles, pastor Scripture: Mark 14:32-42 Blooming Grove Christian Church: 4/2/2017 With just two weeks left until Easter, we are nearing the end of our sixteen-week journey of following Jesus through the Gospel of Mark. Last Sunday, in Mark 12, Jesus replied to a scribe more

  • Following Jesus: Mark 12

    Contributed on Dec 19, 2022

    Part 13 of 16: In this series, we follow Jesus chapter-by-chapter through the Gospel of Mark. This is Mark 12.

    Following Jesus (13) Scott Bayles, pastor Scripture: Mark 12:28-34 Blooming Grove Christian Church: 3/26/2017 Jim Dunn was serving as the pastor of the First Baptist Church, and his wife, Gladys, was very friendly and welcoming to people. One particular Sunday when the sermon seemed to go on 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