Posts by John Stephen Smith

How do we handle the Church’s imperfections?

Scripture for today’s sermon: 2 Corinthians 12:9 HOW DO WE ADDRESS THE IMPERFECTIONS OF CHRIST’S CHURCH? A HUMBLE APPROACH 2 Corinthians 12:9 Romans 3:23 A GRACE FILLED APPROACH 1 Peter 4:7-11 Ephesians 2:4-5 Galatians 6:1-2 Matthew 11:28-30 Ephesians 2:1-2 Ephesians 2:4-5 Matthew 7:5

When Did The Church Begin?

By “The Church” I Am Not Referring To Any Group Or Organization Started By Mankind. Ephesians 3:10-11 Why Does It Matter When the Church Began Matthew 16:16-17 Matthew 16:18 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 Had the Church Begun by the Close of the New Testament? Colossians 1:1-2 Mark 9:1 When Did the Church Begin? Mark 9:1 Acts 2:1-4, Matthew 28:18 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 Acts 2:47

Can the Church Be Relevant in a New Generation?

Scripture for today’s sermon: INTRODUCTION In Every Generation The Church Faces Challenges Brought About By Changing Cultures Is That Even Possible In The Age We Live In? CHALLENGES AMONG CULTURES 1 Corinthians 2:3 Acts 18:9 PAUL’S EFFORTS TO CONNECT TO PEOPLE 1 Corinthians 9:16-19 1 Corinthians 9:19 AN EFFORT TO FIND WAYS TO RELATE TO PEOPLE 1 Corinthians 9:20-23 Paul Loved To Win, He Had A Passion For Winning Souls 1 Corinthians 9:20-23 CONCLUSION: Christ expects we make the effort…

Are We Listening To God’s Word?

Are We Listening To God’s Word? Matthew 13: 18-23 If you talked to people about what they heard in the sermon, on Sunday morning? There is a great probability that you will get several answers. Why? Several factors come into play on this. The closed heart factor, some people have this heart factor against the truth, some may even attend church, but no truth is able to penetrate because their mind is closed to any message they don’t want to…

Why Does the Church Matter?

Scripture for today’s sermon: MATTERS TO J_______. Acts 17:25 James 1:18 2 Corinthians 11:2 Ephesians 5:22-33 MATTERS M_________. Hebrews 6:19. Ecclesiastes 3:11 John 10:10 1 John 3:1 MEMBERS NEED W________. John 4:24-25 Psalm 22:22 MATTERS TO A_________. Ephesians 3:10 Job 1:8; 2:3 Luke 15:10: 1 Peter 1:12

Prophecies About the Church

Scripture for today’s sermon: Isaiah 25:6-9 UNPACKING THE TEXT OF ISAIAH 25:6-9 Verse 6 Verses 7-8 Verse 9 ISAIAH’S PROPHESY – A POWERFUL MESSAGE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HIS DAY. Revelation 21:4 Matthew 8:5-13 TODAY WE PARTICIPATE IN & AWAIT THE ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 GOD PROVIDES THE BANQUET & DOES THE SAVING. Romans 5:6-8 FAITH IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BANQUET & THE SALVATION. THE BANQUET IS THE BEST OF THE BEST

Being The Church That Is of Christ

Scripture for today’s sermon: Ephesians 5:22-27 S________________ Romans 6, 1 Timothy 4:16 2 John 1:9 L________________ Peter 1:22 John 4:7 John 13:35 2 Thessalonians 1:3 P__________________ 1 Corinthians 6:11 Hebrews 10:10 James 1:27 Colossians 3:1-3 G__________________ 1 Thessalonians 5:23

The Church in the Mind of God

Scripture for today’s sermon: Ephesians 3:9-11 WHAT DID GOD KNOW BEFORE CREATION? Genesis 1-2 . Ephesians 1:4 Acts 20:28 WHAT WAS GOD’S PURPOSE FOR CREATION & MANKIND? Genesis 12:3 Ephesians 2:14-16 Acts 13:46-47 Ephesians 3:3-7 HOW WOULD GOD’S GLORIOUS PLAN COME TOGETHER? John 3:16 Ephesians 3:20-21 GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE FOR CHRIST’S CHURCH? Ephesians 3:9 Ephesians 3:11 Matthew 5:16

Beginning a New Year

Scripture for today’s sermon: Ecclesiastes 9:10 We Are About To Enter New Territory Revelation 20:12 We Can Only Change The Direction Of Our Feet Romans 13:11-14

The Fruit of the Spirit in My Life: SELF-CONTROL

Scripture for today’s sermon: Checklist— Transactional— John 6:1-2 Transformative— Psalm 1:1-2 NKJV John 4:13-14 Galatians 2:20 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 TO HAVE CONTROL WE MUST LOSE CONTROL Galatians 2:20 Luke 9:23 Galatians 5:24 “ Mark 8:35 2 Corinthians 5:17 AS LONG AS WE ARE IN CONTROL THE SPIRIT CANNOT

The Fruit of the Spirit in My Life: GOODNESS

Scripture for today’s sermon: THE GOODNESS FROM GOD Exodus 33:19 (Psalm 27:13 Hosea 3:5 Psalm 31:19 Psalm 145:7 THE FRUIT OF GOD’S GOODNESS Galatians 3:5 Galatians 5:19-21. Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 5:6-21 2 Thessalonians 1:11 Romans 15:14

The Fruit of the Spirit in My Life: PATIENCE

Scripture for today’s sermon: WHAT IS PATIENCE? Mark 15:27-30 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Galatians 6:9 Hebrews 6:11 WHERE DOES PATIENCE BEGIN? Acts 2:42 1 Corinthians 15:58 Revelation 2:10 Colossians 1:23 2 Peter 3:17 PATIENCE BEGINS WITH A STRONG FOUNDATION Revelation 3:21 Revelation 21:7 HOW DO WE DEVELOP PATIENCE? 2 Timothy 3:12 James 1:2-4 HOW DO WE ACQUIRE PATIENCE? Romans 5:1-5

The Fruit of the Spirit in My Life: PEACE

Scripture for today’s sermon: The Fruit of the Spirit in My Life: PEACE WHAT IS PEACE? Judges 6:24 Romans 15:33 Isaiah 9:6-7 Micah 5:4-5 WHY IS PEACE IMPORTANT? Isaiah 59:1-2 Romans 3:23 PEACE CAN BE FOUND Luke 2:14 Acts 10:36 2 Corinthians 5:21 Ephesians 2:14-17 Romans 5:1 Philippians 4:4-6 Galatians 5:22-23 Romans 12:18 2 Corinthians 13:11 Matthew 5:9

The Fruit of the Spirit: JOY

Scripture for today’s sermon: Survey Paul’s Teaching Philippians 4:12-14 NOT CONTINOUS Romans 12:15 2 Corinthians 6:10 Psalm 5:1–2 JOY LEADS TO PEACE Philippians 4:6-7 Proverbs 4:23-26 JOY WITH CONTENTMENT Philippians 4:10–13 2 Corinthians 11:24-28 Philippians 4:13-14

Fruit of The Spirit in My Life: LOVE

Scripture for today’s sermon: Love Is The Most Fundamental Qualities Of My Life In Him Matthew 22:36-40 LEARN LOVE FROM THE GREATEST TEACHER 1 John 4:19 John 3:16 John 15:13 Ephesians 5:25-27 LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS WE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT 1 John 3:10-18 1 Peter 2:17 Galatians 6:10 James 2:15-16 1 John 4:12-21. Mark 12:28-30 1 Corinthians 16:14 Galatians 5:13-15. Colossians 3:14 1 Peter 1:22. John 14:15

Dealing with Loss

Scripture for today’s sermon: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 GOD CAN PROVIDE COMFORT IN THIS AFFLICTION James 1:13 COMFORT CAN ALSO COME FROM OTHERS Galatians 6:2 AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE A BLESSING 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 CONCLUSION Romans 8:37-39

Dealing With Envy

Scripture for today’s sermon: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JEALOUSY & ENVY Genesis 26:13-14 Deuteronomy 32:21 Mark 7:21-22 Matthew 27:18 Proverbs 14:30 Job 5:2 WE SHOULD NOT ENVY Proverbs 23:17-18 Proverbs 24:19-20 Psalm 37:1-2 Psalm 73:1-19 Genesis 37:11 1 Corinthians 13:4 Romans 12:15