Posts by John Stephen Smith

Dealing With Busyness

Scripture for today’s sermon: THE PITFALLS OF BUSYNESS 2 Thess. 3:10 TOO BUSY TO WORSHIP John 4:23-24 TOO BUSY TO PRAY Mark 6:46 1 Thessalonians 5:17 TOO BUSY TO STUDY Psalm 119:11 TOO BUSY TO EVANGELIZE Matthew 28:18-20 Romans 10:14

Dealing with Anger

Scripture for today’s sermon: Proverbs 15:1 IS ANGER D________TO GOD? Mark 3:1-6 I________ Types Of Anger James 1:19-20 Ecclesiastes 7:9 Proverbs 14:17 Proverbs 29:22 Psalm 37:8 P______ Types Of Anger 2 Peter 3:15 Acts 8:24 P_______ Time & Place Colossians 3:8 CAN ANYONE REALLY M________ YOU ANGRY? GOD’S WARNINGS ABOUT ANGER. Romans 12:19 Ephesians 4:31 Colossians 3:8 Matthew 5:22 James 1:19

Living in View of Eternity

Scripture for today’s sermon: 2 Peter 2:10-13 WE ARE NOT “HERE” ________________ 2 Peter 1:13-14 WE USE TIME HERE TO _________________ 2 Peter 2:10-16 A VIEW TO ETERNITY IS A LIFE OF _______________ 2 Peter 3:10 Genesis 19:15-16

When I Am Tempted

Scripture for today’s sermon: 1 Corinthians 10:13 PERSPECTIVE; PROBLEM OF TEMPTATION James 1:2-4 James 1:12-15 1 Peter 1:6-7 HOW CAN I OVERCOME Make A D_____________ Express Your D____________ Ephesians 6:11-14 Follow D______________ The Word Provides When I Am Tempted

My Social Life In Him

  Scripture for today’s sermon: Psalm 1:1-6 AVOIDANCE OF UNGODLY ACTIVITIES Eph. 5:3-11 I Tim. 6:3-5, 9-11 II Tim. 2:19-23 James 1:27 I John 2:15-17 ADORATION OF GOD’S WORD Psalm 119:11, 72, 97 Jeremiah 15:16 Psalm 19:10 Psalm 138:2 ADHERENCE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS YIELDING VISIBLE FRUIT I Cor. 15:58

Lesson 13 – Review

1. Give the founder and approximate date of foundation of the church of Christ (Matt. 16:16, Acts 2). • Jesus founded his church on the first Pentecost after his crucifixion. 2. What is the relationship of the church to the kingdom (Matt. 16:18, Daniel 2:36-45, Acts 2:29-33, Col. 1:13)? • The church is the kingdom of God from prophecy into which all saints are now conveyed and the throne of which Jesus now holds. 3. What are the three ways…


Scripture for today’s sermon: SPEAKING OF SACRIFICE Romans 1:1-2 Romans 1:16-17 Living sacrifice Romans 12:1-2 Romans 6:12-14 Animal Sacrifice Leviticus 17:11 Hebrews 9:7 Ineffective Sacrifice Hebrews 10:4 ULTIMATE SACRIFICE Romans 12:1-2 The Priesthood Of Jesus Hebrews 4:14 Hebrews 7:26-27 Hebrews 10:12 The Sacrifice Of Jesus Colossians 1:13-14 Romans 5:6-11 Romans 5:1-2 WILLING SACRIFICE ON BEHALF OF JESUS Romans 12:1-2 Philippians 3:7 Philippians 3:20-21 2 Corinthians 5:21 1 Peter 2:22 1 John 3:5 Romans 12:2 James 4:4 1 John 2:15 SACRIFICING…

Lesson 12 – Present Controversies

As the twenty-first century and third millennium dawn, the church of Jesus Christ is again faced with some very divisive, controversial issues among its members. The seeds for the present discussions were sown nearly three decades ago as some began to contend for unity-in-doctrinal-diversity like the denominations. Teachings on divorce and remarriage have provided the clearest test scenario for this philosophy. Unity-in-Doctrinal-Diversity The sects of men have long championed the concept of unity-in-doctrinal-diversity, whereby people and churches with contradictory beliefs…

Lesson 11 – Past Controversies

Although Jesus only built one church and prayed that its members might be unified, and although the Holy Spirit sought unity through his revelation, the church of Christ has periodically faced divisive controversies throughout its history. The original controversy among members of the body of Christ involved the assimilation of Gentile converts into a group that had formerly been exclusively and proudly Jewish. When God was ready to send the gospel to the Gentiles, he proved his intentions to Peter…

Praying for One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon: Galatians 6:1-2 Luke 22:40 John 17:18-21 Romans 8:34 Hebrews 7:25 1 Timothy 2:1-2 James 5:16 LOVE ONE ANOTHER Matthew 21:23 7 WAYS TO PRAY FOR OUR BRETHREN #1 Pray From The Heart #2 Pray Regularly #3 Pray In Detail #4 Pray With Faith #5 Pray With Love #6 Pray Fervently #7 Pray With Desire To Help Hans & Enid

Lesson 10 – Church Discipline

There are many practices among religious people regarding discipline within their memberships. Many churches today practice no form of correction, for they have little instruction upon which to base reproof. The Bible calls on the local congregation alone to practice discipline among its members, with the oversight of the bishops. Discipline should be proactive (through teaching and example) and reactive (through reproof, rebuke, withdrawal and marking). In academic circles, one’s major focus of learning is called his discipline. Thus mathematics…

Be Humble Toward One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon: Philippians 2:3-8; HUMBLENESS EXPLAINED Philippians 2:3-4 Psalm 8:5-8 HUMBLENESS EXEMPLIFIED Philippians 2:5 HUMBLENESS EXTENDED Philippians 2:25-30  

Lesson 9 – Attitudes Toward Holy Spirit

Most would agree that the Holy Spirit is the most mysterious of the three persons of the Godhead. We see his presence in the Old Testament but are more deeply introduced to him through Christ’s discussion with the apostles and his subsequent work among them. Calvinism holds that the Holy Spirit must directly influence the heart of a person, apart from the Bible, to convince him to accept Christ. Pentecostals believe that the Holy Spirit still works supernaturally through the…

Stir Up One Another to Love and Good Works

Scripture for today’s sermon:  2 Peter 3:10-11 Hebrews 10:24-25 DEMAS 2 Timothy 4:10 Colossians 4:14 Philemon 1:24 2 Timothy 3:12 Acts 14:22 PAUL Acts 14:19-23 2 Cor. 11:23-39 HOW TO GET BACK UP AND  KEEP DOING GOOD Hebrews 10 JESUS Hebrews 10:24-25 Acts 15:39

Lesson 8 – Place of the Old Testament

The Old Testament is a book of history, law, poetry, wisdom, and prophecy. Each of these categories lends instruction to the Christian today and yet it must be remembered that the law under which we live is found exclusively on the pages of the New Testament. What Moses said about divorce and remarriage and the Sabbath are not binding upon those who exist under the law of Christ. David’s dance and stringed instruments in worship are not authoritative examples for…

Comfort One Another

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 COMFORT IS INDISPENSABLE 2 Corinthians 1:4-5 COMFORT IS AVAILABLE 2 Corinthians 1:3 COMFORT IS TRANSFERABLE 2 Corinthians 1:8

Lesson 7 – Worship by the Church of Christ

Religious worship in the late twentieth century reflects the whims and desires of the masses, especially appealing to youth. There is very little attention to the worship pattern of the New Testament; instead, the intent is to please man rather than God with collective worship. Hence, we see dramatic presentations instead of gospel preaching, raps and orchestral performances instead of congregational a Capella singing, and personal testimonials given in the place of objective proofs. Christ demanded that worship is according…

Forgiveness Part 2

Follow Thread of Forgiveness Consider three important passages The Lord’s i.e., Model Prayer Matthew 6:9-13! The Parable Of Unforgiving Servant Matthew 18:21-35

Lesson 6 – Concerning Salvation

Most of Protestantism is centered around the ideals of Calvinism, the theology of John Calvin, a Presbyterian who formulated the concept of salvation by faith alone. His doctrine, like the reformation effort of contemporary Martin Luther, was an extreme reaction to the excesses of the Roman Catholic Church, in which salvation is attained through meritorious works. Calvinism went to the opposite extreme and said that man had no responsibility for his salvation. Catholicism and Calvinism are opposite swings of the…