Posts by John Stephen Smith (Page 2)

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…

Forgive One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon:  Investigate the Theology of Forgiveness Ephesians 4:32, 1:7 1 John 1:9; Follow the Thread of Forgiveness! Matthew 6:9-13 1 John 1:8, 10 Romans. 3:23; 6:23; 7:14-25 Benefit from the Examples of Forgiveness John 13:15 1 Corinthians 11:1 1 Peter 2:21! Psalm 103:12

Serve One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon:  WORD STUDY Matthew 20:25-28 John 12:23-26 Galatians 5:1, 13 ULTIMATE FREEDOM IN SERVING ONE ANOTHER Galatians 5:13 Hebrews 10:4 John 8:32-36 SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING SERVING ONE ANOTHER Galatians 5:13 1 Peter 2:1-2 THE UNIVERSAL EXPRESSION SERVING ONE ANOTHER Galatians 5:13 1 John 3:16-18 1 Peter 3:15

Lesson 5 – Work of the Church of Christ

It is easy to see that the work of most denominations is infected with the social gospel ideals of serving the felt needs of the whole man, rather than focusing upon the true needs of his spirit. The New Testament epistles and the book of the Acts of the Apostles gives modern man a pattern for the scope and limitations of the church’s work, showing us those that things that are authorized and those that are human innovations. The work…

Reset: Sharing Your Faith, Part 4 of 4

We Praise God to worship him, to be strengthened spiritually, and to make Him known! 1 Corinthians 14:26 – “What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.” 1 Corinthians 14:24: “But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets…

Admonish One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon:  1 Corinthians 1:18-31 – 18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,     and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the…

Lesson 4 – Organization of Church of Christ

Lesson 4: The Catholic Church is famous for its worldwide hierarchy which peaks in the office of “Pope,” a seat fully unknown to Peter or any of the other apostles who walked with Jesus. Protestantism has generally erected a similar type of organization in which local congregations forfeit their scriptural autonomy to leaders with power over regions or the whole. Any church that follows the New Testament, however, will respect the pattern for organization and governing found in God’s will. When there were no denominations during the writing of the New Testament, every…

Reset: Worship, Part 3 of 4

The English word “worship” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “worth-ship,” which refers to extolling the praises of God because he’s worthy of our praise! Why do we worship? He is A_____________________! 2 Samuel 22:4 – “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.” Note: 1 Chronicles 16:25; Psalm 18:3; 48:1; 96:4; 145:3 Revelation 5:12 – “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength…

Lesson 3 – Undenominational Nature of the Church of Christ – “Is Christ divided?”

Lesson 3:  In the first century, not a single denomination existed among Christians anywhere. There existed only the church that Jesus built, with her individual members assembled in local congregations. Denominationalism began to rise during the Protestant Reformation and today there are hundreds of major sects. Because this division is not authorized in the New Testament, it is not a proper state for Christ’s church. The church of Christ today endeavors to foster unity under no creed but the Bible…

Edify One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon:  1 Thessalonians 5:11 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO EDIFY THE PRACTICES OF BUILDING UP ONE ANOTHER: Hebrews 10:24-25 OUR THREE RESPONSES TO THE SOURCE OF LIFE: “Let us draw near.” “Let us hold fast.” “Let us keep gathering together.”

Reset: Prayer, Part 2 of 4

Steps to reset your life in the Word: 1. Find a A________________ to get into the Word – and be consistent. Make it an appointment you’ll keep and guard jealously. 2. Find a B_________________, or several places, where you can get alone and stay focused. 3. Eliminate C___________________. Spend twenty to thirty focused minutes alone with God letting his word speak into your life. 4. Take D____________________. Keep a journal and write down insights. 5. Start and end with E_________________________.…

Lesson 2 – Recognition of Bible Authority

Lesson 2: The authority of God in men’s lives has always been an important principle, but one just as often neglected or ignored. Bible authority for the church and its individual members is established on the pages of the New Testament, but many important lessons can be gleaned from an examination of the Old Testament as well. Bible Authority in the Old Testament A classic lesson is learned from God’s command to Noah to build the ark. The Lord specified…

Live In Harmony with One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon: 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.[a] Never be wise in your own sight. – Romans 12:16 – BACKGROUND FOR ROMANS Acts 2 THE CHURCH IN NEED OF HARMONY Romans 12:16, 18 Romans 3:23 Romans 4:23–25 Romans 5:12–21 Romans 6:1 THE CHURCH LIVING IN HARMONY Romans 12:1 Rom 14:17–18 Rom 8:1–11

Reset: Bible Study, Part 1 of 4

“…train yourself to be godly.” 1 Timothy 4:7 Godliness doesn’t simply happen. You don’t become a Christian, and the next day, demonstrate all of the attributes of a godly life…It takes training. The goal at the end of the year, the decade, is that I’m stronger, wiser, more discerning, I have deeper intimacy with God, I’ve grown in Christlikeness, and I’m starting to see others come to Christ through my life. Back to Basics: Why I need to read the bible…

Honor Others Above Yourself

  Scripture for today’s sermon: John 1:1-3, 14 – 1  In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[a] from the Father, full of grace and truth. THE SERVANT MIND Philippians 2:7 Matthew 20:26 SYMPATHIZING MIND Philippians 2:7 Hebrews 2:16-18 2…

Lesson 1 – Founding of the Church of Christ

Lesson 1 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Toward the end of Christ’s earthly ministry, he made this prediction that he would build the church of Christ. It had not yet been established when he spoke thus but was certain to be built nonetheless. Founder In examining denominations, it is seldom difficult to discern just…

Keep Growing: Benefits & Blessings, Part 4 of 4

2 Peter 1:5-11 – “…make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” Some of you may read that; you may think about that list and think to yourself – “Wow, many of those are out-of-reach for me. Critical to taking all of this in is a needed reminder that we don’t develop these…

Bear One Another’s Burdens

Scripture for today’s sermon: Galatians 6:2 – English Standard Version – 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. PAUL IS TALKING ABOUT SIN, NOT SAND Galatians 6:1 James 5:19-20 Jude 1:22-23 PAUL IS TALKING ABOUT LAW, NOT SUGGESTION Matthew 22:37-40 John 13:34-35 PAUL IS TALKING ABOUT EXAMPLE John 19:17 1 John 4:7-11

Keep Growing: Add to Your Faith, Part 3 of 4

2 Peter 1:5-11 – 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[a] and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities[b] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers,[c] be all the more…