Posts by John Stephen Smith (Page 3)

Love One Another. Why?

Scripture for today’s sermon: John 13:34-35 LOVE ONE ANOTHER – Romans 12:9-10 WHAT IS LOVE? LOVE IS NOT… – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 CONCLUSION – Jn. 14:15

Keep Growing: Add to Your Faith, Part 2 of 4

  2 Peter 1:5-11 Last week we started out in 2 Peter 1:3-4. Some of us may fail to appreciate what scripture informs us of when it comes to all that we’ve been given “for a godly life.” • Some of us need to go deep and learn these for the first time. • Others of us need to be reminded of what we’ve already learned! Peter says in verses 12-13 – Sometimes I just need to be reminded about…

Friendship

Scripture for today’s sermon: 1 Samuel 18:1-4 A SHARED LOVE A SACRIFICIAL LOVE A SELFLESS LOVE A STRUGGLING LOVE A STRENGTHENING LOVE

Keep Growing, Part 1 of 4

2 Peter 1:5-11 – 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, 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 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, be…

Assurance

Scriptures for today’s sermon: Elijah’s Faith 1 Kings 17-18 Elijah’s Fall 1 Kings 19:1-11 God’s Response 1 Kings 19:12-18

Evangelism

Evangelism—Luke 19:1-10 Scriptures for today’s sermon: Jesus Was Going – Luke 19:1 Jesus Saved The Rich – Luke 19:2 Jesus Tasted Death For Every Man – Hebrews 2:9 Jesus Looked Everywhere – Luke 19:4-5 Jesus Went To A Sinner’s House – Luke 19:5-8

Be The Best You Can Be: The SonShine Principle – Part 3 of 4

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.] In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16 “SonShine is obviously a play on words – a take-off…

Be The Best You Can Be: The Compassion Principle – Part 2 of 4

I have come that you may have life and have it to the full. (more and better life than you ever dreamed of)” John 10:10 The Trait That Made Jesus the Best Above All the Rest! It’s difficult for us to understand how our Lord Jesus Christ could have been 100% man and 100% God at the same time. Yet, because of this, you find, in Christ, every good human and heavenly characteristic known to human beings. He had each…

Be the Best You Can Be: Extra Mile Principal – Part 1 of 4

John 10:10 NKJV The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly. In the Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5) Jesus introduces a new way of living. He introduces them to several contrasts of how things “have been” and what they “will be” under his direction. Here are some of his examples of how his followers will live: They will…

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 4 of 4

If humans, good men, and women, can become our best friends to supply support, respect, positive reinforcement, forgiveness, and unconditional love, think of the level of friendship God as our Friend, can supply! He is not only our Father but our Friend as well. As David said in Psalm 34:15 NKJV The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. Compare Jeremiah 3:4, James 2:23,  Abraham a “friend of God.” WHAT IT…

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 3 of 4

You’re a good, good Father, It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are. And I’m loved by you, It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am. -Songwriters: Anthony Brown and Pat Barrett 1 Corinthians 6:18 – “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters.” Psalm 89:26 – “You are my Father, my God, the Rock, my Savior” WHAT HE MEANS TO ME AS MY GOD,…

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 2 of 4

“My God and I go in the field together. We walk and talk as good friends should and do.” In any relationship that is threatened with separation or lack of closeness, one of the topics to discuss is: How is your communication with one another? For those of us who are married, we know how vital that is, even though we sometimes are resistant to improvement in this area. But as the  song says, “My God and I…we walk and…

Peak of the Week: My God and I – Part 1 of 4

WE WALK TOGETHER My God and I go in the field together, We walk and talk as good friends should and do; We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter, My God and I walk through the meadow’s hue. He tells me of the years that went before me, When heavenly plans were made for me to be, When all was but a dream of dim conception To come to life, earth’s radiant glory see. My God and I…

Peak of the Week: Persist – Part 4 of 4

How We Persist & Persevere Hebrews 12:11-13 NKJV Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Tennis great Bjorn Borg said: “My greatest point is my…