Sermons by Brent Smith
Pastor Stewart shares how Herod, the religious leaders, and the wise men all knew about Jesus’ birth, but they all had very different responses. Herod hated the Christ, the religious leaders were indifferent, and the wise men recognized and worshipped Him. Which group are you in?
We are starting our new sermon series on the book of Joshua. Joshua was commissioned to lead the Israelites into the promised land after the death of Moses. He was commanded three times in this chapter to be strong and courageous. Though the task was daunting, he was reminded that the Lord was with him, so he only needed to obey in faith.
Jesus came from heaven to earth to save us from our sins. He is God with us: Immanuel. Have you relied solely on Jesus as your salvation? Put your trust in Him and live for Him. See what He will do. For He is God with us. He will not forsake you. He will see you through!
Jesus’ genealogy is full of people who lived messy lives. It reveals to us that we do not need to wait to clean ourselves up before we turn to Jesus because we are incapable to do that cleansing. There’s nothing we can do better than to turn to Jesus and allow Him to do that work we cannot do ourselves. He is more than willing to invite one more nut into the family!
Christians strive to grow and mature in Jesus continually; walking in love, grace, and peace together as we serve Him and remain watchful for His coming.
Through His whole life and ministry, Jesus showed Himself a Friend of Sinners. Forgiveness is found in Him. There’s no amount of sin that His death cannot wipe out.
Christians are called to truly examine whether they are in the faith. A true follower of Christ will show evidence of a transformed life as they walk in a personal relationship with Jesus.
Our prickly problems in life don’t need to be viewed as curses to be removed, but rather blessings to be received as we learn to lean more heavily on Jesus. Our sicknesses are not always a product of sin. Sometimes they are an allowance of God to produce a greater purpose in us.
Christians boast in the fact that we are saved despite our weaknesses. We boast that we have a future and a hope. We boast that though we may blow it day after day and fall short, God will never give up on us.
Paul urges the church to not allow themselves to be put back into the chains of bondage by the Law, but to live in the freedom that Jesus has given us by His death on the cross. In addition, we learn about the suffering that Paul endured for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus didn’t die on a cross to make our lives pleasant in this world. He died to save us from the penalty of sin and bring us…
The Gospel is simple: Christ and nothing less, nothing more, and nothing else. Satan is constantly mixing truth with deception and using false apostles and deceitful workers to lead many astray. Christians must not follow others’ interpretations of the Bible, but to read and know the Word of God for themselves.
The mark of a mature spiritual leader is encouraging and building others up. A mark of an immature spiritual leader is puffing themselves up around other people. A Christian’s life is set on making much of Jesus in every area of our lives rather than living for personal gain.