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  • Gifts Of The Spirit 13: Women Should Remain Silent?! Series

    Contributed by Ewen Huffman on Nov 25, 2004
    based on 50 ratings

    Should women remain silent in church? What is this passage really saying?

    Gifts of the Spirit 13 “Women should remain silent?!”. 1Cor 14:33-40 WBC 28/11/04 am Well- guess who drew the short straw this week? - but it got you all here, eh? - What a way to finish a series on the Gifts of the Spirit! Actually- it IS a good way to finish, as I hope, this morning, more

  • Doesn't It Make Sense To Live Together Before Getting Married?

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jan 7, 2002
    based on 36 ratings

    An examination of some of the major problems that arise when couples ignore God’s guidance and choose to live together before marriage.

    Two Preliminaries: 1. Sex was God’s idea - it is a wonderful gift from Him. 2. God gave us guidance on how to best enjoy this gift. - Genesis 2:24. What Are The Problems With Living Together? 1. Living together doesn’t “divorce-proof” your marriage. - “. . . a recent more

  • Who Is This Man Jesus – Prayer Series

    Contributed by Floyd Johnson on May 4, 2003
    based on 149 ratings

    The sixth in a series looking at the life of Christ, this sermon looks at two prayers that Jesus delivers - the Priestly prayer of John 17 and the Lord’s prayer.

    Intro.: Pastor Joel Smith tells a cute story about his daughter: One night a father heard his young daughter speaking, although she was alone in her room. The door was cracked just enough so that he could see that she was kneeling beside her bed in prayer. Interested to find out what more

  • You Are Plan A. There Is No Plan B Series

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 20, 2005
    based on 17 ratings

    Parallels but not just a rehash of Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life, the LAST 5 chapters. When it comes to reaching people for Christ, God’s plan is YOU. There is no Plan B.

    You Are Plan A. There is No Plan B 1. God’s plans are often beautiful in their simplicity. 2. And we are part of that plan. 3. If you or I were to win one person to Christ, and then each of us won one person to Christ every year, and those folks won one a year, the number of believers more

  • An Exclusive By Inclusive Gospel

    Contributed by Bramwell Hayes on Aug 13, 2005
    based on 4 ratings

    An investigation of how the exclusive claims of Christ mean that the gospel in for all

    Exclusive and Inclusive Intro Originally I had intended to preach on the subject of Christian love, what it is, how we do it, and why we must do it. A nice simple topic. One that would not really upset the apple-cart or offend anybody. However during the later part of last week I have felt more

  • Having The Children Of Your Dreams

    Contributed by Don Hawks on Jun 19, 2002
    based on 24 ratings

    A father’s Day Sermon -- How to be a blessing to your children in order that they may be a blessing to you. Based on Smalley and Trent’s book--The Gift of the Blessing

    Having The Children Of Your Dreams A Fathers’ Day Lesson Pastor Don Hawks (Based on a sermon by Joel Smith on Sermon to Have the Children of Your Dreams) June 16, 2002 Bethany Church THE STORY IS TOLD OF A FATHER OF 5 WHO CAME HOME WITH A TOY, HE SUMMONED HIS CHILDREN more

  • "Visionary Leadership"

    Contributed by Ron Newton on Aug 27, 2003
    based on 54 ratings

    There is a connection between faith and vision and it is the foundation of all spiritual visionary leadership.

    Introduction 1. Quote: .Source: Joel Smith, “A dream without a positive attitude produces a daydreamer. A positive attitude without a dream produces a pleasant person. A dream together with a positive attitude produces a person with unlimited possibilities and more

  • You Are Here Series

    Contributed by Joel Smith on Apr 19, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    You can’t get to where you need to go unless you know where you are.

    Back at the tender age of 19 I landed an assistant manger job at the Radio Shack in Thomasville. As a lifelong Lexington boy I only knew enough about Thomasville to find my way to work. But I didn’t get out much and anything further north than DCCC was unknown territory to me. One day at work I more

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours! Series

    Contributed by Joel Smith on Apr 24, 2009
    based on 6 ratings

    Genuine worship informs the mind about God, inundates the heart with the Spirit, and initiates the body into Christ-likeness.

    On April 21st of last years the Associated Press reported: Another round and amen! Beer was on tap and a mechanical bull inspired the sermon as a new church held its inaugural service in a western Ohio bar. The Country Rock Church drew about 100 people to Sunday night’s meeting at the Pub Lounge more

  • The Father Heart Of God

    Contributed by Joel Smith on Jun 24, 2008
    based on 18 ratings

    If your heart beats like the Father’s, you’ll love lost people too.

    A several summers ago Laura and I witnessed every parent’s nightmare. As we soaked up the sun at Myrtle Beach, enjoying our annual vacation, watching Drake and Anna Gray, who were then still young enough to enjoy just playing in the sand, we noticed a man acting rather strangely. A barely more

  • Have A Scandalous Christmas

    Contributed by Joel Smith on Dec 11, 2008
    based on 8 ratings

    Mary was willing to be scandalized so that God would be glorified.

    Isn’t it amazing how we have sanitized Christmas? Over the centuries we’ve cleaned up the story significantly. Christmas cards bear evidence of this. Most of them depict tinsel, holly, Christmas trees, bells, female angels, and Santa Claus. If they do get around to an image of the real more

  • Everything You've Heard About Christmas Is Wrong

    Contributed by Joel Smith on Dec 18, 2008
    based on 27 ratings

    Exposing the myths of Christmas in a lighthearted way

    As you can see from the title of the sermon this morning, I’m going to attempt to overturn much of what you believed to be true about Christmas. Over the last several years I’ve become convinced that God created me to combat conventional wisdom. Why? Most of the time conventional wisdom is just more

  • A Crash Course In Character Series

    Contributed by Joel Smith on Jan 14, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    God wants to shape your soul to be just like Jesus. Will you cooperate?

    John Ortberg tells of a man in a church he once pastored whom he called Denny. Denny was not a happy man. He had attended church his whole life, but he had never been happy. Even the expression on his face was perpetually negative – so much so that one day a deacon asked him, "Denny, are you more

  • Magnetic Faith Series

    Contributed by Joel Smith on Nov 20, 2008
    based on 3 ratings

    Isaac reveals the ways of winsomeness.

    Last Sunday the congregation of Mount Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan received several unwelcome protesters into their 11:30 AM service. On cue members of a gay rights activists group called Back Bash began disrupting the service. They were attempting to protest the passing of California’s gay more

  • Reason For Hope On The Road Ahead Series

    Contributed by Joel Smith on Jan 1, 2009
    based on 4 ratings

    The road ahead is about to get rocky, but, we have reason for hope.

    It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. It’s 2009 and what makes this new year unique is there’s more reason for pessimism than optimism at what it will bring. Maybe you’ve heard some of the dire predictions about what the near future holds. A couple of weeks ago, economist and more