James Bloice Smith

Foundational Truth (Matthew 7:24-29)

James Bloice Smith, March 17, 2019
Part of the Sermon on the mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

We are saved by grace and not by works, but God has given us good works to do as a result.
We need to repent; faith without repentance is no use, if we carry on doing what we have been doing.
Jesus died not just to break the penalty of sin, but to break its power over us.
We can stand in life's storms by having and keeping God's word.
Build up the muscle of faith in the good times so you can stand in the bad times.

Tags: Faith, Faith, gift of God, Grace, Grace, legalism, standing firm

About James Bloice Smith: James became a Christian as a child and owned it in a new way in his late teens. He studied psychology and biochemistry at Bangor University, teaching at King’s College, London University, and theology at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. He has worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician, in North London as a science teacher and for eight years in student evangelism and discipleship with Agapé. His first pastorate was as assistant minister at Park Road Baptist Church, Peterborough. He has been minister at Headington Baptist Church since 1996. James is married to Marion and has a son, Daniel, who works as an engineer, and a daughter, Naomi, who is a teacher. His interests include people in general, getting into boats whenever possible, the Headington community and ‘fiddling about’-making things and fixing things.
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Matthew 7:24-29

24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (KJV)


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