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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 (Listen)

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

(ESV)

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