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Chuck Smith (1927 - 2013)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Chuck Smith in text and pdf format. Pastor Chuck was used in the Jesus People revival where he was used along with others to minister to the hippy young people. They saw a work of the Spirit where many were added to the church and discipled. He has raised up many pastors who are a part of the Calvary Chapel movement now and where he pastors the large Costa Mesa church in California.
The Calvary Chapel movement is based of simple principles that Chuck Smith taught over the years such as: The priority of agape love, Simple fellowship amongst the saints, the breaking of bread, the teaching of God's word chapter by chapter and verse by verse. And lastly and most importantly the principle not by might nor by power but by my spirit saith the Lord.
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(People God Uses) 03, Beware of Ambition (Text Transcription)
Scripture: Acts 3:12-13
All right, let’s turn now in our Bibles to Acts 3. And we want to begin tonight at verse 12. We’ve been looking at the characteristics of the men that God used to accomplish His eternal purposes here on earth. We fo ... read more
1. God's Model For The Church
"Upon this rock I will build my church..."
In Calvary Chapel we look to the book of Acts as the model for the church. We believe that church history, for the most part, has been a sad and tragic story of failure. Many horrible thi ... read more
10. The Supremacy Of Love
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
Without love all the gifts and powers of the Holy Spirit are meaningless and worthless. "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, an ... read more
11. Striking The Balance
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
II Timothy 2:15
An important characteristic of Calvary Chapel Fellowships is our desire not to divide God's people over no ... read more
12. Ventures Of Faith
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
It's always an exciting thing to give God a chance to work. God wan ... read more
2. Church Government
"And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,"
We recognize that the New Testament doesn't give a clear definitive statement of God's preference for church government. In Sc ... read more
3. Empowered By The Spirit
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
Another Calvary Chapel distinct ... read more
4. Building The Church God's Way
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."
Another distinctive characteristic of Calvary Chapel is our relaxed casual style. We don't get involved in a lot of spiritual hype. We don't try to motivate peop ... read more
4. Building The Church God's Way
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."
Another distinctive characteristic of Calvary Chapel is our relaxed casual style. We don't get involved in a lot of spiritual hype. We don't try to motivat ... read more
5. Grace Upon Grace
"For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace..."
Calvary Chapel has a distinctive position on the subject of God's grace. We realize that without the grace of God none of us would have a chance. We need the gra ... read more
6. The Priority Of The Word
"Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine."
I Timothy 4:13
Another primary distinctive of Calvary Chapel is our endeavor to declare to people the whole counsel of God. We see this principle illustrated when Paul met ... read more
7. The Centrality Of Jesus Christ
"For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord..."
II Corinthians 4:5
One of the important characteristics of Calvary Chapel is the centrality of Jesus Christ in our worship. We don't allow any practice or behavior that would distract ... read more
8. The Rapture Of The Church
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."
The Rapture refers to that time when Jesus is going to come, without warning, and take away His church from this earth. After ... read more
9. Having Begun In The Spirit
"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit..."
II Corinthians 3:5-6
Calvary Chapel ... read more
After the long night...
It's Time for the Sonrise!
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of ... read more
To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required
I. God's choice of the nation of Israel. "You only have I chosen of all
the families of the earth."
A. God created man that He might have a meaningful loving
relationship with him. He cre ... read more
"WALKING WITH GOD"
Intro: "What doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love
mercy and to walk humbly with thy God?" Our text gives us the
condition necessary to walk with God "Can two walk together
except they be ... read more
"PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD"
Intro: The thought here is to prepare to die and face the judgment of God.
I. NOTICE HOW GOD HAD SOUGHT TO AVERT THE MEETING.
A. He had sent warning judgments.
1. Food shortages.
2 ... read more
I. GOD'S DEALlNG WITH ISRAEL BECOMES PARABLE.
A. "God is not willing that any should perish."
1. He purposely allows events to turn us to Himself.
2. He puts obstacles in our path finally the cross itself.
... read more
"THE CALL OF GOD"
I. GOD HAS A PLAN OF SERVICE FOR EACH OF US.
A. He did not redeem us that --
1. We might be as a beautiful ornament, just filling a
2. His interest in you goes far be ... read more
"THE FAMINE FOR THE WORD OF GOD"
Intro: For years the Bible has been the #1 seller. Yet there is a famine
for the Word of God. Amos a layman, herdsman & fig picker. Prophet
to Israel first message to Damascus - Gaza - Tyre - Edon - Moa ... read more
The Mourning of An Only Son
I. God sent His only begotten Son into the world to redeem the world.
A. Jesus said that He had come to seek and to save, that which was
1. Peter wrote that we are redeemed not wit ... read more
Be An Example
Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with t ... read more
Chuck Smith Quotes
âWisdom is knowing what to do with what you know.â
âSometimes we make the mistake of thinking God uses only 'special' people the strong, the intelligent, the beautiful. We don't think He has a place for the rest of us. We are so wrong!â
â ... read more
Commentary on Judges 15-16
Tonight shall we turn to Judges, the fifteenth chapter? And we pick up on the story of Samson here in chapter fifteen.
The story of Samson begins in the thirteenth chapter of the book of Judges with the announcement to his parents of his birth and then ... read more
Commentary on Psalm 136-150
Shall we turn now our Bibles to Psalm 136. Throughout the one-hundred-and-thirty-sixth psalm, we have the repeated phrase, "For His mercy endureth forever." And this is repeated in each of the verses throughout the entire psalm. And so he begins the psalm ... read more
Commentary on 1 Chronicles 1-11
Shall we turn now to First Chronicles, chapter one, and let's see what. You know, we used to say to our kids they could get juice out of anything when they ate. They could make a cracker so juicy that when they were through it was all over the place. But ... read more
Commentary on 1 Chronicles 12-17
Now in chapter twelve.
These are they which came to David to Ziklag, because he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, the helpers of the war. They were armed with bows, they could use both the right ... read more
Commentary on 1 Chronicles 20-29
And it came to pass, after the year was expired, and the time that the kings go out to battle, Joab led forth the power of the army, and he wasted the country of the children of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. And Joab ... read more
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 1-2
Let's turn to I Corinthians, chapter 1.
Paul introduces himself as the writer with Sosthenes in the first verse.
Paul, called an apostle (1Cr 1:1)
Notice the words to be are in italics. That means that they were added by the translators, and they ... read more
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11
Shall we turn in our Bibles now to I Corinthians 11.
Paul here in the first verse said,
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ (1Cr 11:1).
In the previous verse he spoke about how he was not seeking his own profit, his own glory, but ... read more
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12
Now concerning the spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you be ignorant (1Cr 12:1).
An interesting statement of Paul, because I think that in the church one of the areas where the greatest ignorance does exist today is in the area of spiritual g ... read more
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 13
Let's turn to the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians.
The thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians actually begins with chapter 12. Paul was talking in chapter 12 about the various gifts of the Holy Spirit. How the Holy Spirit manifests Himself through the ... read more
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14
So Paul exhorts,
Follow after love and desire spiritual (1Cr 14:1),
But rather, that you may prophecy. We were told to covet earnestly the best gifts. Now, again, he is saying the same thing,
desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophe ... read more
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15-16
Let's turn to I Corinthians, chapter 15.
The Corinthian church was a real mess. A lot of carnality that led to divisions, a lot of party spirit, a real misunderstanding of the spiritual gifts, a lot of weird concepts. There were some in Corinth who dec ... read more
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 3-4
Let's turn now to I Corinthians, chapter 3.
Beginning with the fourteenth verse of chapter 2, Paul here separates men into three classifications. Starting in chapter 2 with the natural man, the unregenerate man, the man who knows not Jesus Christ. And ... read more
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 5-6
Let's turn in our Bibles now to I Corinthians, chapter 5.
The Corinthian letter of Paul was mainly corrective. The Corinthian church had innumerable problems. Those from the house of Chloe had reported to Paul many of the situations that did exist ther ... read more
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 7-8
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to the seventh chapter of I Corinthians.
The Corinthian church was a mess. There were just a lot of problems, a problem with carnality. There were divisions in the church, some saying that they were of Cephas, or Peter, ... read more
Commentary on 1 Corinthians 9-10
Shall we turn in our Bibles to I Corinthians, chapter 9.
I could do a lot of things I don't do. The reason why I don't do them is I do not want to be an offense unto a weaker brethren and destroy his relationship with God because of my own liberty in C ... read more
Commentary on 1 John 1:1 - 2:11
Shall we turn to 1 John.
Why did John write this epistle? In chapter one, verse four, he tells us, "These things write we unto that your joy may full." So that you might have the fullness of joy. Do you know that God wants your life to be filled with j ... read more
Commentary on 1 John 2:12 - 3:24
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to I John chapter 2. And we'll begin tonight at verse 12 where we left off last Sunday night.
The book of I John is a book of proofs. It isn't what I say; it's what I am. And I can say one thing and do another. What I sa ... read more
Commentary on 1 John 4
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to I John chapter 4. As we go back to verse 24 of chapter 3, the later portion, "Hereby we know that He abides in us by the Spirit which He has given us." I know that God abides in life. How do I know? Because He has given ... read more
Commentary on 1 John 5
Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Messiah is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him (1Jo 5:1).
So I say, "I love Jesus. He is the Messiah. Yes, I'm born again. Oh, and how I love Him." Well, if ... read more
Commentary on 1 Kings 1-4
Tonight let's turn to First Kings beginning with chapter one.
First Kings, of course, is just the continuation of the history of the kings of Judah and Israel. First and Second Samuel are taken up pretty much with the time from Samuel through the reign ... read more
Commentary on 1 Kings 17-22
Let's turn to the First Kings, chapter seventeen.
The seventeenth chapter of First Kings introduces us now to a very interesting character, Elijah the Tishbite, whatever Tishbite means. Now Elijah came from the area of Gilead, which you'd call today Tr ... read more
Commentary on 1 Kings 5-8
So Hiram the king of Tyre when he heard that Solomon was upon the throne in place of his David: for Hiram was always a great admirer of David. And Solomon sent to Hiram, and he said, You know how that David my father could not build a house unto the name ... read more
Commentary on 1 Kings 9-16
First Kings chapter nine as we begin our study in the Word this evening.
At the beginning of Solomon's reign, the Lord appeared unto him while he was in Gibeon, there offering sacrifices unto God. And the Lord basically said to Solomon, "Ask me whateve ... read more
Commentary on 1 Peter 1-2
Tonight let's turn to First Peter chapter one. Of the many disciples that were following Jesus, He chose twelve to be apostles. One of the twelve that was chosen as an apostle was Simon Peter. Simon Peter was by profession a fisherman. He was called by th ... read more
Commentary on 1 Peter 3-5
Shall we turn now to First Peter chapter three as Peter addresses himself to the wives? This particular section goes back to verse thirteen of chapter two,
Submit yourself to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether to king as supreme; gover ... read more
Commentary on 1 Samuel 1-10
This book presents the history, the personal history of Samuel who was the last of the Judges. It ushers in the beginning of the period of the kings in the children of Israel, or among the children of Israel.
There's a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, o ... read more