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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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"WAITING ON GOD"
Intro: The story of Ruth is a beautiful love story of redemption.
I. RUTH'S DESTITUTE CONDITION.
A. Her husband Mahlon had died.
B. Her mother-in-law Naomi had decided to return home to
Bethlehem. ... read more
Intro: The world "Goel" means kinsman redeemer. The word redemption carries with
it the idea of gaining back something lost.
I. THE BIBLE ESTABLISHED THE LAWS OF REDEMPTION, WHICH APPLIED TO A MAN OR HIS LAND.
A. Whenever yo ... read more
Servant Leadership - A Commitment to Holiness
A certain psychologist has written to me because several Calvary Chapel pastors had gone to him
for counseling. He sought to analyze the problems that they were having and the reasons for the
problems. Many of them were marriage problems. Some of ... read more
Song of Solomon 4:16
I. AS A CHRISTIAN, MY LIFE IS "GOD'S GARDEN."
A. His work within my life has one general purpose - fruit.
1. God first broke the soil to prepare it for the seed.
2. He watched the developing plan ... read more
Song of Solomon 6:10
Intro: The Song of Solomon is a love song between the bride and groom as
they declare their desires and longings for each other. There are
many possible interpretations and allegories, one being Christ and
the church. Here we find ... read more
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Part 1)
We are studying the subject of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This will be part one of three parts that we will examine on the subject of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
In Luke 3:16, we read concerning John the Baptist that,
John answered saying u ... read more
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Part 2)
I would like to continue tonight in our study on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. First of all, we will look at the promises of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist said,
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but ... read more
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Part 3)
In our lessons on the subject of the Holy Spirit, we have currently been looking at the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Last time we saw that this experience is often referred to as the gift of the Holy Spirit, or the filling of the Holy Spirit, or the baptis ... read more
The Gift of Discernment
As Paul is listing the various manifestations and gifts of the Spirit for us, in 1 Corinthians 12:10. He tells us, "To another discerning of spirits." There is a spirit world that is just as real as the material world in which we live.
Scientists say ... read more
The Gift of Exhortation
All of the gifts of God are given to us according to His grace. That is, you cannot earn the gift, you cannot merit the gift, or else it would not be a gift. It is something that God has given to us and as a gift it must be received. And so, you have to s ... read more
The Gift of Faith
Paul is talking about the diversities of the gifts of the Spirit and the various manifestations of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:9, as he declares,
To another faith by the same Spirit.
This is the gift or the manifestation of faith.
Now there ar ... read more
The Gift of Giving
In Romans 8 Paul gives us a further listing of the gifts of the Spirit. As believers we have one inlet of power and that is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you" (Acts 1:8 NKJV). And the Holy Spirit i ... read more
The Gift of Governments
Paul tells us that:
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:28)
It is interesting to me t ... read more
The Gift of Helps
Shall we turn in our Bibles to 1 Corinthians 12? Paul is describing the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they operate within the church. He then likens it to a body, which is one, and yet has many members or many parts. Although there are many parts, it is onl ... read more
The Gift of Miracles
In 1 Corinthians 12:10, as Paul is continuing the list of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, he speaks about how the Spirit divides to each one of us severally as He wills of those gifts or manifestations. In verse 10 he sa ... read more
The Gift of Prophecy
We are looking at the manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they are listed in 1 Corinthians 12. Paul speaks of the gift of prophecy. Now we realize immediately that the gift of prophecy is not something new to the New Testament, but that the ... read more
The Gift of Showing Mercy
As we continue our study on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we will look at Romans 12:8 where Paul talks about the gift of showing mercy. Now right off the top, we should note that we need to show mercy. Whether we have the gift of showing mercy or not, as ... read more
The Gift of Teaching
In 1 Corinthians 12:28, Paul says,
Now God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers.
We are looking at the gift of teaching. As Paul was writing to the Ephesians concerning the ministry gifts within the chu ... read more
The Gift of Tongues (Part 1)
In this lesson we come to the gift of speaking in tongues. And of all of the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit, this is by far the most controversial. Theological debates really heat up when you get the subject of speaking in tongues. It seems a ... read more
The Gift of Tongues (Part 2)
In this lesson we will be looking at 1 Corinthians 12, 13, and 14 (but mainly chapter 14), as we continue this very controversial subject of speaking in other tongues.
The question arises, "Is speaking in tongues for everybody?" In chapter 12, after Pa ... read more
The Gift of Tongues (Part 3)
First Corinthians 14 mentions speaking in an unknown tongue several times. The Greek word is glossa, which means tongue. The word unknown is added by the translators and it is correct according to the context. It is speaking in a tongue that the speaker h ... read more
The Holy Spirit in the World
Regarding the subject of the Holy Spirit, C. H. Spurgeon said,
I believe, brethren, that whenever the church of God declines, one of the most effectual ways of reviving her is to preach much truth concerning the Holy Spirit. After all, He is the very ... read more
The Holy Spirit: Restrainer of Evil
Last week we talked about the work of the Holy Spirit in the world and the convicting of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment in drawing men to Jesus Christ. Tonight we wish to continue the subject of the work of the Holy Spirit in the world, as we see ... read more
The Person of the Holy Spirit
Jesus is about ready to go to the cross to be crucified. He is in the final sessions with His disciples who are deeply disturbed by His words as He speaks about going away. But in John 14 He said,
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you anoth ... read more
Death to the Christian is so different than to the non-Christian that it's incorrect even to use the same term. For the Christian death is really a transition.
Paul said, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain I am in a strait betwixt two, hav ... read more
The Word of Knowledge
We would like to continue our study on the subject of the Holy Spirit. Presently we are dealing with the manifestations of the Holy Spirit as they are recorded in the first section in 1 Corinthians 12, where Paul gives us a partial listing. We will go ove ... read more
The Word of Wisdom
1 Corinthians 12:7 says,
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
If the Spirit of God is dwelling in your life, it will be manifested in many different ways. We have discussed how having the Holy Spirit in you is ... read more
Third Person of the Trinity
It is the purpose of this series of studies to bring you into a close, intimate, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. Our study last Thursday night dealt with the person of the Holy Spirit showing that, from the Scriptures, He has all the character ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 10-12
Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah (Gen 10:1),
And as we get into chapter ten, this chapter has been called the "Table of Nations". And here you have the beginning of all of the various nations of the world, the various ethnic groups wit ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 13-14
Thirteenth chapter of the book of Genesis. In chapter twelve, we find that Abraham had gone down into Egypt because of the famine. And there as the result of a lack of faith and trust in God to take care of him, he had Sarai pass herself off as his sister ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 15-18
Now after these things (Gen 15:1)
That is, after the battle against these kings, after the meeting of Melchizedek, after the refusal of taking the reward and so forth from the king of Sodom.
the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 19-20
Chapter nineteen of the book of Genesis deals with the destruction of the city of Sodom. The Lord came to Abraham and informed him of the fact that because of the wickedness of Sodom, it was necessary for the judgment of God to come. Abraham pleaded with ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 1:1-8
Shall we now turn in our Bibles to Genesis chapter one, verse one?
The word Genesis in Hebrew means "beginning." And so, it is "the book of the beginnings", and in Genesis we find the beginning of the universe, first of all, and then the beginning of t ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 1:9-31
Now on the third day,
God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters he called the Seas: and God saw ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 2-3
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 21-23
Now the LORD visited Sarah as he had said (Gen 21:1),
I like this.
and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken (Gen 21:1).
I like that, "as He had said, and as He had spoken." I've got that underlined that just sort of hit me. "The Lord visited ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 24-26
And Abraham was old, and well-stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh (Gen 24:1-2):
So Abraham is ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 27-28
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to Genesis chapter twenty-seven?
Now it came to pass, when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 29-31
Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east. And he looked, behold there was a well in the field, and, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upo ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 32-36
Shall we turn in our Bibles to Genesis chapter thirty-two?
Now in the thirty-first chapter we had the parting of Laban, Jacob's uncle as he kisses his grandchildren goodbye, as he sets up the stone and as he gives a heavy-duty charge to Jacob saying, ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 37-38
Genesis chapter thirty-seven.
And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. And these are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers; and the lad was with ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 39-41
Now we get back in chapter thirty-nine to the story again. This is just a little interlude and it is just sort of a parenthetical-kind of a thing thrown in and now we get back to Joseph.
Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, a eunuch of Phara ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 4-5
Lets turn to Genesis Chapter four.
Adam and Eve have been expelled from the Garden of Eden because of their disobedience to God.
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord (Gen 4:1).
... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 42-46
The Pharaoh in Egypt had had two dreams with similarities because they had one interpretation. The first dream involved the seven fat cows grazing by the river and seven lean cows rising up and eating up the fat cows and still being lean. And then a wheat ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 47-50
Shall we turn in our Bibles now to the forty-seventh chapter of Genesis?
Joseph has been sold by his brothers as a slave to the traders going to Egypt. In Egypt he is resold and purchased by a man named Potiphar who was the chief captain of the Pharaoh ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 6-7
It came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took unto them wives of all which they chose. And the LO ... read more
Through the Bible - Genesis 8-9
The eighth chapter begins with the words,
And God remembered Noah (Gen 8:1),
Let me tell you this, God never forgot him. It is important that we realize that in the Bible, there are terms that are used for God that are anthropomorphic type terms; in ... read more
Two False Doctines Shepherding or Dictatorship? and Christian "Possession"
Paul the apostle exhorted both Timothy and Titus about sound doctrine. To Timothy he said:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ... read more
What Does God Require of Me?
David said in Psalm 19:
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. (v. 1-3)
Go ... read more
"REJOICING IN THE LORD"
Intro: The prophet is looking ahead to a time yet future when the nation
of Israel is restored to full fellowship with God. He states two
principles always true of those who walk with God.
I. "THEIR HEART SHAL ... read more