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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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Commentary on Luke 19
Now Jesus has entered into Jericho (Luk 19:1).
And as He is passing through the city,
Behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans (Luk 19:2),
The city of Jericho was an oasis. It was a resort town; it was the ... read more
Commentary on Luke 2
Now it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And the taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syra.) And all went to be taxed, every one to his own city. And Joseph a ... read more
Commentary on Luke 20-21
We are in the final week of the life of Jesus. He is now in Jerusalem. This is the week in which pilgrims are coming from all over the world to celebrate the Feast of the Passover. He has made His triumphant entry, that is on Sunday. He was officially rej ... read more
Commentary on Luke 22
Luke's gospel, chapter 22.
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover (Luk 22:1).
The Feast of Unleavened Bread actually was for six days, from the fifteenth of Nizan to the twenty-first. However, the fifteenth of Niza ... read more
Commentary on Luke 23-24
And the whole multitude of them arose, and they led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ [or the Messiah,] a king ( ... read more
Commentary on Luke 3-4
Shall we turn to Luke's gospel chapter 3.
As Luke begins the third chapter, he is giving you the date of the beginning of the ministry of John the Baptist, and he uses no less than six historic references points to tell you when John began his ministry ... read more
Commentary on Luke 5-6
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to Luke's gospel chapter 5.
The popularity of the ministry of Jesus is growing. Word is being spread around of the miracles that are being wrought by Him, and now wherever He goes people are beginning to jostle and shove ... read more
Commentary on Luke 7-8
Let's turn now in our Bibles to Luke's gospel, chapter 7. At this point in Luke's gospel he is going to give us series of events, miracles that transpired in the life of Jesus.
When he ended these sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into ... read more
Commentary on Luke 9-10
Let's turn in our Bibles to the gospel according to Luke, chapter 9.
Luke here records the sending of the twelve to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. This is not to be confused with the time that He sent out the seventy. We will get that ... read more
Commentary on Malachi 1-4
Now let's turn to Malachi, the final word of God in the Old Testament period. God's final message before the coming of Jesus Christ.
Who Malachi was, where he came from, we know nothing. Some believe that the name of Malachi was just an assumed name, n ... read more
Commentary on Mark 1
Let's turn to Mark's gospel.
Mark was a young man when Jesus was crucified, perhaps about twelve years old. So, the gospel that he writes is considered to be the understanding that he received from listening to Peter relate the stories of Jesus Christ. ... read more
Commentary on Mark 10-11
Mark's gospel chapter 10:
And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he wont [was accustomed], he taught them again (Mar 10:1).
Now, Jesus is leaving the ... read more
Commentary on Mark 12
Mark's gospel, chapter 12.
Now we remember that Jesus is in the temple. This is the day after He had cleansed it again. It is on Tuesday. It is His final week. Sunday He had made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the donkey. Monday He came in and ... read more
Commentary on Mark 13
Mark's gospel chapter 13.
And as he [Jesus] went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! (Mar 13:1)
Referring to the great temple in Jerusalem that was started in the yea ... read more
Commentary on Mark 14
After two days was the feast of the passover (Mar 14:1),
Now, we have followed and traced Jesus in Mark's gospel through Sunday, His triumphant entry. Monday, when He came back to the temple and cleansed it. And Tuesday, when He came back again and fie ... read more
Commentary on Mark 15-16
Let's turn to Mark's gospel chapter 15.
Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane in the evening or late night, and immediately brought before Caiaphas the high priest and some of the rulers where they held an illegal night tribunal. And they trie ... read more
Commentary on Mark 2-3
And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house (Mar 2:1).
So, word went around Jesus is in the house over there.
And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to ... read more
Commentary on Mark 4-5
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to the gospel according to Mark, chapter 4.
Beginning in chapter 4, we have the beginning of the ministry of Christ in parables. There is often times a mistaken opinion as to the reason why Jesus went to parables. The pu ... read more
Commentary on Mark 6-7
Shall we turn to Mark's gospel, chapter 6.
Jesus had been in the city of Capernaum there on the northern part of the Sea of Galilee. And He has just brought back to life the daughter of Jairus, one of the rulers of the synagogue there in Capernaum. Now ... read more
Commentary on Mark 8-9
Let's turn now in our Bibles to Mark's gospel, chapter 8.
Now, Mark has already told us how that Jesus fed five thousand men beside the women and children with five loaves and two fish. Now we find a second miracle of the multiplying of the food in ord ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 1-4
Let's get into the Gospel According To Matthew.
Matthew was a tax collector in Capernaum before he was called by Jesus Christ to be a disciple. He was also called Levi. And he opens his gospel by giving to us the genealogy of Jesus Christ back to Abrah ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 10-11
Shall we turn now in our bibles to the tenth chapter of the gospel of Matthew?
In the beginning of the tenth chapter we find Christ sending His disciples out, telling them to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. But in the fact that He is sendi ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 12
Shall we turn to the twelfth chapter of the gospel of Matthew?
Jesus was not one to follow traditions. He's already pointed out in the Sermon on the Mount, that through their interpretation of the law, they have thoroughly disallowed the law, for the p ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 13
Now as we enter into the thirteenth chapter, we come into the area of the parables that deal with the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. And in these we have more or less a key to all parables.
And years ago when I was in seminary I had a very smart p ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 14-15
And at that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus. And he said to his servants, This is John the Baptist; he's risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do show forth themselves in him. For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, an ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 16
The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came [And now they are seeking to trap Him], and they desire that he would show them a sign from heaven. And he answered and said unto them: When it is evening, you say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. An ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 17
Let's turn now in our Bibles to Matthew chapter seventeen. The seventeenth chapter of Matthew actually begins with the twenty-eighth verse of the sixteenth chapter. It's unfortunate that the men who divided the Bible into chapters and verses made the chap ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 18-19
Now at the same time there came disciples to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? (Mat 18:1)
Oh, boy how they longed for this. You're talking about motivation, and the disciples were not pure in their motivations. They were alwa ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 20-22
Shall we turn to Matthew's gospel chapter twenty, and continue our book-by-book study through the Word of God? Matthew chapter twenty opens with the parable of the laborers going out into the vineyard.
And Jesus said,
For the kingdom of heaven is li ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 23-24
Matthew's gospel twenty-three. Jesus has been at the temple and He was challenged as to His authority by these priests, and then He was asked questions by the scribes, the Pharisees, the Sadducees. And then Jesus finally asked them a question. "What do yo ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 25-26
Shall we turn now to Matthew's gospel chapter twenty-five? In the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew's gospel the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him what would be the signs that would precede the destruction of the temple, and then the signs of thy comin ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 27-28
This time shall we turn in our Bibles to Matthew's gospel chapter twenty-seven? In the twenty-sixth chapter we left Jesus before the high priest, the Sanhedrin, and Peter had just outside of this group denied his Lord. And at this moment he is out somewhe ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 5
Tonight we have the Sermon on the Mount, what a fantastic portion of scripture. Matthew five,
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he has sat down, his disciples came unto him: and he opened his mouth, and he taught them, say ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 6
Tonight let's take a look at Matthew, chapter six. We are in the section of the book of Matthew that is commonly called the Sermon on the Mount because it was delivered to the disciples of Jesus on the mountainside there above the Sea of Galilee. "Seeing ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 7
I believe that it goes without saying that Jesus Christ was certainly the greatest teacher who ever lived and it is interesting to study his teaching habits. And He used the method of declaring a principle, amplifying it and then illustrating it. He decla ... read more
Commentary on Matthew 8-9
Let's turn to Matthew's gospel chapter eight. The fifth chapter of Matthew begins "And seeing the multitude, he went into a mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying," (Matthew 5:1-2) ... read more
Commentary on Micah 1-7
Shall we turn now to the book of Micah.
As is the very typical opening of most of the books of the prophets,
The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, which he saw concernin ... read more
Commentary on Nahum 1-3
Tonight, let's turn now to the book of Nahum. Again, just three chapters long and they're even short chapters. So, we should have a relatively short Bible study tonight in Nahum.
He introduces the subject of the prophecy in the first verse and that is: ... read more
Commentary on Nehemiah 1-7
Let's turn to Nehemiah for our study this evening.
Nehemiah introduces himself in the first verse of chapter 1 and the date of the writing of his prophecy, the twentieth year of Artaxerxes, which was the stepson of Queen Esther. So the book of Esther, ... read more
Commentary on Nehemiah 8-13
Shall we turn at this time in our Bibles to Nehemiah chapter 8.
Nehemiah has returned to Jerusalem some ninety years after the first return. Some 160 years from the beginning of the Babylonian captivity. Babylon has been overthrown by the Medo-Persian ... read more
Commentary on Numbers 1-10
This time lets turn to the book of Numbers, so called because twice in the book the children of Israel were numbered. Once at the beginning of their forty years of wandering in the wilderness and then at their coming of the place of entering into the Prom ... read more
Commentary on Numbers 11-20
This time let's turn to Numbers chapter eleven.
In reading Numbers eleven through twenty, I see a pattern emerging, a pattern of chronic complaining, as the people are now complaining against the Lord. Inasmuch as God is in control of the circumstances ... read more
Commentary on Numbers 21-28
Let's turn in our Bibles to Numbers chapter twenty-one.
Now the children of Israel have been in the wilderness for about thirty-nine years and they are now beginning to make their move towards the Promised Land. We're coming down to the end of this lon ... read more
Commentary on Numbers 29-36
Let's turn in our Bible to Numbers chapter twenty-nine.
Beginning in chapter twenty-eight, Moses gave to them the various sacrifices that were to be offered every day, and then the sacrifices that were to be offered on the Sabbath day, the extra sacrif ... read more
Commentary on Obadiah & Jonah
Tonight shall we turn now to Obadiah.
Who Obadiah was, or where he came from, when he prophesied, nobody knows for sure. There have been a lot of guesses as to who Obadiah actually was, but they are all just guesses.
It is amazing how much men can s ... read more
Commentary on Philemon
Tonight let's turn to Philemon. Philemon was written by Paul the apostle unto the man whose name is Philemon who lived in Colossi. This letter was written at the same time that Paul wrote the Colossian epistle. When Paul wrote the Colossian epistle, he ma ... read more
Commentary on Philippians 1
Now, that we might continue to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, let us turn to Philippians 1.
Paul the apostle was arrested in Jerusalem, held in prison in Caesarea for two years until he appealed to Caesar and was brought as a prisoner to ... read more
Commentary on Philippians 2
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if [there is] any comfort of love, if [there is] any fellowship of the Spirit, if [there is] any bowels [compassion] and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one ... read more
Commentary on Philippians 3-4
Shall we turn now in our Bibles to Philippians 3.
Again, remember that the background of this epistle, Paul is chained to a Roman soldier in Rome, in prison, writing to the Philippians. The keynote of the epistle is rejoice, and he said,
Finally, my ... read more
Commentary on Proverbs 1-5
Shall we turn in our Bibles tonight to Proverbs, chapter 1. The first six verses are sort of a preface to the book, as authors many times write a preface to their work.
The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, the king of Israel (Pro 1:1);
When Sol ... read more