Sermons by Alan Smith (Page 3)

Scapegoat (Leviticus)

This morning, as we continue to work our way through the Bible, we come to the book of Leviticus.  Leviticus used to be the very first book that Jewish children studied in the synagogue.  For Christians, though, Leviticus tends to be one of the last books we study.             I think a lot of us…

Law (Exodus 19-40)

Let me ask you, “How do you feel about laws?” And, most likely, your answer will depend on some past experience. If you’re like Joey and you’ve had to deal with permits and inspections and engineers just to build a barn that you could build…

God’s Covenant With Abraham (Genesis 12-50)

Most everyone knows that the Bible is divided into two parts – the Old Testament and the New Testament. But you may have wondered where that word “testament” comes from. It comes from several passages in the King James Version of the Bible. But the Greek word that’s used there is actually better translated as “covenant”…

Why God Created Humans (Genesis 1-11)

This morning, we begin our series, “Exploring the Bible” and to quote Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.  When you read you begin with A-B-C, when you sing you begin with Do-Re-Mi.”  And when you read your Bible, you begin with Genesis. …

Why the Old Testament is Important

Today is the last Sunday we will all meet together for worship in 2019 and next Sunday morning, we begin a brand-new year together.  And I don’t know what your New Year’s resolutions may be for the coming year, but I hope they include a resolution to spend more time in worship and study of…

Kinsman-Redeemer

This morning, we conclude our series on the Christmas story and the book of Ruth, and we’re seeing how the book of Ruth, even though it is in the Old Testament, has many similarities to Christmas story, the birth of Jesus.  In week one, we saw how this is the story of a young woman…

A Righteous Man

This morning is the second in our series on the Christmas story and the book of Ruth.  We’re walking our way through the book of Ruth and seeing how God used the people and the events of this book to prepare the way for the coming of Christ.  For example, last week we saw that…

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Most of you are probably aware that our country is deeply divided, and I don’t know if there is any hope of reconciliation.  I’m not talking about the division between Republicans and Democrats.  I’m not talking about the ways that different races are divided in our country today.  I’m talking about something much deeper than…

Baptism: A Believer’s Wedding Ceremony

            There’s a TV show that first came on decades ago that is currently having a comeback – “Kids Say the Darndest Things”.  Art Linkletter hosted the first version, Bill Cosby hosted the second version, and now Tiffany Haddish is hosting the third version.  And I enjoy watching that show, because it’s so true.  You…