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Jared Smith, Sermons

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Sermon—“Death Is No More A Frightful Foe”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Highlighting the subject and theme of the hymn—Death, an encouragement to the Lord’s people in prospect of their departure from this world
• Examining the teachings of Philippians 1:21, upon which the hymn is based—“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
• Making three observations upon the first clause of the verse—(1) the essence of the believer’s life; (2) the object of the believer’s life; (3) the motivation of the believer’s life
• Explaining the last clause of the verse, in light of the foregoing observations
• Outlining the six stanzas of the hymn, each of which suggest a reason why the believer should not fear death
• Stanza 1: The Frightful Foe Of Death? So What, I Shall Reign With Christ!
• Stanza 2: The Ominous Spirit Of Fear? So What, I Shall Know It No More!
• Stanza 3: The Vile Corruption Of The Soul? So What, I Shall Be Freed From Sin!
• Stanza 4: The Regretful Inworkings Of Chastisement? So What, I Shall Wear An Everlasting Crown!
• Stanza 5: The Painful Sufferings Of Sorrow? So What, I Shall Exchange It For Joy!
• Stanza 6: The Unhealthy Attachments Of Worldly Affections? So What, I Shall Dwell Where Jesus Is!

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Sermon—“How Do I Share The Gospel: Beware Of Persecution”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Explaining why the circumstances in which a believer lives, determines how he/she shares the gospel
• Highlighting the three main parts of Peter’s counsel in 1 Peter 3:13-17
• A twofold statement on the possibility of suffering persecution, verses 13,14 and 16,17
• A single statement on the priority of sharing the gospel, verse 15
• Encouraging the believer to rejoice if he/she is counted worthy to suffer for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ
• Encouraging the believer to live godly in Christ Jesus in the midst of his/her persecution
• Highlighting the four main branches of sharing the gospel
• First, the content of our gospel witness—”Be ready always to give an answer [of] a reason of the hope that is in you.”
• Second, the timing and recipients of our gospel witness—”To every man that asketh you.”
• Third, the method of our gospel witness—”With meekness and fear:”
• Fourth, the motive that drives our gospel witness—”But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts.”

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Sermon—“Keep Silence All Created Things”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Highlighting the subject and theme of the hymn—God providentially governs all things and events, according to His decree from eternity
• Examining the decree of God as it aligns with the framework of sovereign grace
• Exploring the four stanzas of the hymn, showing how each stanza calls attention to a particular aspect of God’s decree and the believer’s response to it
• Stanza 1: God’s decree is majestic—we sing to the Lord, rather than fuss against Him
• Stanza 2: God’s decree is comprehensive—we trust in the Lord, rather than despair in our distresses
• Stanza 3: God’s decree is mysterious—we resign ourselves to the Lord, rather than contend against Him
• Stanza 4: God’s decree is personal—we draw near to the Lord, rather than distancing ourselves from Him

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Sermon—“How Is The Gospel Made Effective?”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Showing how the gospel’s definition determines its effectiveness
• Exploring how God the Father makes the gospel effective according to His electing love—it is not by the sinner’s will
• Exploring how God the Son makes the gospel effective according to His redeeming grace—it is not by the sinner’s works
• Exploring how God the Spirit makes the gospel effective according to His sanctifying power—it is not by the sinner’s faith and repentance, or the preacher’s desperate appeals
• Affirming a full and free gospel—the Father electing His people according to the good pleasure of His will, the Son redeeming His people according to the good pleasure of His will and the Spirit sanctifying His people according to the good pleasure of His will; and all of it made effective to the praise of the glory of Jehovah’s grace

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Sermon—“My Rule Of Conduct”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Providing a rudimentary sketch of the historic controversy over the rule of conduct for a believer’s life
• Siding with the basic conclusions of Agricola, Huntington and Gadsby—the gospel law is the rule of conduct for the believer’s life
• An explanation of Jared’s view on why the gospel law is the rule of conduct for the believer’s life
• Every “law” is confined to the jurisdiction of a covenant—henceforth, the “law” which governs a person’s life is determined by the covenant under which he/she is subject
• The heart law is under the jurisdiction of the covenant of works, which is binding upon all unregenerate sinners
• The moral law (ten commandments) is under the jurisdiction of the Mosaic Covenant, which was binding upon the Jewish people as a nation (Moses, 1491 BC – Destruction Of Jerusalem, AD 70)
• The gospel law is under the jurisdiction of the covenant of grace, which is binding upon all regenerate sinners
• Conclusions: (1) The moral law (ten commandments) is binding upon no one today; (2) The heart law is binding upon the unregenerate; (3) The gospel law is binding upon the regenerate

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Sermon—“What Is The Gospel?”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Examining the definitions for the gospel given by Steven Lawson, R. C. Sproul, John Piper and Mark Dever
• Explaining why the foregoing definitions are either incomplete, or inaccurate
• Examining the meaning of the term ‘gospel’ and its occurrence in the New Testament
• Showing how the gospel is inseparably connected with the gracious covenant
• Framing a definition for the gospel based on the teachings of 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 14:13 and 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14
• Comparing the definition of the gospel with the characteristics of the gospel as recorded in Acts 20:24; Ephesians 1:13; 3:6; 6:15; 1 Timothy 1:11; 2 Timothy 1:8; Revelation 14:6

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Sermon—“Seek Thy Servant”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Highlighting the twofold confession and single petition of David in Psalm 119:176
• Explaining the first of two Calvinistic views of Regeneration—the sinful nature itself is regenerated, with a new principle of life implanted therein; from this view the doctrine of ‘Progressive Sanctification’ is derived, which brings the believer under the yoke of rules and regulations; it is characterized by legalism and pharisaism, as the believer attempts to live godly in Christ Jesus under the heart law
• Explaining the second of two Calvinistic views of Regeneration—the soul itself is regenerated, with a righteous nature imparted, entirely separate from the sinful nature; from this view the doctrine of ‘Growing in Grace’ is derived, which brings the believer under the yoke of Christ; it is characterized by liberty and freedom, as the believer endeavors to live godly in Christ Jesus under the gospel law
• Showing how Psalm 119:176 affirms the second of the two Calvinist views of Regeneration

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Sermon—“When Does The Gospel Begin?”

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The regular series of studies on the book of Genesis will resume in September.
Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Setting forth the view of Phil Johnson, that the gospel begins with bad news
• Explaining why the gospel does not begin with bad news, nor does it begin with the redeeming grace of Christ
• Showing when the gospel begins historically
• Showing when the gospel begins eternally
• Showing when the gospel begins covenantally
• Showing when the gospel begins experientially
• Showing when the gospel begins evangelically

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Sermon—“Petition For Deliverance”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Reviewing the main structure of Psalm 119:169-176
• Highlighting the main structure of Psalm 119:173-176—a twofold statement on a petition for help, and a twofold statement on a confession of hope
• Explaining the connection between the ‘hand’ and ‘judgments’ of the Lord helping His people
• Aligning this petition for deliverance with the framework of sovereign grace
• Explaining how the terms ‘precepts’, ‘law’ and ‘commandments’ refer to the gospel law under the authority of the gracious covenant, rather than the heart law under the authority of the covenant works, or the ten commandments under the authority of the Mosaic covenant

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Sermon—“The Fear Of Jehovah”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• Highlighting the four main parts of Proverbs 16:5,6—a twofold statement on the nature of the human race; a twofold statement on the certainty of judgment
• Underscoring the distinguishing marks of the non-elect
• Underscoring the distinguishing marks of the elect
• Underscoring the certain judgment of God upon the non-elect
• Underscoring the certain judgment of God upon Christ, on behalf of the elect
• Aligning the teachings of Proverbs 16:5,6 with the framework of sovereign grace
• Showing how the non-elect and the elect are to fear the Lord—the one are to fear Him as a criminal the judge, the other are to fear Him as a child the father

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