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The Gospel and Coming Judgment

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Our church has never been ashamed of the greatest scriptural, yet controversial truth, which reveals God's real intentions for the human race. Nor are we afraid to remain faithful to the controversial gospel message of repentance, water baptism and spirit baptism = salvation. Many are falling victim to the pressures of 'Political Correctness' and are more interested in promoting short-sighted religious/social issues, rather than spiritually beneficial truths.

The Bible...Directory of Life

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The Bible is much more than a religious book of writings... it is the inspired thoughts and directions of God in written format. It is available to all, not just a select group. Better still, it works for all those who apply its directions.

Cast Your Bread on the Waters

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

We don't know the details of our future outside of our salvation, but chance and uncertainty are ever before us. We are given simple scriptural instructions on how to act... no matter what is happening.

Dusty Feet

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

It is very interesting that the Lord would use the simple subject of our feet, to reveal some very interesting, Spiritual points. The following scriptures and comments reveal the insight that can be gained by studying specific metaphors contained in God's Word. God equates the natural use of our feet with our walk in the Lord.

The Battle for the Soul

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The battle for the soul was first lost in the Garden of Eden...how did it come about? In the beginning God created man to rule and have dominion over the earth. After Satan was cast out of heaven to the earth, he tempted Eve in the garden (temptation is not a sin... Jesus was also tempted but he didn't sin as a result). However, Adam and Eve failed because they yielded to the temptation. As a result of this, they handed their authority over the earth to Satan (who was later referred to as the "god of this world" [2 COR 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them]). The battle for reclaiming the soul of man began afresh after Adam and Eve were forced out of the garden and into the world. Satan had intruded into God's territory... now God was going to intrude into his.

God Needs You More Than You Might Think

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Many would argue that God doesn't need people, as he is complete and eternal...lacking nothing. This is a fallacy seeing the very nature of the New Covenant is totally dependent on Christians being able to promote the new spiritual laws that Christ died for. This 'need' began soon after Adam and Eve chose to reject a direct relationship with God, preferring to manage the human race through their own choices and abilities, (they ate from the tree of knowledge and God was obliged to keep his word). This failure of Adam locked God into working directly through humans for the balance of the numerous bible ages till now. God needs faithful humans to do his will, as it is the only way that his word and power can be made effective.

The Truth About Grace

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

One of the great errors of the modern day church is its inability to determine what the grace of God is and furthermore, how it applies to effective, New Testament teaching. Grace is the word used which best describes God's attitude towards the current New Testament period, which began through Christ's sacrifice. In simple terms, grace is merciful kindness, or favour. Grace is not salvation, but best describes Godís attitude towards us... a desire that we might obey the gospel and enjoy a complete and rewarding life. Godís grace remains ineffective unless we obey the terms of the gospel. Many try to redefine grace as a major gift or power of the Holy Spirit, but this is wrong. Grace is not listed as a gift nor a fruit of the Holy Spirit in the detailed lists of 1Cor 12 and Gal 5. Godís favor or grace may be a gift from God in the same sense that Jesus Christ was a gift to the human race, but neither grace nor the good wishes of Christ replace the need to obey the gospel.

Excuses

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Everyone desires happiness, security, good health and a loving family, but almost everyone in the world fails to achieve these goals. The human race has been the same since its beginnings; every culture, every race and every society out of every era, has been seeking after these attributes. Not only do most people fail to achieve a quality of life; death comes along and robs them of their whole life's work. Where do they go to next? The human race normally avoids any thought or preparations relating to death. It is like a worldwide game of 'make-believe' where they simply pretend that it doesn't matter. The vast majority of people act like the ostrich... by burying their heads in the 'pleasures' of this world and hoping that all their troubles will mysteriously go away. Jesus came to the earth to refresh mankind, revealing why they have a new life through the provision of God. His words related to both now and the life after Christ's return. He established His expertise in these matters by performing countless miracles. These signs provided the evidence of the truth about the Gospel that He preached. Amazingly, most people turned their backs, preferring their dead end religious practices or their ignorance, in preference to the miracles, signs and wonders that were being put forward. Unfortunately things are no better today; the vast majority have nothing but excuses

The Good Samaritan

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Samaritans were considered a low class of people by the Jews since they had intermarried with non-Jews and did not keep all the law. Thus the Jews normally would have nothing to do with them. We do not know if the injured man was a Jew or Gentile, but it made no difference to the Samaritan, he did not consider the man's race or religion. The 'Good Samaritan' saw only a person in urgent need of assistance and assist him he did, above and beyond the scriptural requirements.

Ray Stedman Tongues Refuted

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Pastor Brad refutes some arguments about tongues that have been put forth by Ray Stedman

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