In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about justification by faith and what it means. Here are some excerpts:


“We must humbly and sincerely confess our full responsibility for our sin. But more is needed than just that, and I thank God more is provided; for Christ has atoned for, paid for our sin, and done for us on the Cross what we never could do for ourselves — He has made it possible for God to pronounce us “Not Guilty.””

“This is the grandest, indeed the most daring doctrine of the faith. It is the doctrine by which New Testament Christianity is…”

What Can Save You?

“Notice, won’t you, that faith does not save you, but you can’t be saved without faith. When someone on the deck of a ship throws a life belt, attached to a rope, to a man who has fallen overboard, it is not the rope that saves the drowning man, it is the person on deck who holds the rope and pulls him to safety. Likewise, it is Christ Who saves us, not faith, and yet we cannot be saved apart from faith.”

“Upon what are you relying for your eternal salvation?…”

In What Are You Trusting?

“To what are you clinging? In what are you trusting? – the white spotless robe of Christ’s righteousness which He offers to you as a gift to be received by faith? Or — what the Bible calls the “filthy rags” of your own righteousness?”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


July 30, 1989

Romans 5:11 and Romans 1:17

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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