In this sermon, our founding pastor, talks about the importance of going the extra mile and he outlines four basic principles regarding its importance. Here are some excerpts:

Principles regarding the Second Mile

  1. The first thing I would like to suggest is that that second mile is the mile of PROGRESS That second mile is also the mile where we make the most significant progress in our spiritual life. We don’t become spiritual giants by just sitting back and hoping it will happen, any more than you become an athlete by sitting down and eating popcorn and watching T.V…”
  2. The mile that means the most is the mile of PARTICIPATION… To harbor resentment only tears us up inside. Jesus says, “The mile of participation is when we’re willing and anxious to go beyond what the Law demands…”
  3. The mile that means the most is the mile of PERSEVERANCE… The mile that means the most is the mile when you go beyond what’s expected, and you never quit: You never give up: It’s the mile of perseverance…”
  4. The mile that means the most is the mile that PAYS OFF The payoff comes to those who are prepared to go that extra mile. Never forget that God has a purpose for your life. God has something special for you to do. He has a ministry He wants you to perform that nobody else can perform…”


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.


March 5, 1995

Matthew 5:41

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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