About Jeff Smith

Jeff  Smith has spent more than twenty years preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, mostly in the state of Texas. In addition to his stateside ministry, Jeff has made preaching trips to Canada, Eastern Europe and India. After leaving fulltime ministry, he is now available for fill-in and appointment preaching.

Jeff was born in 1969 and raised in Paden City, West Virginia, where he graduated from PCHS in 1987. He was baptized into Christ on January 14, 1988 by Harry Rice and began preaching later that year in the hills of West Virginia. Jeff cut his teeth in the pulpit by doing appointment preaching for churches in the hills and hollers of the Ohio Valley. 

Following his freshman year at Marshall University, Jeff moved to Florence, Alabama in 1989 to attend the University of North Alabama, where he majored in Public Relations and Radio-Television-Film. Jeff graduated magna cum laude in 1992 and worked as a reporter with WOWL-TV in Florence that year. He gained invaluable experience by preaching for the Ligon Springs church of Christ near Russellville in 1991-1992. 

On December 19, 1992, Jeff married the former Michele Walker of Green Hill, Ala. and the couple moved to Austin, Texas, where Jeff began working with the Wonsley Drive church of Christ in July 1993. In November 2000, he began work with the Woodmont church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas, which lasted until his retirement from fulltime preaching in October 2012. Jeff is also the program director and coach of a special needs youth baseball team and resides in Burleson, Texas with his wife and children, Reagan and Walker.

About The Gospel of Jesus Christ

It was the bold apostle Peter who volunteered his opinion that Jesus was the Messiah, the son of the living God. He was a prophet like Elijah, but not just a prophet. He was a teacher like John, but not just a teacher. In fact, he was waiting to become a priest and king as well.

In short, Jesus is the answer. Okay, so what was the problem, you might wonder. The problem was and is sin, which all eventually commit and which none can successfully overcome on his own. 

The very first sin ever committed by Adam and Eve occasioned the very prophecy about the incarnation of God the son in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. God cursed the serpent for tempting the couple and then promised that Eve's seed would bruise his head even as the tempter bruised his heel. This prophecy was fulfilled on the cross where Jesus's heel was bruised even as he dealt a major blow to the devil's power through the sting of death and the disease of sin.

Sins continued to mount through the Old Testament and generations of people came and went knowing that they needed something to help them overcome. Prophets foretold the coming of a Messiah who would be their deliverer, but many who heard them assumed that the deliverance was from national bondage, not slavery to sin. They underestimated the power and impact the Messiah would have. 

Finally, Jesus was born in a body prepared for him by God but through the miraculous conception of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1). He taught a gospel of the kingdom of God that ignored national woes and promised deliverance from the tyranny of sin (Matthew 4:17, John 8:32). The devil figured like many men that Jesus would physically assume a throne and destroy his power and so he had Jesus killed. Only upon the Lord's miraculous resurrection from the tomb three days later did it become apparent that his death was the atoning work and his kingdom was spiritual. 

Jesus ascended back into Heaven where he lives to make intercession for his brethren–those who confess faith in him, put him on in baptism and strive to walk by faith each day. Jesus is the way, truth and life and no one comes to the Father except by him (John 14:6). There is no other name given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Sooner or later, everyone will have to make a decision about Jesus. 

Jesus had provided the means by which all men might approach God and receive His forgiveness. Jesus said He was “the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Through Jesus, we can receive the gift of God, eternal life. The way to God today is still through Jesus and the way to Him is still by belief, repentance, confession and baptism (Romans 6:1-6, Galatians 3:27, Acts 2:38).

Faith, you see, is more than just a mental assent to a series of facts. Faith is a trust and loyalty that cause the believer to be converted from his old ways to walk in newness of life. The jailer's faith was not idle, but working, for faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). He showed his change of heart by washing the bruises of the apostles that hours before he had cared not about. Indeed, repentance of sins is a prerequisite to having them forgiven, as Peter taught on Pentecost (Acts 2:38).   

Saving faith is no more silent than it is idle. Some in Jesus's day believed in him, but refused to confess him because they would lose their position in society (John 12:42). Paul taught that an oral confession of faith preceded salvation; thus it was a condition of the remission of sins (Romans 10:9).  

None of these acts of submissive faith earns a man his salvation, for grace, by definition is unmerited and no matter what we do, God will not be placed in the debt of a sinner (Luke 17:10).      

As much as these acts precede salvation, so does immersion in water. Jesus taught that “he who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16) and Peter said that immersion was for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38-41) and to save you (First Peter 3:20-21). Paul taught that baptism is what places a person into Christ (Romans 6:3-4, Galatians 3:27). Out of that water, a man then must strive to live faithfully (Revelation 2:10).