Mr. Smith begins this study with a short look at what was covered in the last study about Jesus in Samaria. The closing verses on that subject show that they believe Jesus because of his teaching. This is in contrast to what we see in this study of two miracles that Jesus performed. In the last verses of John chapter 4 we see the account of Jesus coming to Galilee and a nobleman that came to Jesus asking for the healing of his son. Jesus points out here that many believe his miracles, but not his teaching. But he then heals the man's son. In John five Jesus returns to Jerusalem and we have the account of the man at the pool of Bethesda. Jesus heals this man but the Jewish leaders rather than rejoicing in a man being healed after 38 years wan to kill Jesus because he does not follow their traditions of what can and can not be done on the Sabbath.
Gary Smith was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but spent most of his youth in the Pasadena, California area. He graduated from Ambassador College in 1976 and he and his wife, Liz, moved to Peoria, Illinois. For the next six years he worked as a nursing home administrator in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas.
In 1982, he and Liz began to serve in the full-time ministry. Since that time, they have served in a number of congregations in the Midwest.
Gary and Liz now pastor in Houston, Texas near their two children and grandson.