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Focused on Christ is dedicated to the exaltation of Jesus Christ through thoughtful discussions about God’s Word and it’s practical application to our lives. Join Pastors Nathan Smith and Mike Crump as they ask key questions and open up the Bible to see more about our Glorious Savior.

For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  1 Cor 2:2


When Sheep Bite

When Sheep Bite

In John 10, Jesus gives us an incredibly comforting image when he says, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.” In this statement, we hear the voice of compassion and care that is associated with our Good Shepherd. He knows us, loves us, and is willing to sacrifice his own life for his sheep. Therefore, inside the sheep pen, we can find security and comfort because of our shepherd. He will never hate us or harm us because he is holy and good.

But what about all the other sheep?

Ep. 68: What does it mean to exalt God?

Ep. 68: What does it mean to exalt God?

This episode of Focused on Christ dives into the concept of the Church's purpose, specifically its role in exalting God. Hosts Mike Crump and Pastor Nathan Smith discuss the importance of a biblical foundation for the Church and how it should prioritize glorifying...



Nathan is the Senior Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Lynchburg VA. Nathan earned his doctorate from The Master’s Seminary and serves as the leading teaching pastor at Heritage. Growing up in Tanzania as part of a missionary family, he came to love the Word of God and it’s power to transform the lives of people around the globe.  He brings that passion to his teaching ministry and as he seeks to lead the church in sending men and women to the nations.


Mike is Pastor of Church Communications at Heritage Baptist Church here he writes and produces various content for the people of Heritage. Mike grew up in North Carolina, moving to Lynchburg with his family to attend Liberty’s School of Divinity. He has been involved in Christian media for over 20 years and has a passion for using modern means to proclaim the ultimate truth of the Gospel.