April 4, 2010
Sundays 7:00 am Channel 27 WKYT
It is requested that all children under the age of five stay in our nursery
so there will be no distractions during the preaching of the Gospel.
Come, O Son of God our Savior
Bearer of our sin and shame
Teach us now and help us ever
To extol Your matchless name
As we sing, and pray, and listen
To Your Word, come show Your face
Let these hearts of stone be broken
Fill us with Your boundless grace.
Give sweet tokens of redemption
Make us know that all is well
Make us know our best exemption
From the curse, from sin, and hell
Tell us Savior, make us feel it
We are Yours, forever Yours!
Take each wounded heart and heal it
Be the glory ever Yours!
Make each chosen, ransomed sinner
Know the power of Your blood
Freed from guilt, O blest Redeemer
How we praise You for Your blood!
Blood atonement! Blood atonement!
How we praise You for Your blood!
Were it not for blood atonement
We could never come to God.
(Tune: “’Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus” p. 257)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
We will have a church dinner on April 18th. There will be no evening service
4th – Barbara Tucker 5th – Jessica Elliott
7th – Seth Daniel 8th – Joyce Squire
“The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render
a reason.” - Proverbs 26:16
FAITH OR MISTRUST?
How many times have we thought that seeing certain things would strengthen our
faith? “If I could see more victory over sin in my life, if I could see
special acts of providence that proved all things really were working for my
good, if I could see more lives influenced powerfully by the Gospel it would
help my faith.” In reality, that attitude is a failure to trust. If we
only believe what we can see, that is not faith at all! It is mistrust. The
Lord said to Thomas, “Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have
believed.” (John 20:29) Paul said, “We walk by faith and not by
sight.” I cannot see my eternal union with Christ, my justification before
God, or the holy nature that He has given me. I cannot see how all things work
together for my good. But I believe. “Faith is the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
A GOOD MESSAGE
We’ve all used the phrase, “that was a good message” before,
after hearing the Gospel preached in the power of the Spirit. Anytime Christ
alone is preached, it is a good message, whether it is received as one or not.
To hear that salvation is free to any sinner asking for mercy, that is good
news, that is a good message.
A good message isn’t dependent on how well it is delivered, or how well
it is received, but on the content of the message. A good message contains only
scriptural truth, declaring simply that “salvation is of the Lord!”
There never has been a “bad message” when Christ alone is exalted.
You can keep your emotional pleas, your moving dramas and videos, your story-telling
hours, your screaming and hollering hell-threatening rants, your skits, your
grand choirs, your begging and pleading, your re-enactments. I, and all believers,
want to hear what the apostle Paul’s single desire was…“For
I determined, not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
(I Cor. 2:2)
To preach a good message is to preach Christ crucified, and nothing else, for
nothing else is needed. – Brian DuFour
SINNERS NEED A MIRACLE
If a man is near-sighted, he only needs corrective glasses; but if he is BLIND,
he needs a miracle only God can give – SIGHT! If a man is sick, he only
needs medicinal aid; but if he is DEAD, he needs a miracle only God can give
– LIFE! If a man has a weak heart, perhaps changing his diet and habits
will improve his condition; but if he has a STONY HEART, a deceitful, desperately
wicked heart, he needs this miracle – “A NEW HEART also will I give
you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony
heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put
my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep
my judgments, and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
Knowing these things to be true and knowing the desperate, depraved condition
in which Adam’s fall has plunged all mankind, I believe, preach, and insist
upon one solemn certain fact – “SALVATION IS OF THE LORD.”
Let every son of Adam who reads these words come (like the leper in Matthew
8) to Christ and worship Him saying, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make
me whole!” – and He will!
- Pastor Henry Mahan
It is impossible to preach….
1. That a man is both totally and partially depraved.
2. That election is both conditional and unconditional.
3. That regenerating grace is both irresistible and resistible.
4. That redemption is both limited and unlimited.
5. That perseverance is both certain and uncertain.
Nor can there be a modification of one by the other; it is impossible to
blend the two. History records such efforts in the past; but despite the efforts,
sovereign grace and free-willism will not mix, nor can they walk together
in peace, nor can those holding either system force the other to their view.
– Rolfe Barnard 1904-1969