April 11, 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.
Where God begins His gracious work
That work He will complete
For ‘round the objects of His love
All power and mercy meet (repeat).
Man may repent him of his work
And fail in his intent
God is above the power of change
And never can repent (repeat).
Each object of His love is sure
To reach the heavenly goal
For neither sin nor Satan can
Destroy the blood-washed soul (repeat).
The precious blood of God’s dear Son
Shall ne’er be shed in vain
The soul on Christ believing must
With Christ forever reign (repeat).
(Tune: “Majestic Sweetness”)
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 29 – JULY 1
Donnie Bell, Pastor of the Lantana Grace Church in Crossville, TN will preach for us tonight.
We will have a church dinner next Sunday after the morning service. There will be no Sunday evening service next week.
Bob Coffey will bring the message this Wednesday night.
11th - Mary Williams 13th – Sarah Byrd 14th – Velena Verenich
16th – Yvonne Davis 16th – Ann Schuyler 17th – Raven Leigh Bailey
“Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field: and afterwards build thine house.” - Proverbs 24:27
WHEN WERE YOU SAVED?
We will not have assurance until we know the answer to that question. We can and should know precisely when we were saved. By that I do not mean a date and hour. I do not know when I was saved in that sense. But I know when I was saved. I was saved when Christ stood as my surety before the foundation of the world. I was saved when Christ died for me as my substitute and was raised from the dead. I was saved when I heard and believed the Gospel and not a second before then. I am saved looking to Christ right now and not by looking to a past experience or a future work I may do to give me hope. When I see when I was saved, I am made to see that the Lord Jesus is my salvation in every sense of the word. Seeing that, I have assurance.
THE WILL OF MAN
“He delivered Jesus to their will” (Luke 23:25). And what was their will? “Crucify Him, crucify Him.” That is man’s will in a nutshell. That teaching that says God wants to save all men, Christ died for all men, and the Holy Spirit is calling all men, but man’s salvation is ultimately dependent upon his own will, is a lie! Those who preach such a message do not believe the Gospel. And those who believe such a message do not believe the Gospel. When men were left to their will, unrestrained by God, they murdered the Son of God! To give man’s will such an exalted place in salvation is to deny the sovereignty of God, deny what the Bible teaches concerning the sinfulness of man, and deny that salvation is all of God’s grace. Don’t think that the belief that man’s will has the ultimate say in salvation is merely a less enlightened view of the Gospel. It is another gospel! It makes man’s will the saviour, and not Christ!
CONTENDING FOR THE TRUTH
Contending for the truth against the errors of modern religion is the duty of God’s servants. I hope our spirit is one of genuine love to all the chosen of God; but today’s rule of charity which requires us to keep silent on certain points in order to avoid controversy, I utterly despise. It is treason to the Lord Jesus Christ to be silent on any point where He has spoken and the honor of His Gospel is concerned. It is easy on the flesh to deal in generalities, to denounce hyper-this or hyper-that, and to claim to be a friend to all; but it is required of the loyal servant of King Jesus to maintain His crown-rights and to stand up for His Gospel of glory and grace. – Pastor Henry Mahan
“Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?”
A nearby Christian church building has the following statement on their sign: “God is in control. Let him have his way.” Does anyone see the inconsistency in such a statement? Many cars pass the sign each day, and I assume that some drivers must read it. It must be true that only things relating to God can man be so gullible. The reason is man’s spiritual blindness.
The Lord’s question to Job at the heading of this article surely applies to whoever posted that statement. The words are devoid of knowledge. The knowledge of Scripture that reveals the truth concerning the Sovereign Lord God. “For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?” (Isaiah 14:27). “The purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” (Ephesians 1:11).
The first definition for the word “let” is to permit. Does man “permit” God? Does God ask man’s permission or does God do as Nebuchadnezzar said? “He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest Thou?” (Daniel 4:35)
God asks this question in Isaiah 45:13, “Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” In this text, the question is: “I will work, and who shall let [“impede it,” or “not permit”] it?” The answer is understood that none are able to impede or hinder God from working His will.
It is because He is in control and He does have His way that those who trust in His son have peace in their hearts and confidence to live in this world without fear. Not only do we know that He is in control, but we say with those who said, concerning Him after working a miracle in the days of His flesh, “He hath done all things well” (Mark 7:37). – Pastor David Pledger