June 20, 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.
HYMN OF THE DAY
Father, ‘twas Thy love that knew us
Earth’s foundations long before
That same love to Jesus drew us
By its sweet constraining power
And will keep us! And will keep us!
Safely now and evermore!
Pause, my soul, adore and wonder!
Ask, O why such love to me?
Grace has put me in the number
Of the Saviour’s family
Thanks eternal thanks to Thee!
Son of God, our souls adore Thee!
We would still Thy grace proclaim
Till we cast our crowns before Thee
And in glory praise Thy name
Be to God and to the Lamb!
(Tune: “Angels, from the Realms of Glory” p. 99)
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 29- JULY 1 10:30am – 1:00pm
If your children plan to attend, please sign up so we can have an idea of how
many to prepare for.
There will be a Bible conference this weekend at the Redeemer Baptist Church
in Louisville, KY, where Fred Evans is the Pastor. Speakers are Bruce Crabtree,
Fred Evans, Daniel Parks, and David Pledger.
21st – Stan Verenich 22nd – Mark Borders 24th – Kristy Burton
24th – David Morris 24th – Haley Small
“Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof; so he that waiteth
upon His master shall be honored.” - Proverbs 27:18
THE MOST COMFORTING TRUTH IN SCRIPTURE
The Lord Jesus Christ is called Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness
(Jer. 23:6, Jer. 33:16). When believed, this glorious truth ministers more comfort
than any other truth in Scripture. It is comforting to know that my sins are
all forgiven. But it is more comforting to know that in Christ, I have never
broken one “thou shalt not” and I have performed every “thou
shalt.” It is comforting to know that my sin has all been paid for. It
is more comforting to know that the very righteousness of Jesus Christ is my
personal righteousness before God. It is comforting to know my sins have been
covered by His blood. It is more comforting to know that in Christ, I have no
sin. This is the foundation of justification by faith. Justification by faith
is not our act of faith as our righteousness before God instead of keeping the
law. Justification by faith is believing that the righteousness of Christ is
our righteousness before God, and we are relying on His righteousness only as
everything in our justification before God. Not only is Jehovah Tsidkenu His
name, it is the name of every believer. “This is the name which she shall
be called, Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord our righteousness.” Nothing can
minister more comfort than this!
“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
There can be no following of Christ without self-denial. Yet there is nothing
that is naturally less appealing to us then the thought of self-denial. We are
by nature selfish, self-centered, self-focused, self-promoting, self-seeking,
and self-righteous. We think the happiness of self can only be obtained by giving
self whatever it wants. But in reality, the opposite is true. The more we deny
self, the happier we will be. It is only in the denial of self that we take
up our cross and follow Christ. We do not deny ourselves in order to be happy.
But it is equally true that we will only be happy in denying self, taking up
our cross, and following Him.
The apostle Paul wrote in I Thessalonians 5:9, “God hath not appointed
us to wrath”, destruction and ruin, though there are some persons who
are “vessels of wrath fitted for destruction” who are “reserved
for the day of evil.” But we, who are equally children of wrath by nature,
as deserving of the wrath of God in ourselves as the most sinful, yet we are
not appointed to wrath, which is an instance of the wonderful and distinguishing
grace of God to us in our Lord Jesus. “He hath not appointed us to wrath,
but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” Salvation is alone
by Christ; He alone wrought it out. Salvation is in Him and in no other! He
was appointed to the work of the salvation of His people. He was called, set,
and came to do it, AND HAS DONE IT! And God’s elect, who were chosen in
Him and appointed in the counsel and purpose of God to OBTAIN, POSSESS, AND
ENJOY this great salvation, will have the Gospel come to them, not in word only,
but in power and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance with faith, love,
and hope. He died for us, not merely as a martyr to confirm His doctrine, or
only as an example, but as our Surety, in the room and stead of His people,
to make atonement and save them with an everlasting salvation. – John
Christ is the issue, isn’t He? I find it revealing that the point of Calvinistic
theology which is more controverted is “Limited Atonement”, the
one point of the five that specifically deals with Christ. No matter what the
controversy, it will eventually get back to this point: Is the sacrifice of
Jesus Christ enough to redeem the sinner? Christ is never enough in the mind
of the unbeliever. But Christ is enough to anyone who has nothing else! - Pastor