July 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.
HYMN OF THE DAY
The birds without barn or storehouse are fed
From them let us learn to trust for our bread
His saints, what is needful, shall not be denied
So long as it’s written, “The Lord will provide.”
We all may, like ships, by tempest be tossed
On perilous seas, but will not be lost
Though Satan enrages the wind and the tide
Yet Scriptures engaged, “The Lord will provide.”
No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim
Our trust is all thrown on Jesus’ dear name
In this our strong tower for safety we hide
The Lord is our power, “The Lord will provide.”
When life sinks apace, and death is in view
The word of His grace shall see us safe through
No fearing nor doubting with Christ on our side
We hope to die shouting, “The Lord will provide.”
(Tune: “How Firm A Foundation” p. 268)
There will be no service this evening.
We extend of our sympathies to Barbara Tucker and her family on the recent death of her sister.
8th – Jasper Clark 8th – Rob Elliott 9th – Michael Cunningham
“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.” - Proverbs 18:19
“Ye that love the Lord, hate evil.” (Psalm 97:10)
Love is meaningless without hate. David said, “I esteem all Thy precepts in all things to be right, and hate every false way” (Psalm 119:128). He that does not hate the false does not love the true. In loving the Lord Jesus Christ, we hate all that’s approved or contrary to Him. Since He is the way to God, we hate all false ways. All that is contrary to Him we hate! That is why we hate sinful self! “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil.”
Every believer ought to have full assurance of their final salvation. If Christ really is all in salvation, and I believe that, what could prevent me from having assurance? Only looking to self instead of Him! We all do that so often, so I am very thankful that my final salvation is not dependent upon my assurance of having it.
I was sitting by a man on an airplane who was terrified of a crash. He told me that he spent every moment of every flight in fear. But the man on the other side of me was not afraid at all. Was the man who was afraid any less likely to reach the destination then the man who was not afraid? No. They were both equally dependent upon the airplane reaching the destination. If the airplane made it, both of them did. The man who did not worry enjoyed the flight more then the man who was afraid. But he was no more secure.
Salvation is in Christ. In Christ, there are those who enjoy full assurance, and those who through the weakness of the flesh have many doubts and fears. But the man with full assurance is no more secure then the man who is afraid. They were both certain for heaven because they are in Christ. But it is also true that the man with assurance will enjoy the time between now and then much more than the man with so many fears. When we believe He is all in salvation, we will have full assurance.
DISCERNING TRUE DOCTRINE
How may we know that any doctrine is the true grace of God? I answer:
- If it humbles the creature and excludes all boasting.
- If it provides for the honor of God’s holy law and justice.
- If it is a solid and sure ground of strong consolation to the believer.
- If it is a doctrine according to holiness.
- John Brine, 1750
“Believing with the Heart”
“With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” - Romans 10:10
The means, with the whole man! ....Our understanding, our affections, and our will. I understand that Christ is the only way to the Father. I am not seeking to come “some other way.” Not only do I understand this, I love Christ being the only way to the Father. I do not merely have a cognitive understanding of Christ being the only Way, I love Christ being my only ground of acceptance. Thus, not only do I understand what I believe, I love what, or rather Who I believe. The understanding and affections are not all that is involved in believing with the heart. The will is also involved. If I were given a choice of some other way of salvation, I would reject it. The way of sovereign grace is the way my renewed will prefers. The understanding, affection, and will are all involved in saving faith. Truly, “With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.”
The Scriptures plainly say, “He that believeth on the Son of God hath eternal life.” I plan to leave it right there – adding nothing and taking nothing away. Jesus Christ is the self-sufficient Saviour, and he that believes on Him is not condemned. I also add that this matter of justification by faith is the article by which a church, a minister, or a professor of Christianity stands or falls. There is no bridge between MERIT and MERCY! They are as far apart as the poles and never the twain shall meet. – Pastor Henry Mahan