July 25, 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.
Hark! The voice of love and mercy
Sounds aloud from Calvary
See, it rends the rocks asunder
Shakes the earth and veils the sky
IT IS FINISHED! IT IS FINISHED!
Hear the dying Savior’s cry.
“It is finished,” O what pleasure
Do these precious words afford
Heavenly blessings without measure
Flow to us through Christ the Lord
IT IS FINIHSED! IT IS FINISHED!
Saints, the dying words record.
Finished all the types and shadows
Of the ceremonial law
Finished all that God had promised
Death and hell no more shall awe.
IT IS FINIHSED! IT IS FINISHED!
Saints, from hence your comfort draw.
Tune your hearts anew ye seraphs
Join to sing the glorious theme
All in earth and all in heavn’n
Join to praise Emmanuel’s name.
IT IS FINISHED! IT IS FINISHED!
Glory to the bleeding Lamb!
(Tune: “Angels From the Realms of Glory” p. 99)
Sue Nintzel was baptized last Sunday and we are thankful for her confession. May the Lord continue to reveal Himself and call out His own.
We are revamping the Sunday School classes to better group the children’s ages. When they change classes in a few weeks the new plan will be as follow:
Three year old – 1st grade (Teacher: Carla Bryan)
2nd – 5th grades (Teacher: Donna Daniel)
6th – 8th grades (Teacher: Brian DuFour)
9th – 12th grades (Teacher: Clare Charron)
25th – Ellen Willis 26th – James Lynn
26th – Joe Mcsherry 27th – Kelli Willis
“Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another.” - Proverbs 25:9
“Both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one” (Hebrews 2:11). Not extremely close, but one: this speaks of the eternal union of Christ and the elect. The elect have always been in Christ. There was never a time when they began to be in Christ. This is certainly beyond comprehension or explanation. But it is to be proclaimed and believed. Every aspect of God’s salvation can only be understood in light of the believer’s eternal union with Christ. Election is being chosen in Him. Justification is being in Him when he kept the law. Redemption is Him bearing my sins in His own body on the tree. Regeneration is Him being in me. No aspect of God’s salvation is rightly understood apart from the believer’s eternal union with Christ. It is through this union that the sanctifier is not ashamed to call the sanctified brethren.
There is no subject more important than the nature and the inward change that takes place when a person is savingly joined to Christ Jesus. Some think that this sanctification is God’s work and that man has nothing to do. They say that God saves us, sanctifies us, and works His will in us, and we need give no concern to the matter of holiness and obedience. Others think that the work of sanctification and personal holiness is man’s work entirely, that God gives us the means and waits to see what we will make of ourselves. In I Peter, the Apostle cuts both of these errors out by the roots. On the one hand he teaches that we are, indeed, the elect of God, born of the Spirit, sanctified and justified in Christ Jesus, given a new nature, new heart, and a new direction. But on the other hands, this dramatic change is accomplished through KNOWLEDGE and BELIEF OF THE TRUTH (II Thess. 2:13). We are born again as babes, and we must mature and grow. God has appointed the means of growth – the Word, prayer, worship, fellowship, trials, personal determination, and effort. “Lay aside (be done with) those things that war against the soul and desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.” - Pastor Henry Mahan
JUDAS AND SIMON PETER
What was the difference between the sin of Judas and the sin of Simon Peter? What they did to our Lord seemed similar yet Simon was forgiven and converted, while Judas hanged himself and was damned. Every believer has worried at some point that they could turn out to be a Judas. Here is the difference.
Judas betrayed the Lord while Peter denied Him. There is a difference. Judas sold the Lord. Judas turned Him over to others for money. Judas did not care what happened to the Lord but was only interested in his own gain. He betrayed the Lord.
Many have done just as Judas did. They have taken the world, a job, home, family, and any number of things in exchange for Christ. In forsaking the Lord they are telling the world, “I don’t care about Jesus Christ, you can have Him. Just give me the money…give me my family…give me the world…you can have Jesus.” No less than Judas, they have betrayed Him and will end up like him .
Peter denied the Lord. In a moment of cowardice, in order to save his own skin, he denied that he knew the Lord. His denial was bad enough and brought him bitter sorrow and great shame, but because of his previous pride, the Lord had to show him his weakness, inability, and self-righteousness.
Now every believer has denied the Lord many times. There have been times when we have kept silence to avoid a confrontation over the truth. We have sinned and acted foolishly, talking and acting like an unbeliever and not a disciple of Christ. But later, like Simon, we were very sorrowful and bitter, then upon hearing the Gospel again, we cast ourselves upon His mercy. All have denied Him, but no true believer would sell out the Lord. No lover of the Lord Jesus Christ would take any amount of money in exchange for their soul, for eternal life, for Christ and His people. Is it so with you? Would you take anything for Christ? - Pastor Paul Mahan
If a man were bidden to sow a field, he could not excuse his neglect by saying that it would be useless to sow unless God caused the seed to grow. He would not be justified in neglecting tillage because the secret energy of God alone can create a harvest. No one is hindered in the ordinary pursuits of life by the fact that unless the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it. It is certain that no man who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ will ever find that the Holy Spirit refuses to work in him: in fact, his believing is the proof that the Spirit is already at work in his heart. – C. H. Spurgeon