August 15, 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
Now may the Lord reveal His grace
And teach our stamm’ring tongues
To make His sovereign, reigning grace
The subject of our songs.
No sweeter subject can invite
A sinner’s heart to sing
Or more display the glorious right
Of our exalted King.
Grace reigns to pardon crimson sins
To melt the hardest hearts
And from the work it once begins
It never once departs.
‘Twas grace that called our souls at first
By grace thus far we’ve come
And grace will help us through the worst
And grace will take us home.
(Tune: “Begin, My tongue, some Heavenly Theme” p. 5)
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15th – Jan Carver 15th – Delphus Grubb 15th – Anna Grace Meek
18th – Molly Mohr 18th – Adam Peters 19th – Nora Imes
19th – Allison Vincent 19th – Sharon Vincent 21st – Mark Ham
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” - Proverbs 13:20
DULL OF HEARING
“Dull of hearing” was the way the writer to the Hebrews described their condition (Hebrews 5:11). They had become dull in hearing, implying that there was a time when they were not dull of hearing. This dullness caused them to not be able to discern between good and evil (Hebrews 4:13-15). When we are dull of hearing there is not an emotional connection between what we hear and how we feel. The glory of the Gospel of Christ is obscured, our appetite for its wonders are dulled, and we know nothing of the joy and peace of believing. This is the first step toward apostasy! How did they come to this deplorable state? By not being grounded in the elementary truths of the Gospel (Hebrews 5:12). Are you dull of hearing? Go back to the A.B.C.’s of the Gospel of Christ - the first principals of the oracles of God. Be grounded in the three R’s…Ruined by the fall, Redeemed by the blood, Regenerated by the Holy Spirit. By God’s grace, you will go from “dull of hearing” to “swift to hear.” “Speak Lord, thy servant heareth.”
In II Corinthians 1:12, one of the things Paul rejoiced in was simplicity. The word means simple as opposed to complex or compound. We have a simple hope…Christ only. We have a simple object of faith…Christ only. We have a simple righteousness…the righteousness of Christ. We have a simple message….Him. We have a simple motive…His glory. We have a simple way of being saved…Grace. We have a simple ground of assurance… “It is finished.” We have a simple aspiration…to be found in Him. We have a simple doctrine. Christ is all. We have a simple fear…being corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
A part of the profundity of the Gospel is its simplicity. Here is an example. The name of Christ refers to the offices of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is Prophet, Priest, and King. We read in I Corinthians 13:13 “Now abideth faith, hope, and charity.” Faith in His Word as our Prophet. Hope in His salvation as our Priest. Love of His reign as our King.
BELIEVERS NOT FEELERS
“For sin shall not have dominion over you” (Romans 6:14). Ask your average religious person how they feel about that statement, and they will confess a couple of minor problems, but overall they are gaining victory over sin. Ask a believer, and the response is quite different – “I feel completely under the control of sin, I can’t stop sinning, whether in action or in heart. There is no way I can be a believer, for I feel sin is controlling me and I cannot escape its grasp.”
As believers, are we to believe God’s word, or feel God’s word? We are to believe! If God says we are not under the dominion of sin, then we are to believe that, whether we feel that way or not. We are believers, not feelers. A person under the dominion of sin could not believe the Gospel, yet a believer believes the Gospel. A person under the dominion of sin could not trust Christ, yet every believer clings to Him as their only hope. A person under the dominion of sin could not repent, yet every believer has turned from idols to serve the true and living God. Feelings are deceiving, believing is reality - how things really are. And if God says I am not under the dominion of sin, that I am perfectly holy in Christ, that I am not under the law, that I am under no condemnation, and that He loves me as He loves Christ - then I am to believe it whether I feel that way or not…for we are believers, not feelers. – Brian DuFour
Was the Lord Jesus tempted like I am? How can that be? He was pure, spotless, and holy; but I am full of corruption from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. The Lord of life and glory had a perfect, unfallen nature, a holy human body, and a holy human soul, taken into union with deity; but I have a fallen nature, defiled in body and polluted in soul. Can there be a resemblance in our temptations? I would ask, what is it in you that feels the burden of temptation when Satan injects his blasphemies into your mind? Is there not a something in you which is grieved, I was going to say tortured, by these fiery darts? Is it not the new nature? And is not that nature spotless and holy? Is it not born of God and therefore as holy as God is holy, and pure as God is pure? Thus just in the same way as your pure and holy nature that is born of God is grieved and distressed by the fiery darts of Satan, so was the holy soul of the Lord Jesus ten thousand times more grieved and tortured by the temptations of Satan presented before his pure and spotless mind. – J. C. Philpot