October 10, 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.
Jesus Christ is made to me, all I need, all I need
He alone is all my plea, He is all I need.
Wisdom, righteousness and power - Holiness forever more
My redemption full and sure, He is all I need.
Jesus is my all in all, all I need, all I need
While He keeps I cannot fall, He is all I need.
He redeemed me when He died, all I need, all I need
I with Him was crucified, He is all I need.
To my Savior will I cleave, all I need, all I need
He will not His servant leave, He is all I need.
He’s the treasure of my soul, all I need, all I need
He hath cleansed and made me whole, He is all I need.
Glory, glory, to the Lamb, all I need, all I need
By His Spirit sealed I am, He is all I need.
I am preaching in East Greenville, PA today. Bob Coffey will bring the message this morning and Andy Davis this evening. May the Lord bless these men as they preach and bless you to hear.
The Pig Roast will be this Saturday, October 16th. Bring a dish and we will eat around noon (the meat is provided).
The College Grove Grace Church in Franklin, TN will have a Bible Conference Oct. 22-24. Chris Cunningham is the pastor.
11th – Hunter Small 12th – Doug Hacker 13th – Jaime Greenleaf
14th – Maybelle Lynn 15th – Brandon Coffey
“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.” - Proverbs 22:4
Salvation by grace is God doing everything in salvation. He elects, He justifies, He redeems, He regenerates, He preserves, and He glorifies. “Salvation is of the Lord.” Salvation is not of men! Salvation does not come by the worth, the works, or the will of man.
Salvation by grace guards against two deadly errors. (1) Pride and self-righteousness. “Who maketh thee to differ from another, and what hast thou that thou didst not receive.” (2) Despair. Since salvation is wholly by grace, I have no reason for despair. If it is all of grace, there is nothing abut me that can prevent Him from saving me. The worst about me does not hinder Him from saving me. The best about me does not help Him in saving me. Salvation is by grace!
When Satan tempted Eve, he did not begin with open error. He did not begin with an open rejection or denial of what God said. Eve would have never swallowed that. He began with a slight modification of what God said. “Hath God said you shall not eat of every tree.” No, God said there was only one tree from which they were forbidden to eat. But through that slight modification the door was opened for a complete denial of what God said, “Ye shall not surely die.” Big errors always begin small. And small errors always turn into big ones! The only way to prevent this is to believe exactly what God says and reject even the slightest deviation from it! In reality, little errors are like little sins. There is no such thing!
Blessed is the preacher who can shut men up to free and sovereign grace and yet lovingly, sincerely invite all men to look to Christ and be saved. Blessed is the preacher who knows that “salvation is of the Lord”, who has the patience to wait upon the Lord to regenerate, awaken, and call his hearers; yet he prays for their deliverance, urges them to close with Christ, and beseeches them to “be reconciled to God.” Blessed is the preacher who can preach with equal force and confidence both the preservation of the perseverance of believers. He will not “turn away from us and we will not depart from Him.” Blessed is the preacher who can rejoice in imputed righteousness; “with His holy garments on, I am as spotless as His dear Son”; and yet along with his congregation, hunger and thirst for spiritual growth and personal godliness. Blessed is the preacher who can find and preach both justification and sanctification at Calvary. We do not go to Calvary for justification and then to Sinai for sanctification; we are “complete in Him.” Blessed is the preacher who can preach prophetical truth in such a way that his hearers are looking for the returning Christ and not only the return of Christ. blessed is the preacher who administers believer’s baptism, presides at the Lord’s Table, and oversees the business of the Lord’s church, not according to the “way we do it in our circles and according to our custom and tradition”, but according to the Word of God. It may be that if preachers and people return to the Scriptures, someone will ask, “What kind of church is this?” And we can answer, “It is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, which He loved and purchased with His own blood and of which He is the sole Head.”
THE SCHOOL OF PAINFUL EXPERIENCE
All Christians, even the most eminent servants of God, have their bad and dark seasons – when the life of God seems sunk to so low an ebb as to be hardly visible – so hidden is the stream by the mud-banks of their fallen nature. By these very dark and dead seasons, the people of God are instructed. They see and feel what ‘the flesh’ really is – how alienated from the life of God; they learn in whom all their strength and sufficiency lies; they are taught that in them, that is, in their flesh, dwells no good thing; that no exertions of their own can maintain in strength and vigor the life of God; and that all they are, and have – all they believe, know, feel, and enjoy – with all their ability, usefulness, gifts, and grace – flow from the pure, sovereign grace – the rich, free, undeserved, yet unceasing goodness and mercy of God! They learn in this hard school of painful experience, their emptiness and nothingness – and that without Christ they can do nothing. They thus become clothed with humility, that rare, yet lovely garb; cease from their own strength and wisdom; and learn experimentally that Christ is, and ever must be, all in all to them and all in all in them. – J. C. Philpot