December 5, 2010
Sundays 7:30 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.
How rich the depths of love Divine
Of bliss a boundless store
Dear Saviour let me call Thee mine
I could not wish for more – I could not wish for more.
On Thee alone my hope relies
Beneath Thy cross I fall
My Lord, my life, my sacrifice
My Saviour and my all – My Saviour and my all.
How great Thy wisdom, power and grace
That in redemption shine
The heavenly hosts with joy confess
The work is all Divine – The work is all Divine.
Before His face they cast their crowns
Those crowns which Jesus gave
And with ten thousand, thousand tongues
Proclaim His power to save – Proclaim His power to save.
(Tune: “Majestic Sweetness” p. 52)
The party for the adults will be Friday, Dec. 17th at the Waterford club house from 7:00-11:00pm. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
5th – Andy Davis 5th – Shirley Rozeboom 9th – Chuck Mohr
9th – Ben Small 10th – Julie Morris
“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”
- Proverbs 10:12
THREE NECESSITIES FOR KNOWING THE TRUTH
There are three things that are necessary for a man to know the Truth. (1) He has to hear the message of the Scriptures. “Thy word is truth.” There is no knowledge of the truth apart from the written word of God. (2) The Holy Spirit. Paul said, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither indeed can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Cor. 2:12-14). The only way a man can really know the Truth is for the Spirit of God to make the Truth known, and give him the new heart to receive it. (3) There must be a willingness to do His will. “If any man will do His will, he will know of the doctrine, whether it be of God” (John 7:17).
Without these three things, there is no knowledge of the Truth. But with the Word, the Spirit, and a heart made willing to do His will, there will be a saving knowledge of the Truth.
In vain do we claim to be saved if the world still rules our heart. Divine grace not only delivers from the wrath to come, but even now effectually “teaches” its recipients to deny “all ungodliness and worldly lust, that we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world” (Titus 2:12). Our Lord says, “Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” That is, to turn away from all that stands in competition (for our affections) with the Lord Jesus, he cannot become a Christian. – Pastor Scott Richardson
Mr. Spurgeon once said something like this: “When I looked at Christ the dove of peace flew into my heart. When I looked at my heart the dove of peace flew out.”
THE GRACE OF GOD
Many professing Christians seem to believe that the term “by God’s grace” merely means that God made something available to them, which they by natural wisdom and ability took advantage of; but this is far from the truth. The grace of God, as Arthur Pink once said, “Is an almighty power, an invincible dynamic, a principle victorious over all resistance.” When the apostle Paul said, “By the grace of God I am what I am,” he did not mean that God merely opened unto him certain avenues of spiritual progression and advancement, which he took advantage of; but rather, he meant that God through His powerful and efficacious grace had changed him from what he was formerly into what he was presently. The grace of God did not merely provide salvation and preach salvation to Saul of Tarsus (later Paul), but brought salvation to him. God stopped his wild, rebellious, religious career of murder (Acts 9:1-8); that’s the grace of God! Paul said, “God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Cor. 4:6); that’s the grace of God! And wonder of wonders! ALL that God did for Paul was in direct contrast to what he so justly deserved. This is grace indeed – sovereign, amazing, triumphant grace.
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me….”
- Pastor Maurice Montgomery
If a man could be saved by a lie it would be a lying salvation. Truth alone can work results that are true. Therefore, keep on teaching the Truth. God help you to proclaim the precious Truth about the bleeding, dying, risen, exalted, coming Saviour; and God will bless it.
- C. H. Spurgeon
As the WORD, Christ has made manifest the invisible God. As the WORD, Christ has communicated to us the life and love of God. As the WORD, Christ reveals the attributes and perfections of God. IN CHRIST, and nowhere else, is God fully and finally told out.
– A. W. Pink