January 23, 2011
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
O, Lamb of God, still keep me
Near to Thy wounded side
Tis only there in safety
And peace I can abide.
What foes and snares surround me!
What lusts and fears within!
The grace that sought and found me
Alone can keep me clean.
‘Tis only in Thee hiding
I know my life secure
Only in Thee abiding
I steadfast shall endure.
Thine arm the victory gaineth
O’er every hurtful foe
The love my heart sustaineth
In all its care and woe.
Soon shall my eyes behold Thee
With rapture, face to face
The half hath not been told me
Of all Thy power and grace.
Thy beauty, Lord, and glory
The wonders of Thy love
Shall be the endless story
Of all Thy saints above.
(Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation” p. 186)
Our sympathy is extended to Jenny Williams and her family on the death of her mother.
Everyone is invited to the church dinner next Sunday following the morning service (no service that evening). There is a sign-up sheet.
23rd – Wanda Nevels 26th – Brian Bailey 26th – Mike Farmer
26th – Lynn Nibert 27th – Judy Borders
28th – Ryan Rozeboom 29th – Ophelia Mosley
“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
How many times have we thought with regard to a difficult situation, that we should be thankful because things could be worse. But if Romans 8:28 is true, in reality….things could not be better! Since faith is the gift of God’s grace, we should be asking Him to give us this grace! Since growing in faith is something we are bound to thank God for (II Thessalonians 1:3), we should be asking Him to cause our faith to grow exceedingly. “Ask and ye shall receive.”
SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL
Particular Redemption – Limited Atonement – Definite Atonement – Effectual Atonement. These are all words used to describe the atoning work of Christ on the cross. He died for a particular people. His intention to save was limited to the elect. His atonement was with a definite purpose for a definite people. His atonement was effectual. All for whom He died must be saved. These terms are all well and good in their place, but a better word is plain old SUBSTITUTION. All of these terms point to a real, substitutionary death on the cross. SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL. To deny, water down, or omit in our preaching the particular, limited, definite, effectual death of Christ on the cross (substitution) is to deny, water down, or omit in our preaching the Gospel of Christ. The meaning of substitution is so simple that adjectives are not even needed to describe it.
True humility is to have a right estimate of one’s self. It is not to deny or underestimate true ability, real knowledge, and obvious gifts. The gifted singer knows he can sing. An intelligent person is aware of his knowledge. A successful businessman knows his business and an artist knows his skills. It is not humility to speak what one does not truly feel. True humility is born when one discovers the source of all gifts, talents and knowledge. “Who maketh thee to differ?” It is certain that we are different and some have what others do not have in different areas. But the Lord God in His sovereign will gives us all that we have. “Without Him we can do nothing.” “A man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven.” The higher a man grows in the grace of God the lower he will be in his own eyes. The man who has been introduced to what really happened in the Garden of Eden and what really happened on the cross of Calvary will have no problem with pride and arrogance. Apart form the mercy and grace of God he knows where he could be and what he could be. “I am what I am by the grace of God.”
- Pastor Henry Mahan
On true doctrine rests the worship of the true and living God. From error in doctrine springs the worship of a false god. There is a tendency among many religious people to undervalue true doctrine, to exalt morality at the expense of the character of God and the teachings of our Lord, and to deny the importance of a sound creed. I do not doubt that a sound creed has often covered an unsound life. But when I hear it said, “Such and such do not believe the doctrines of sovereign grace and substitution, but they love the Lord and are saved,” I wonder and ask, “What then was the Bible written for?” Is it no infallible expression of the mind of God? Is it no standard of truth? Are we to believe what appeals to us and deny the rest? God forbid! God’s Word declares the oneness of truth and condemns EVERY DEPARTURE FROM THE TRUTH AS A DIRECT ATTACK ON GOD HIMSELF! Do not tell me that man’s heart is right with God with his head contains a creed of error and denies the Person and Work of the Redeemer.
– Horatius Bonar