April 17, 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
HYMN OF THE DAY
The birds without barn or storehouse are fed
From them let us learn to trust for our bread.
His saints, what is needful, shall not be denied
So long as it’s written, “The Lord will provide.”
We all may, like ships, by tempest be tossed
On perilous seas, but will not be lost.
Though Satan enrages the wind and the tide
Yet Scripture engages, “The Lord will provide.”
No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim
Our trust is all thrown on Jesus’ dear name.
In this our strong tower for safety we hide
The Lord is our power, “The Lord will provide.”
When life sinks apace, and death is in view
The Word of His grace shall see us safe through.
No fearing nor doubting with Christ on our side
We hope to die shouting, “The Lord will provide!”
(Tune: “O Worship the King” p. 1)
Courtney Howard will confess Christ in Believer’s Baptism next Sunday evening. If anyone would like to be baptized at this time, let me know.
17th – Raven Leigh Bailey 18th – Melissa Virgin
20th – Kim Daniel 20th – Becky Rigsby
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” - Proberbs 16:9
ELECTION OR ATHEISM – NO MIDDLE GROUND
If you receive the Bible as the Word of God, you have no choice; you must believe the doctrine of election. If you believe the Bible, you have to take it all as the Word of God. You cannot say, “I believe what the Bible teaches about heaven; but I just cannot accept the idea of hell.” You cannot say, “I believe in God; but I simply cannot believe in election.” Election is so much a part of divine truth, that it cannot be expunged from the Book of God without completely destroying the Word of God. It is taught in Genesis, in Revelation, and everywhere between. To deny the doctrine of election is to deny the Word of God, reject the religion of Jesus Christ, and to engage in the practice of utter atheism; for the denial of election is the denial of the God of election!
Yes, you read that right. I said the denial of election is a denial of God! It is a denial of His sovereignty. It denies that God has the right to do with His own what He will. Those who deny election deny God’s government of the world and of His right to govern.
“Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect.
It is God that justifieth.” – Romans 8:33
- Pastor Don Fortner
SAVED BY CHRIST
If salvation depends upon our being or doing anything, we shall be inevitably lost. Thank God, it does not: for the great Truth of the Gospel is, that Christ is all - man is nothing. It is not a mixture of Christ and man, it is all of Christ. The peace of the Gospel does not rest in part on Christ’s work and in part on man’s work: it rests wholly on Christ’s work, because that work is perfect, perfect forever, and it renders all who put their trust in Him as perfect as Himself! Christ must either be a whole Saviour, or no Saviour at all. The moment a man says, except you be this or that, you cannot be saved, he totally twists the Gospel: for in the Gospel I find Christ coming down to me, just as I am, a lost, guilty, self-destroyed sinner; and coming, moreover, with a full remission of all my sins, and a full salvation from my lost estate, all perfectly wrought by Himself on the cross. – C. H. MacKintosh
FREE WILL OR FREE GRACE
According to the free-will scheme, the Lord intends good, but He must wait on His own creature to know what His intention is: God willeth good, and would do it, but He cannot because He has an unwilling man who will not have God’s good thing carried into effect. What does this do, but drag the Eternal God from His throne and lift up into it the fallen creature, man: for man, according to that theory, nods and his nod is destiny. You must have a destiny somewhere; it must either be as God wills or as man wills. If it be as God wills, the Jehovah sits sovereign upon His throne of glory, and all hosts obey Him, and the world is safe; if not God, then you put man there to say, “I will” or “I will not”; if I will it, I will enter heaven; if I will it, I will despise the grace of God; if I will it, I will conquer the Holy Spirit, for I am stronger than God, stronger than Omnipotence; if I will it, I will make the blood of The Son of God of no effect, for I am mightier than the blood, mightier than the blood of the Son of God Himself; though God make His purpose, yet will I laugh at His purpose; it shall be my purpose that shall make His purpose stand or fall.
Why sirs, if this is not atheism, it is idolatry; it is putting man where God should be, and I shrink with solemn awe and horror from this doctrine which makes the grandest of God’s work – the salvation of man – to be dependent upon the will of His creature whether it shall be accomplished or not. Glory I can and must in this text in its fullest sense. “IT IS NOT OF HIM THAT WILLETH, NOR OF HIM THAT RUNNETH, BUT OF GOD THAT SHOWETH MERCY” (Romans 9:16).
C. H. Spurgeon
Those who have that faith which is the gift of God, that faith which comes through hearing the Word of God – one need not be troubled about them trusting in their faith. This faith causes those who have it – without exception – to renounce themselves and trust entirely in Christ the Saviour. This faith causes self to be abhorred and Christ adored. Those who have this faith could never trust in their faith.
- Pastor Maurice Montgomery