May 1, 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
Great God! Thy glory and Thy love
Our humble songs employ
In mercy from Thy throne above
Look down and cause our joy.
Thy presence and Thy glory, Lord
Fill all the realms of space
O let Thy presence, by Thy word
Divinely fill this place.
This hymn begins the solemn sound
Of holy worship here
May ev’ry saint with joy abound
And reverential fear.
Eternal Spirit! Heav’nly Dove!
Descend and fill this place
Reveal the Saviour’s matchless love
The wonders of His grace!
(Tune: “O For A Thousand Tongues” p. 46)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
BIBLE SCHOOL WILL BE JULY 5-7.
1st – Bob Pruitt 2nd – Geraldine Bigelow 2nd – Mitch Bryan
2nd – Gretta Daniel 4th – Jeffrey Imes 7th – Kyle Willis
“It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.” - Proverbs 20:3
THE WRATH OF GOD
The Bible has a lot to say about the wrath and anger of God. His anger is not like that of a quick tempered hothead, flying off the handle. His anger is a righteous indignation against the one who commits sin. This is one of His attributes that make Him - “God over all. Blessed forever.” He would not be perfect God without His anger and wrath. His wrath was seen in the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden, the flood, the plagues against Egypt, to name a few instances. His wrath is most clearly seen in all of its righteous justice when He poured His wrath upon His only begotten and well Beloved Son when the sins of the elect were borne by Him. While we fear the wrath of God, we know there is no wrath for those in Christ, and we realize the wrath of God is one of His attributes that makes Him the altogether lovely God.
THE DECEPTIVENESS OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS
I have no doubt that self-righteousness is the greatest problem we have. It is not our sin that keeps us from Christ. It is our righteousness. And this is the most deceptive of all sins! The deceit of this sin is so subtle, that we can even commit a sin, and comfort ourselves by thinking, “At least that is not as bad as self-righteousness,” and thus make our sin a ground of righteousness. This sin of self-righteousness will attack us from every angle!
In Colossians 3:12, Paul said, “Put on therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.” Poor Paul! He did not know that election would lead men to fatalism, apathy, indifference and sin (I say this tongue-in-cheek, of course). He uses it as a motive for Christ likeness!
“For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.”
- Psalm 38:18
Let not these words stagger the faith of the believer in considering them as spoken by Christ. As the sinner’s Surety, He was truly made sin for His people, so the Scripture declares, yea, also a curse for them. Hence, in the eye of the law, Christ and His seed are one (Galatians 3:13; II Corinthians 5:21). – Robert Hawker
I wonder, if when we preach to others or witness, does the love of God come through? I wonder if when we write of the glorious doctrines of God’s grace, does the love, compassion, and heart of God show forth, or harshness, vengeance, and judgment? I wonder, if in our preaching and witnessing, do those to whom we witness detect not only a belief in what we are saying, but a love for what we believe, and a love for Him whom we believe, and a love for them who do not understand what we say. It was His love that chose us! It was His love that gave us repentance! It was His love that gave us faith! I do not suggest in any way, that we compromise our principles, or our message, or our doctrine, but that our message be tempered with the love and compassion of our Saviour! Are sinners blind? Dead? Deaf? In darkness? Were we not also there once? Then why be angry with them?
- Pastor Henry Mahan
“Of this man’s seed hath God according to His promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus” (Acts 13:23). Christ came to the earth in the flesh to establish a righteousness for, and to put away the sins of, His elect, spiritual Israel – “And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
A Saviour saves…He doesn’t wait for permission from you, He doesn’t wait on a decision from you, He doesn’t wait for you to allow Him to be Lord of your life, He doesn’t wait for you to accept Him as your personal Saviour…He shall save, it is His will to save all the Father gave Him and none can thwart His will – “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” (John 17:4)
Christ came to this earth to save a specific people, and He successfully finished that work, all by Himself, with no help from me or you… “When He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3). That makes Him the Saviour, and me the savee, and I would have it no other way.
– Brian DuFour
The nature of the atonement settles its extent! If the atonement merely made salvation possible, it applies to all men. If the atonement secured salvation for those who are and will be saved, then it has reference only to the elect. – Loraine Boettner