May 8, 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
Chief of sinners though I be
Jesus shed His blood for me
Died that I might live on high
Lived that I might never die
As the branch is to the vine
I am His and He is mine.
Oh the heights of Jesus’ love
Higher than the heav’ns above
Deeper than the depths of sea
Lasting as eternity
Love that found me – wondrous thought
Found me when I sought Him not.
Jesus only can impart
Balms to heal the smitten heart
Peace that flows from sin forgiv’n
Joy that lifts the soul to heav’n
Faith and hope that walk with God
In the way that Enoch trod.
Chief of sinners though I be
Christ is All in all to me
All my wants to Him are known
All my sorrows are His own
Safe with Him from earthly strife
He sustains the hidden life.
Oh, my Saviour, help afford
By Thy Spirit and Thy Word
When my wayward heart would stray
Keep me in Thy narrow way
Grace in time of need supply
While I live and when I die.
(Tune: “Rock of Ages” p. 126)
8th – Kim DuFour 10th – Will Hacker 11th – Kate Hands
12th – Nora Squires 13th – Annie Charron
“Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.” - Proverbs 26:20
HOW DO WE CLEANSE OURSELVES?
In II Corinthians 7:1 we are called upon to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit: perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” How do we do that? By cleaning up our act and changing our ways? This I know - when someone is cleansed by God they will in turn cleanse themselves. Where cleansing is, there is confession of sin. “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). Where confession of sin is, there is “purging (cleansing) your conscience from dead works” (Hebrews 9:14). Where this purging of the conscience from dead works is there is a humbling of self before God. “Cleanse your hands ye sinners…humble yourself under the mighty hand of God.” (James 4:8-10). When one humbles himself under God’s hand, they always believe the Gospel, with God “purifying (cleansing) their hearts by faith.” When one believes, he presents himself to God a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:2). We cleanse ourselves when we confess our sin, repent of dead works, humble ourselves before God, believe the Gospel, and present ourselves to God. This is how those, whom God has cleansed, cleanse themselves.
“But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.” – James 5:12
James is not saying we should not seek to be truthful. He is warning against a religion of personal resolve: making promises to God concerning what we will or won’t do. This is doomed for failure because it is of the flesh. We are to present ourselves to the Lord. “Lord, here am I.” Cause me to do your will. “Cause me to both will and do Thy good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13). “Working in me that which is well pleasing in thy sight” (Heb. 13:21). We say with Isaiah, “Here am I, send me.”
All who are justified are debt free before God’s holy law. But that does not mean we are no longer in debt. How indebted we are to our Father who chose us, our Saviour who redeemed us, and the Spirit who gave us life! And we are debtors to all men, to tell them how God can be just and justify the ungodly. Oh, to live in this world as a debt-free debtor!
Contending for the truth against the errors of modern religion is the duty of God’s servants. I hope our spirit is one of genuine love to all the chosen of God; but today’s rule of charity which requires us to keep silent on certain points in order to avoid controversy, I utterly despise. It is treason to the Lord Jesus to be silent on any point where He has spoken and the honor of His Gospel is concerned. It is easy on the flesh to deal in generalities, to denounce hyper-this or hyper-that, and to claim to be a friend to all; but it is required of the loyal servant of King Jesus to maintain His crown-rights and to stand up for His Gospel of Glory and Grace. – Pastor Henry Mahan
He who is blind to the glory of Christ may hold fast to the doctrine of the Gospel yet be enamored of the glory of the world, pursue its fame and fortune, and court its favor. But he who has seen the glory of Christ is dead to the glory of the world, for the world’s glory has been made inglorious by the surpassing glory of Christ. – Pastor Joe Terrell
God deliver me from just reciting factual information about Christ and His work. Give me the message in my heart that I may preach Christ and not just about Him. – Pastor Chris Cunningham