May 22, 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.
Brethren, let us join to bless
Christ our Peace and Righteousness
Let our praise to Him be given
High at God’s right hand in heaven. (Repeat)
Son of God, to Thee we bow
Thou art Lord, and only Thou
Thou the woman’s promised seed
Thou, who didst for sinners bleed. (Repeat)
Thee the angels ceaseless sing
Thee w praise, our Priest and King
Worthy is Thy name of praise
Full of glory, full of grace. (Repeat)
Thou has the glad tidings brought
Of salvation fully wrought
Wrought, O Lord alone by Thee
Wrought, to set Thy people free. (Repeat)
Thee, our Lord, would we adore
Serve and follow more and more
Praise and bless Thy matchless love
Till we join Thy saints above. (Repeat)
(Tune: “Take My Life and Let It Be” p. 393)
We will honor our graduating High School Seniors after the evening service on June 5th. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
27th – Thomas Kincer 28th – David Walmsley 28th – Stephen Walmsley
“He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is a folly and shame unto him.” - Proverbs 18:13
WHO DO WE WANT TO HEAR PREACH?
This is not an unimportant question because there are some men that I do not want to hear preach. There are three things that need to be in a man for me to want to hear him preach. (1) He must be one that God has sent with God’s message. “How shall they preach except they be sent.” (2) He must live what he believes. “They profess that they know God but in works they deny Him.” (3) He must have my best interests at heart. I have no desire to be a statistic in their ministry. “Being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted to you, not the Gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear to us.”
Another way to say this is….the man I want to hear must have the message, he must be affected by that message, and he must want me to be affected by the message.
IF WE DENY
If we deny that man is dead in sin; that he is nothing, has nothing and can do nothing to merit salvation then we make “man true and God a liar!” If we deny God’s eternal and unconditional election of a people unto salvation; make salvation to be by man’s choice and will, instead of God’s choice, will and purpose; then we exalt man’s will above God’s, dethrone the Almighty and set man up in His place! If we deny the particular and effectual redemption of the elect by the blood of Christ; then we have no gospel to preach, only an atonement that does not atone, a redemption that does not redeem and a saviour that cannot save; we make a mockery of the suffering and death of the Son of God and count the blood of the covenant an unholy (common) thing! If we deny the invincible and essential work of God the Holy Spirit in regeneration and the new birth, then we must deny that “that which is born of the flesh is flesh” and say, “that which is born of the flesh is spirit!” Then we make Him to be less than man and emphatically deny that salvation is of the Lord, Who only can give life to the dead! If we deny the preservation and perseverance of the saints; then we openly declare that there is a power greater than God, one who can frustrate His purpose and pluck the sheep out of the Father’s hand, contrary to the words of the Lord Jesus. “If we deny Him, He also will deny us.” (II Timothy 2:12)
- Pastor Charles Pennington
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (I John 2:1). We are commanded of God to not sin, but I find this very hard to do, if not impossible, because all I do is sin. And the harder I try to stop this, start that, quit this, quit that, I am simply diving deeper into sin, for I am looking to self to fight sin, and walking after the power of the flesh to overcome and live above sin. This is wrong and displeasing to God – “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:8).
So what can I do? He commands me to sin not, and yet I find this task impossible to accomplish. There is only one place to turn for the proper and correct answer to any question – the Word of God. His Word alone is to be our only rule of faith (what we believe) and practice (how we live). And here is what His Word says is the only way for me to sin not and to keep His commandments…. “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment, that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment” (I John 3:22,23). Faith in Christ and love to one another are how believers sin not. Relying on Christ alone, His life is my righteousness, His death is my atonement for sin, thereby making me sinless, “Holy, and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight” (Colossians 1:22). And in loving one another, I have perfectly fulfilled the law and sinned not – “For he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8). This is that faith which worketh by love, a faith that sins not. – Brian DuFour
JOY, REST, AND PEACE IN CHRIST
Any man or woman who claims continual, uninterrupted joy, rest, and peace in this world is either not telling the truth or has no connection with reality! True joy, rest, and peace are things we enjoy in Christ IN THE MIDST of troubles, afflictions, and infirmities. Paul’s exhortation was “Rejoice in the Lord.” When I am conscious of my weakness, failures, and sins, I rejoice in Christ, my righteousness. When I am concerned about food, clothing, and shelter, I rejoice in Christ my provider. When I am sick, Christ is my healer. When I am grieved, Christ is my comfort. When I am faced with death, Christ is my life! So it is not necessary to put on a false face and deceive others. We are still humans; but our peace, rest, and joy is Christ. – Pastor Henry Mahan