July 10, 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.
Look upon me, Lord I pray Thee
Let Thy spirit dwell in mine
Thou hast sought me, Thou hast bought me
Take my heart and make it Thine.
Nought I ask for, nought I strive for
But Thy grace so rich and free
This Thou givest by the Saviour
He hath all things who hath Thee.
Precious is the name of Jesus
Who can half its worth unfold?
Far beyond angelic praises
Sweetly sung to harps of gold.
Guide me, Oh thou great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land
I am weak, but thou art mighty
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
(Tune: “Jesus Call Us” p. 374)
Sincere appreciation is expressed to each of you who helped with Bible School. There is a lot of planning and preparation for this week. Thank you so much to those who taught the classes, lead the music, helped with the food, crafts and activities, cleaning up, and made it an enjoyable week for our children. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! May the Lord bless it to the good of our children’s souls.
Don Fortner will preach this Wednesday.
15th – Pam Murphy 16th- Heaven Bigelow 16th – David Vincent
“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.” - Proverbs 16:6
“LET US NOT JUDGE ONE ANOTHER ANY MORE” - ROMANS 14:13
This is a command! Whenever we judge, we sin! Why should we not judge one another anymore? Here are 10 reasons…..
1. Because Christ said not to! “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1).
2. Because it is the practice of hypocrisy. “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another thou condemnest thyself: for thou doest the same things (Romans 2:1).
3. When we judge, we assume a position that belongs only to God (James 4:11-22).
4. We do not have enough information to make a right judgment. We do not know the facts! That brother with a limp in his walk has a rock in his shoe that you do not see. If you had it, you would limp also (I Corinthians 4:3-5).
5. That person you are judging does not answer to you. “Who are you to judge another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth” (Romans 14:4).
6. Christ did not have this judgmental spirit. Sinners could be in His presence without feeling threatened or condemned.
7. It is contrary to love. “Love thinketh no evil.” When you love somebody you cover what they do, give them the benefit of the doubt, and put the best construction upon what they do.
8. It is contrary to the law of Christ. “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
9. If we judge, we will be judged. “Judge not that ye be not judged, for with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged, for with the same measure you mete, it will be meted to you again.” What goes around, comes around…..if I judge, I will be judged.
10. Judging is the mark of a Pharisee. “He spake this parable unto certain that trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.” LET US NOT JUDGE ONE ANOTHER ANY MORE.
“I am what I am by the grace of God.” I see that I am a sinner, and it is only by grace that I see that. I am elect, justified, redeemed, sanctified, adopted, regenerated, preserved, and glorified solely by the grace of God. I am a believer, and that is by grace. I am repentant, and that is by grace. I am one who has been saved by grace. “Unto me, who am least than the least of all saints is the grace given, that I should preach among the gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” Truly, “I am what I am by the grace of God.”
THE WILL OF MAN
“He delivered Jesus to their will…” – Luke 23:25
And what was their will? “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.” That is man’s will in a nutshell. That teaching that says God wants to save all men, Christ died for all men, and the Holy Spirit is calling all men, but man’s salvation is ultimately dependent upon his own will, is a lie! Those who preach such a message do not preach the Gospel. When men were left to their will, unrestrained by God, they murdered the Son of God!
To give man’s will such an exalted place in salvation is to deny the sovereignty of God, deny what the Bible teaches concerning the sinfulness of man, and deny that salvation is all of God’s grace. Don’t think that the belief that man’s will has the ultimate say in salvation is merely a less enlightened view of the Gospel. It is another gospel! It makes man’s will the saviour, and not Christ!
LOOK TO CHRIST, DON’T LOOK TO FAITH
Someone recently asked me, “How can I keep my faith and trust in difficult times?” I am not sure what they were going through, but they wanted some scripture that dealt with this, and the Lord brought Peter to my mind, walking on the water to the Lord Jesus… “And beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” (Matthew 14:24-33)
Why did he begin to sink? Because he took his eyes off Christ and started looking at the wind and the waves, the trouble all around him…but notice, when he got in over his head in trouble, (as it seems the person was that asked me this question about keeping their faith) Peter didn’t try to restore his faith or keep the faith or work up a stronger faith, but he cried, “Lord, save me!”
I don’t go to my faith in times of trouble, I go to Christ, and in going to Christ my faith resurfaces…for looking to Christ is faith. Don’t make faith your savior…your faith did not live for you, die for you, and intercede for you – Christ does. He alone is my salvation, my help, my strength, my everything – faith simply believes that. “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22) - Brian DuFour