August 21, 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.
Begin my tongue, some heavenly theme
And speak some boundless thing
The mighty works and mightier name
Of our eternal King.
Tell of His wondrous faithfulness
And sound His name abroad
Sing the sweet promise of His grace
And our redeeming Lord.
Proclaim salvation from the Lord
For sinful, dying men
His hand has writ the Holy Word
With an immortal pen.
Oh might I hear Thy heavenly tongue
But whisper, “Thou art mine!”
Those precious words would raise my song
To notes almost divine!
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
I will be visiting the missionaries in Mexico this week and will return on Saturday. Brian DuFour will preach on Wednesday evening.
We rejoice with Amber DuFour and Chong Rose who were baptized last Sunday.
Our sympathy goes out to Steve Sligh and his family on the death of his mother, Kay, who was a faithful member here for many years.
The Danville Bible Conference will be September 2-4.
21st – Mark Ham 23rd – Rych Byrd 24th – John Greenleaf
24th – Don Willis 25th – Elisabeth Marsh
“The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.” - Proverbs 14:15
DID THE EARLY CHURCH MEET TWICE ON SUNDAY?
There is no way of knowing. Perhaps they met three times. The Lord’s Table was first observed at night. In I Corinthians 16:2, the church was said to meet together the first day (Sunday) of the week. John called this day “the Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:10). This day is a special day for the hearing of the Gospel. It is not called the Lord’s morning or the Lord’s evening, but the Lord’s Day. Some have suggested that Sunday evening is an important time for families to be together. Without question, families being together is important. Certainly it would be good to spend every evening Monday through Saturday with the family. But the best thing I can do for my family is have them in the place where Christ has promised His special presence (Matthew 18:20, Rev. 2:1). It is the place His people meet together and hear His words. If He is there, I sure do not want to stay home!
Anytime a preacher presents the grace of God as an offer on God’s part to anybody who is willing to receive it, he has not preached grace as the Bible does. The Bible does not say, “But God, who is rich in mercy for His great love where with He loved us, even when we were dead in sins has offered us His grace”…..it says God hath “quickened us together with Christ, by grace are ye saved.” Grace is not offered; grace is given! And when grace is given, it always saves and is always received! We do not have a choice as to whether or not we will accept God’s offer of grace. Grace saves! Grace is not something we use to aid in our salvation - Grace saves us!
THE WIDENESS OF GOD’S MERCY
There is a limit to God’s mercy. He does not have mercy on all men without exception. He said, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” That fact prevents us from presuming upon His mercy. But there is a wideness to God’s mercy. The wideness of His mercy is measured by the word “whosoever”. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Whosoever is better than if it said our own personal name. There could be another person intended who happened to have my same name. But I am a whosoever! Here is the wideness of God’s mercy…. “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” None who call upon His name shall be denied mercy. That is wide!
THE GRACE OF GIVING
The average person who gives money, gifts, or charity to others may think that this gift of whatever he gives should be regarded as a loss, certainly not called assets, nor investments, nor gain. That is not so! Gifts, money, and alms given to others is no more loss than the seed planted by the farmer is loss. Anything given to others in the name of Christ, for the glory of our Lord, is not loss, but gain in every way. Our Lord said in Luke 6:38, “Give and it shall be given to you…for with the same measure that you give withal it shall be given to you.” This is saying that God uses the same container or measure for our gifts to us as we use for our gifts to others. The more generous the farmer is with his seed, the greater the harvest; and the more generous and loving and giving we are enabled to be, the greater the blessing. No! Giving is not a loss, but a great gain. A person may say, “I cannot afford to give.” If we have an understanding of the grace of God, we cannot afford not to give. – Pastor Henry Mahan
A GOSPEL TO BELIEVE
The Gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus is not a thing to be proved, but a truth to be believed. It is not submitted to our reasoning powers as a subject for critical examination. The Gospel is a MESSAGE FROM GOD, addressed to the conscience, feelings and affections. For this reason, men fond of argument and proving everything by strictly logical deduction generally make very poor preachers. In the Scriptures, God does not argue. He proclaims! - J. C. Philpot
Man’s entire apostasy and death in sin, so that he cannot save himself, and God’s entire supremacy, so that He saves whom He will, are doctrines exceedingly distasteful to human pride. But they are Scriptural. Why was one thief saved and the other lost? “Even so Father for so it seemed good in Thy sight” (Matt. 11:25-27). God was not bound to save the one and He had power enough to have saved the other, and neither could save himself. What made the difference? The Sovereign grace of God! - Horatius Bonar