September 25, 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
Thy works, not mine, O Christ
Speak gladness to this heart
They tell me all the work is done
They bid my fear depart.
Thy cross, not mine, O Christ
Has borne the awful load
Of sins that no one else could bear
But our incarnate God.
Thy death, not mine, O Christ
Has paid the ransom due
Ten thousand, thousand deaths like mine
Would have been all too few.
Thy righteousness, O Christ
Alone can cover me
No righteousness can satisfy
Save that which is of Thee!
(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom” p. 188)
25th – Daniel Weinstock 26th – Amanda Holthaus
27th – Ryleigh DuFour 28th – John Parker 28th – Ben Walmsley
There are two systems under which all men look the same – law and grace. All who are under the law look the same: guilty. So their end is the same: destruction. All who are under grace look the same: righteous. So their end is the same: blessing. – Pastor Joe Terrell
“A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.” - Proverbs 14:30
Peter warned of “falling from your own stedfastness” (II Peter 3:17). And what will prevent that? “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18). Only growth will prevent this fall. Growth in the knowledge of Christ and growth in grace go together. Where you have the one you will have the other. Growth in grace is the only kind of growth where you become smaller rather than larger. You grow down in your estimate of yourself. You grow in your sense of your need of His grace. But you also grow upward. You love God more and more for who He is! And you grow outward in your love to the brethren. Your heart is enlarged toward them, and toward all men! If I am not growing in grace, I am not living. I will end up falling from my own steadfastness.
Lest any be discouraged, remember, it is growth in grace. It takes grace to grow in grace. And God’s grace is absolutely free. Let’s begin by asking for grace to grow in grace.
I am sometimes troubled when I hear believers ask such questions as, “Must a man go to church to be saved? Must he be baptized in order to enter heaven? Does a man have to live righteously in order to inherit eternal life?” I could understand an unbeliever asking such things. But a believer should already know that it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but by His mercy, He has saved us.” Salvation is not dependent on anything we do, but depends entirely on what God does.
But there is a greater concern that these questions pose. What would motivate a believer to ask such a question in the first place? Is he looking for an excuse to avoid these things and still go to heaven? Doesn’t he want to live righteously? Doesn’t he want to confess Christ? Doesn’t he want to go to church? It makes about as much sense as a man saying, “If I marry this woman, must I live with her?” If he doesn’t want to worship, confess, and follow Christ, he should make no profession of believing Christ. – Pastor Joe Terrell
I believe that all who come to our Redeemer in saving faith do so PERSONALLY. I wish that I could believe God for my family, but unless a man in his own heart believes on Christ, he will perish. Those who come to Christ will come SINCERELY. A man is not only persuaded that Christ is the way, but in his heart he lovingly and sincerely agrees with God’s terms of salvation. “My son, give me thine heart” (Proverbs 23:26). It is the heart or nothing in this heavenly marriage. Also, those who come to Christ do so RATIONALLY, in knowledge and understanding. They know WHAT He saved them from – sin’s curse and condemnation. They know WHO saved them – our Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man. They know HOW He saved them – by His perfect obedience and precious blood. They know WHY He saved them – “according to the good pleasure of His own will” (grace, grace, and more grace). And those who come to Christ come PERMANENTLY, with no intention of ever leaving Him; and, by His grace, with no possibility of ever being forsaken by Him.
- Pastor Henry Mahan
The Gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace in Christ is always offensive to lost religious people. That is the way it was then; and that is the way it is now. The offense of the cross has not ceased (Galatians 5:11). Divine sovereignty puts us all entirely in God’s hands. That offends man’s pride. Total depravity declares man to be basically evil, not good. That offends man’s righteousness. Unconditional election makes salvation a matter wholly determined by the immutable will of God. That offends man’s most treasured god - his will! Limited atonement makes salvation to be merited by and secured by Christ alone. That offends man’s high esteem of his own works. Irresistible grace makes the new birth, repentance, and faith the works and gifts of God the Holy Spirit. That offends man’s arrogant sense of power, his high sense of personal divinity. Perseverance of the saints makes salvation, grace, and eternal life entirely dependent upon the work of God. That offends man’s love of his own righteousness. – Pastor Don Fortner
God’s works will preach themselves; and I think the word of God bears me out. Whenever the Savior wrought a good work, He charged the object to see that he told no man of it; but to show that good works could not be hid, it is said, that the more He charged them, the more they spread it abroad. – William Huntington