December 4, 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.
This promise is proclaimed
To all who trust in Christ
Christ Jesus keeps His saints secure
They cannot be condemned.
Though oft I sin, I know
And feel so very low
Nothing I say, or feel, or do
Will change my God, I know.
His Word can never be
Broken or changed at all
This sinner, justified by grace
From grace can never fall!
No sin can justice charge
Against my ransomed soul
When Jesus died, He paid my debt
Not part, but paid in whole.
(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom Lord” p. 188)
All adults are invited to our party this Friday, Dec. 9th at 7:00pm at the Hartland
Clubhouse. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
4th – Jennifer Dent 5th – Andy Davis 5th – Shirley Rozeboom
9th – Chuck Mohr 9th – Ben Small 10th – Julie Morris
AMBASSADORS OF CHRIST
Every believer is an ambassador of Christ. That is our purpose in life! Our
purpose in life is not to gratify ourselves, reach our goals, or to have a good
time. Our purpose is to glorify God as ambassadors of Christ! At all times;
wherever we go and whatever we do, we are representatives of the Lord Jesus
here on earth by our words and conduct. May God give us grace to be His ambassadors
in such a way as to bring glory to His name!
“He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is
like one that taketh a dog by the ears.” - Proverbs 26:17
THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH
Faith is the salvation grace. “Thy faith hath saved thee.” “By
grace are ye saved through faith.”
But not only is it the salvation grace: it is the root of every other grace.
You cannot trust Him and not love Him. Meekness comes from trusting Him in whatever
He does with me. It is only the humble soul that looks to Him only. The joy
and peace we experience comes in believing. Courage is the fruit of faith. Zeal
comes from believing Him. Generosity is born of trusting Him for our needs.
Patience comes from believing He is in control. Hope is derived from faith.
Is it any wonder Paul said, “Above all things take the shield of faith.”
Faith is the only moveable piece of the Christian armor. It protects the heart,
the head, and everything else. Faith is the gift of His grace. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
TO DIE IS GAIN
Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil.
1:21). What assurance Paul had that would cause him to look upon his own death
as gain! Question - Is there any reason why any believer should not speak with
this same confidence? Since we are all saved the same way Paul was, by the righteousness,
shed blood, and sovereign grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have no reason
to have any less confidence then he did! Did Paul look to Christ alone? “Of
course he did,” you say. Do you? If you do, you can say with Paul….
“To die is gain.” Remember, “To be absent from the body is
to be present with the Lord.”
GRACE AND HOLINESS
“By grace are ye saved.” Not merely exempt from the punishment due
to sin, but saved from sin! Yes, saved from the penalty of sin. But saved from
the power of sin also! “Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you
are not under law, but under grace.” If our view of grace merely leaves
us feeling o.k. with our sin, because salvation is by grace, we have not understood
grace. Grace is not exemption from holiness. It is the cause of holiness. Where
there is no holiness, there is no grace!
When a person believes and receives our Lord Jesus Christ, he is at that moment
(in God’s sight) as if he had never sinned at all. I will go a step further
than this! When we receive our Lord, we are in a much better position then if
we had never sinned at all. For if we had never sinned, we would trust our own
righteousness and we would be subject to fall as Adam did (who had never sinned).
But now thru faith in Christ we have His perfect righteousness, which cannot
ever fail, nor fall!
When the fig leaves of self are gone – we have the robe of His perfect
obedience forever! “For He hath clothed me with the garment of salvation
– He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10)
- Pastor Henry Mahan
One of the main objectives of the ministry of the Gospel is to convince sinners
of their sin and misery without Christ. Men will not come to Christ Jesus until
they are so convinced. “The well do not need a physician.” If you
love your soul, seriously meditate upon this fact and do not allow pride to
rob you of the TROUBLING but PLEASANT realization that YOU ARE A SINNER! Christ
is the friend of sinners.
- Pastor Henry Mahan
There is a magnificent simplicity and singularity in the Gospel. How merciful
is our God to take such wondrous things and bring them to a succinct point,
thereby making misunderstanding an impossibility. There is one way, one truth,
one life, one faith, one Lord, one baptism. A person cannot claim that he does
not understand, he can only admit that he does not believe. – Pastor Tim