December 11, 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.
Compared with Christ, in all beside
No beauty can I see
The one thing needful, dearest Lord
Is to be one with Thee.
The sense of Thy redeeming love
Into my soul convey
Thyself bestow, for Thee alone
My All-in-all, I pray.
Less then Thyself will not suffice
My comfort to restore
More than Thyself I can not crave
And Thou cans’t give no more.
Loved of my God, for Him again
With love intense I’d burn
Chosen of Thee ere time began
I’d choose Thee in return.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
We rejoice with Sean Stapleton who will confess Christ in Believer’s Baptism this evening.
We will have one morning service at 11:00am on Dec. 25th and January 1st. No Bible study or evening services these dates.
13th – Joey Borders 14th – Christie Small 16th – Cindy Farmer
“He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” - Proverbs 17:27-28
FOLLOW AFTER CHARITY
Paul had already said that charity was the more excellent way, that it never failed, and that it was the greatest of the three things that abide: faith, hope, and charity. And he then calls on us to follow charity. The same word is translated “press”. Press toward charity. “Pursue.” Pursue charity. “Given.” Given to charity. Make charity your aim, goal, and objective. Follow after love to God as He is; a love that is not only in word, but in deed and truth. Follow after love to His people; a love that loves them as He loves them. Follow after love toward all men; a love that expresses itself in preaching the Gospel to them and doing them good. This is the true badge of discipleship. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
THE KEY TO KNOWING THE TRUTH
“If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17). Many believe error. Few believe the truth. What is the key to knowing and believing the truth? First, we have to hear the truth. You cannot believe what you have never heard. But equally important is a desire to do God’s will. If that is our desire, the Lord will not let us be deceived. When error is believed and received, there is a sinful reason behind it. It is to protect something that we shouldn’t or enable us to justify our sin in some way. False doctrine is not an intellectual problem, but a sin problem. Whenever false doctrine is believed and received, there is an unwillingness to do His will.
“I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Contentment is satisfaction with whatever God does. It is not envious at the blessings others have. It does not fret over circumstances. It does not covet what it does not have. It is humble, being content with anything because it knows it deserves nothing. It is not ambitious for greater recognition. It believes all of God’s providence is good. Contentment arises from trust. God is too wise to err, too kind to be cruel, and too powerful to not be the first cause of all things. A content person is a happy person. A discontent person is a dissatisfied, envious, covetous, proud, ambitious, mistrusting, unhappy person.
“My grace is sufficient for you.” This is the promise of Christ to every believer! For some reason, it is easier for me to believe that it is sufficient for somebody else than it is for me. But all that is, is unbelief! If salvation is all by grace, then His grace is sufficient for me to have full assurance of salvation. When I lack this, I am not really believing that His grace is sufficient for me. Unbelief is failure to believe the truth. Oh my soul, believe His grace is sufficient for thee.
Horatius Bonar once wrote:
“Beloved, Let us love, for love is of God
In Christ alone love has its true abode.
Beloved, let us love, for those who love,
They only are His Sons, born from above.
Beloved, let us love, for love is rest,
And He who loveth not remains unblest.
Beloved, let us love, in God’s love is light,
And He that loveth not, dwells in the night.
Beloved, let us love, for only thus
Shall we behold that God who loveth us.”
Religion without love is like a body with out life,
It is offensive and needs to be buried from sight.
Religion without love is like a contaminated well,
A sign should be posted, “Do not drink this water.”
Religion without love is like the kiss of Judas,
Which hides the fatal sword.
Religion without love is a form of Godliness denying the power…
Is a house built on sand which shall fall.
Is a branch which bears no fruit.
Is a cloak covering an unregenerated heart.
- Pastor Henry Mahan