January 1, 2012
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.
How rich the depths of love Divine
Of bliss a boundless store
Dear Saviour let me call Thee mine
I could not wish for more – I could not wish for more.
On Thee alone my hope relies
Beneath Thy cross I fall
My Lord, my life, my sacrifice
My Saviour and my all – My Saviour and my all.
How great Thy wisdom, power and grace
That in redemption shine
The heavenly hosts with joy confess
The work is all Divine – The work is all Divine.
Before His face they cast their crowns
Those crowns which Jesus gave
And with ten thousand, thousand tongues
Proclaim His power to save – Proclaim His power to save.
(Tune: “Majestic Sweetness” p. 52)
NO EVENING SERVICE TONIGHT
We rejoice with Tim Diddle who will confess Christ in Believer’s Baptism at the close of the service this morning.
A RESOLVE FOR THE NEW YEAR
“Follow after charity” (I Cor. 14:1). The NIV reads, “Make love your aim.” May this be our predominant desire for the coming year. Pursue a love to God for who He is in the trinity of His sacred Persons. A love that is not in word only but in deed and truth. Pursue a love to our brethren in Christ that makes us see them as their Redeemer sees them (Holy), and treat them as we would desire to be treated. Pursue a love to men that causes us to preach the Gospel unto them, and seek their salvation. If we make love our aim, we shall get what we are after!
1st – Wyatt Davis 3rd – Rachel Sullivan 5th – Mike Mohr
6th – Nathaniel Sligh 7th – Henry Lynn
“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”
- Proverbs 10:12
WHAT KIND OF PRAYER DOES GOD HEAR?
The Lord “Spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). When we pray, we do what believers do. We pray. We believe God hears and answers prayer. We believe God works through prayer. What is involved in the prayer God hears?
1. The name of Christ. When we pray in His name, we confess that the only reason we are heard is for Christ’s sake.
2. Faith. We believe that God is. He is able to hear and answer our prayers. He does in fact hear them. We believe He will answer them. Either with a yes if it be consistent with His will, or a no.
3. Sincerity. God is Spirit. He searches the heart. It is offensive to Him when we utter words before Him in which our hearts do not join.
4. Reverence. This is that holy fear that is the beginning of wisdom.
5. Humility. The state of heart which is produced by an awareness of
God’s holiness and our personal sinfulness.
6. Importunity. Shameless persistence. We greatly desire what we are asking for.
7. Submission. We say from our hearts regarding our request, “Let Thy will be done.” We believe if the answer to our request is no, it is best that we do not have it. Our prayer is, “Not my will, but Thine be done.”
If these seven things are not there, whatever it was we were doing, it was not prayer.
In vain do we claim to be saved if the world still rules our heart. Divine grace not only delivers from the wrath to come, but even now effectually “teaches” its recipients to deny “all ungodliness and worldly lust, that we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world” (Titus 2:12). Our Lord says, “Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” That is, to turn away from all that stands in competition (for our affections) with the Lord Jesus, he cannot become a Christian. – Pastor Scott Richardson
THREE NECESSITIES FOR KNOWING THE TRUTH
There are three things that are necessary for a man to know the Truth. (1) He has to hear the message of the Scriptures. “Thy word is truth.” There is no knowledge of the truth apart from the written word of God. (2) The Holy Spirit. Paul said, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither indeed can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Cor. 2:12-14). The only way a man can really know the Truth is for the Spirit of God to make the Truth known, and give him the new heart to receive it. (3) There must be a willingness to do His will. “If any man will do His will, he will know of the doctrine, whether it be of God” (John 7:17).
Without these three things, there is no knowledge of the Truth. But with the Word, the Spirit, and a heart made willing to do His will, there will be a saving knowledge of the Truth.
Mr. Spurgeon once said something like this: “When I looked at Christ the dove of peace flew into my heart. When I looked at my heart the dove of peace flew out.”
If a man could be saved by a lie it would be a lying salvation. Truth alone can work results that are true. Therefore, keep on teaching the Truth. God help you to proclaim the precious Truth about the bleeding, dying, risen, exalted, coming Saviour; and God will bless it.
- C. H. Spurgeon