January 8, 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.

With harps and with vial there stands a great throng
In the presence of Jesus and sings this new song
To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin
To Him be the glory forever, Amen.

All these once were sinners, defiled in His sight
Now arrayed in pure garments, their voices unite
To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin
To Him be the glory forever, Amen.

He maketh the rebel a priest and a king
He hath brought us and taught us this new song to sing
To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin
To Him be the glory forever, Amen.

Aloud in His praises our voices shall ring
So that others, believing, this new song shall sing
To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin
To Him be the glory forever, Amen.

(Tune: “How Firm a Foundation”)


I am preaching today in Pennsylvania and will return this evening. Bob Coffey will bring the message this morning and Gabe Stalnaker of Central Grace Church in Rocky Mount, Virginia will preach this evening.

8th – Nancy Benton 8th – Rachel Harries 8th – Thom Schuyler
9th – Emily Bryan 9th – Renee Culver 10th – Cali Warta
12th- Aaron Sligh 13th – Wilma Warta

“As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.” - Proverbs 11:22

Paul spoke in Galatians 5:11 of the offence of the cross. The word offence is also translated as “a stumbling stone.” We have all been offended. We have felt wronged - even violated. We have all heard that which made us stumble. The implications of what was said made us feel we cannot go in that direction.
The preaching of today is offensive. But not in the manner Paul spoke of. It is offensive to God because His Word is not plainly declared. Preachers preach in code, saying things in a way to keep all happy and offend none. It is offensive to believers because when the offence is removed, the Gospel is removed, and they do not hear that which they must hear. When I hear a message I must ask the question. Where is the offence? This I know, if my message does not offend men I can be sure it offends God. Paul said in the previous verse of these men who remove the offence, “He that troubleth you shall be His judgment, whosover He be.” And he said in the following verse regarding these men, “I would that they were even cut off that trouble you.” Oh, for a revival of the offence of the cross.

As Christ’s righteousness is the only merit that can exalt us to the presence and to the kingdom of God; so that doctrine alone is to be considered as evangelical which depresses the righteousness of man, and exalts the righteousness of Christ: leading us to trust, not on what we do, but singly on what He has done and suffered for us. The business of the Law is to knock us down from the pedestal of self-confidence, and to grind us small; as Moses ground to powder, and dispersed the materials of the Israelitish idol. The business of Grace is to lift us from the dust, to settle us upon Christ the rock of ages, to put a new song of free salvation into our mouths. – Augustus Toplady


Sound doctrine, as described in the Scriptures, is teaching that sets forth the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, nothing more or less that the Gospel. Mere orthodoxy for the sake of being right, is nothing more or less than self-righteousness.
- Pastor Chris Cunningham

There is not a word in the Bible which is extra crucem which can be understood without reference to the cross. – Martin Luther

Bless the Lord, Oh, My Soul
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all of His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities.” - Psalm 103:2
Every time I read this Psalm, I must stop in wonder at the very first of God’s benefits mentioned, “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities.” There are many blessings mentioned afterward, but none can rival the glory and sheer wonder of this first one. That He should be willing to forgive my “smaller offenses” is a wonder; or that He should be willing to forgive an offense once or twice. But the He would, yea, does forgive all my iniquities each and every time they appear is more that this poor sinner can grasp. He has not dealt with me according to my transgressions, nor shall He ever. He has removed my transgressions as far from me as the east is from the west. Having withdrawn the frowning face of a Judge, He has shown me the merciful face of a loving Father. Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all the redeemed of the Lord, bless His holy name with me. Forget not this one wonderful benefit, and it shall give strength to your heart and health to your bones. All that is within me bless His holy name! - Pastor Joe Terrell


The Scriptures speak of a threefold trust by which we are saved. First, we are told that God the Father trusted Christ as our Surety. Before the worlds were made, our blessed Savior stepped forth and volunteered to assume all responsibility for the salvation of His chosen; and the Triune Jehovah trusted Him with all the elect, all the glory of God, and all things (Eph. 1:12; John 6:37-40; 17:6, 9, 11-12).
While He walked on this earth, fulfilling all righteousness as our Representative, our Lord Jesus Christ trusted God perfectly as a man. Yes, He trusted in God as our Mediator (Hebrews 2:13; Isaiah 8:18). We are told repeatedly in the Book of God that we are saved “By the faith of Christ” (Rom. 3:22; Gal. 2:16, 20; 3:22; Eph. 3:12; Phil. 3:9). Then, when born again by the omnipotent mercy and grace of God in the Holy Spirit, every chosen, redeemed sinner trusts Christ as His Redeemer and Savior, looking to Christ alone for all His wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (Eph. 1:13-14; Psalm 18;2; Isaiah 12:1-6). – Pastor Don Fortner