January 22, 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
HYMN OF THE DAY
Sovereign grace o’er sin abounding
Ransomed souls, the tidings swell
‘Tis a deep that knows no sounding
Who its breadth or length can tell?
What from Christ that soul can sever
Bound by everlasting bands
Once in Him, in Him forever
None can pluck them from His hands.
Heirs of God, joint heirs with Jesus
Long ere time its race begun
To His name eternal praises
Oh what wonders Christ hath done.
On such love, my soul shall ponder
Love so great, so rich, so free
Say, while lost in holy wonder
Why, O Lord, such love to me?
(Tune; “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
WHAT AM I REALLY LIKE?
A true indicator of what I am really like is seen by how I view others. Do I esteem them highly? Do I esteem my brethren in Christ as better than me? Or am I critical towards them, quick to judge them. How we view our brethren is a good indicator of the state of our hearts.
26th – Mike Farmer 26th – Lynn Nibert
27th – Judy Borders 28th – Ryan Rozeboom
“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” - Proverbs 10:12
WHAT IS CHRISTIAN CHARITY?
It is defined by what it does. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 13 that it suffers long… is patient and forbearing, and is kind…gracious and easy. Charity envieth not the gifts, blessings or position of others. It does not vaunt itself…promote and brag on self. It is not puffed up: swollen with pride and vain glory. Charity does not behave itself unseemly: it is not rude. Charity seeketh not its own: it genuinely is not self-seeking and self-promoting. And charity is not easily provoked: it is not touchy and easily offended. You do not have to walk on eggs shells around it. Charity thinketh no evil: it is not accusing and judgmental. It is not ready to criticize. It rejoiceth not in iniquity: it is never happy over somebody’s fall. It rejoices in the Truth. It bears all things. It covers in silence all things and keeps no records of wrongs. It believes all things: it trusts. It hopes all things. What it cannot see, it hopes for. It endures: bears up under all things. Charity never fails. It is never reduced to inactivity.
That, and nothing less is what Christian charity is. Love is as love does. Is it any wonder Paul called it the more excellent way. “The greatest of these is charity.” If we are known for one thing, may this be it: charity.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Jude says in Jude 22, “Of some have compassion, making a difference.” Some are going through very difficult times. For various reasons they have become doubting and unstable. Perhaps poor decisions or sinful actions have brought these things on them. How should we react? With compassion! Knowing that apart from grace, we would be in the same place. According to Jude, that compassion will make a difference for those people!
When our brethren are weak, when it appears that they are ready to quit the race, let us refresh and strengthen them with love, sympathizing with them, speaking comfortable to them, and bearing their burdens. That is what brothers and sisters do for one another. It is called “love” (Galatians 6:1-3).
I heard someone say, “I get so weary of TRYING NOT TO OFFEND PEOPLE. It seems as if I am forever on guard and upset lest I SAY something, DO something, or HAVE something which OFFENDS SOMEONE!” Beloved, this ought not to be said about believers. But, I can identify with what my friend said; for the one thing I dislike about the ministry, and the one thing that will one day cause me to rejoice when I am no longer involved daily in it, is the constant pressure of “trying to be all things to all people” (I Cor. 9:19-23). The people of the world are naturally offended by our Gospel, by our strong commitment to sovereign grace, and by the fact that we cannot walk with them in their religious and other activities. But the love believers share “doth NOT behave itself unbecomingly, is NOT self-seeking, is NOT easily provoked, touchy, fretful, and offended” (I Cor. 13:5). Am I? Are you a problem-child? A cause for tension, pressure, and sleepless nights? Or are we an encouragement, comfort, and delight to be around? Paul said in Ephesians 4:5, “Let us all GROW UP INTO HIM in all things.” - Pastor Henry Mahan
Recently a preacher told me that although he believed the doctrines of grace, he was not a fanatic about it. He assured me that he sought to reach a proper balance between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility, and he was not concerned about making sure his hearers could cross every “t” and dot every “i”. After hearing him preach, I was convinced that he lived up to what he said. Not only was he not a fanatic regarding the doctrines of grace, you would never even know he believed them at all by his preaching. If a proper balance between sovereignty and responsibility is achieved by silence, he certainly achieved that. Not only did he not concern himself about his hearers not crossing every “t” and dotting every “i”, it was evident that he was not concerned about them crossing any “t” or dotting any “i”.
Give me somebody who is a fanatic about God’s truth! Deliver me from the compromiser who under the guise of “balance” carefully avoids offending anybody! I want to hear a man who does cross every “t” and dot every “i”. After all, the Lord did say, “Verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or title shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
There are two systems under which all men look the same – the 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