April 15, 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
Come, thou Almighty Comforter
And bring upon Thy wing
Sweet consolation to each soul
That we may praise and sing.
We want to hear, we want to see
We want to know Christ more
We want sweet foretastes of His love
As we have had before.
And shall we come in vain to God?
O Lord, that cannot be
Thy promise stands engaged to come
And bless e’vn two or three.
Lord, give more love, more sincere faith
More confidence in Thee
Break off our legal chains, O God
And let our souls go free.
(Tune: “Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 158)
We will have a church dinner Sunday April 29th.
Elisabeth Marsh has moved to California where her son lives. Her new address is: 1737 W. 238th Street Torrance, CA 90501-6107.
16th – Ann Schuyler 18th – Melissa Virgin
20th – Kim Daniel 20th – Becky Rigsby
“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” - Proverbs 16:32
“We are the circumcision.” Paul had just made a play on words regarding those who said physical circumcision was necessary for salvation. He called them “The concision.” Their physical circumcision is nothing more than mutilation. They are the mutilators. “We are the circumcision” …and he gives the three marks of those whose hearts have been circumcised.
1. “Who worship God in the Spirit.” We worship Him for who He is, as He is revealed in His Word, enabled by the Spirit of God, with the nature given to us by the Spirit. “That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” Worship is impossible without the Holy Spirit and this new nature.
2. “We rejoice in Christ Jesus” …that word is the same word translated “glory” in Galatians 6:14. “God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.” All we have confidence in is in Christ Jesus.
3. “We have no confidence in the flesh.” Anything that has the works, the worth, or the will of the flesh as its moving factor, we have no confidence in. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh,” and will never rise higher. We have no confidence in our flesh nor anyone else’s flesh. They that are in the flesh cannot please God.
When you find one who worships God in the Spirit, rejoices in Christ Jesus, and has no confidence in the flesh, you find one who is circumcised.
A PROMISE AND A PRAYER
Here is a precious promise from the Word of God. “Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). God’s sovereign grace simply will not allow any sin to have dominion over any believer. This is the promise of grace! But who among us has not felt that sin did in fact have dominion over them? It seems that I would not continue to commit it if it did not have dominion over me. But the promise of grace is still “sin shall not have dominion over you” (Psalm 119:33). Lord, you promised in Your Word that sin would not have dominion over me, because I am not under law but under grace. Do what You said You would do. Let not any iniquity have dominion over me!
God’s love for us in Christ; God’s righteousness fulfilled for us in Christ; God’s acceptance for us in Christ IS ALL OUR SALVATION – not our works, feelings, nor our righteousness. “My God, when I approach Thy throne and all Thy glory see, this is my stay and this alone, that Jesus died for me.” - Pastor Henry Mahan
WHY PREACH ELECTION?
I have often heard this question asked: “Why preach election?” Here are four reasons why I preach God’s eternal and unconditional election of a people in Christ, unto salvation.
1. God has declared it in His Word (II Timothy 3:16). Since God said it, it is both true and necessary. I do not have authority to omit this truth but rather am obligated to proclaim it. I do not shun to declare it and must not keep back anything profitable (Acts 20:20 & 27).
2. It gives all the glory to God in the salvation of a sinner from beginning to end. Our conformity to Christ and ultimate glorification is inseparably linked to, and begins with our election in Him from eternity. It is all His doing (Ephesians 1:3-4; Romans 8:28-30; II Thessalonians 2:13-14).
3. It is a most comfortable doctrine to the saints. All whom He chose, He has blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ. Nothing needful or necessary has been withheld (Colossians 2:8-9).
4. It shuts men up to God’s sovereign grace and mercy in Christ and excludes boasting. It kills our ideas of salvation by personal merit, works or will and causes us to see Christ, Who is the salvation of God (I Corinthians 1:30-31).
- Pastor Charles Pennington
It would be an utter waste of time to remove the offense of the cross from Gospel preaching. The message of the cross is offensive to the flesh, so the only way to remove that offense is to remove the cross. It would be good for all of us to try to remove from ourselves any offense arising from our methods, conduct or personality; but, if we are to be any glory to Christ or any good whatsoever to those who hear us, we must, with all plainness and diligence, declare the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ in a way that not only does not hide its offence, but actually accents its offense. Those things about our Lord and His cross which are most offensive to the flesh are the very things most helpful to the sinner: man’s total depravity and inability to do anything pleasing to God; God’s sovereign disposition of His grace according to His will in election and predestination; Christ’s effective and particular redemption of God’s elect, and the Holy Spirit’s sovereign, omnipotent call of God’s elect, which call never fails. Yes, we could gain more hearers if we allowed for a little of man’s righteousness, will, and works to enter into the scheme of the Gospel. But it would prove our undoing and the destruction of our hearers. The fact is, the glory and power of the cross lie in its offense. – Pastor Joe Terrell