April 29, 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
Within Thy house, O Lord our God
In majesty appear
Make this a place of Thine abode
And shed Thy blessings here. (Repeat)
As we Thy mercy seat surround
Thy Spirit, Lord impart
And let Thy Gospel’s joyful sound
With Thy power reach every heart. (Repeat)
Here let the blind their sight obtain
Here give the mourner rest
Let Jesus here triumphant reign
Enthroned in every breast. (Repeat)
Here let the voice of sacred joy
And fervent prayer arise
‘Til higher strains our tongues employ
In bliss beyond the skies. (Repeat)
(Tune: Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned” p. 52)
Everyone is invited to stay for lunch after the service. There will be no evening service tonight.
We are all easily distracted and the preaching of the Gospel is a time to sit and listen with no distractions. If you have children, please talk to them about being quiet and sitting still. Speak to them about the importance of what we are here for. A young child can sit quietly for the short time we are in service – they do so in school. Please make sure your children use the restroom before service begins. We all realize emergencies can happen so please feel free to get up when they do, but let’s try and keep distractions to a minimal. There is a nursery provided for children under the age of five. Thank you for making this effort so we can all hear the preaching undistracted.
29th – Eric Dickerson 30th – Carol Pruitt 30th – Linda Rutledge
1st – Bob Pruitt 2nd – Mitch Bryan 2nd – Gretta Daniel 4th – Jeffrey Imes
“A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” - Proverbs 17:4
WE BELIEVE AND ARE SURE
This was Peter’s response when the Lord said to the disciples “Will you also go away?” Peter’s response was “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the Living God” (John 6:67-69). When Peter said, “we believe and are sure,” the word sure is the word generally translated “know”. To know means more than having the correct data. There is a relationship of great importance to the thing known. The word is even used to describe the intimate relationship between a man and his wife. What comes first, believing or knowing? While we cannot believe what we have never heard, it is equally true that we do not know until we first believe. We do not know the Bible is God’s Word and then believe. We begin by believing the Bible is God’s Word, and then and not until then do we know it is. The Lord said to Martha, “If thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God” (John 11:40). There is no seeing without first believing. What God’s Word says we believe, and in believing we understand. Faith is before knowledge. If we believe, we will know.
There is but one human righteousness, and it is Christ, His Person and Work. When we speak of “our Righteousness”, we are speaking of Him, for He is eternally, “The Lord our Righteousness” (Jer. 23:6). In this regard, as in all others, nothing can be added to, nor taken away from Him. Our gracious, loving Father has brought us the Best Robe, one woven throughout, without seam. Nothing we do can mar it, no matter how hideous our sin, and no imagined goodness that we perform can add a stitch unto it. Do not presume that works of faith wrought in and through us by God, “Who worketh in us both to will and do of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13), are meritorious in any way or considered as supplemental to His. If we are considered in ourselves at all, even based on our best work, we are undone. And do not despair, though your sin become exceeding sinful to you. “Of God are we in Christ Jesus, Who is made unto us Righteousness” (I Cor. 1:30). We have no other, and need no other. – Pastor Chris Cunningham
Why are the hearts of unconverted people prone to swell with opposition against the saving truths of God’s Word? Because those truths run directly counter to the natural prejudices and the corrupt reasoning’s of self-righteous pride. It stings a Pharisee, who looks for salvation from his own doings, to be told that all who get to heaven must be brought thither, not by works of righteousness which they have done, but by the free, unmingled grace of God in Christ. It quite affronts the free-willer to be informed that it is God Himself Who, by the power of His Spirit, must work in us both to will and to do those things that are pleasing in His sight. Hence it is that the Gospel of Christ meets with hatred and repulse. And hence that remarkable saying, Luke 12:51-52, “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you nay, but rather division: For from henceforth…” The truth is they who receive the Gospel must ever expect to be nibbled at by those who do not receive it. And the apostle’s observation, Galatians 4:29, holds as good, at this present day, as it did when he first committed it to paper.
- Augustus Toplady
We dare not hope to be accepted with God because of anything that is in us by nature, or may be infused into us by grace: we are accepted in the Beloved, and apart from Him we look not to be accepted. Even what the Holy Ghost works in us does not furnish us with any merit which we can plead, for it is a gift of grace, and no part of our justifying righteousness. We rest upon Jesus Christ crucified (His imputed righteousness, atoning blood, and mediation alone), and not upon our faith, repentance, or prayers.
- C. H. Spurgeon
If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me – “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). – Robert Murray McCheyne
How faint the best praise! How wandering the best prayer! How selfish the best gift! When we feel that we are nearest to God, how far off we are! When we feel that we are most like God, how unlike God we are! What did the apostle say? “When I am weak, then am I strong.” Our strength is always Christ, never in anything we are or do.
– Pastor Henry Mahan