May 6, 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
The Head that once was crowned with thorns, is crowned with glory now
A royal diadem adorns, the mighty victor’s brow
The highest place that heaven affords, is His, is His by right
The King of kings, and Lord of lords, and heaven’s eternal Light.

The joy of all who dwell above, the joy of all below
To whom He manifests His love, and grants His Name to know
To them the cross, with all its shame, with all its grace, is given
Their name, an everlasting name, their joy, the joy of heaven.

They suffer with their Lord below, they reign with Him above
Their profit and their joy to know, the mystery of His love
The cross He bore is life and health, though shame and death to Him
His people’s hope, His people’s wealth, their everlasting theme.

(Tune: “There is a Fountain” p. 222)

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We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.

We extend our sympathy to Norman Frye and his family on the recent death of his father.

Elisabeth Marsh passed away last week in California. She had moved there at the end of March to live near her son.

All ladies are invited to a Bridal Shower for Amanda Carver on June 9th. The invitations are in the foyer.


Birthdays
7th – Kyle Willis 8th – Kim DuFour 10th – Will Hacker
11th – Kate Hands 12th – Nora Squires


“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
– Proverbs 17:17


KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT NEED
There is no salvation apart from the knowledge of the truth. It is impossible to believe what we do not know. But a knowledge without need is worse than not knowing! A man can pick up a Bible and conclude from reading it that men are dead in sins, God elected a people, Christ died for the elect, God’s grace is invincible and toward the elect, and they will persevere unto the end. All that knowledge does is condemn if it is not accompanied with a need. Because of my sinfulness, I need God to choose me. I need for Christ to put away all my sin. I need for the grace of the Holy Spirit to be invincible toward me. I need to be preserved in order to persevere. The doctrine of grace is the doctrine of need! And I need to hear this preached, and I need to preach what I need to hear. Knowledge without need is a greater sin than ignorance. Knowledge without need is in reality a denial of the necessity of what is known. It is the knowledge of which Paul said, “…We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth” (I Cor. 8:1).

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WHAT IS THE REPUTATION OF THIS CHURCH?
Local churches do have reputations. Those reputations are made by the speech and conduct of her individual members. It was said of the church at Rome, “Your faith is spoke of throughout the whole world.” Paul said to the church at Corinth, “It hath been declared unto me…that there are contentions among you” and “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you.” Every local assembly has a reputation; good or bad. What is the reputation of this church? What would people gather by the conduct of her members? What kind of church would this be if everybody followed my example? Remember, we are ambassadors of Christ, and we are ambassadors of His church. Oh, that this church would be known for the Gospel we preach and our devotion to Christ, and not for anything else!


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Having religion is one thing, but knowing and walking with Christ is different! Having religion - the world understands and tolerates. But free grace - the world neither understands, nor tolerates! Any two religious errors can walk together, and permit them both to exist! But the truth of God’s grace cannot exist with error – for one always must go! - Pastor Henry Mahan


IF BAPTISM DOES NOT SAVE, WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Baptism is a ceremony, and nothing more. There is no saving efficacy in it nor is it a means through which grace is conveyed. But, that does not take away from its importance. The marriage ceremony does not cause a man and woman to love one another. They love each other before they participated in the marriage ceremony. But if they refuse to participate in the marriage ceremony, and live together without it, they say by that, that they do not love one another enough to be totally committed to one another. This shows how important the marriage ceremony is. There is no true love without it. Baptism is the same. It does not cause salvation. It speaks of a relationship that was already there before the ceremony. And that relationship was caused by what baptism depicts: Union with Christ. For someone to refuse Baptism is like someone who refuses the marriage covenant and ceremony. That person says by their actions, “I do not love Christ enough to commit to Him.” Love like that is not love at all! Yes, Baptism is important, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16).


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Some people would have us believe that if we preach pure grace it will lead people to licentious living. They say if we remove the law as a guide or motivation for Christian living, people will have nothing to keep them holy. They say to tell a person to just follow Christ doesn’t provide enough structure and will lead people to careless living. Is that where the Gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace in Christ Jesus leads? Grace preachers have always been, and always will be, falsely accused of this devilish lie. The apostle Paul spent most of his time defending the Gospel of grace against this lawmongers view of self-righteousness. “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Romans 6:15). No, grace does not lead to sin, grace leads to Christ. He is able by the law of love and faith to restrain our flesh and make us His workmanship. – Pastor Greg Elmquist


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The ancient Greeks told us to be moderate by knowing our inclinations. The Romans told us to be strong by ordering our lives. Buddhism tells us to be disillusioned by annihilating our consciousness. Hinduism tells us to be absorbed by merging our souls. Islam tells us to be submissive by subjecting our wills. Agnosticism tells us to be at peace by ignoring our doubts. Moralism tells us to be free by acknowledging our failures. Christianity is the unreligion because it is the one faith whose founder tells us to bring not our doing, but our need. – Dane Ortlund