July 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
Rejoice and be glad, The Redeemer has come
Go look in His cradle, His cross, and His tomb
Chorus: Sound His praises; tell the story Of Him who was slain
Sound His praises; tell with gladness He liveth again.
Rejoice and be glad, for the blood has been shed
Redemption is finished, the price has been paid.
Rejoice and be glad, for the Lamb that was slain
O’er death is triumphant and liveth again.
Rejoice and be glad, for He cometh again
He cometh in Glory, the Lamb that was slain.
(Tune: Revive Us Again” p. 485)
Congratulations to Jonathon and Amanda Janes who were married last week!
15th – Pam Murphy 16th – David Vincent
18th – Stephanie Ledford 20th – Jonathan Carroll
“A friend loveth at all times and a brother is born for adversity.”
– Proverbs 17:17
The church is called in I Timothy 3:15 “The pillar and ground of the Truth.” There is an inseparable connection between the church and the truth. She is founded upon the Truth and upholds the Truth to the world. When this connection with the truth is dissolved, she ceases to be a church and becomes a human religious institution void of the Spirit of God.
MAN’S INABILITY: GOD’S ABILITY
Man’s inability and God’s ability. We must believe them both or in reality we believe neither. Those who believe God is omnipotent; whatever He wills must come to pass because He has the ability to make it come to pass, must of necessity believe that man has no ability, and it is only God’s ability that enables him to do what He could not do. If man has some spiritual ability, God’s omnipotence is not needed. But if I realize that my sin has completely disabled me, how thrilled I am to find out that is no hindrance to God saving me! It is Him that works in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). Just as we trust His righteousness only when we see we have none, we look to His ability only when we see we have none. Man’s inability is a platform for God to display His ability in salvation. We truly believe that “He is able to keep that which we have committed to Him against that day.”
“BE YE THANKFUL”
This is a command. “Be ye thankful” (Col. 3:15). In another place Paul said, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thess. 5:18). Being thankful is not being thankful because things could be worse. Being thankful is being thankful because things could not be better! If God really is sovereign, whatever happens is best because He is in control of it. It may bring joy, it may bring sorrow. But whatever it brings, it is best. Whether our hearts are bubbling over with joy or breaking in sorrow, we are thankful. Whatever He does is best! We may not understand how it is best, but we do believe it is best. Therefore we are thankful!
GOD’S GLORY OR MAN’S
A faulty message will produce faulty methods, and a man-centered message will produce man-pleasing methods. If God’s glory is not our aim, then man’s approval will be. For these reasons and more, we preach the Gospel, which is the power of God, and keep our methods in line with that Gospel. – Pastor Paul Mahan
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears”
- II Timothy 4:3
Though I feel compelled to often warn against that which I see in myself and others, namely a tendency toward cold, loveless and Christ-less doctrinal orthodoxy, and Paul’s words often come to my mind as a warning (though I …understand all mysteries, and all knowledge…and have not love, I am nothing), yet I know that the religion of this world poses a problem, which, though no worse in consequence, surely exists on a much greater scale. How relatively few in this world have any understanding of sound doctrine at all, even intellectually? I cannot help but wonder how many people walk this earth having never even heard the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. And for every person who agrees with sound doctrine, yet, being without Christ, they are puffed up rather than built up by it, there must be a thousand who will not endure sound doctrine at all. The truth of the absolute sovereignty of God, the eternal election of the saints, the effectual atonement of Christ, the irresistible power of God’s grace and the salvation to the uttermost of those who come to God by His Son Jesus Christ is still hated as much today as by the Pharisees of old, but if the future tense of Paul’s warning refers to a time when this hatred is more widespread, then surely that time has come. May God give my friends and I a voice and heart to faithfully honor Him in the preaching of the truth of the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make men wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. – Pastor Chris Cunningham
Grace and truth are fitly and inseparably joined together. We cannot have grace without truth, nor truth without grace. Those who reject grace, reject truth, and those who reject truth, reject grace. “Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:21). The grace which saves the sinner is not mere pity and sentiment such as we find in the creature. The grace which saves sinners is established on the principles of an honored law and a satisfied justice (Romans 3:23-26). Grace does not ignore the law nor set aside its requirements. No! It establishes the law (Romans 3:31). Grace establishes the law because it has a Substitute who perfectly fulfilled the law and endured the death penalty for all who believe, in order that God may be both just and justifier.
- Pastor Henry Mahan