July 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.
O Thou, from Whom all goodness flows
I lift my heart to Thee
In all my sorrows, conflicts, woes
Dear Lord, remember me.
When groaning on my burdened heart
My sins lie heavily
My pardon speak, new peace impart
In love remember me.
Temptations sore obstruct my way
And ills I cannot flee
O give me strength, Lord, as my day
For good remember me.
Distressed with pain, disease, and grief
This feeble body see
Grant patience, rest, and kind relief
Hear and remember me.
If on my face, for Thy dear Name
Shame and reproaches be
All hail reproach, and welcome shame
If thou remember me.
The hour is near; consigned to death
I own the just decree
“Savior,” and with my parting breath
I’ll cry, “Remember me.”
(Tune: “Majestic Sweetness”)
21st – Courtenay Howard 3rd – Tracy Coffey
“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” - Proverbs 24:16
FISHERS OF MEN
“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” -Matthew 4:19
Works religion has put a wrong emphasis on witnessing to others. The motive, method and message is wrong! The Lord said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” (Matthew 23:15)
Could it be in our fear of being like them, we are throwing out the baby with the bathwater? If we are not fishing for men, we are not following the Master! Since “Faith cometh by hearing”, and we know that none will be saved apart from hearing the Gospel, we want men to hear! We know we cannot save them, but He can. I fear us becoming stagnant, coming to services, hearing and leaving, our duty being done. You cannot know Christ and not want others to know Him. You cannot be saved by His grace and not want fellow sinners to be saved by His grace. Have we lost sight of His great commission – “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” When the church of Jerusalem (not just the preachers) were scattered by persecution, they “went everywhere preaching the Word” (Acts 8:4). May we have a renewed vision to be fishers of men, seeking the salvation of our families, co-workers, and neighbors: witnessing to them by our life and words, bringing them to hear the Gospel. I know the Lord will bless that effort according to His will.
WHAT FREE WILL DENIES
Before we can see what free will denies, we first have to know what is meant by free will. Free will says that a man’s destiny is dependent upon the choice he makes. His will is free to choose to allow God to save him, or reject God’s offer of salvation. His eternal destiny is determined by his free will.
If I believe my will is free, there are three things I deny. (1) I deny that God is sovereign. I say His sovereignty does not extend to my will. That is a complete denial of His sovereignty. (2) I deny that I am a sinner in the biblical definition of the word. According to the Bible, men are dead in sins (Ephesians 2:1). That means they are completely unable to do anything to save themselves. Free will is a denial of that. (3) Free will is a denial of free grace. You cannot believe in salvation by grace and free will. Free will is nothing less than salvation by works. The teaching of free will is a denial of the Gospel!
THE WORK AND EFFECT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”(Isaiah 32:17)
We’ve all been asked, or heard someone get asked this question, “Have you made your peace with God?”, implying there is something you can do, or some bargain you can make with God, to be at peace with Him. The only true peace is scriptural peace, and the scripture at the beginning of this article says, “the work of righteousness shall be peace”…when Christ worked out a perfect righteousness through perfect obedience to God’s holy law, so did every believer united to Him, and we are now at peace with God through Christ’s work of righteousness. And the effect of Christ’s righteousness freely given to me is “quietness and assurance for ever.” Quietness before my conscience, Satan, or any accusers…because they have nothing to accuse me of. I do not have to defend myself, for “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that jutifieth” (Romans 8:33). And my assurance (place of refuge, safety) is a scriptural assurance, for “I will both lay me down in peace and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8). Every believer dwelling in Christ, dwells in safety and assurance, in perfect peace with God their Father, through the work of Christ’s righteousness. – Brian DuFour
“The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing.”
- Hebrews 9:8
If the tabernacle of my obedience to the law still stands, Christ has not yet been manifest. Christ is the way into the Holy of Holies. Our Lord Jesus Christ is God’s Holiest of All. When my life is hard and complicated and sins plague my heart and mind I must never look to the first tabernacle of my works for anything. In fact I must flee that fiery mountain lest it consumes me for my sins. And where do I flee? I flee to God’s own beloved Son who entered into the Holiest of All with His own blood after putting away sin forever. The tabernacle represents anything other than Christ, and that it still stands shows that all men by nature still cling to it because they hate the thought of salvation being out of their hands. But when by faith the tabernacle falls by the mighty axe blow of the Gospel and Christ is revealed to be all in my salvation, I rejoice forever more. Believer let me encourage you and myself to not go to the law for forgiveness, there is none there, but when in trouble, see the law as an old thing, and look to the revealed Savior of sinners, The Lord Jesus Christ. – Matt Vincent