August 5, 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
Thy works, not mine, O Christ
Speak gladness to this heart
They tell me all the work is done
They bid my fear depart.
Thy cross, not mine, O Christ
Has borne the awful load
Of sins that no one else could bear
But our incarnate God.
Thy death, not mine, O Christ
Has paid the ransom due
Ten thousand, thousand deaths like mine
Would have been all too few.
Thy righteousness, O Christ
Alone can cover me
No righteousness can satisfy
Save that which is of Thee!
(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom” p. 188)
I am preaching for the Liard Street Baptist Church in Houston, Texas this morning and tonight at the Lincolnwood Baptist Church. Bob Coffey will teach the Bible Study this morning and Mark Daniel will preach both messages today.
There will be a memorial service for Elisabeth Marsh on Tuesday, August 21st here at the church. We will have lunch together afterwards with her family. Please sign the list in the foyer if you are able to attend so we can prepare.
6th – Shawn Benton 6th – Kristen Hands 7th – Leti Anguiano
7th – Lee Anne Walmsley 7th – Aaron Wilson
9th – Isaac Williams 10th – Eric Wilson
“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth
his lips is wise.” - Proverbs 10:19
SWIFT TO HEAR
“Wherefore let every man be swift to hear” (James 1:19). James said in the previous verse, “Of His own will begat He us with the Word of Truth.” Since spiritual life is given through the Word of Truth, we should and must be swift to hear the Word of Truth. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). I certainly do not want to become dull of hearing, but swift to hear!
James goes on to say, “Let every man be swift to heart and slow to speak and slow to wrath.” What God says is infinitely more important than what I have to say. You cannot really hear while you are talking anyway. And if we feel ourselves becoming angry with what God says in the Word read or the Word preached, we are in a dangerous place. In verse 21 James says for us to “Receive with meekness the engrafted Word which is able to save your souls.” When God implants His Word in your heart, that means He has saved you! May we all be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
DENYING THE POWER OF GODLINESS
II Timothy 3:5-12
Paul warns us in II Timothy 3:5 of those who “Have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof.” On the surface these people seem to be devoted. They have a form, an outward semblance of true godliness. They read the Bible and pray. They use words like grace, love, and faith. But there is a fatal flaw in their religion. They deny the power of godliness. How does one deny the power of godliness? There are three ways it can be done.
1) The power of godliness is denied when we deny the source of that power: the sovereign grace of God. When salvation is ultimately conditioned upon the will of God, the source of power is denied.
2) The power of godliness is denied when the means through which the power comes is denied. Romans 1:16 says concerning the Gospel message, “It is the power of God unto salvation.” When someone says it is not necessary to preach or hear the true message of the Gospel, the power of godliness is denied.
3) The power of godliness is denied when the results of that power are denied. When we give sinners some hope that they are saved when they have not bowed to and willingly embraced the Gospel, and when they have not “Denied self, taken up their cross, and followed Him,” we are guilty of denying the power of godliness. May God in His mercy deliver us from this great crime of denying the power of godliness!
WHAT IS YOUR HOPE?
Lay the foundation of your hope in Jesus Christ. Begin with Christ and end with Christ. As Christ Jesus becomes more to you, self will grow less and less. If your faith puffs you up – it is not the faith of Christ. God will help us when we are weak. He will bless us as long as we confess our dependence upon His blessing. He will fill us when we are empty. He will feed us when we are hungry. He will be our all when we are nothing. He will forgive us when we are guilty. But the moment we begin to boast in ourselves and feel sufficient, we will be left to learn, in no uncertain terms, that we are naked, poor, blind, and miserable. Terrible will be the day when proud rebels discover, too late, the dust and ashes of human merit.
- Pastor Henry Mahan
“…We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (I John 2:1). As this verse went through my mind, I was suddenly brought up short by the thought of what a horrible state we would be in if we DID NOT have an Advocate with the Father. I viewed myself in the courtroom of heaven looking at my Father as judge, the law as prosecutor, Satan an accuser, and all my sins as witnesses against me.
Then I looked to the defense attorney’s table and NO ONE WAS THERE! I am not easily affected by imagined thoughts, but the sight of that empty table shook my soul. How thankful I became at the thought that I DO have an Advocate, the defense table is NOT empty. May God make us all more grateful that we have an Advocate with the Father.
- Pastor Joe Terrell
To worship God in the spirit is to worship without the use of idolatrous images and rituals. It is a heart worship of the living God. Yet, it is much more than that. It is worshipping God in the power of and under the influence of the Holy Spirit. True worship is born in the heart by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Word of God, revealing Christ in us; and He causes us to worship God. It is the Spirit of Christ in the heart that produces all characteristics of true worship: humility, faith, repentance, submission, adoration, and obedience to God.
– Pastor Don Fortner