August 19, 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
Now may the Lord reveal His face
And teach our stamm’ring tongues
To make His sovereign, reigning grace
The subject of our songs.

No sweeter subject can invite
A sinner’s heart to sing
Or more display the glorious right
Of our exalted King.

Grace reigns to pardon crimson sins
To melt the hardest heart
And from the work it once begins
It never once departs.

‘Twas grace that called our souls at first
By grace thus far we’re come
And grace will help us through the worst
And lead us safely home.

(Tune: “Am I A Soldier?” p.414)


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We welcome Missionary Cody Groover and his wife Winna who are with us today. Cody will preach this morning. Pastor David Pledger and his wife Pat of the Lincolnwood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas will be with us this evening and he will bring the message.

All ladies are invited to a Bridal Shower for Delena Wilson this Saturday Aug. 25th at 10:30am in the fellowship hall. Please RSVP in the foyer.

There will be a memorial service for Elisabeth Marsh this Tuesday at 11:00am 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.


Birthdays
19th – Nora Imes 19th – Allison Vincent 19th – Sharon Vincent
21st – Mark Ham 23rd – Rych Byrd 23rd – Mike Carver 24th – John Greenleaf 24th – Don Willis

“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” - Proverbs 24:16


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IF BAPTISM DOES NOT SAVE, WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Baptism is a ceremony, and is 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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THE BELIEVER’S RULE OF LIFE
I left the pulpit one night and a fellow asked me, “Do you believe ‘the law’ to be a believer’s rule of life?” He seemed surprised when I told him I did not. His very next question was, “How do you know how to live?” I told him immediately that I lived just as the Apostle Paul, “The life that I now life, I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Gal. 2:20). This was the rule of life for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Abel and all others who have nothing but Jesus Christ to live upon. Someone would say, “You mean you live as you want to?” I wish I could: I’d be filled with the Spirit, I would never sin again, all my motives would be pure, I’d be delivered from this body of death. Oh, I wish I could live just like I want to. The closest thing I have found to living just like I’d like to is living by faith upon Jesus Christ the Dear and Blessed Son of God. – Pastor Bruce Crabtree


SAVED BY CHRIST
If salvation depends upon our being or doing anything, we shall inevitable be lost. Thank God, it does not; for the great fundamental principle of the Gospel is that Christ is all; man is nothing. It is not a mixture of Christ and man – it is all of Christ. The peace of the Gospel does not rest in part on Christ’s work and in part on man’s work; it rests wholly on Christ’s work, because that work is perfect, perfect forever; and it renders all who put their trust in Him as perfect as Himself! Christ must either be a whole Saviour or no Saviour at all. The moment a man says, “Except you be this or that, you cannot be saved,” he totally subverts the Gospel; for in the Gospel I find Christ coming down to me, just as I am – a lost guilty, self-destroyed sinner; and coming, moreover, with a full remission of all my sins, and a full salvation from my lost estate, all perfectly wrought by Himself on the cross. – C. H. Mackintosh

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“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me.” – Psalms 138:8
If we indulge in any confidence which is not grounded on the Rock of ages, our confidence is worse than a dream, it will fall upon us, and cover us with its ruins, to our sorrow and confusion. All that Nature spins time will unravel, to the eternal confusion of all who are clothed therein. The Psalmist was wise, he rested upon nothing short of the Lord’s work. It is the Lord who has begun the good work within us; it is He who has carried it on; and if He does not furnish it, it never will be complete. If there be one stitch in the celestial garment of our righteousness which we are to insert ourselves, then we are lost; but this is our confidence, the Lord who began will perfect. He has done it all, must do it all, and will do it all. Our confidence must not be in what we have done, nor in what we have resolved to do, but entirely in what the Lord will do. – C. H. Spurgeon

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If our hope lies in us, or in what we do, it is a delusion. If our hope lies in this church it is a lie. If our hope stands with one foot on the work of Christ and the other foot on our own merits, it will fail us. Hope in Christ is the only hope which can be acceptable to God. Our only hope of Heaven will be through Christ alone. Here our hope begins, and here our hope ends.
- Pastor Milton Howard