August 26, 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
Sovereign grace o’er sin abounding
Ransomed souls, the tidings swell
‘Tis a deep that knows no sounding
Who its breadth or length can tell?
On its glories - Let my soul forever dwell.
Who from Christ that soul shall sever
Bound by everlasting bands?
Once in Him, in Him forever
Thus the eternal cov’nant stands
None shall take Thee - From the mighty Saviour’s hands.
On such love, my soul, still ponder
Love so great, so rich, so free
Say, while lost in holy wonder
Why, O Lord, such love to me?
Hallelujah! Grace shall reign eternally!
(Tune: “Look Ye Saints!” p. 141)
THE DANVILLE BIBLE CONFERENCE IS THIS WEEKEND.
Congratulations to Austin and Sarah Groover who were married last week. They are living in Houston, Texas.
30 – Abigail Holthaus 1st – Wanda Frye 1st – Loretta Shearer
“Most men will proclaim every one of his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” - Proverbs 20:6
WHEN THE BECOMES MY
Quite often Paul spoke of “My Gospel.” The truth of the Gospel is not subject to me or any man. The content of the Gospel is not subject to man’s experience of it. “Let God be true and every man a liar.” But the Gospel becomes my Gospel when I experience the Truth. I know the objective truth of Scripture that men are totally depraved, and I know from my subjective experience that I am totally depraved. I know the objective Truth of the Gospel: election by the Father, redemption by the Son, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit. And in my subjective experience I need the Father to elect me, the Son to redeem me, and the Holy Spirit to regenerate me or I will be lost forever. These are not merely doctrines I give assent to, but I need them to be true! The Gospel becomes my Gospel when it is the Gospel that saved me!
In II Timothy 3:16 the Word of God is said to be profitable for correction. The same word is also translated chasten. “As many as I love I rebuke and chasten.” The word means to restore again to an upright state -to bring back to the center. When a plane takes off there is a certain arc it must follow to reach the destination. It is constantly driven off that arc by different variables and has to be corrected to be brought back to that arc. How easily we are drawn off the arc with unbelief, wrong attitudes, wrong actions, and even wrong beliefs. The Word of God is given to correct us. Like silly sheep, we are prone to wonder away. How we need the Shepherd to take His Word and correct us and restore us to the arc, which is looking to Christ.
THE DOUBLE MINDED MAN
James tells us, “The double minded man is unstable in all of his ways.” Who is this double-minded man? The word means literally, “two souled.” It signifies divided interests.
The double-minded man seeks to trust Christ and himself. He believes grace and works. He seeks to be justified by Christ’s righteousness combined with his own. He looks to Christ and himself for sanctification. He attempts to serve the Lord and himself. He keeps one foot in the world and the other in heaven.
James tells us that this man will receive NOTHING from the Lord and is unstable in all of his ways. If you start in the wrong direction, you will end up in the wrong place. What should the double-minded man do? Become a one-minded man! The place to begin is to look to Christ ONLY. If the double-minded man becomes singular in the object of faith, everything else will follow suit.
By God’s all-wise appointment, our assemblies are the life, the food, and the nourishment of our souls. It is the main way whereby we publicly identify with Christ and His Gospel. We evidence our love for Christ by our loyalty and support of one another in opposition to all false worship. Many things will rise up in competition to the diligent attendance of our assemblies. We must recognize and refuse to give in to anything that is opposed to what Christ commands. The total falling away of a graceless professor always begins with this neglect, this disassociation with God’s people. (Hebrews 10:25) - John Owen 1616-1683
“…..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 didn’t have an Advocate with the Father . I viewed myself in the courtroom of heaven looking at the Father as judge, the law as prosecutor, Satan as 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
I longed to understand Paul’s letter to the Romans, but one expression stood in my way – “THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.” I took it to mean that righteousness whereby God is righteous and deals righteously in punishing the unrighteous! Night and day I pondered until I grasped the truth that the righteousness of God is that righteousness whereby in Christ, by Christ and sheer mercy, God justifies us by faith. Thereupon, I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through the door to paradise. The whole of Scripture took on new meaning. Whereas “THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD” had filled me with fear, it became inexpressibly sweet in love.
- Martin Luther