October 7, 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
Look upon me, Lord, I pray Thee
Let Thy Spirit dwell in mine
Thou hast sought me, Thou hast bought me
Take my heart and make it Thine.
Nought I ask for, nought I strive for
But Thy grace so rich and free
This Thou givest by the Savior
He hath all things who hath Thee.
Precious is the name of Jesus
Who can half its worth unfold?
Far beyond angelic praises
Sweetly sung to harps of gold.
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land
I am weak, but Thou art mighty
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
I am preaching for the Lincolnwood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas this weekend. Mark Daniel will teach the Bible Study, Bob Coffey will preach this morning, and Andy Davis will bring the message this evening. I will return home tomorrow night, Lord willing.
We will have a Bible Conference November 30 – December 2.
9th Bonnie Squires 11th – Hunter Small
12th – Doug Hacker 13th – Jaime Greenleaf
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” - Proverbs 18:24
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts” (I Peter 3:15). And how do we do that? By believing what He says concerning Himself, our self, and salvation. We obviously cannot make Him holy. He is holy. We sanctify Him when we regard Him as Holy. Nadab and Abihu failed to sanctify Him when they burned incense with strange fire. They failed to use the fire that came from the altar of sacrifice. If we ever approach God on any other ground than the sacrifice of Christ, we fail to regard Him as holy. If we believe salvation is by our works in any way we prove we do not really believe He is holy. What happened to Nadab and Abihu when they failed to sanctify the Lord? “And there went out fire from the Lord and devoured them” (Lev. 10:2). We will have the same end if we fail to sanctify the Lord in our hearts and do not rely wholly on the sacrifice of His Son.
You cannot vanquish a sovereign grace believer. You may think you can, but you cannot. The stones of the great doctrines of grace so fit into each other that the more pressure there is applied to remove them, the more strenuously do they adhere! And mark, my friend, that you cannot receive ONE of the doctrines of God’s grace without believing ALL OF THEM. If you hold that man is utterly depraved, you must draw the conclusion that life and salvation must come from God alone and that our God has the right to give or withhold His mercy as He wills. And if no man will come to Christ unless God chooses and calls him, then you are forced to believe that God elects His people in Christ, the Lord Jesus justifies them by His blood, and through the sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth all of His elect will receive Christ, believe and love Him until God calls them to His glory. Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “Regarding the words of Romans 8:29-30, a man must receive the whole or reject the whole! It puts a strain on judgment and discernment to think that one may believe two or three of these points and not the rest. The doctrines of the fall, election, particular redemption, effectual call, and perseverance stand like soldiers in a square, presenting on every side a line of defense which is hazardous to attack and easy to maintain.” “For whom He did predestinate, them He also called, and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified” (Romans 8:30). - Copied
“How is the believer dead to the world when he lives in the world, works a regular job, raises a family, and owns property in the world?” a young student asked his Bible teacher.
The teacher sent him out to a gravesite of a friend with instructions to criticize the dead friend, harass him, and find fault, and then praise him with glowing terms and brag on him to excess.
Upon his return, the teacher asked, “What did your friend say when you criticized him?” “Nothing.” “How did he react when you praised him?” “It made no difference to him; he is dead!” “That is what it means to be dead to this world,” said the teacher. Its applause means nothing and its hatred means nothing. We neither admire the people of this world nor do we fear them. The riches of this world are but the fancy of fools, and the honors of this world mean little or nothing; for to be a child of God is the highest calling. The religious traditions and ceremonies of the world have no attraction or meaning when Christ is all! That which was once important to us we now consider loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ, our Lord.
This spiritual life in Christ cannot be explained; it must be experienced. – Pastor Henry Mahan
“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom,
and instruction, and understanding.” - Proverbs 23:23
Hold on to the Truth. Today they say it does not matter what we believe; that we should all join together and be one big happy family. To do this you must sacrifice something. I have never seen error compromised. It is always the truth. Somebody has to be wrong. Is it us? It is if we do not hold on to the Truth. We cannot all be right. Is salvation of the Lord, or not?
Is man dead in sin, or not? Does God choose out those on whom to show mercy, or not? Did Christ redeem, or not? Does the Spirit bring us to Christ, or not? Does God keep us safe, or not? This is what it comes down to. Either Christ is all, or He is not. Either Christ came to save sinners, or He did not. – Pastor Milton Howard