November 30, 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
Jesus Christ our God and Savior
Guide, and counselor, and friend
Bearing all our misbehavior
Kind and loving to the end.
Nothing but Thy blood, O Savior
Can relieve us from our smart
Nothing else from guilt release us
Nothing else can melt the heart.
Law and judgment do but harden
All the while they work alone
But a sense of blood-bought pardon
Soon dissolves a heart of stone.
Trust Him, He will not deceive us
Though we see through glass so dim
He will never, never leave us
Nor will we depart from Him.
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
Friday 7:00pm - Bruce Crabtree & Don Fortner
Saturday 6:00pm - John Chapman & Donnie Bell
Sunday 10:00am - Tim James & Greg Elmquist
Order forms for copies of the messages are in the foyer.
The preacher’s class will meet Saturday morning at 10:00am.
Everyone is invited to stay for pizza and dessert tonight and lunch on Sunday afternoon.
“He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.” - Proverbs 17:15
2nd – Susan Holthaus 2nd – Kara Imes 3rd – Tom Brice 3rd – Kelly Byrd
4th – Jennifer Dent 5th – Andy Davis 5th – Shirley Rozeboom
WHAT IS SOVEREIGN GRACE?
It is God’s grace. It is saving grace. It is grace on purpose. It is Scriptural grace. It is the only kind of grace there is. By the very definition of the term grace (unmerited favor), if it is not sovereign grace, it is not grace at all. The word “grace” may be used, but if it is not sovereign grace, it is works in grace clothing.
One of the most precious promises of the Scripture is, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This means more than calling out His name audibly. His name is His attributes. When the Lord proclaimed His own name before Moses, He gave eight of His attributes (Exodus 34:5-8). I need to be saved. I need to be saved from my sin and my sins. I need to be saved from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, the commission of sin, and the presence of sin. When I call upon His name to save me, I am asking Him to save me by His sovereign will, power, justice, wisdom, or any of His other most excellent attributes. I am calling on Him to do for me what only He can do: save me! What a precious promise! “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” Not might or maybe, but shall be saved. I’m calling! Lord, save me!
How is love to God expressed? It is expressed by love to His people. How I love the Lord is only seen in how I love you. To say I love Him and to then mistreat you makes my profession of love to Him hollow and meaningless. As John said, “Let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and truth.”
If a person is near-sighted, he only needs corrective glasses, but if He is blind, he needs the miracle of sight. If a man is sick, he only needs medicinal help, but if he is dead, he needs the miracle of life. If a man has only strayed from the way, he needs directions, but if a man is completely lost, he needs to be found! - Rolfe Barnard
For every pain we must bear, for every sorrow, every care,
There is a reason!
For every falsehood that is said, for every tear that is shed
There is a reason!
For every grief, for every trial, for every weary lonely mile
There is a reason!
For we will trust God as we should
All this will work together for our good
Because our God is the reason!
There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, they believe that sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that sovereignty over-rules them, and that sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children ought more earnestly to contend than the doctrine of their Master over all creation, the kingship of God over all the works of His own hands, the throne of God and His right to sit upon that throne. On the other hand, there is no doctrine more hated by worldlings, no truth of which they have made such a football as the great, stupendous, but yet most certain doctrine of the sovereignty of the infinite Jehovah. Men will allow Him to be in His workshop to fashion worlds and make stars. They will allow Him to be in His almonry to dispense His alms and bestow His bounties. They will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends His throne, His creatures gnash their teeth. And we proclaim an enthroned God and His right to do as He wills with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter; then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on His throne is not the God they love. But it is God upon the throne that we love to preach. It is God upon His throne whom we trust. – C. H. Spurgeon