March 3, 2013
Sundays 9:00 am Channel 5 CWKYT
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
A refuge for sinners the Gospel makes known
‘Tis found in the merits of Jesus alone
The weary, the tempted, the burdened of sin
Are never excluded from entering in.
This refuge for sinners God’s love did ordain
In Jesus, the Lamb, from eternity slain
In Christ the Redeemer Who lived and Who died
God’s law and His justice are now satisfied.
Should conscience accuse us, as often it may
The blood of our Saviour has put sin away
In Jesus, our Surety, the sinner can view
A city of refuge and righteousness too.
(Tune: “How Firm A Foundation” p. 268)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
5th – Michelle Grubb; 6th – Ella Parker; 8th – Clare Charron
I read in an old Puritan this week, he says, “Come to Jesus, sinner; and if you are lame, come lame; and if you say you have no feet, come on your stumps. Come as you can, for He cannot reject any sinner that comes humbly to rest upon Him.” - C. H. Spurgeon
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” - Proverbs 12:15
“And all that believed were together, and had all things in common: and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” - Acts 2:44-45
You can imagine how this good will and generosity could have been abused by people looking for a handout. No doubt it was. But it is still as true today as it was then. Believers are together. That is what the church is! And we have all things common. We have the “common salvation.” We share in common having been saved by the electing work of the Father, the Redeeming work of the Son, and the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. We have “the common faith.” We really believe the same things. We all believe Christ is all in salvation. No jarring note of human works, worth, or will to move the heavenly anthem of praise we all sing. As the old saying goes…“Birds of a feather, flock together.” Truly, we have all things in common.
Only before an Almighty, sovereign Lord will a person sincerely bow down and worship; only by the will and work of an Almighty, sovereign Lord can a person be assured of an eternal salvation; and only in the care of a loving, sovereign Father will a person find comfort in the trials of life. For the least things in our lives are ruled and ordered by our Lord as well as the greatest! Do you believe this? God’s reign and rule includes the simple and inconsiderable things. He clothes the lilies of the field, He feeds the fowls of the air, not a sparrow falls without Him, and the very hairs of your head are numbered. Shall He not clothe, feed, and care for His children? I can rest and rejoice when One so great and mighty loves me and has determined that “All things shall work together for my eternal good” (Romans 8:28).
- Henry T. Mahan
To complain of the second cause is about as sensible as the conduct of the dog, which bites the stick with which it is beaten. It owes no anger to the stick, but to the person who uses it. Is there evil in the city and the Lord hath not done it? Whoever is the instrument, the Lord overrules. In our heart of hearts our rebellion is against the Lord Himself. We have not quite honesty enough to rail against God openly and avowedly, and so we hypocritically cover up our repining against Him by murmuring against some person, occasion, or event. “If I had not happened to go out on such an occasion I might not have had that cold and been laid aside.” Thus we blame an accidental circumstance, as if it were not part of the divine arrangement. Is this complaining of the second cause better than railing against God? I trow not, for, in very deed, it is railing against God. – C. H. Spurgeon
“Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord,
the vail shall be taken away.” - II Corinthians 3:16
From our perspective, it generally looks as though the moon has a light of its own. But during an eclipse – when the moon comes between Earth and the sun – the moon is shown for what it is: a dark and dead body. Rather than adding light to the sun, it actually diminishes the sunlight that reaches us.
So it is with doctrine. While in its proper position, it shines with a brilliant light or glory. But, just as with the moon, the glory of doctrine it not its own, it is Christ. The proof of this is simple. Let any doctrine occupy a place between Christ and us, and it will it will ‘eclipse’ the glory of Christ and become a dead and darkening thing to our souls.
Election is a glorious and wonderful doctrine. But its glory is wholly borrowed from Christ. There is no glory in election apart from the fact that “we are chosen in Him…” Predestination has no glory apart from the fact that we are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ. Redemption viewed by itself becomes nothing more than a point of contention and pride. Arguments arise over its extent and scope. But, when we understand that we have redemption in Christ, even more, that Christ IS our redemption, then all arguments over its extent and scope are silenced and a glorious, God-honoring, soul-comforting truth appears: that every blood-bought sinner IS redeemed with a redemption that cannot be undone. And so the principle applies to every truth: until truth is seen in its proper relation to Christ, it is a dead and dark thing. But when it is viewed in proper relation to Christ, it shines with His glory and reveals His glory to us. – Pastor Joe Terrell