March 10, 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 mind at perfect peace with God
Oh! What a word is this!
A sinner reconciled through blood
This, this indeed is bliss.
By nature and by practice far
So very far from God!
Yet now by grace brought nigh to Him
Through faith in Jesus’ blood.
So near, so very near to God
I cannot nearer be
For in the person of His Son
I am as near as He.
So dear, so very dear to God
More dear I cannot be
The love wherewith He loves the Son
Such is His love to me!
Why should I ever anxious be
Since such a God is mine
He watches o’er me night and day
And tells me, “Mine is thine.”
(Tune: “Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 158)
We express our sympathy to Bernita Singleton and family on the death of her husband Frank. May the Lord be our comfort in time of loss.
11th – Bill Dent 12th – Chance Borders 13th – Renee Brice
13th – Nicholas Creamer 13th – Isaac Hands
14th – Aaron Greenleaf 16th – Jacob Davis
“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.” - Proverbs 26:12
The reason the believer cannot tolerate false doctrine regarding how God saves sinners is because the false doctrine denies what he is hoping in. For instance, the doctrine that says that Christ died for all men without exception, even those in hell takes away my only hope. My only hope is that Christ died for me, and if someone that Christ died for can be in hell, I will be, and the great proclamation of Paul, “Who is he that condemneth, it is Christ that died” is meaningless. The unbeliever cannot tolerate true doctrine regarding how God saves sinners for the same reason the believer cannot tolerate the false. It denies what he is hoping in: his works, will, and worth. True doctrine set forth clearly that “Salvation is of the Lord,” and there is no hope in a works system of salvation. There is a mutual intolerance between works and grace.
Paul ended the epistle to the Ephesians with “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity” (Eph. 6:24). The fact that he said that tells us that there is something that appears to be love to Christ that is in reality insincere. Years later when the Lord spake through John to the churches, he said this to the church at Ephesus, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee because thou hast left thy first love.” The next step after that is too fearful to state! Oh that we may always love Him in sincerity, never lose our first love, and never be in whatever state it is that takes place after that.
Interestingly enough, the reasons for which unbelievers hate this truth concerning God are the very reasons Christians love it. Election tells me salvation is by grace from beginning to end, and that gives me hope. It tells me that my heavenly Father is in control of everything, that I am in His hands, and that is exactly where I want to be. If you want to get a child of God thankful, excited, and zealous for the glory of God and good works, tell him about the electing love of God in Christ Jesus. Unbelievers hate it. God’s saints love it.
THE SUM AND SUBSTANCE OF RELIGION
There are some, I know, who would fain believe that to think and preach so much about Christ is no true religion, that it would be better if I spoke more about plain, practical duties, that it does not signify so much what we think about Christ. But, I trust they are so few that I shall say nothing to them. Plain, practical duties are very well; but they cannot put away sin, nor give men new hearts, nor save souls. All of that is Christ’s office. Christ is the mainspring and subject of all Scripture. Christ, we read, is the Bishop of souls, the Author and Finisher of faith, the Bread of life, the Captain of Salvation, the Cornerstone, the Door, the Mediator, the Prince of life, the Prince of peace, the Rock, the Shepherd, the Sun of Righteousness, the Light of the world; and surely then, I may fairly tell you that to think rightly of Jesus Christ is the sum and substance of religion.
– J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)
Faith in Christ is NOT TO WORK, but to cease from our labor and to rest in Him for all things. Faith in Christ is NOT TO DO ANYTHING, but to believe and own that ALL IS DONE in Him, by Him, and is imputed to us so fully that we are rewarded as if we did it ourselves!
- Pastor Henry Mahan
If our acceptance with God depended on anything in ourselves, we would have to believe we might be children of God today and children of the devil tomorrow! What, then, is to keep us from sinking altogether into despair, without hope or help? Why, a knowledge of our acceptance “In the Beloved”, independent of everything in us – good or bad! “And ye are complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10). – J. C. Philpot