March 17, 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
And can it be that I should gain, An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be, that Thou my God, shouldst die for me?
Refrain: Amazing love! How can it be?
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
‘Tis mystery all, th’ Immortal dies, Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
‘Tis mercy all, let earth adore! Let angel minds inquire no more!
He left His Father’s throne above, so free, so infinite His grace
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adams’s helpless race
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free, For O my God, it found out me!
Long my imprisoned spirit lay, Fast bound in sin and nature’s night
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light
My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee!
No condemnation now I dread, Jesus and all in Him is mine
Alive in Him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine
Bold I approach th’ eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ my own!
(Tune: “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?” p. 44)
17th – Gene Rutledge 19th – Rachael Daniel
21st – Doris Daniel 22nd – Jean Bradford
“My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change.” - Proverbs 24:21
WHY GOD FORGIVES AND WHY WE FORGIVE
It is good to know that God forgives. It is better to know why He forgives. ‘Be ye kind, tenderhearted forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgive you” (Eph. 4:32). God did not forgive you because of the sorrow and remorse you had over your sin. His reason to forgive you was for Christ’s sake. No other reason! The reason for your forgiveness is found wholly in the Person and Work of Christ.
In light of that we are called to be kind and gracious, tenderhearted and pitiful, forgiving one another for the same reason God forgave us…for Christ’s sake. We do not forgive because the person sincerely apologizes; our forgiveness is not to be dependent upon the actions of the person who has offended us. We are to forgive them even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven us! If that does not motivate us to forgive, we evidently know nothing of grace.
WHAT IS HERESY?
Most of us have heard the term heresy, and we know it has something to do with false doctrine. But what constitutes heresy? What makes a doctrine heretical? The word heresy means literally “a choosing, a choice” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary). It is listed among the works of the flesh in Galatians 5:20. By definition, a heresy is that which we choose to believe. Believing the truth is not a choice. A choice implies two or more options. You only believe when there are no other options. For instance, in believing 2 + 2 = 4, I do not choose to believe the answer is 4. There is no other answer. I would have to make a choice to believe it is 3 or 5. But I do not choose to believe it is 4. It simply is! There are no other options. When we believe the truth, there are no other options! Hence, what I choose to believe will necessarily be heretical. A choice is always involved in believing error. Faith and belief of the Truth is not a choice. You only believe when you have no choice. That which I choose to believe will always be found to be heresy.
Before we can worship God in peace of conscience and liberty of heart, we must know, upon authority of God’s Word and by the power of God’s Spirit, that the entire question of sin has been forever settled by the blood of a divine sin offering. All of God’s claims and all our necessities as ruined, guilty sinners have been forever answered. This gives us peace; and in the enjoyment of that peace, we worship God. We have a perfect Sacrifice, and a perfect conscience. – Pastor Scott Richardson
We may encourage one another and renew our determination to preach the Gospel of God’s sovereign grace by remembering that the power of God always accompanies the preaching of the Gospel of His glory, when done in the Spirit of Christ! All true revivals and seasons of blessing have followed upon the preaching of the doctrines of grace, sovereignty, election, the effectual atonement of our Lord, “That whole mountain range of truth upon which Jehovah sits enthroned.” God honors the preaching that honors Him! Brother Gambrill once said, “There is too much milk-sop preaching these days trying to coax sinners to enter a truce with God, quit sinning and join the church. The situation does not call for a truce, but for a surrender!” Let every preacher and pastor and elder bring out the heavy artillery and confront this proud generation of religionists with Isaiah’s three-fold message of evangelism: (1) All flesh is grass. (2) The Word of our God shall stand forever. (3) Behold your God! (Isaiah 40:6-9). It may be that our sovereign God will be pleased to “Revive His work during our years.”
– Pastor Henry Mahan
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
- Galatians 6:14
The cross of the Lord is a wondrous mystery. It is a token of shame but the believer’s glory. It is an instrument of death but the source of life to millions. It is the symbol of Divine curse, but the means of God’s grace. It was instigated by man’s hatred of God, but has worked a love for God in the heart of many a man. It bears the insignia of failure, but it in truth, the greatest achievement of the Lord Jesus. It was designed to put an end to the Lord’s message, but became the very essence of all that the Lord preached. It is a mass of contradictions to the natural mind, but is pure simplicity to the people of God. – Pastor Joe Terrell
SOVEREINGTY BELONGS TO GOD
The sovereignty of God is absolute. To acknowledge this truth is at once to acknowledge that God has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass; that nothing else can come to pass; that predestination is a fact; that God does rule in the kingdoms of men; that all human ties, bonds and relationships are divinely appointed and formed; that salvation rests solely, fully and only in God’s election; that salvation is by God’s grace and His grace alone; and that no part of man’s salvation is of himself either in origin or execution. Where men get the idea that man’s will is the all-determining factor or moving cause of his salvation is hard to see. Certainly they do not get it from the Bible.
- Pastor Scott Richardson