May 12, 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
No more, my God, I boast no more
Of all the duties I have done
I quit the hopes I held before
To trust the merits of Thy Son.
Now for the love I bear His name
What was my gain I count my loss
My former pride I call my shame
And nail my glory to His cross.
Yes, and I must and will esteem
Of things but loss for Jesus’ sake
O may my soul be found in Him
And of His righteousness partake.
The best obedience of my hands
Dares not appear before Thy throne
But faith can answer Thy demands
By pleading what my Lord has done.
Bernita Singleton would like to host a church dinner in memory of Frank next Sunday after the morning service. She will provide the meat. Please bring a salad, vegetable, or dessert. There will be no evening service next Sunday night.
12th – Nora Squires 13th – Annie Charron
17th – Isaac Meek 18th – Dave Burton
“Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” - Proverbs 16:18
BEFORE MANY WITNESSES
Paul said Timothy had “Professed a good profession before many witnesses.” He confessed Christ by His speech and life before many witnesses. Many could testify that he professed a good profession. A profession or confession (same word in the original) is something done before men. What would my wife or children say about my profession? What would the members of the church to which I belong say about my profession? What would my co-workers say about my profession? What would my neighbors say about my profession? What would the servers in a restaurant say about my profession? A good profession is only good if it is before many witnesses. Somebody once asked the question, “Do I need to tell people I am a Christian?” One answered, “If you are, it will leak out on you.”
When Paul said, “Be not conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of your mind that you might prove that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” The first thing he said after that was, “For I say through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly then he ought to think: but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Rom. 12:2-3). Conformity to the world and high-mindedness go hand in hand. He said in the previous chapter, “Be not highminded, but fear” (Rom. 11:20). Not only is this attitude of the world, but it is the pre-cursor to a fall, and a sure way to make one a very difficult person. The opposite of high mindedness is humility. Everybody admires it and it is an evidence of grace in the heart. May we all lay this to heart, not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. The higher we view ourselves the lower we view the Christ.
Augustine once said, “To be assured of our interest in Christ is not arrogance; it is FAITH. It is not pride; it is DEVOTION. It is not presumption; it is GOD’S PROMISE.” If assurance of salvation rested in my works, it would be presumption (even foolishness); but we believe God will receive all who come to Him in Christ Jesus. – Pastor Henry Mahan
“By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.” What is that evidence that would lead men to conclude that we are disciples of Christ? The love we demonstrate to one another! The old saying, “Actions speak louder than words” is true with regard to men. No matter how sound my doctrine is, if my conduct and attitude is contrary to the Gospel - that is what men will see. The evidence to other men of our relationship to Christ is our works. But my works are not evidences of salvation to me. My personal assurance of salvation is founded 100% on His work. You can be sure that an assurance based upon how you act is a false assurance! My only assurance is Christ. My works are the evidence to other men that I believe. But I do not get assurance of my salvation by my works. It is only Christ’s work that gives me assurance of my personal salvation.
The reason men argue with the doctrines of grace is they have never seen the Lord or themselves. If I ever see Him, the issue of who I am will be settled…..totally depraved! If I ever see Him, I will know that salvation is dependent upon His will, not mine…..unconditional election. If I ever see Him, I will see that His blood could not possibly be shed in vain…..particular redemption. If I see Him who is Almighty, irresistible grace becomes obvious and necessary. If I see Him and myself, I will know it is He who preserves me, and I will be unable to do anything but persevere in believing He preserves me. Salvation is seeing Him. When one sees Him, the doctrine becomes obvious and necessary. Any conflict with the doctrines of grace have as their parent a low view of God and a high view of man.