September 1, 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
Hail, mighty Jesus! How divine
Is Thy victorious sword
The stoutest rebel must resign
At Thy commanding Word.
Deep are the wounds Thy arrows give
They pierce the hardest heart
Thy smiles of grace the slain revive
And with Thee give a part.
Still gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh
Ride with majestic sway
Go forth, sweet Prince, triumphantly
And make Thy foes obey.
And when Thy victories are complete
When all the chosen race
Shall round the throne of glory meet
They’ll sing Thy conquering grace.
O may my blood-washed soul be found
Among that favored band!
And I with them, Thy praise will sound
Throughout Immanuel’s land.
(Tune: “O for a Thousand Tongues” p. 46)
1st – Wanda Frye 5th – Luke Coffey 5th – Shari Greenleaf
Sunday AM – Lydia, Mary W., Donna PM – Monica, Abbey Wed. – Kristen
“He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.” - Proverbs 17:15
“Repent ye, and believe the Gospel.” The Gospel is a Divine message with a definite and definitive content. It is to be believed! Change your mind and believe the Gospel! You cannot believe the Gospel if you do not know what it is. The need of the hour is to have the Gospel defined over and over through the preaching of it. Defining the Gospel is the answer to every issue that arises. All issues are answered by some aspect of the Gospel. While the Gospel is simple, it is not simplistic. God used the entire Bible to define the Gospel. May we give ourselves to declaring the Gospel, discerning, defining, and defending the Gospel in our generation.
The ark was to be pitched within and without with pitch: a black tarry substance. That is what kept the water out. Not a drip of water entered the ark because of this pitch. The word pitch is the same Hebrew word translated atonement. It is the atonement of Christ that keeps the wrath of God from drowning us. But it is also the atonement that keeps us in the ark. We will not leave Christ because of the glorious achievements of His atonement. All of our sins – past, present, and future, are put away forever. That causes us to willingly surrender ourselves to Him who loved us and gave Himself for us. The atonement keeps the wrath of God out, and keeps us in Christ.
WHAT DO YE MORE THAN OTHERS?
“And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more that others?
Do not even the publicans so?” – Matthew 5:47
If I have been saved by the grace of God, I ought to do more than others. Look what He has done for me! He loved me before time began, gave His Son to die for my sin, gave me His very righteousness, and put His Spirit within me. Should I not do more than others? None should be more grateful than me! Certainly none are more indebted to His grace than me. Therefore I ought to do more than others. Sovereign grace is not a reason to do less. It is a reason to do more! The one who really believes grace will do more than the one who believes law. He will love more, forgive more, give more, and do more. Child of God, we ought to do more than others!
Regeneration makes no alteration on the flesh, but the spirit. There is nothing in the flesh made holy. And there is nothing in the spirit left unholy. – Robert Hawker
“Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: keep the door of my lips.”
- Psalm 141:3
How great is our need of this grace because we are so inclined to speak unadvisedly (James 3:8). It is not that we intend to do hurt or harm to any, much less to dishonor our Lord by our words. But, in a moment of weakness, carelessness or emotion, we open our mouths and say something that we later wish we had not. Past mercies and present company is no guarantee against this. Moses did it in the presence of Aaron and the congregation of Israel (Numbers 20:10); Elijah, by himself in the wilderness (I Kings 18:4); Peter in the presence of unbelievers (Matthew 26:74). Oh, for grace to keep the door of my lips. Matthew Henry wrote: “Nature having made my lips to be a door to my words, let grace keep that door, that no word may be suffered to go out which may in any way tend to the dishonor of God or the hurt of others.” - Charles Pennington
What we call the “Doctrines of Grace” – Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and the Perseverance of the Saints, are true! This is the clear teaching of Scripture. It is also true that the doctrines of Grace are very much like the clothes we wear. They take the warmth of the person wearing them. If the person wearing them is warm … they are too! If the person wearing them is cold and lifeless … they are too!
When we are satisfied that we know all truth, and cannot be taught any more, it is probably that we need to begin at the beginning. One of the first lessons in the school of wisdom is to know that we are naturally fools, and that man is growing wise who is growing conscious of his own deficiency and ignorance. “And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know” (I Corinthians 8:2).
- C. H. Spurgeon
Justification, as it is revealed in Holy Scripture, is much more than a mere forensic (legal) standing. It is a state of being (Romans 5:1-11). It is more than a judicial declaration. Justification is the real emancipation of our souls in Christ. To be justified before God is to be free of guilt in your conscience by the sprinkling of Christ’s blood, that is by the Spirit’s application of Christ’s atonement (Hebrews 9:14). – Pastor Don Fortner