September 15, 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
In Thy name, O Lord, assembling
We Thy people now draw near
Teach us to rejoice with reverence
Speak and may Thy servants hear.
Let thy Word be food to nourish
Those whom Thou hast called Thine own
May Thy people’s graces flourish
All our trust in Thee alone.
Now with joy we come before Thee
Seek Thy face, Thy mercies own
Lord of life, of light, and glory
Bless this church before Thy throne.
While our days on earth are lengthened
May we live them, Lord, in Thee
Cheered by hope and daily strengthened
‘Till Thy glory there we see.
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
Congratulations to Cody and Monica (Bryan) Sparks on their marriage!
16th – Lyn Covert 18th – Heather Ham
19th – Kaitlyn Burton 19th – Rebecca Coffey
Sunday AM – Amie, Emma, Lynn PM – Kim, Tammy Wed. – Kelly
“It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.” - Proverbs 25:27
YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE
“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” In the light of His saving mercies to us, anything less than what is spoken of here is unreasonable. We are to present our bodies. We are not telling the Lord what to do or what we will do. We are simply saying, “Here am I.” They are to be presented, not as a dead sacrifice, but a living sacrifice. Here am I, all that I am and have I present to Thee. Like Isaiah said, like our Lord said, “Here am I, send me.” This is holy, well pleasing to God, and our reasonable service. Paul uses the same word in Romans 6:13, when He says, “Yield yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead.” Lord, here I am, do with me what you will. What a blessed place to be! Have no ambition but to continually present ourselves to Him.
ONE AND ANOTHER
It is one thing to preach about the Gospel. It is another to preach the Gospel. It is one thing to know about Christ. It is another thing to know Christ. It is one thing to agree that the Bible teaches grace. It is another thing to believe grace. It is one thing to say the Bible is the Word of God. It is another thing to know and to believe what it actually says. It is one thing to say you love Christ. It is another thing to love Him. It is one thing to go to worship services. It is another thing to worship. It is one thing to hear the preacher’s voice. It is another thing to hear God’s voice. It is one thing to say you are a sinner. It is another thing to believe you are a sinner. It is one thing to believe there is a Saviour. It is another to rely on the Saviour! It is one thing to be indoctrinated. It is another to know the Doctor – Jesus Christ!
WHAT IS THE REPUTATION OF THIS CHURCH?
Local churches do have reputations. Those reputations are made by the speech and conduct of her individual members. It was said of the church at Rome, “Your faith is spoke of throughout the whole world.” Paul said to the church at Corinth, “It hath been declared unto me…that there are contentions among you” and “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you.” Every local assembly has a reputation – good or bad. What is the reputation of this church? What would people gather by the conduct of her members? What kind of church would this be if everybody followed my example? Remember, we are ambassadors of Christ, and we are ambassadors of His church. Oh, that this church would be known for the Gospel we preach and our devotion to Christ, and not for anything else!
THE MAKING OF A SINNER
Try as he may, the preacher cannot make a sinner. The Word of God alone cannot make a sinner. One may read or hear the truth of man’s condition before God until it is committed to memory, but that will not make him to be a sinner in the true biblical sense of the word.
It is the Lord alone who can make men and women to be sinners in the biblical sense. God the Holy Spirit does some writing in the hearts of those whom He saves (II Cor. 3:1-3; Heb. 8:10-12). In big black letters God writes SINNER in the heart of each one He saves. And when God does this writing, try as one may, it cannot be erased, removed, ignored, covered up or forgotten. That person, in the true biblical sense of the word, is a SINNER; an acknowledged, self-condemned SINNER, and will be so throughout eternity.
However, THANK GOD! He does not stop writing there. Over the top of SINNER He writes another word in big red letters (blood red letters) – WASHED! This puts that heavenly song of everlasting thanksgiving and praise in their hearts (Rev. 1:1-4; 5:9; 10).
Remember, one and all, every reader: Christ came into the world to save SINNERS. He does save sinners. He is saving sinners. He delights to save sinners. Are YOU a sinner? If so, then believe on Him, trust Him, rest your soul upon His precious promises – AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED!
- Pastor Maurice Montgomery
COMING TO CHRIST
As long as I am told that I must come to God, and that I can come, I am left to suppose that some good thing, or some power of good remains in me. I arrogate myself that which belongs to Jehovah. The creature is exalted, and God is robbed of His glory. If, on the other hand, I am told I cannot come to God, but not also that I must come, I am left to rest contented at a distance from God, I am not responsible for my rebellion, and God Jehovah is not my God. But if we preach that sinners cannot come, and yet must come, then is the honour of God vindicated, and the sinner is shut up. Man must be shut up that he must come to Christ, or he will look to another, where there is no other to whom he may come. He must be told that he cannot come, or he will look to himself. This is the Gospel vice, to shut men up to faith. Some grasp at one limb of the vice and some at the other, leaving the sinner open – but when a man is shut up that he must and he cannot, he is shut up to the faith – shut up to the faith, and then would be shut up in the faith. God is declared to be Jehovah, and the sinner is made willing to be saved by Him, in His own way, as sovereign in His grace.
- Professor Duncan 1844