September 22, 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
My God, my life, my love
Thee only I adore
My Saviour, Lord, my Priest, my King
My All forevermore.
O let my heart rejoice
Thy grace my ev’ry thought
But when I see Thee as Thou art
I’ll praise Thee as I ought.
Assist Thy servant, Lord
Thy Gospel to proclaim
Let pow’r and love attend Thy Word
And glorify Thy Name.
Great is the Lord, our God
O let His praise be great
He makes His church His own abode
His most delightful seat.
(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord” p. 188)
We will have a church dinner Sunday, October 6th. There will be no evening service that day.
23rd – Christian Warta 25th – Daniel Weinstock 26th – Amanda Holthaus
27th – Ryleigh DuFour 28th – John Parker 28th – Ben Walmlsey
“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” - Proverbs 18:12
Sunday AM – Shari, Shirley, Susan H. PM – Elizabeth, Julie Wed. – Meagan
Upcoming Bible Conferences
Hurricane Grace – Ashland, KY – Oct. 11-13
College Grove Grace – College Grove, TN – Oct. 18-20
Todds Road Grace – Lexington, KY – Nov. 22-24
THE SEED OF ABRAHAM
The promise of the Gospel was made to Abraham and his seed. The seed of Abraham is not the physical descendants. The seed of Abraham is Him from whom Abraham and his seed comes. “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ” (Galatians 3:16). This is the promised seed of woman that would crush the serpents head. This is the seed of David, the incorruptible seed from whom all of the seed of Abraham is born again. This is the seed in every believer that “Doth not commit sin: for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin because he is born of God.” This is the seed that David said, “A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation” (Psalm 22:30). This is the seed of which Paul said, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3: 29). This is the seed of which it is said, “When Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed” (Isaiah 53:10). This is all a part of the great mystery of union with Christ . The seed the sower saved that brought forth fruit. The seed of God!
Who does the Bible speak to? You! It does not speak to other men. It speaks to you. It does not tell other men what they should do. it tells you what you should do. It does not tell other men how to treat you. It tells you how to treat them. It does not address what others should or should not be doing. It tells you what you should or should not be doing regardless of whether anybody else is! The Lord told peter what type of death he would die which would glorify God. Peter then turned toward John and said, “What shall this man do.” What somebody else does or does not do is none of our business. My responsibility is not to worry about somebody else. I am not to concern myself with whether they are pulling their share of the load. This is between them and the Lord. My responsibility is to follow Christ myself: “Whatsoever He said unto you, you do it” (John 2:5).
By God’s all-wise appointment, our assemblies are the life, the food, and the nourishment of our souls. It is the main way whereby we publicly identify with Christ and His Gospel. We evidence our love for Christ by our loyalty and support of one another in opposition to all false worship. Many things will rise up in competition to the diligent attendance of our assemblies. We must recognize and refuse to give in to anything that is opposed to what Christ commands. The total falling away of a graceless professor always begins with this neglect, this disassociation with God’s people (Hebrews 10:25). – John Owen (1650)
In Revelations 2 and 3, we read seven letters written by Christ Himself to the seven churches at Asia. He is giving these churches both commendations and warnings. Evidently they did not heed His warnings because none of those churches are with us today! It is only through giving heed to these warnings that you and I will persevere in the faith. There are at least these four warnings to the seven churches.
1. Losing your first love (Rev. 2:4). When we lose our first love, we no longer hear the Gospel as a sinner. We become like the man in James 1:23-24 who beholds himself in a mirror, and he goes away and forgets what manner of man he was. We then hear the Gospel as a critic, a judge, or in indifference.
2. The spirit of toleration (Rev. 2:14-15; 2:20). The churches at Pergamos and Thyatira were rebuked, not for what they did, but for what they tolerated. When we loose our first love, under the guise of unity and charity, we tolerate that which is contrary to Christ.
3. Living in the past (Rev. 3:1). “Thou has a name that thou livest, and art dead.” A living faith is always present tense. When I have to go back to past experiences for assurance, it is because of the present deadness of my heart. Who are you looking to right now?
4. Lukewarmness (Rev. 3:15-17). Being neither cold nor hot – everything is alright. I’m o.k. You’re o.k.
These are the attitudes of the beginning of the end. May Christ preserve us from these things and cause us to persevere all the way to the end.