November 3, 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
When oceans vast their depths reveal
And moons have ceased to wain
The Lamb, who died and rose again
On Zion’s hill shall reign.
His glorious name must long endure
When suns have ceased to shine
And through eternity the saints
Will sing His praise divine.
As countless as the drops of dew
Or sands upon the shore
Are blessings which the ransomed have
In Him forevermore.
Let ev’ry other name recede
His name alone extol
In Him reserved there is the grace
To satisfy my soul.
(Tune: “Amazing Grace” p. 236)
Information about the conference and a sign-up sheet is on a table in the fellowship hall. See Kristen Hands with any questions.
We will get together after the service this evening to express our gratitude to our nursery attendant, Crystal Cavallaro, who is moving. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
3rd – Conner Dickerson 3rd – Jeff Sullivan 4th – Laura Benton
4th – Steve Sligh 5th – Logan Small 6th – Lauren Burton 6th – Chris Rozeboom 8th – Daniel Holthaus 9th – Ryan Vincent
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” - Proverbs 13:20
DULL OF HEARING
It is impossible to emphasize enough the importance of hearing. “Faith cometh by hearing” (Romans 2:17). In Galatians 3:2 the Gospel is called, “The hearing of faith.” The writer to the Hebrews said, “Ye are dull of hearing” (Hebrews 5:11). Evidently there was a time when they were not dull of hearing. Now they were. Many are the reasons we can get into such a deplorable state where we cannot hear.
What constitutes dullness of hearing? In the context, five things are mentioned. (1) You need to be taught again the fundamentals of the faith. When you should be teachers you need to be taught. (2) You need milk and are unable to digest the strong meat of the Word. (3) You are unskillful in the word of righteousness. The word means inexperienced. Like the forgetful hearer in James 1:24, you forget what manner of man you are. You no longer hear the Gospel as a sinner. That is why you have to be taught again! (4) You are a babe. Immature in the faith. (5) You fail to discern the difference between good and evil, law and Gospel, works and grace.
If I have become dull in my hearing, may I acknowledge it before God, ask Him to give me hearing ears, and be one who is “Swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”
THE BELIEVER’S RULE OF LIFE
I left the pulpit one night and a fellow asked me, “Do you believe the law to be a believer’s rule of life?” He seemed surprised when I told him I did not. His very next question was, “How do you know how to live?” I told him immediately that I lived just as the Apostle Paul, “The life that I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Gal. 2:20). This was the rule of life for Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Abel, and all others who have nothing but Jesus Christ to live upon. Someone would say, “You mean you live as you want to?” I wish I could: I’d be filled with the Spirit, I would never sin again, all my motives would be pure, I’d be delivered from this body of death. Oh, I wish I could live just like I want to. The closest thing I have found to living just like I’d like to is living by faith upon Jesus Christ the Dear and Blessed Son of God. – Pastor Bruce Crabtree
ON TRUE DOCTRINE RESTS THE WORSHIP
OF THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD.
From error in doctrine springs the worship of a false god. There is a tendency among many religious people to undervalue true doctrine, to exalt morality at the expense of the character of God and the teachings of our Lord, and to deny the importance of a sound creed. I do not doubt that a sound creed has often covered an unsound life. But when I hear it said, “Such and such do not believe the doctrines of grace and substitution, but they love the Lord and are saved,” I wonder and ask, “What then was the Bible written for?” Is it no infallible expression of the mind of God? Is it no standard of truth? Are we to believe what appeals to us and deny the rest? God forbid!
God’s Word declares the oneness of truth and condemns every departure from the truth as a direst attack on God Himself! Do not tell me that a man’s heart is right with God when his head contains a creed of error and denies the Person and Work of the Redeemer. – Horatius Bonar
“To him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.”
To the laborer in religion, what he merits or earns can never be called a gift, a favor, or mercy; it is an obligation owed to him. If work is involved at all in our salvation (regardless of the degree of work), it is a debt and NOT GRACE AT ALL. It is not that the believer does no good works, but that he does not work in order to obtain life and salvation. We work because we love Christ Jesus, not in order to be justified.
– Pastor Henry Mahan
Those who WEARY of hearing the Gospel, who LOSE INTEREST in hearing the Gospel, and LOSE THEIR NEED of hearing the Gospel of Christ, and His redeeming love and grace, have never REALLY heard the Gospel at all. If one can leave Christ he has never truly met Him! (John 6:65-69) - Pastor Maurice Montgomery