February 2, 2014
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
Precious Saviour, friend of sinners
We, as such, to Thee draw near
Let Thy Spirit dwell within us
With that love that casts out fear.
Matchless Saviour, let us know Thee
As the Lord our righteousness
Cause our hearts to cleave unto Thee
Come, and with Thy presence bless.
Open now Thy precious treasure
Let Thy Word here freely flow
Give to us a gracious measure
‘Tis Thyself we long to know.
Come and claim us as Thy portion
Let us all find rest in Thee
Leave us not to empty notions
We would find our hope in Thee!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
We welcome Greg Elmquist, pastor of the Apopka Grace Church in Florida, who will bring the message this morning.
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
2nd – Sam Elliott 3rd – James Carver 4th – Jessica Cunningham
5th – Billie Hoover 7th – Tammy Dickerson
7th – Clark Grubb 7th – Faith Hacker
Sunday AM – Jessica E., Shari, Shirley. PM – Sarah L., Maybelle Wed. Cami, Sarah B.
“In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.” - Proverbs 14:3
“YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM”
There is nothing about me that feels complete. I always feel there is something lacking in my faith, love, repentance, sincerity or anything else. But God’s Word tells me I am complete in Him. Not I will be complete or I am in the process of being made complete, but I am, right now, complete, lacking nothing, completely filled. However complete the Christ is, that is how complete I am (I John 4:17). “As He is, so are we in this world.” We have this on the authority of God’s Word. We may not feel complete, but we are complete.
PUFFED UP OR BUILT UP
“Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth” (I Cor. 8:1). This statement does not detract from the necessity and importance of knowledge. You cannot believe and rely upon what you do not know. You cannot love one that you do not know. Faith, repentance, and salvation are described in Scripture as coming to the knowledge of the truth. Growth in grace comes through growth “In the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
So what does Paul mean by this statement? There is a knowledge without love. It is knowledge a person attains by his own intellect. The person who possesses it is puffed up with pride. He thinks he knows something that either gives him an advantage over or makes him in some way better than others. Such knowledge is worse than useless. It is certainly not saving knowledge. But there is another kind of knowledge. It is the knowledge one has who has been taught by God. It is characterized by love to God, His Truth, His people, and all men. Not only does this not puff one up, it deflates one’s view of self. But it builds us up in our most holy faith!
We have no power from God unless we live in the persuasion that we have none of our own. – John Owen
WHY THE ELECT LOVE ELECTION
The elect love election! That is a fact. When they were unregenerate they had no love for or understanding of election. But when God saves them they become lovers of this holy Truth. Here are two reasons why they love election. (1) Because they love the God of election. Election gives God all the glory in salvation, and that is the heart desire of every believer. (2) Election teaches that God’s salvation is all of grace, and that gives hope to helpless sinners. The elect know enough about their sin to know that if God did not choose them, they could not have possibly been saved. Election gives Christ all the glory in salvation and declares a salvation that is all of grace. That is why the elect love election. Thank God for election!
Kindness is never wrong. Meanness is always wrong! If I am kind to a fallen man, does that mean that I condone his fall? Of course not! It means I know what it is to fall, and I want to help the fallen.
Some attempt to excuse their meanness toward others under the guise of loving the truth, maintaining church discipline, and reproving sin. But these things never excuse or condone any lack of kindness. Our danger is being self righteous to the point of meanness. God give me grace to be kind to sinners like myself. Amen! - Pastor Don Fortner
Worship is not only a duty and commandment; worship is a BLESSED PRIVILEGE. David wrote, “Blessed is the man whom Thou choosest, and causest to approach unto Thee, that he may dwell in Thy courts” (Psalm 65:4). We are blessed to have the DESIRE to worship God and hear His Word. We are blessed to have the FREEDOM to go to the place of worship. We are blessed to have a FAMILY OF BELIEVERS with whom to meet and worship. We are blessed to have ELDERS and PREACHERS called of God to preach to us and teach us the Word. We are blessed to have the PHYSICAL STRENGTH to go to the house of the Lord and worship. “Blessed INDEED is the man whom Thou choosest and causest to approach unto Thee.” - Pastor Henry Mahan