February 16, 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
Look upon me, Lord I pray Thee
Let Thy Spirit dwell in mine
Thou hast sought me, Thou hast bought me
Take my heart and make it Thine.
Nought I ask for, nought I strive for
But Thy grace so rich and free
This Thou givest by the Saviour
He hath all things who hath Thee.
Precious is the name of Jesus
Who can half its worth unfold?
Far beyond angelic praises
Sweetly sung to harps of gold.
Guide me, Oh Thou great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land
I am weak, but Thou art mighty
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
16th – Andrea Vincent 20th – Megan Harries 21st – Tim Daniel
22nd – Zachary Byrd 22nd- Evonne Kincer
Sunday AM – Megan D., Mary W., Jenny W., Julie R. PM – Jaime, Audrey Grace
Wed. -Kristen, Kate, Rebecca V.
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
– Proverbs 17:17
We read several times in the Scripture of the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. The letter of the law is what it says. The spirit of the law is what it means. The letter says, “Do not commit this sin.” The spirit of the law says, “You have committed this sin. Flee to Christ!” The Letter says, “This do and thou shalt live.” The spirit says, “The law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.” The letter of the law says sin will have dominion if we do not obey the precepts of the law. We need to remain under it. The spirit of the law says, “Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law: but under grace.” The letter of the law says, “Do and live.” The spirit of the law says, “Live and do.” The letter of the law restrains sinful behavior. The spirit of the law shows us that all the law does is stir up sinful passions and show us our need of Christ. The Old Testament is the letter. The New Testament is the spirit.
WHAT IS MY REPSONSE TO GRACE?
“Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” – Romans 5:20
What is my response to that? There are three responses that men have. (1) Legalism. Such teaching would lack the ability to restrain sin and even encourage people to continue in sin. (2) Licentiousness. If that is the case, we will continue to abound in sin so grace may continue to abound.
(3) Liberty. This is the only message that I find true liberty in My debts are paid in full and I am set free by grace. Because I find myself to be the one in whom sin abounds, the only hope I have is that His grace would super-abound in me! What is your response to sovereign grace? Legalism? Licentiousness? Liberty? It is one of the three!
THE WILL OF MAN
“He delivered Jesus to their will.” – Luke 23:25
And what was their will? “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.” That is man’s will in a nutshell. That teaching that says God wants to save all men, Christ died for all men, and the Holy Spirit is calling all men, but man’s salvation is ultimately dependent upon his own will, is a lie! Those who preach such a message do not preach the Gospel. When men were left to their will, unrestrained by God, they murdered the Son of God!
To give man’s will such an exalted place in salvation is to deny the sovereignty of God, deny what the Bible teaches concerning the sinfulness of man, and deny that salvation is all of God’s grace. Don’t think that the belief that man’s will has the ultimate say in salvation is merely a less enlightened view of the Gospel. It is another gospel! It makes man’s will the saviour, and not Christ!
Most preachers are preaching against sin without declaring the true nature and character of God, and it just comes out as do’s and don’ts, decisions, and reformations. Their message reaches only to that which they have done; and consequently, that which THEY can change. They have never seen what they are and that which NO MAN can change. Such religion breeds self-righteousness and makes converts who DO NOT NEED the full, free justifying righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just give them a plan, a proposition, a few things to do, a few rules to follow, a few commandments to keep, and they rest very comfortably. You will hear them talking about free grace, but all the while they are thinking about what THEY have done or are doing; and this is contrary to grace! True grace brings a true knowledge of God, a true knowledge of self (sin), and leaves the sinners attention focused upon true righteousness, through the doing and dying of the Lord Jesus Christ which is obtained through faith alone – a sinner trusting Christ. – Pastor Maurice Montgomery
WALKING IN NEWNESS OF LIFE
“Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of
the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” -Romans 6:4
The newness spoken of is not in respect to time, but of quality. Because the believer is a “new creation” (II Cor. 5:17), he is a “new man” (Eph. 4:24). He has a “new name” (Rev. 2:17), and sings a “new song” (Rev. 5:9). Because of this, he walks in newness of life. When one does not walk in newness of life, it is because there is no new life to walk in.
The doctrines of original sin, election, effectual calling, final perseverance, and all those great truths which are called Calvinism – though Calvin was not the author of them, but simply an able writer and preacher upon the subject – are, I believe, the essential doctrines of the Gospel that is in Jesus Christ. Now, I do not ask you whether you believe all this – it is possible you may not; but I believe you will before you enter Heaven.
- C. H. Spurgeon