March 23, 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.
Prepare me, gracious God
To stand before Thy face
Thy spirit must the work perform
For it is all of grace.
In Christ’s obedience clothe
And wash me in His blood
So shall I lift my head with joy
Among the sons of God.
Do Thou my sins remove
Thy sovereign love make known
The spirit of my mind renew
And save me in Thy Son.
Let me attest Thy power
Let me Thy goodness move
Till my full soul can hold no more
Of everlasting love.
(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord” p. 188)
We will have a church dinner on April 6th.
If you have had a change of information (new phone/address/ birth of child, etc.), or if anyone who is new would like to add their information to the church directory, please do so on the form in the foyer.
I will be preaching in Tennessee for the Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church where Gabe Stalnaker is Pastor, this Friday thru Sunday. Mark Daniel will bring the Bible Study, Andy Davis the morning message, and Luke Coffey the evening message next Sunday.
27th – Jessica Clark 27th – Amy Ferrell
Sunday Bible Study – Jessica E. AM – Tammy, Donna M., Lee Anne, Faith
PM – Tracy, Amie, Billie Wed. – Andrea V., Allison, Sharon
“Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.” - Proverbs 10:27
Recently, two Gospel preachers preached for two consecutive Sundays in a “church” where the Gospel of sovereign grace was not believed. After the second Sunday, the congregation decided that they did not want to hear that kind of preaching anymore. One man said that he saw what was being preached was Scriptural, but it was not worth splitting a church over. That led me to ask myself this question. What is the Gospel of grace worth to me? I know this, if it were not for the election love of God, the effectual atonement of Christ for the elect, and the irresistible work of God the Holy Spirit in giving me life, I would not and could not be saved. And what is that worth to me? This is a Gospel worth dying for! It I lost every human relationship, all material goods, if I lost life itself, I pray I could say with Paul, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus Christ, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). What is the Gospel worth to you?
CALL IT WHAT IT IS !
“And if by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Romans 11:6).
If salvation is by grace at all, then it is all of grace. No aspect of salvation is first dependent upon man’s works in order for it to save. But if any part of God’s grace is dependent upon man’s works for it to save, then do not call it grace. It is works, plain and simple. Call it what it is! One of Satan’s chief methods of operation is to use Biblical words like grace and faith, but give them a different meaning from the Bible’s meaning. The precise same words are used, but a different meaning is behind those words!
One of the remarkable things about growth in grace is that the more you grow, the smaller you become in your own eyes. In the first epistle Paul ever wrote, He was, “The least of the apostles.” He later wrote to the Ephesians that he was, “Less then the least of all the saints.” Shortly before his death, he wrote to Timothy, “I am the chief of sinners.”
We do not find rest, hope, nor comfort in our faith but in Christ. If you will give careful thought to that statement, it will be of great help to you. Faith if not a foundation, a refuge, nor a source of help. Faith if a means, a look, an empty hand. It is Christ Who is our refuge, Who protects from every storm. He is our rock on which we build. He is our source of every mercy and our only plea. My faith may be weak or weaker, but He cannot fail. If all my debts have been paid by my Surety, I don’t have to be ashamed to come before God. The praise and credit goes not to my boldness and faith but to my gracious Benefactor! I am not debt-free because I believe (though I do, and that faith united me to Him) but because He set me free and paid my debt. Christ is our confidence and our assurance. The moment I seek a reason for hope in anything I do, even in the blessed grace of faith, I forfeit any possibility of peace. “Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust” (Psalm 40:4). “When Isaiah saw His glory, he spake of him” (John 12:41). When any man truly sees the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, then Christ becomes the message and object of faith. – Pastor Henry Mahan
I introduced a Sunday morning sermon with an excellent question asked by a friend, “If a person is truly saved by the grace of God in Christ will he love, rejoice, give, share, forgive, and endeavor to glorify Christ in his life or MUST HE BE TAUGHT THESE THINGS?” My answer: “Yes, he will and yes, he must.”
The principles of grace and truth are in the heart by regeneration, as is the love of Christ and love for others; but children must be taught, reminded, corrected, and even chastised. “Go ye and make disciples, TEACHING THEM to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:20). The very fact that our Lord gave us the Lord’s Table to “Do in remembrance of Me” is proof enough that we need to be taught and reminded of spiritual truth. – Pastor Henry Mahan
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