May 4, 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
Christ above all glory seated
King triumphant, strong to save
Dying, Thou hast death defeated
Buried, Thou hast spoiled the grave.
Thou art gone where now is given
What no mortal work could gain
On the sovereign throne of Heaven
In Thy Father’s power to reign.
Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child, and yet the King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious presence bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
All ladies are invited to a baby shower for John and Cami Walmsley on Saturday, May 17th at 10:30am in the fellowship hall
4th – Jeffrey Imes 7th – Kyle Willis
8th – Kim DuFour 10th – Will Hacker
Sunday AM - *Jaime, Anna, Jessica C. PM – Christie S., Allison V. Wed. – Andrea V.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise” - Proverbs 12:15
THE LAW OF RECIPROCATION
If my understanding of God’s sovereignty leaves me with a fatalistic or victim mentality, I have not understood God’s sovereignty at all. If my understanding of God’s sovereignty takes away my initiative toward seeking the Lord or the use of means, it is a misunderstanding. It is true that God is sovereign and everything that happens in providence He decreed before time to be done. It is equally true that if I seek Him, I am promised to find Him! There are many laws of reciprocation in Scripture. If I judge not, I will not be judged. However, if I judge, I will be judged. If I forgive, I will be forgiven. If I fail to forgive, I will not be forgiven. If I humble myself, I will be exalted and if I exalt myself, I shall be abased. If I call upon the Name of the Lord, I shall be saved, and if I never call upon His Name, I shall not be saved! I should never have a fatalistic attitude towards God’s sovereignty. I should never think there is no point in doing something because the outcome has already been determined. This is not a belief in a sovereign God but being a victim before blind fate. We believe all things are fixed by the decree of a sovereign God and we believe, “Albeit what measure you mete it will be measured to you again.” Can I intellectually comprehend how both of these things are so? No. But I certainly believe both of these things are so.
When the Gospel is preached, there are two things always taking place (even though most are unaware of it); some are being prepared for glory, others are being hardened. Some are being brought to the light; some are left sitting in darkness. Some see Christ and His glory; others see no beauty about Him. Some who hear the Gospel have their hearts made tender toward sin; others have their hearts hardened in sin. No wonder we say, “Who is sufficient for these things?” The question we should all be asking is, “How is the preaching of the Gospel affecting me?” - Pastor Donnie Bell
It is as clear as the noonday sun that the law is neither the ground of life to the sinner nor the rule of life to the Christian. The Lord Jesus Christ is both the one and the other; He is our life and our rule of life. The law can only curse and kill, Christ is our life and righteousness. He because our curse by hanging on a tree. He went down into the place of death and judgment and by His death completely discharged all that was or could be against us. “Bless the Lord, O my soul!” - Pastor Scott Richardson
“HE MUST INCREASE – I MUST DECREASE”
As the years pass, I come to a greater and greater realization of how much I must depend upon the grace of God for my salvation. My righteousness appears less and less acceptable in my sight: and if it looks poor in my sight, how awful it must appear in God’s sight! My will and determination do not appear half so strong as they once did, and I feel a greater need to rely upon the unchangeable will of God if I am to persevere. This business of growing in grace is not at all what I once thought it would be. Rather than growing stronger, it seems I am growing weaker. Rather than growing more self-sufficient, it appears that I am growing more Christ –dependent. My utter dependence on Christ for all things is more evident to me now than before. I suppose this is why Peter united growing in grace with growing in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus. So, if your desire is to grow in grace, then prepare yourself to diminish; prepare yourself to reduce in the flesh, for growth in grace is a growth in “Christ being formed in you”, which always follows the old pattern, “He must increase, I must decrease.”
- Pastor Joe Terrell
People wrest many passages of Scripture that speak of the “world” and try to make them say that Christ came to make salvation possible for every son of Adam. We know that cannot be so because our Lord prayed, “I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me for they are Thine” (John 17:9). Christ did not die for the whole population of the world, but He did die for sinners from all over the world. In all things Christ will have the preeminence, so there is not a place Adam’s sin has gone that is out of reach of Christ’s atoning blood. The curse of sin cannot spread anywhere that is beyond the scope of the power of Christ to remove the curse. A sinner cannot plunge so deep that he is too far gone for Christ to save him. There is no sheep of God who is so lost they are beyond the reach of the Shepherd of the Sheep to come to find him and carry him back to the fold because Christ came to save sinners from every corner of the world.
– Pastor Frank Tate