June 15, 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 Savior, friend of sinners
We, as such, to Thee draw near
Let Thy Spirit dwell within us
With that love that casts out fear
Matchless Savior, 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: “Our Great Savior” p. 49)
Congratulations to our graduating High School Seniors Emily Bryan, Alex DuFour, David Vincent, and Hannah Williams! We will honor them tonight after the service. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
BIBLE SCHOOL THIS TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY 10:30am-1:00pm
LANTANA GRACE CONFERENCE – CROSSVILLE, TN JUNE 20-22
CHURCH DINNER JUNE 29TH
15th – Silas Benton 16th – Andrea Bryan
16th – Monica Bryan 16th – Sean Weinstock
Sunday AM - *Megan D., Audrey G., Kristen, Kate PM – Carla WED. – Rachel & Megan H.
“Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.” - Proverbs 24:1
“No man can come to Me except the Father which hath sent Me draw Him” (John 6:44). Because of our evil nature, we lack the ability to come to Christ. We must be drawn with irresistible, invincible grace. We will not approach Him unless He causes us to. “Blessed is the man whom Thou choosest, and causeth to approach unto Thee” (Psalm 65:4). Being drawn to Christ is the result of His everlasting love. “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jer. 31:3). Being drawn to Christ is not being drawn against your will, but made willing! “Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power” (Psalm 110:3). A believer is painfully aware of a sinful nature that will not come to Christ, and a divine nature that finds Christ irresistible, so he cries, “Draw us and we will run after Thee” (Song of Solomon 1:4).
BOW TO CHRIST AND LOOK TO HIM
When Pharaoh exalted Joseph to be ruler over Egypt, he made several decrees concerning Joseph, but his instructions to the people were only two. The first was, “Bow the knee” (Gen. 41:43). Next, when the people were in need, he instructed them to “Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do” (Gen. 41:55). Those who would preach the Gospel of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ must strictly adhere to both the content and the order of these decrees. We tell men first of the majesty of His Person, His Lordship and Sovereignty. Should anyone be in need, we direct them to Him, for He alone can save and that by the power of His Word. – Charles Pennington
A true Christian is an odd number. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen; talks familiarly every day to someone he cannot see; expects to go to Heaven on the virtue of another; empties himself in order to be full; admits he is wrong so that he can be declared right; goes down in order to get up; is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels the worst. He dies so he can live; forsakes in order to have; gives away so he can keep; sees the invisible, hears the inaudible; and knows that which passeth knowledge. – A. W. Tozer
HOW CAN I KNOW IF CHIRST DIED FOR ME?
To some that is a mute point because they believe He died for all men without exception. But according to the Bible, He only died for His sheep (John 10:16). Not everybody is a sheep. There are also goats. So how can I know that I am one for whom He died? Am I simply to have faith that He died for me? No. You can believe that He died for you and that does not mean He did. Faith is not believing He died for you. Faith is not believing you are saved. Those things have to do with assurance. When the Ethiopian eunuch asked Phillip, “What hinders me from being baptized?” Phillip said, “If you believe with all your heart you may.” Notice what the eunuch did not reply. He did not say, “I believe that Christ died for me personally” or “I believe that I am saved.” He Said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” It is believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God: it is believing that He is the only successful Savior and that He is able to save you. Do you believe the Gospel? If you answer no, that is no assurance that Christ died for you. But if you believe the Gospel, yes, Christ most assuredly died for you. “And as many as were ordained to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48).
True faith is in Person. “Abraham believed God.” Paul said, “I know Whom I have believed.” I do not trust the finished work of Christ. I trust Him who finished the work. Faith is not believing that Christ died for me. I may believe that he died for me when it may be that He did not. Faith is believing that He in his life, death, resurrection, and person is able to save me. Faith is a reliance upon Him! Faith is not believing a doctrine, proposition, or historical event, although all of that is involved in faith. Faith is believing a Person! Faith is not giving assent to the Truth, although it does give assent to the Truth! Living faith trusts the Living Lord. What we believe is determined by Who we believe. If we believe Him, what we believe will be settled. It is impossible to believe Him and not believe sovereign grace! As Henry Mahan said, “We do not come to Christ through doctrine, we come to our doctrine through Christ.”
We value Christ less than we should because we do not see our sin as evil as it really is. Our sin is a light thing to us; we are so numb to it. A proper view of sin comes with a proper view of Christ.
When the Lord revealed Himself to Job, he abhorred himself and repented in dust and ashes. When the Lord revealed Himself to Isaiah, he saw himself as undone (failure) and a man of unclean lips. Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you, and if He is pleased to do so, you will see how beautiful He really is, and how ugly you really are. – Brian DuFour