June 29, 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
O, Lamb of God, still keep me near to Thy wounded side
Tis only there in safety and peace I can abide
What foes and snares surround me, what lusts and fears within
The grace that sought and found me alone can keep me clean.
“Tis only in Thee hiding I know my life secure
Only in Thee abiding I steadfast shall endure
Thine arm the victory gaineth, O’er every hurtful foe
The love my heart sustaineth in all its care and woe.
Soon shall my eyes behold Thee with rapture face to face
The half hath not been told me of all Thy power and grace
Thy beauty, Lord, and glory, the wonders of Thy love
Shall be the endless story of all Thy saints above.
(Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation” p. 186)
Everyone is invited to stay for lunch following the morning service today. There will be no evening service tonight.
Everyone is invited to Albert & Carolyn Kelley’s home on the Fourth of July at 4:00pm. Bring something to grill or side dishes and dessert.
We have had to replace or repair a large part of our air-conditioning system this month with bills totaling $20,000.000. Please give as you are enabled to help pay for this.
29th – Emily Dickerson 29th – Hannah Dickerson
2nd – Elijah Davis 3rd – Aubrey Brice 3rd – Kristina Carroll
5th – Jackson Dickerson 5th – Jackson Elliott
Anna W.*, Tracy C., Mary W., Andrea B. Wed. – Billie H.
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” - Proverbs 15:1
HOW TO MORTIFY THE FLESH
There are several Scriptures in the New Testament regarding mortifying or putting to death the flesh. Many have been the formulas that preachers have concocted to accomplish this feat. None of them have ever worked! There is only one way to daily mortify the flesh – “Looking unto Jesus” (Heb. 12:2). The word here means to look away from all else so as to look only to Him. It is only by looking to Christ that the flesh can be mortified. Anything else only feeds and nurtures it.
SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL
Particular Redemption – Limited Atonement – Definite Atonement – Effectual Atonement. These are all words used to describe the atoning work of Christ on the cross. He died for a particular people. His intention to save was limited to the elect. His atonement was with a definite purpose for a definite people. His atonement was effectual. All for whom He died must be saved. These terms are all well and good in their place, but a better word is plain old SUBSTITUTION. All of these terms point to a real, substitutionary death on the cross. SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL. To deny, water down, or omit in our preaching the particular, limited, definite, effectual death of Christ on the cross (substitution) is to deny, water down, or omit in our preaching the Gospel of Christ. The meaning of substitution is so simple that adjectives are not even needed to describe it.
A LITTLE LEAVEN
“A little leaven leaventh the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9). One small bit of yeast will eventually work its way through the whole batch of dough. In the Scriptures leaven has a metaphorical meaning. It means to taint, to corrupt, to infect, to imbue. Leaven is any influence working silently and strangely that causes change in the things or opinions. Leaven causes bread to swell. Spiritual leaven causes heads to swell. When Paul made this statement he was referring to salvation by works. If you allow any aspect of salvation to be dependant upon the worth, works, or will of man, you make it all by works.
The introduction of leaven begins so small. A little compromise, a little toleration of what is contrary to the Word of God; a little indiscretion that nobody would notice. But what a change that leaven will eventually make. I am afraid of leaven, and well I should be! Men go bad, churches go bad, nations go bad through a little leaven. The Lord said to His disciples, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees.” May God deliver us as individuals and this church from leaven!
Our Lord Jesus has given us freedom to come into the presence of God! Freedom as Priests of God to offer sacrifices of praise, thanksgiving, and worship. Freedom from fear of judgment or death. Do not allow anyone to entangle you with a system of works, duties, or deeds in order to obtain favor with God.
1. God will not accept us because we do anything! “We are accepted in the beloved.”
2. You are not complete or incomplete in what you do! “We are complete in Christ.”
3. Our righteousness before God is neither depleted nor enhanced by our obedience to laws and duties. “By the obedience of Christ shall many be made righteous.”
4. We do love God’s law and there is not one commandment that we have liberty to ignore. The life we love and live is because we love God and one another. – Pastor Henry Mahan
Man’s religion says we are saved “because” of something we have done. God’s religion says we are saved “in spite of” all that we have done – “Nevertheless (in spite of this) He saved them for His name’s sake, that He might make His mighty power to be known” (Ps. 106:8). Is your claim to salvation “because” of something you did, an aisle you walked, a prayer you recited? Or is your claim to salvation something God did for Christ’s sake, “in spite of” all your vain religious rituals, hypocrisy, idolatry, and hatred of Him? I don’t want anything concerning my salvation to be “because” of anything from me…I want it to be for Christ’s sake alone, His blood cleansing me, His righteousness clothing me.
- Brian DuFour