August 17, 2014
Sundays 7:00 am Channel 27 WKYT
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
Now gracious God, Thine arm reveal
And make thy glory known
Now let us all Thy presence feel
And soften hearts of stone.
Help us to venture near Thy throne
And plea our Savior’s name
For all that we can call our own
Is vanity and shame.
From all the guilt of wretched sin
May mercy set us free
And let the week we now begin
Begin and end with Thee.
Send down Thy Spirit from above
That we may love Thee more
And others now may learn to love
Who never loved before.
(Tune: “O For A Thousand Tongues” p. 46)
Sarah Ferrell will be baptized this evening and we rejoice with her and with Henry Lynn, Jake Rigsby, Julie Rigsby, and Emma Steeves who confessed Christ in believer’s baptism last Sunday evening.
17th – Olivia Williams 18th – Molly Mohr 18th – Adam Peters
19th – Mark Ham 19th- Allison Vincent 19th – Sharon Vincent
19th – Nora Imes 23rd – Rych Byrd
We remember David Vincent who is in Marine training in South Carolina and know he would enjoy hearing from everyone. His address is in the foyer.
Sunday AM = Megan D., Jessica S., Kim D., Kristen H.
PM – Carla B., Megan H. Wed. – Rachel H., Elizabeth V.
“Say not thou, I will recompense evil: but wait on the Lord, and He shall save thee.” - Proverbs 20:22
When we bear witness to the Gospel, although we want people to believe our testimony, we are not attempting to win them over to our point of view with our arsenal of facts and doctrines. We are bearing witness to what we have experienced. A testimony is our subjective experience of the objective truth. Paul said he, “Testified of the Gospel of the grace of God.” When we speak of God’s grace, we give personal testimony to our total depravity and our consequent need of unconditional election, successful redemption, irresistible grace, and preservation to be saved. When we speak of Christ we do not speak of a historical figure but One we know, and One who knows us. The Bible will bear witness of us whether we are true or false witnesses. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”(Isaiah 8:20) When we testify, we are not giving second hand information, but like Paul, we are speaking of what we have heard and seen.
THE HEARER I APPRECIATE
1. One who has prayed for the preacher and for the blessings of the Lord on the congregation which is meeting that day.
2. One who is punctually in his pew with his family beside him.
3. One who has a Bible open and who devoutly follows the Scriptures read as hearing God speaking to him.
4. One who takes a hymnbook and joins in the praise of the Lord as earnestly as does the leader of praise.
5. One who in his heart joins in the prayer time.
6. One who remembers that we are in the presence of God and bears himself with reverence of manner and conversation.
7. One who looks for Christ and grace in the sermon and not for rhetoric, elocution, and clever statements.
8. One who listens, takes the message to himself, and has a comment afterward regarding the subject.
9. One who has a look and a word of Christian greeting for those near him in the church after the services. – John Hall
“Our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ”
- I John 1:3
The word fellowship means a sharing in common. When we have fellowship with God there are things we share in common with Him. We have Christ in common. Christ proceeded from the Father, and we come from Christ, and are in Him. We have a common faith. God looks to Christ for all He requires of us. We look to Christ for all He requires of us. We share a common nature. He is divine. We are said to be “partakers of the divine nature.” We share a common motive. The glory of Christ is God’s motive for doing what He does. His glory is our motive also. He sees His Son as altogether lovely. We do too! Truly, we have fellowship with God and the fellowship we have with one another is the fellowship we have with God.
The Sovereignty of God is the stumbling block on which thousands fall and perish; and if we go contending with God about His sovereignty it will be our eternal ruin. It is absolutely necessary that we should submit to God as an absolute sovereign, and the sovereign of our souls; as one who may have mercy on whom He will have mercy and harden whom He will. – Jonathan Edwards
The longer I live, the more I feel that if there was one thing left undone, if the devil were not conquered, sin not expiated, justice not satisfied, the law not honored and magnified, death not overcome, and every burden carried, I should not have a ray of hope. I see and feel now that if one hair breath is left for me to do to merit heaven, or bring as a plea before God, I am undone forever and ever. – John Warburton
You don’t have to teach a drowning man what to say. We preach the Gospel and the Holy Ghost will be left to work in men’s hearts. There’s no pressure, no persuasion, and no psychology to get professions or joiners or decisions. The preacher will preach the Gospel; he will preach the Word of God and will leave people alone. They will leave them in the hands of the Holy Spirit. – Pastor Henry Mahan