September 21, 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
Come, let us join our grateful songs
With angels round the throne
Ten thousand thousand are their tongues
But all their joys are one.
“Worthy the Lamb that died,” they cry
To be exalted thus
“Worthy the Lamb,” our lips reply
“For He has died for us.”
Jesus is worthy to receive
Honour and pow’r divine
And glory more than we can give
Be, Lord, forever Thine.
The whole creation join in one
To bless that holy name
Of Him who sits upon the throne
And to adore the Lamb.
(Tune: “Am I a Soldier” p. 414)
We will have a church dinner Sunday October 12th.
There will be a Bible Conference this Friday thru Sunday at the Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church in Kingsport, TN where Gabe Stalnaker is Pastor. Speakers are David Eddmenson and Mike Walker.
23rd – Holly Tate 23rd – Christian Warta 25th – Daniel Weinstock 25th – Darrell Williams 26th – Amanda Holthaus 27th – Ryleigh DuFour
Sunday AM - *Jessica S., Jaime G., Haley S., Kelly B. PM – Kim D., Megan H.
Wed. – Kristen H., Kelli H.
“A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.” - Proverbs 18:2
What was the word of the king toward the man without a wedding garment? “Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 22:13).
If we could peer into heaven we would see all of the saints wearing the same garment. The thief on the cross dressed exactly as Paul, Lot wearing the same thing as Abraham, the harlot Rehab dressed just like Mary, the mother of our Lord. And what is that wedding garment that all the saints wear? “To her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for this fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” And what is the righteousness of the saints? The righteousness - the perfect obedience of Christ. He never did wrong. He always did right. Nothing less can make a sinner acceptable in God’s sight. And what is there more? Can anything be added to His righteousness that would make us more approved? If we have anything else, we will hear the same thing the man heard from the king who did not have the wedding garment.
“This persuasion cometh not of Him that calleth you” (Gal. 15:8). It is certainly possible to be persuaded about something, and have strong convictions of the rightness of it, and be wrong! The Galatians persuasion had something to do with being under the law. ‘Tell me ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?” (Gal. 4:21) They thought they were being obedient to God in their persuasion, and Paul assures them that they did not get this from the Lord. I wonder how many of our persuasions are self persuasions and do not come from the Lord at all? I want to be delivered from self-persuasions and only be persuaded about what the Lord Himself has persuaded me of from His Word.
If the Lord had not first loved me, I never should have loved Him; and if there is any good thing in men whatsoever, it must have been implanted there by the Holy Spirit. If salvation be of works, then I can never have it; and if it be the reward of natural goodness, then I shall never have it. I feel that it must be of grace, and of grace alone. – Charles H. Spurgeon
THE REIGN OF GRACE
The genuine Gospel will always appear like an insult on the taste of the public. Wherever it comes, if it be not received, it awakens disgust and provokes abhorrence. Nor can it be otherwise. For its principle design is to mortify the pride of man, and to display the glory of grace; to throw all human excellence down to the dust, and to elevate, even to the thrones of glory, the needy and the wretched; to show that everything which exalteth itself against he knowledge of Christ is an abomination in the sight of God; and that He who is despised by men and abhorred by the nations is Jehovah’s eternal delight. The ancient Gospel is an unceremonious thing. It pays no respect to the academic because of his profound learning; nor to the moralist on account of his upright conduct. It has not the least regard to the courtier, because of his pompous honors; nor to the devotee for the sake of his zeal or his righteousness. No, the potent prince and the abject slave, the wise philosopher and the ignorant rustic, the virtuous lady and the infamous, stand on the same level in its comprehensive sight. Its business is with the worthless and the miserable, whomsoever they be. If these be relieved, its end is gained. If these be made happy, its Author is glorified, whatever may become of the rest. Towards these it constantly wears the most friendly aspect, and rejoices to do them good. But the self-sufficient of every rank are treated by it with the utmost reserve, and beheld with steady contempt. The hungry it filleth with good things, but the rich it sendeth away empty.
- Abraham Booth
FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY
I Corinthians 13:13
Is it really any wonder that the apostle Paul told God’s people to “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:2). Earthy things shall fail, cease, and vanish. Faith, hope, and charity, come from above. Faith is the gift of God and faith’s Object is the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope of eternal life is in Christ alone and that hope springs forth from the faith that God gives us. Charity (love) for Christ and for one another is the result that comes from God’s free gift of faith. We not only love Him because He first loved us, but we love one another because He first loved us. Thank God for our faith in Christ, our hope of eternal salvation, and the love of God which is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit! These three, are the gift of God and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
- Pastor David Eddmenson