October 12, 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
Sons we are through God’s election
Who in Jesus Christ believe
By eternal destination
Sovereign grace we here receive.
Pause, my soul, adore and wonder
Ask, O why such love to me?
Grace hath put me in the number
Of the Saviour’s family.
Every fallen soul, by sinning
Merits everlasting pain
But Thy love, without beginning
Has restored Thy sons again.
When my Saviour comes in judgment
Bright in majesty divine
I will stand with that great number
In Thy righteousness as mine.
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
Everyone is invited to stay for lunch after the service this morning. There will be no evening service tonight.
College Grove Grace Church Bible Conference Oct. 24th – 26th
12th – Doug Hacker 13th – Jaime Greenleaf 14th – Maybelle Lynn
17th - Abigail Sullivan 18th – Dwayne Imes 18th – Julianna Rigsby
Sunday AM - *Jessica S., Grace W., Lauren K., Shari Wed. – Rachel H., Megan D.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” - Proverbs 12:15
“Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” - Matthew 1:21
When we feel oppressed and overcome by our sin and our sins, what a precious promise. He shall save. Notice the certainty of the language. His people are the objects of this great salvation. From their sins. Here is what I need saved from. My sins! He shall save His people from the punishment of sin. He shall save His people from the power of sin. We can now do what we previously could not do when we were under the power of sin. We can now believe, repent, and love because sin no longer has dominion. And one day, blessed thought, we will be saved from the presence of sin. We will commit sin no longer. We will no longer remember what is was to be a sinner. Then we will understand. “Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.”
God described David as “A man after mine own heart.” No higher commendation could be given a man. To be a man after God’s own heart is to see things as God sees them. It is to be in agreement with God. It is to love what God loves and hate what God hates. It is to believe what God believes. It is to trust whom God trusts. God trusted Christ to save us. We trust Christ to save us. God gives all glory to His son. We give all glory to His Son. God is pleased with His Son and all in Him. We are pleased with His Son and all in Him. While it may be seen more clearly in some than others; all believers are men and women after His own heart.
IF GOD IS SOVEREIGN – IS MAN RESPONSIBLE?
Yes, I do not understand how God is absolutely sovereign, the first cause of everything, yet I do neither more nor less than what I want to. My actions are mine. I do not understand how both of those things are true, but they are. And if you do not believe in both God’s absolute sovereignty and man’s responsibility, in reality you believe neither. A belief in God’s absolute sovereignty and man’s complete responsibility is essential in a sinner asking for mercy. You have never asked for mercy until you see you are in the hands of a sovereign God and you have no control. If you fail to see your own responsibility for your actions, you become a victim of God’s sovereignty. You will not truly ask for mercy when it is not your fault. But when you see that you are in the hands of an absolute Sovereign, and that all your sin is all your fault, then and only then will you sue for mercy.
“How oft did they provoke Him in the wilderness, and grieve Him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” – Psalms 78:40-41
We know that this does not mean that God’s purpose was thwarted by their sin. Whatever God decrees is so sure to take place that it is past tense before it takes place. But this does speak of God not doing things that He would have done if they had not been disobedient. This is similar to the Scripture, “He could there do no mighty works, save that He laid His hands on a few sick folk. And He marveled because of their unbelief” (Mark 6:5-6). That does not mean He was unable to do what He intended to do because of their unbelief. But it does mean that there were mighty works He would have done, had they believed. Our unbelief and sin can and will restrain His blessings upon us. Oh, the blessings we miss out of because of our personal sin and unbelief. “He which seweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly: and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully (II Cor. 9:6). There is a sense in which we get out of it what we put into it.
God prepared a salvation for His elect, chosen by Him not because of any goodness in them, but because He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy, and will have compassion on whom He will have compassion. Is this not a salvation that will suit thee, O poor sinner? If God had chosen them out of any merit, or if that choice depended on anything which men did or could do, thou wert a damned soul, for thou hast no goodness, and thou canst do nothing. If God’s election comes to those who are without merit, without hope, without strength, here is hope for thee. – C.H. Spurgeon
The doctrines of original sin, election, effectual calling, final perseverance, and all those great truths which are called Calvinism – though Calvin was not the author of them, but simply an able writer and preacher upon the subject – are, I believe, the essential doctrines of the Gospel that is in Jesus Christ. Now, I do not ask you whether you believe all this – it is possible you may not; but I believe you will before you enter Heaven. – C. H. Spurgeon
Every time I go out to preach, I have two determinations. I am determined that it is every man’s responsibility to give himself entirely to Christ, and I am determined that if no one else does, I will give myself to the Lord. – Jonathan Edwards