October 26, 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
Oh, love beyond the reach of thought
That formed the sovereign plan
Ere Adam had our ruin wrought
Of saving fallen man!
Chosen in Christ, His ransomed flock
Th’ eternal purpose prove
By nature of a sinful stock
Made blameless now in love.
Ransomed by price, by blood redeemed
Restored by power divine
Though lightly by the world esteemed
They as the stars shall shine.
Blessed be the Father of our Lord
From whom all blessings spring
And blessed be the Incarnate Word
Our Saviour and our King!
(Tune: “O For a Thousand Tongues” p. 46)
We will have a Bible Conference December 5th – 7th. Speakers are: Donnie Bell, Clay Curtis, Greg Elmquist, Don Fortner, Paul Mahan, David Pledger, Rupert Rivenbark, and Joe Terrell. I pray the Lord will bless this meeting. This is quite an expense so give as you are able to cover the costs.
27th – Mark Mohr 27th – Aaron Warta 28th – Emma Steeves
28th – Drew Charron 30th – Tucker Greenleaf 1st – Charles McGuire
Sunday AM - *Tracy, Kelli H., Debbie W., Aime PM – Audrey Grace, Rebekah V.
Wednesday – Lee Anne, Elizabeth V.
“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” - Proverbs 14:23
Paul makes this amazing statement about God’s grace, “Moreover the law entered that sin might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Rom. 5:20). Then in Romans 6:1 he responds, “What shall we say then. Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” There are three possible responses to this amazing statement. First, Licentiousness… If grace abounds where sin abounds, let’s keep sinning so grace will continue to abound. Second, Legalism… If you say, “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound”, that will encourage people to continue in sin because there are no bad consequences to your sin. Grace will continue to abound even if you sin. Thirdly, Liberty… You see yourself as the place where sin abounds and you only find liberty and salvation in this message, “Where sin abounds, grace does much more abound.” The first two responses, licentiousness and legalism, are the responses of the natural man. They are both evil responses. The third, liberty, is the response of the believer to the message of grace. It is the only proper response.
WHY FREE AND SOVEREIGN GRACE?
Why do we often put the adjective free before grace? It almost seems redundant. If it is grace, it is by its very nature free. Why do we speak of sovereign grace? It seems that sovereign is inherent in the word. Why not just use the word grace? Because men believe in earned grace… God giving grace in response to something man does or does not do. Hence free grace. Why use sovereign grace? Because men believe that grace is up to man’s acceptance or rejection. They do not believe in saving grace, but offered grace. Hence sovereign grace. Contrary to popular opinion, these are both good ways of describing God’s saving grace. Free and sovereign grace, as opposed to earned or offered grace. Earned or offered grace never saved anybody! Free and sovereign grace saves all of its objects!
If all of God’s elect were “Sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10), could we do anything to become more sanctified in the eyes of God, who sees us in Christ? If our Lord Jesus, “Perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Heb. 10:14), could we do anything to make us more perfect than what we are in Christ? If Jesus Christ, “By Himself purged our sins” (Heb. 1:3), could we do anything to purge that which has already been removed? If the blood of Jesus Christ, “Cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7), could we, who are washed in His precious blood, get any cleaner by our doings? These are questions the works religionists cannot give a Biblical answer to. Many believe that by keeping the Law of Moses, they can become more sanctified, more holy in the sight of God. What is it about these verses they don’t understand: “If ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law” (Gal. 5:18). “Ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:14). “Ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ” (Rom. 7:4). “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Rom. 10:4). “The law is not of faith” (Gal. 3:12). Brethren, either Jesus Christ is all to us, or He is nothing at all to us. - Pastor Gene Harmon
Though they (God’s saints) have sinned in Adam, and were so wretchedly guilty and filthy in their nature-state, so prone to backsliding, and guilty of so many after conversion, and though a body of sin and death is carried by them to the grave; yet they will at last be presented by Christ in perfect holiness, to complete righteousness, and in the shining robes of immortality and glory. – John Gill