November 9, 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
Chief of sinners though I be
Jesus shed His blood for me
Died that I might live on high
Lived that I might never die
As the branch is to the vine
I am His and He is mine.
Oh the heights of Jesus’ love!
Higher than the heav’ns above
Deeper than the depths of sea
Lasting as eternity
Love that found me – wondrous thought
Found me when I sought Him not.
Jesus only can impart
Balms to heal the smitten heart
Peace that flows from sin forgiv’n
Joy that lifts the soul to heav’n
Faith and hope that walk with God
In the way that Enoch trod.
Chief of sinners though I be
Christ is All in All to me
All my wants to Him are known
All my sorrows are His own
Safe with Him from earthy strife
He sustains the hidden life.
Oh, my Savior, help afford
By Thy Spirit and Thy Word!
When my wayward heart would stray
Keep me in Thy narrow way
Grace in time of need supply
While I live and when I die.
(Tune: “Rock of Ages” p. 126)
I am preaching in Madisonville, KY today and will return this evening. Aaron Greenleaf will teach the Bible Study, Mark Daniel will bring the message this morning and Luke Coffey tonight.
Information and sign-up sheets for our Dec. 5-7 Conference are in the fellowship hall.
9th – Ryan Vincent 11th – Norma Johnson 11th – Peggy Mohr
11th – Elizabeth Vincent 11th – Patsy White 11th – Hannah Williams 14th – Terry Squires 15th – Carter Steeves
Sunday AM - *Jessica E., Shirley, Mary, Shari PM – Julie R., Aubrey
Wednesday – Kristen, Susan S.
“Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” -Proverbs 20:6
“Judge not that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again” (Matt. 7:1-2). If that means God will judge me with the same severity with which I judge others, there is no hope of me being saved. I continually find myself judging people to my own shame! We should never sit in judgment on anybody because Romans 2:2 says that we are guilty of doing the same things that we judge other people for. We are quick to see the sin of others and far too slow to see the sin of our own. What the Lord means, among other things is this – If I criticize someone, they will become highly critical of me. Alas, I have learned this by experience. If I have a judgmental attitude toward someone, if I place them under my microscope to examine their lives, they will do the same to me. What I do will be measured back to me again. When Paul said, “Let us not judge one another anymore” - there are many reasons we should not judge, not the least of which is, if we become someone’s critic, we can be sure that they will become our critic.
When Peter moved from the Gentile’s table to the Jew’s table, he never said a word. Yet he was rebuked by Paul publically for, “Not walking uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel” (Gal. 2:14). Peter was saying by his action that there are degrees of acceptance. The Gentiles were accepted by God but the Jews were more pleasing. That is a denial that Christ is All. That makes meaningless, “He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” That calls into question, “You are complete in Him.” Paul thought the error so grievous that he rebuked Peter publicly for it. Any teaching that calls these Scriptures into question is a moving away from the Truth of the Gospel.
DEAD TO THIS WORLD
A young student asked his Bible teacher this question, “How is the believer dead to the world when he lives in the world, works a regular job, raises a family, and owns property in the world?” The teacher sent him out to the gravesite of a friend with instructions to criticize the dear friend, harass him, and find fault, and then praise him with glowing terms and brag on him to excess. Upon his return, the teacher asked, “What did your friend say when you criticized him?” “Nothing.” “How did he react when you praised him?” “It made no difference to him; he is dead!” “That is what it means to be dead to this world,” said the teacher. Its APPLAUSE means nothing and its HATRED means nothing. We neither ADMIRE the people of this world nor do we FEAR them. The riches of this world are but the fancy of fools, and the honors of this world mean little or nothing; for to be a child of God is the highest calling. The religious traditions and ceremonies of the world have no attraction nor meaning when CHRIST IS ALL! That which was once important to us we now consider loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ, our Lord. This spiritual life in Christ cannot be explained; it must be experienced. – Pastor Henry Mahan
Before we can worship God in peace of conscience and liberty of heart, we must know, upon authority of God’s Word and by the power of God’s Spirit, that the entire question of sin has been forever settled by the blood of a divine sin offering. All of God’s claims and all our necessities as ruined, guilt sinners have been forever answered. This gives us peace; and in the enjoyment of that peace, we worship God. We have a perfect Sacrifice, and a perfect conscience. – Pastor Scott Richardson