November 16, 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
Look upon me, Lord, I pray Thee
Let Thy spirit dwell in mine
Thou hast sought me, Thou has bought me
Take my heart and make it Thine.
Nought I ask for, nought I stirve for
But Thy grace so rich and free
This Thou givest by the Saviour
He hath all things who hath Thee.
Precious is the name of Jesus
Who can half its worth unfold
Far beyond angelic praises
Sweetly sung to harps of gold.
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land
I am weak, but Thou art mighty
Hold me with thy powerful hand.
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
I will be preaching in North Carolina for the Bethel Baptist Church next Sunday. Pastor Donnie Bell will bring both messages here.
The schedule of speakers for our conference is in the foyer.
16th- Pamela Weinstock 17th – Joshua Davis
20th – Sarah Wilson 21st – Todd Meek
Sunday AM - *Jessica S., Jaime, Haley, Kelly B. PM – Savannah T., Emma S.
Wed. – Sharon V., Kelli H.
“Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.” - Proverbs 27:2
TAKE HEED WHAT AND HOW YOU HEAR
“Take heed what ye hear” – Mark 4:24
“Take heed how ye hear” – Luke 8:18
Hearing is a critical part of the Gospel scheme. “How shall they believe on Him whom they have not heard.” “Faith cometh by hearing.” Why the Gospel itself is called in Galatians 3:2-5, “The hearing of faith.” Is it any wonder the Saviour said, “Take heed what ye hear,” and “Take heed how ye hear.” What has to do with the content of that which is heard. How has to do with the manner of hearing.
I will be what I hear. If I hear error, I will be in error. If I hear the Truth, I will believe the Truth, and grow in grace and the knowledge of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God does not speak apart from the Truth. That is why we should take heed what we hear. I will only benefit by what I hear by the manner in which I hear. That is why I am to take heed how I hear. If I hear with a dull and sleepy ear; if I hear with a critical ear; if I hear without a desire to be fed, I will not benefit!
What a needful two edged warning. Take heed what you hear and take heed how you hear.
Sin is a noun. It is what I am. Sin is a verb. It is what I do. Sin is an adjective. It describes me. Sin is an adverb. It describes what I do. Thank God for the promise of the Gospel, “Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
There are five things found in all saved sinners and no man will be saved apart from them: faith, repentance, love, good works, and perseverance. A sinner’s salvation is not dependant on them doing these things. Doing these things is dependant upon God saving them. If these things are absent, God never did a work of grace in the first place!
Life is filled with choices. There are many things set before us, all of which have a measure of importance. Martha had the Lord Jesus as a dinner guest in her home. There were many things that needed her attention. Luke tells us, “She was cumbered about with much serving.” Who could criticize her for that? But her sister Mary simply set at Jesus’ feet, and heard His word as He taught. This irritated Martha and she said, “Lord, dost not Thou care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.” she was indignant about her sister’s choice. The Lord replied, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things; (sound like anybody you know?) but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken from her.” And what was the one thing needful that Mary chose? She, “Sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.” Both of these women were believers. And one of them made a better choice. May we never forget, with all the choices before us, that nothing is as important as hearing His word.
A SPIRITUAL EYE
“Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh…”
II Corinthians 5:16
What makes for a pleasant, enjoyable church? What can we do to enhance the enjoyment of our worship and fellowship? One thing we can do is quit passing a fleshly or worldly judgment on our brethren. The word translated “know” means regard or perceive. So long as we perceive our brethren according to the same standard the world does, we will find fault with them and create a discord. But if we perceive them according to the rule of grace, as new creatures in Christ, then their faults will not be so obvious to us and the faults we yet see will be easy to forgive. This is not a “Polly-Ann-ish” attitude that denies that there are faults and offenses; but a sober realization that, despite the fleshly faults present in every one of God’s people, they are God’s people none-the-less. We are to perceive one another as though these old things have “passed away”, (for in God’s eyes, they have) and all things have become new. The slate is clean and is ever being cleansed by God. So, take off the worldly spectacles that cause us to see only weakness, failure and flesh in our brethren, and put on the spectacles of grace, which enable us to see the handiwork of God. – Pastor Joe Terrell