November 23, 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
Precious Saviour, friend of sinners
We, as such, to Thee draw near
Let Thy Spirit dwell within us
With that love that casts out fear.
Matchless Saviour, let us know Thee
As the Lord our righteousness
Cause our hearts to cleave unto Thee
Come, and with Thy presence bless.
Open now Thy precious treasure
Let Thy Word here freely flow
Give to us a gracious measure
‘Tis Thyself we long to know.
Come and claim us as Thy portion
Let us all find rest in Thee
Leave us not to empty notions
We would find our hope in Thee!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
We welcome Donnie Bell, Pastor of the Lantana Grace Church in Crossville, TN. He will preach both services today. Mark Daniel will bring the Bible Study. I am preaching in North Carolina and will return tomorrow.
Sign up sheets for the Conference are in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, please see Kristen Hands.
23rd – Samantha Daniel 23rd – Evan Ferrell 24th – Martin Weinstock
25th – Sarah Lynn 26th - Sue Nintzel 28th – Adam Charron
Sunday AM - *Tracy, Melanie K., Andrea V., Lydia W. PM- Cami, Maybelle
Wed. – Carla, Rachel H.
“Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” - Proverbs 13:10
In Psalm 79:9, the Psalmist asks for three things. Help, deliverance, and the purging away of sin. How I need the Lord to help me. If He does not help me, there is no hope for me on any level. If He does not deliver me, I will not be delivered. If He does not purge away my sin, they are still on me and I will have to be paid the wages of my sin…..death. In asking for these things the Psalmist gives God two arguments as to why the Lord should do these things for him. (1) “For the glory of Thy name.” How it would magnify Your great name, how it would glorify Your grace in doing such things for one so unworthy. (2) “For Your names sake.” I do not ask for any of these things for the sake of anything in me, but for Christ’s sake; His names sake. These are arguments God always responds to.
WEAKNESS AND ACCOUNTIBILITY
Aaron is called in Psalm 106:16, “The saint of the Lord.” Without question he was a believer. But he was a weak man. When the children of Israel told him to make them gods which would go before them, Aaron complied and became the chief participant in this great sin (Ex. 32:1-5). Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them” (Ex. 32:22). Aaron refused to take responsibility…he said that the people were set on mischief, so they gave me gold, “And there came out this calf” (Ex. 32:24). He was the one who fashioned the golden calf with a graving tool (Ex. 32: 2-4). Yet he would not admit responsibility! It I blame someone or something else for my wrong behavior, my weakness is not the problem. It is someone or something else’s fault. But when I see it is my fault, because of my sinful weakness, I will cry to the Lord for strength, and He will help me. That is what Paul meant when he said, “When I am weak, then am I strong” (II cor. 12:10). Wherever you find a person who refuses accountability and personal responsibility, you will find a person who remains a weakling. When somebody sees their sinful weakness is the problem, they will cry to the Lord for strength.
“LOVE THE BROTHERHOOD”
I Peter 2:17
“Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King.”
It is impossible for a sinner to be saved and not love the Savior, and love Him supremely (I Cor. 16:22). It is impossible for a sinner to love God and not love the brotherhood (I John 5:1). It is impossible for a sinner to be identified with Christ, as a disciple of Christ, without love for the brotherhood (John 13:34-35). In a word, it is impossible for a sinner to have eternal life, who does not have this love for the brotherhood (I John 3:14). Those who are born of God are taught of God to love the brotherhood (II Thess. 4:9-10). We know that this love is not perfect because we are told to increase more and more (II Thess. 4:10), and because the Holy Spirit repeatedly exhorts believers to this duty. However, this duty (characteristic) of the people of God is not optional! - As seen above. In this brotherhood all have the same God and Savior, the same Father, the same nature, and the same Spirit of adoption. They all have the same faith, the same loves, the same hates, and the same hope. This love for the brotherhood is a family commitment to one another, the body of Christ (I Cor. 12). It is quite natural and expected for a wolf to attack and seek the destruction of the sheep, but it is unnatural, outrageous, atrocious, and abominable for a sheep to attack the sheep! How one treats the sheep of the Lord Jesus Christ is how he treats Christ himself (Acts 9:1-5; Matt. 25:31-46). – Pastor Maurice Montgomery
“Let your MODERATION be known unto all” (Phil 4:5). This is the only time the word “moderation” is used in the Bible; and it does not have to do with temperance in food and drink; but it has to do with attitude and conduct. The meaning is ‘mild and gentle.” Let all people in the church and in the world see and recognize you as a gentle and kind person. Be known, not as harsh and demanding (this seems to be the code of the day) but as “Kind and tenderhearted” (Eph. 4:32). – Pastor Henry Mahan