December 7, 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
Come, thou almighty Comforter
And bring upon Thy wing
Sweet consolation to each soul
That we may praise and sing.
We want to hear, we want to see
We want to know Christ more
We want sweet foretastes of His love
As we have had before.
And shall we come in vain to God?
Lord, that cannot be
Thy promise stands engaged to come
And bless ev’n two or three.
Lord, give more love, more sincere faith
More confidence in Thee
Break off our legal chains, O God
And let our souls go free.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
We welcome Pastors Greg Elmquist and David Pledger who will preach for us this morning.
Everyone is invited to stay for lunch after the service today. There will be no service tonight.
4th - Eden Steeves 9th – Chuck Mohr 9th – Ben Small
Wed. – Carla & Rachel H.
Meekness, one of the fruits of the Spirit, is an attitude toward God. Meekness believes all things come from God, and therefore receives them as good. Humility is her twin sister. The Lord said, “Blessed are the meek.” Here are some of the blessings of meekness. “The meek shall eat and be satisfied.” “The meek shall He guide.” “The meek will He teach.” “He saveth all the meek.” “The meek shall inherit the earth.” “The Lord lifteth up the meek.” “The Lord beautifies the meek with salvation.” A meek and quiet spirit is said to be of great value to God, a part of the worthy walk, one of the things God’s elect puts on, the demeanor of telling others of the hope in us, and the spirit in which we restore our fallen brothers. This is the spirit of receiving His Word. “Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.” Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of meekness is that the Lord Jesus Christ is meek. He said, “I am meek and lowly in heart.”
May we be enabled to be clothed with meekness in our attitude toward God and men.
RECEIVING THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH
“Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (II Thess. 2:10). It is possible to receive the Truth without receiving the love of the Truth. Merely receiving the Truth is an acknowledgment that the Bible does in fact teach some particular doctrine. This is believing with the intellect and nothing more. Such receiving of the Truth will not end in salvation, but certain destruction. Paul goes on to say of these people, “And for this cause (because they received not the love of the Truth) God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” It is one thing to believe the Bible is God’s Word. It is another thing to love that it is so. It is one thing to believe the Bible teaches the sovereignty of God. It is another thing to love the God who is sovereign. It is one thing to acknowledge the Bible teaches election. It is another thing to love the God who elected sinners in Christ. It is one thing to agree that Christ is the only way. It is another to love Him as the only way. Where the Truth is not received in the love of it, it is not really believed.
A man cannot be thoroughly humbled till he realizes that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, counsels, efforts, will and works, and depends absolutely on the will, counsel, pleasure and work of another – God alone. – Martin Luther
The preaching of Christ Jesus and Him crucified is hated by this religious world. But those who believe, and are saved, love it with a perfect love. It is our only hope, our Salvation. If we compromise on this to please the people of our day, we compromise the Gospel, and make the death of our Lord Jesus Christ of none effect. We have no Salvation. We have no hope. We will stand before a thrice Holy God with a hope only in what we can do to satisfy His justice. We will be obligated to pay our sin debt with the works of the flesh, while the Scriptures declare that, “By the works of the flesh shall no man be justified in His sight.” What hope is there in this? None whatsoever. – Unknown
THE DANGER OF SUPPOSING
“But when the first came they supposed that they should receive more” (Matt. 20:10). And who wouldn’t make that supposition? If I worked twelve hours I would suppose that I would earn more money than the one who worked merely one hour. But the supposition was wrong! Most of the things, perhaps all of the things we suppose are wrong. All of the suppositions we naturally make with regard to the Gospel are wrong! Many of the suppositions we make with regard to something somebody has said or done which offended us or hurt our feelings is wrong. What we supposed actuated them is usually not what actuated them at all. Beware that what you suppose could very well be wrong. The fact that all we have ever supposed concerning God is wrong ought to alert us to the fact that what we suppose regarding the response or the action of somebody else is wrong. May God give us the grace to always put the best construction on what others do instead of some negative supposition. It is always better to give our brethren the benefit of the doubt rather than supposing the worst!
Every blessing of salvation is a means to a great end. Forgiveness, mercy and grace, justification, election, adoption and any other Gospel doctrine, as wonderful as they are, are only means to this great end: The glory of Jesus Christ the Lord. The glory of Christ is the end. All else is means to that great end.