January 18, 2015
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.
Glory to the heavenly Father
Fountain of eternal love
Who, His wandering sheep to gather
Sent the Savior from above.
To the Son all praise be given
Who with love unknown before
Left the bright abode of heaven
And our sins and sorrows bore.
Equal strains of warm devotion
Let the Spirit’s praise employ
Author of each holy motion
Source of wisdom, peace, and joy.
Thus while our glad hearts ascending
Glorify Jehovah’s name
Heavenly songs with ours are blending
There the theme is still the same!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
I, along with some of our men, will be traveling to Mexico this week to visit the Missionaries. We will return on Saturday, Lord willing. Bruce Crabtree will preach for us this Wednesday.
19th – Amanda DuFour
Sunday AM – *Jessica S., Jaime G., Rachel W. Debbie PM – Kim D., Maybelle
Wed. - Aubrey
“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” - Proverbs 18:12
THE MARK OF DISCIPLESHIP
“By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if you have love one to another” (John 13:35). This is the new commandment. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). Yes, we are to love God! Yes, we are to love His Truth! But when the Lord gives the evidence that can be seen, that will show us to be His disciples, it is our love to one another. The love that is longsuffering and kind. The love that is not envious, boastful, or conceited. The love that is not rude, self-seeking, easily offended, and keeps no records of wrongs. A love that covers in silence, is not suspicious, hopes the best, and endures all things. A love that is never reduced to inactivity (I Cor. 13:4-8).
Isn’t it beautiful that the Lord has given this as the mark of discipleship. Truly this is the more excellent way that is the greatest of these. May we make love to one another our aim!
What is faith? It is looking to, trusting, relying on, and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as my wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (I Cor. 1:30). And what is the evidence that I have faith? I look to, trust, rely upon, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as my wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. The evidence of faith is faith! The evidence of an absence of faith is an absence of faith - I do not look to, trust, rely upon, or believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as my wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. This may sound simplistic, but it is so!
The nation that rests satisfied with its commercial prosperity, and neglects its national defenses, because they are troublesome or expensive, is likely to become prey to the first Alaric, or Attila, or Tamerlane, or Napoleon, who chooses to attack it. The Church which is “Rich, and increased with goods” may think it has “Need of nothing” because of its antiquity, orders, and endowments. It may cry “Peace, peace” and flatter itself it shall see no evil. But if it is not careful about the maintenance of sound doctrine among its ministers and members, it must never be surprised if its candlestick is taken away. – J. C. Ryle
THE DOCTRINE OF GRACE
You cannot vanquish a sovereign grace believer. You may think you can, but you cannot. The stones of the great doctrine of grace so fit into each other that the more pressure there is applied to remove them, the more strenuously do they adhere! And mark, my friend, that you cannot receive ONE of the doctrines of God’s grace without believing ALL OF THEM. If you hold that man is utterly depraved, you must draw the conclusion that life and salvation must come from God alone and that our God has the right to give or withhold His mercy as He wills. And if no man will come to Christ unless God chooses and calls him, then you are forced to believe that God elects His people in Christ, the Lord Jesus justifies them by His blood, and through the sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth all of His elect will receive Christ, believe and love Him until God calls them to His glory. Charles Spurgeon once wrote, “Regarding the words of Romans 8:29-30, a man must receive the whole or reject the whole! It puts a strain on judgment and discernment to think that one may believe two or three of these points and not the rest. The doctrine of the fall, election, particular redemption, effectual call, and perseverance stands like soldiers in a square, presenting on every side a line of defense which is hazardous to attack and easy to maintain.” “For whom He did predestinate, them He also called, and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30) - Copied
The church willingly submits to her Lord (Eph. 5:22). The wife willingly submits to the husband (Eph. 5:22). Servants are called on to willingly submit to their masters (Titus 2:9). Believers are called upon to willingly submit to their pastors (Heb. 13:17). Believers are called upon to willingly submit themselves to one another (Eph. 5:21). We are even called upon to submit ourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake (I Peter 2:13). Forced submission is not submission at all. Refusal to submit comes from lack of love and respect. But willing submission is a joyous thing. It is born of grace and true humility. Peter said, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (I Peter 5:5). The only thing that prevents willing submission is pride.