January 25, 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.
HYMN OF THE DAY
My God, the covenant of Thy love
Abides forever sure
And in its matchless grace I feel
My happiness secure.
What though my house be not with Thee
As nature could desire
To nobler joys than nature gives
Thy servants all aspire.
Since Thou, the everlasting God
My Father art become
Jesus, my Guardian, and my Friend
And heaven my final home.
I welcome all Thy sovereign will
For all that will is love
And when I know not what thou dost
I’ll wait the light above.
(Tune: “Amazing Grace” p. 236)
26th – Emily Elliott 26th – Mike Farmer 26th – Lynn Nibert
28th – Ryan Rozeboom 30th – Jonathan Holbrook
Sunday AM - *Megan D., Shari, Shirley, Grace PM – Jessica E., Lauren K
Wed. – Allison V.
“It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.” - Proverbs 25:27
CHRIST AND HIS WORDS
“For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and My words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed when He shall come in His own glory.” (Luke 9:26) The Lord Jesus is so united to His words that one of His names is “The Word of God” (Rev. 19:13). He identifies Himself by His words. His doctrine tells us who He is. You cannot preach Christ and not preach any of His doctrine. Can a man preach Christ and fail to preach election and effectual redemption? Can a man preach Christ and knowingly remain silent on some aspect of His saving Work? Can a man preach Christ and fail to speak against that which does not give Christ all the glory? The answer is no! Why would a man fail to preach any doctrine of Scripture, remain silent, or fail to speak against that which is false? He is ashamed of Christ’s words, is seeking to make the strait gate wide, and seeking to remove the offence from the Gospel.
The Gospel of Christ makes lofty claims. It claims to be the Gospel of God, infallible, and the only way to God. It denounces all other religions as false and all other beliefs as spurious. It commands men to believe its content, and says those who do not will be eternally damned. It pronounces revelation that could not have possibly been known unless God was pleased to reveal it. How can we know it is true? There is only one way. God must personally bear witness to our hearts (I John 5:6-7). If God bears witness by His Spirit to our hearts, we will believe that Jesus Christ is God, and salvation is utterly and completely in Him. We will believe anything contrary to that is utterly false. If we do not believe that, God has evidently not born witness to us. If the only witness we have is that of man, we will not and cannot believe. When He bears witness, we do!
We read in II John 9 of “The doctrine of Christ.” The doctrine of Christ is one unified whole. There are different aspects of the doctrine of Christ, but they are so interrelated and dependent upon one another that to deny any aspect of the doctrine of Christ is to deny the whole. If one link in the chain is broke, the chain itself is broken.
“And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.” - II Timothy 2:5
If a man crossed the finish line, but has not obeyed the rules of the race, or did not stay on the proper course, he is disqualified. No short-cuts allowed.
Few preachers pay attention to this warning. In their thirst for success in the ministry, which they cover up by calling it “seeking to win the lost,” they take short-cuts. They do not obey the rules of the Gospel. They cut corners on Gospel Truth in order to make their message more likely to be received. They by-pass certain parts of the race to speed up the process. But they will find in the end that no one was truly saved through their ministry. Even more horrifying will it be when they find that they themselves were not saved.
DO NOT PRETEND
It is the conscious absence of all goodness that leads us to Christ, the foundation of all goodness; and that fountain is open to all who come in this fashion. It is closed against all who come on any other footing. It is the want of light and life that draws us to Christ, the source of both; and both of these are the gift of God. He who comes as partly righteous is sent away empty. He who comes acknowledging unrighteousness, but at the same time trying to neutralize it or to expiate it by feelings, works, or tears, is equally rejected. But he who comes as an unrighteous man to a righteous and gracious Savior, finds not only ready access, but plenteous redemption. The righteous God receives unrighteous man if that man presents himself in his own true character as a sinner, and does not mock God by pretending to be something less or better than he is. – Horatius Bonar
He who is not liberal with what he has does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be liberal if he had more. – William Plummer