February 1, 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
‘Tis not that I did choose Thee
For, Lord, that could not be
This heart would still refuse Thee
Hadst Thou not chosen me
Thou from the sin that stained me
Hast cleansed and set me free
Of old Thou hast ordained me
That I should live to Thee.
Your love had no beginning
No cause in me was found
That you should choose to save me
A sinner strongly bound
But grace not earned or sought for
Was purposed for my soul
For me, salvation wrought; for
Christ paid the dreadful toll.
‘Twas sovereign mercy called me
And taught my opening mind
The world had else enthralled me
To heav’nly glories blind
My heart owns none before Thee
For Thy rich grace I thirst
This knowing if I loved Thee
Thou must have loved me first.
(Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation” p. 186)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
I will be preaching in Apopka, Florida next weekend at the Grace Gospel Church Bible Conference where Greg Elmquist is Pastor. Next Sunday, Mark Daniel will bring the Bible Study, Andy Davis the morning message and Aaron Greenleaf the evening message.
2nd – Sam Elliott 3rd – James Carver 4th – Jessica Cunningham
5th – Billie Hoover 7th – Tammy Dickerson
7th - Clark Grubb 7th – Faith Hacker
Sunday AM - *Jessica C., Lauren K., Kelli H., Faith PM – Savannah, Rachel H.
Wednesday - Cami
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but of the end thereof are the ways of death.” - Proverbs 14:12
“ALL THE COUNSEL OF GOD”
“For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). He said in this same message, “I have kept back nothing that was profitable unto you” (Acts 20:20). It could be that everything a man says is true. But if he purposefully leaves out or omits some portion of the Truth to make the message easier to receive, here is what he has done…He has removed the offence from the message and he has sought to take the place of the Holy Spirit by modifying the message to make it easier to receive. A man that does that has no heart for God or men, and no one is saved by such preaching.
SOVEREINGTY AND WORSHIP
Is it necessary for us to preach God’s sovereignty in all things? Absolutely it is! If we would preach the Truth, we must declare God’s sovereignty. We must also preach God’s sovereignty because no one will ever truly worship until we worship at the feet of the Sovereign, knowing that we are in His hand to do with us as He pleases. The leper in Matthew 8 came and worshipped the Lord, not because the Lord healed him, but because the Lord is sovereign and could heal him if the Lord willed to do so. The Syrophenician woman in Matthew 15 worshipped the Lord when she met His sovereignty in election. Oh that the Lord would grant us this spirit of worship today. God is to be worshipped for who He is, not what he has done for us. This is why Job said, “Thou He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15). – Pastor Frank Tate
In all spiritual things, all your temptations, all your darkness, all your wanderings God will overrule. It shall be well with you. There shall never be a night, but that morning shall come; there shall never be a day of trouble, but a day of prosperity shall follow; there shall never be an emptying, but there shall be a filling; there shall never be a bringing down, but that He will raise you up again. Let it be either darkness or light, sorrow or grief, night or day, life or death, time or eternity, “It shall be well with the righteous.”
- Scott Richardson
IF BAPTISM DOES NOT SAVE, WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Baptism is a ceremony, and nothing more. There is no saving efficacy in it nor is it a means through which grace is conveyed. But, that does not take away from its importance. The marriage ceremony does not cause a man and woman to love one another. They loved each other before they participated in the marriage ceremony. But if they refuse to participate in the marriage ceremony, and live together without it, they say by that, that they do not love one another enough to be totally committed to one another. This shows how important the marriage ceremony is. There is no true love without it. Baptism is the same. It does not cause salvation. It speaks of a relationship that was already there before the ceremony. And that relationship was caused by what baptism depicts: union with Christ. For someone to refuse baptism is like someone who refuses the marriage covenant and ceremony. That person says by their actions, “I do not love Christ enough to commit to Him.” Love like that is not love at all! Yes, baptism is important. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16).
Some say that to speak of the eternal aspect of justification is blasphemous because (they say) it makes void the work of Christ on the cross. This is like saying our eternal election makes void the work of regeneration by the Holy Spirit in time. To limit justification (or salvation) to an event in time is to limit the eternal God and make Him to wait upon something to happen before He can save or justify. The work of Christ on the cross is not just an event in time, but an eternal work (Rev. 13:8, Heb. 9:12). In Hebrews 9:12, the word “eternal” redemption means “without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be.” In the estimation of the immutable God we always have been, and always will be redeemed by Christ’s blood, and therefore just in His sight. May God keep us from arguing whether His work of justifying sinners is like a rope or a spear, and cause us to rejoice in the work itself. It is a work done altogether by Him for the sinner, and EVERYTHING He has done for us in time and eternity is done to the end that we might dwell with Him forever, faultless, unblameable, and unreproveable in His sight. – Pastor Chris Cunningham