April 5, 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
Jesus is our great salvation
Worthy of our best esteem
He has saved His chosen nation
Join to sing aloud of Him
He has saved us, He has saved us!
Christ alone could us redeem!
When involved in sin and ruin
And no helper here was found
Jesus our distress was viewing
Grace did more than sin abound
He has called us, He has called us!
By His Gospel’s mighty sound!
Free election, known by calling
Is a privilege Divine
Saints are kept from final falling
All the glory, Lord be Thine
All the glory, All the glory!
All the glory, Lord is Thine!
(Tune: “Angels, From the Realms of Glory” p. 99)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
CHURCH DINNER - APRIL 19 (no evening service April 19th)
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 16-18
Please update your information on the form in the foyer if you are on the nursery list or would like to be.
Sunday AM - *Jessica C., Jaime, Megan H. Andrea B., Jenny PM – Sarah B., Molly
Wed. – Rebekah V.
5th – Jessica Elliott 7th – Seth Daniel 8th – Joyce Squires 11th – Julianna Daniel 11th – Mary Williams
“Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.” - Proverbs 17:1
COMPROMISING THE GOSPEL
The apostle Peter was guilty of compromising the Gospel when he left the table of the Gentiles and went to the table of the Jews. By that action he was saying you are more pleasing to God when you observe the law then when you do not. The implication is that Christ is not all in salvation. Peter’s demise began with “He withdrew himself.” The same word is translated shunned and kept back in Acts 20. When we purposely leave out some aspect of the Gospel of Christ so as not to offend or to make the Gospel easier to receive we have compromised the Gospel. He then separated himself from the Gentile table, no longer identifying himself with the Gentile salvation, and this was done through the fear of men. Paul called this act hypocrisy and not walking uprightly according the truth of the Gospel. He publicly rebuked Peter for the action (Galatians 2:11-14). If an apostle could compromise the Gospel, so can we! Lord, save us from compromising your Gospel.
“Lord, make me to know my end and the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am.” - Psalms 39:4
When we, by God’s grace, are wise enough to face death, judgment, and eternity, things are seen in their proper light. All these fine ideas of fame, fortune, friends, and so-called importance, melt like the frost before the sun. Death reveals the truth, blows away the chaff, shuts a man’s mouth, and opens the book. Death takes no notice of what I thought nor of what others thought of me, but only what God thinks! “Oh, that I might win Christ and be found in Him!” - Henry Mahan
“So then, they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” - Galatians 3:9-10
What does it mean to be “Of the works of the law”? The word “of” refers to origin. If I am of the works of the law I trace the origin of my salvation to something I have done. Just what that something is varies according to who you are talking to. Some would say it is obedience to the law. Others would say it is your sincerity. Still, others would say it is your will that decides whether to accept or reject God’s offer of salvation. Whatever form it takes, it is still something you must do before you can be saved. Salvation is the end, the pay back, for the works that you perform. But those who are “of truth” (Gal. 3:9), trace the origin of their salvation to God Himself. What we do does not end in salvation. We begin in salvation. Our works find their origin in God Himself (Eph. 2:8-10). All who are of the works of the law are under God’s curse. All who are “of faith” are “Blessed with faithful Abraham.”
I introduced a Sunday morning sermon with an excellent question asked by a friend, “If a person is truly saved by the3 grace of God in Christ, will he love, rejoice, give, share, forgive, and endeavor to glorify Christ in his life or MUST HE BE TAUGHT THESE THINGS?” My answer: “Yes, he will and yes, he must.” The principles of grace and truth are in the heart by regeneration, as is the love of Christ and love for others; but children must be taught, reminded, corrected and even chastised. “Go ye and make disciples TEACHING THEM to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew28:20). The very fact that our Lord gave us the Lord’s Table to “Do in remembrance of Me” is proof enough that we need to be taught and reminded of spiritual truth. – Henry Mahan
“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” - Proverbs 17:9