April 19, 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
Sons we are through God’s election, who in Jesus Christ believe
By eternal destination, Sovereign grace we here receive
Lord Thy mercy, Doeth both grace and glory give.
Ev’ry fallen soul by sinning, Merits everlasting pain
But Thy love, without beginning, Has restored Thy sons again
Countless millions, shall in life through Jesus reign.
Pause, my soul, adore and wonder, ask, O why such love for me
Grace has put me in the number, of the Savior’s family
Hallelujah! Thanks, eternal thanks to Thee!
When in that blest habitation, which my God has fore-ordained
When, in glory’s full possession, I with saints and angles stand
Free grace only, shall resound in heav’n’s land.
(Tune: “Look Ye Saints, the Sight is Glorious” p.141)
Everyone is invited to stay for lunch after the service today. There will be no service this evening.
20th – Kim Daniel 20th – Becky Rigsby 24th – Don Martin
Sunday AM - *Aubrey, *Tracy, Andrea V., Kristen H., Jessica S. Wed. - Elizabeth
“Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” - Proverbs 13:10
WHAT IS A SINNER?
“Sin is the transgression of the law” (I John 3:4). A sinner is one who transgresses God’s holy law. He puts other gods before God. He concocts false ideas of God and makes idols he feels more comfortable with. He fails to reverence God’s holy name. He never rests. He fails to honor his parents. He murders. He commits sexual sin. He is a thief. He is a liar. He is covetous. Would that describe you? If not, you are not a sinner. You take the title by default, but you do not really believe it. But if this describes you, hear the Gospel! “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”
“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Then drew near unto Him
all the publicans and sinners for to hear Him.” - Luke 14:35-15:1
Sometimes the placing if the chapter divisions are unfortunate. Such is the case here. This is one of six different occasions the Lord made this statement. Not everybody has ears tot hear. Who does? Publicans and sinners!
If I am not being blessed in hearing, one of two things are true. (1) I am not hearing the Gospel. I certainly cannot be blessed in hearing a salvation by works message. (2) I am not hearing as a sinner. There are many things that render us unable to hear the Gospel as a sinner, none of which are valid. However, if we are hearing the Gospel preached as a sinner, it comes as good news indeed. After all, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” The only person that is good news to is a sinner!
There was never anything of false doctrine brought into the church, or anything of false worship imposed upon the church, but either it was by neglecting the Scripture or by introducing something above the Scripture.
“Speak ye comfortable to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” – Isaiah 40:2
I suppose that there is not a more precious word or term to a convicted criminal than the one we call a “pardon”. There are basically two types of pardons. There is a “conditional pardon” which simply means that the person is pardoned after certain conditions have been met. The “conditional pardon” is granted only after the convicted party has acknowledged their crime and guilt for it, then confesses to have been “rehabilitated and reformed”, promising to live a peaceful and productive life. A “conditional pardon” is basically no more than a “second chance” given to the guilty.
The second kind of pardon, called a “full pardon” or an “unconditional pardon”, differs greatly from the first. The “unconditional pardon” fully restores the “rights” that were forfeited by the individual upon conviction and then treats that person as though they had never committed the crime. The “unconditional grace” of our great and merciful God, always grants the saved sinner an “unconditional pardon”. The pardon which God gives, like His grace, has no conditions upon it, and the one who has offended His law and justice is considered, treated and viewed by God as one who had NEVER offended or committed the crime. What a precious word and term “pardon” has become to me, the convicted criminal that I am. How thankful I am that “IN CHRIST”, God gives “FULL” pardon.
- David Eddmenson
My friends, when the Lord Jesus is truly seen, believed, and loved, there will be joy in the Lord with genuine peace of conscience. Yes, we are sinners; but Christ died for sinners! Yes, the law condemns; but Christ honored the law! Yes, justice has a claim; but Christ satisfied that claim! Yes, we are imperfect in faith, in commitment, in love; but “He knows our frame and remembers that we are dust” and loves us just the same. We are in Him by HIS CHOICE, redeemed by HIS BLOOD, called by HIS SPIRIT, and kept by HIS POWER, through faith which HE GAVE US! How can I entertain any doubts based on shortcomings found in me when the whole affair is THE LORD’S DOINGS? - Henry Mahan