April 26, 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
Thy works, not mine, O Christ
Speak gladness to this heart
They tell me all the work is done
They bid my fear depart.
Thy cross, not mine, O Christ
Has born the awful load
Of sins that no, none else could bear
But our incarnate God.
Thy death, not mine, O Christ
Has paid the ransom due
Ten thousand, thousand deaths like mine
Would have been all too few.
Thy righteousness, O Christ
Alone can cover me
No righteousness can satisfy
Save that which is of Thee!
(Tune: “Blest Be the Tie that Binds” p. 187)
We rejoice with Nathaniel Sligh who will confess Christ in believer’s baptism this morning.
There will be a party on Saturday, May 16th from 4-10pm for 6th – 8th graders at Jim and Pam Murphy’s home. Sign-up in the foyer if you plan to attend.
28th – Jim Murphy 29th – Eric Dickerson 30th – Linda Rutledge
2nd – Mitch Bryan 2nd – Gretta Daniel
Sunday AM - *Kelli H., Tammy D., Cami, Sarah L. PM – Kim D., Kate H.
Wed. – Grace W.
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.” - Proverbs 21:2
CHRIST AND HIS WORDS
“If a man love Me, He will keep My words…He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings” (John 14:23-24). To keep means to watch over, guard, preserve. If I love Christ, I love His words. I do not want them changed, left out, or added to. Someone who has no love for Christ does not view His words like that. They are o.k. with an omission, subtraction, or addition. What we really think of God Himself is seen in our attitude toward His Word! David said, “I esteem all Thy precepts in all things to be right, and hate every false way” (Psalm 119:128). To speak of love to Christ, and have a loose attitude toward keeping His words is no different than speaking of love to Christ and not giving. Love is as love does.
When Andrew heard Christ preach, he went and found Simon his brother, “And brought him to Jesus” (John 1:42). While we cannot physically bring another man to Christ, we certainly can bring them to Him in prayer. He has promised His presence where two or three are met together in His name. We are bringing men to Him when we bring them to hear His Gospel preached. When was the last time you invited someone to hear the Gospel preached? We all are to be fishers of men – “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” - Ephesians 1:11
God is not trying or attempting to save everybody that will let Him! God Almighty, in sovereign grace, saves whom He wills on PURPOSE. God does not make salvation ‘possible’. God makes salvation ‘certain’. Redemption in Christ has never been a thing of ‘possibility.” Redemption in Christ has always been, “According to the purpose of Him, who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” - David Eddmenson
NO MAN IS INFALLIBLE - Galatians 2:11-17
“But when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed, for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him.”
The example of the Apostle Peter at Antioch is one that does not stand alone. It is only a parallel of many cases that we find written for our learning in Holy Scripture. Do we not remember Abraham, the father of the faithful, following the advice of Sarah and taking Hagar for a wife? Do we not remember Aaron, the first high priest, listening to the Israelites and making a golden calf? Do we not remember Nathan, the prophet, telling David to build a temple? Do we not remember Solomon, the wisest of men, allowing his wives to build their high places of false worship? Do we not remember Asa, the good king of Judah, seeking, not the Lord, but the physicians? Do we not remember Jehoshaphat, the good king, going down to help the wicked Ahab? Do we not remember Hezekiah, the good king, receiving the ambassadors of Babylon? Do we not remember Josiah, the last of Judah’s good kings, going to fight Pharaoh? Do we not remember James and John wanting fire to come down from heaven? These things deserve to be remembered. They were not written without cause. They loudly proclaim, “No man is infallible!”
Conclusion: The first lesson is that great ministers may make great mistakes. The second lesson is that to keep the Truth of Christ in His church is even more important than to keep peace. – J. C. Ryle
THE PRINCIPLE CHARACTER OF GRACE
There are three principle characteristics of Divine grace. First, it is eternal. Grace was planned before it was exercised, purposed before it was imparted. “Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (II Timothy 1:9).
Second, it is free, for none did ever purchase it. “Being justified freely by His grace” (Romans 3:24).
Thirdly, it is sovereign, because God exercises it toward and bestows it upon whom He pleases. “Even so might grace reign” (Romans 5:21). If grace reigns, then it is on the throne, and the occupant of the throne is Sovereign. Hence, “The Throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16). – A. W. Pink