May 31, 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.
Join, every tongue, to sing
The mercies of the Lord
The love of Christ our King
Let every heart record
He saved us from the wrath of God
And paid our ransom with His blood, And paid our ransom with His blood.
What wondrous grace was this!
We sinned, and Jesus died
He wrought the righteousness
And we were justified
We ran the score to lengths extreme
And all the debt was charged on Him, And all the debt was charged on Him.
A monument of grace
A sinner saved by blood
The streams of love I trace
Up to the fountain, God
And in His wondrous mercy see
Eternal thoughts of love to me, Eternal thoughts of love to me.
(Tune: “Arise, My Soul, Arise”)
VBS JUNE 16-18 - Sign up in foyer if you plan to attend or can help.
Lynn and I will be leaving tomorrow morning for Mexico to visit the Groovers and will return Saturday evening. John Chapman will preach Wednesday evening.
31st – Cora Clark 31st – Ryan Daniel 1st – Rebekah Vincent
2nd – Audrey Grace Hacker 2nd – Jacob Rigsby 2nd – John Walmsley
4th- Debbie Williams 6th – Brad Clark 6th – June Warta
AM - *Andrea V., Cami, Amie, Emma S., Haley PM – Grace W. Wed. – Sharon, Rachel.
“All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.” - Proverbs 16:2
REDEEMING THE TIME
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time” - Colossians 4:5
Time cannot be recalled. Make the most of every opportunity when you are around an unbeliever. Look for open doors to preach the Gospel to them. Conduct yourself in such a way that they find your kind, loving, and non-judgemental demeanor appealing. Let them see that sovereign mercy is your belief and being merciful is your practice. Time rolls on. The only Gospel they will hear is from you. Redeem the time, making the most of every opportunity to preach the Gospel to them. That is why God left us here.
The church willingly submits to her Lord (Eph. 5:22). The wife willingly submits to the husband (Eph. 5:22). Servants are called on to willingly submit to their masters (Titus 2:9). Believers are called upon to willingly submit themselves to one another (Eph. 5:21). We are even called upon to submit ourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake (I Peter 2:13). Forced submission is not submission at all. Refusal to submit comes from a lack of love and respect. But willing submission is a joyous thing. It is born of grace and true humility. Peter said, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (I Peter 5:5). The only thing that prevents willing submission is pride.
THE MARK OF DISCIPLESHIP
“By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if you have love one to another” (John 13:35). This is the new commandment. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another: as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). Yes, we are to love God! Yes, we are to love His Truth! But when the Lord gives the evidence that can be seen, that will show us to be His disciples, it is our love to one another. The love that is longsuffering and kind. The love that is not envious, boastful, or conceited. The love that is not rude, self-seeking, easily offended, and keeps no records of wrongs. A love that covers in silence, is not suspicious, hopes the best, and endures all things. A love that is never reduced to inactivity (I Corinthians 13:4-8).
Isn’t it beautiful that the Lord has given this as the mark of discipleship. Truly this is the more excellent way that is the greatest of these. May we make love to one another our aim!
A local church is a body of brothers and sisters in Christ. We are one family. One life is ours, one love is ours, and one objective (to know more of and to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and to be found in His righteousness) is ours. This is the comfort and strength of all, that we are all one with Christ in God’s sight. We cannot properly minister the Gospel of Christ without each other. One cannot say, “My presence or absence will not be noticed because I don’t preach, teach, pray publicly, nor lead the singing.” Your presence in the house of God to worship Him is both desired and much needed. You are a comfort and encouragement to other brethren. Another cannot say, “My gift will not be missed because I cannot give as much as some.” All of God’ people should give whenever and whatever they can give as the Lord blesses them. No gift is too small. What may seem small is great for the cause of Christ. The point is this: We are a family, a body, and they eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you.” All brethren are equally loved of God and equally needed by one another.
How shall a man know that his humbling has been produced by the Gospel and that his sorrow has been produced by God? He does not do as Cain did, who cried that his sins were greater than he could bear, and so departed from the presence of God; nor does he do as Judas did, who repented, and hanged himself, nor as Felix did, tremble for a while, and then return to his lusts; nor as the Jews did, according to the prophet, “Pine away under their iniquities,” because of vexation of heart, nor doth he divert his thoughts to other things in order to relieve his soul in his trouble; nor hang his hopes upon a righteousness of his own; nor slothfully lie down under his perplexity; but in the midst of it he goes to God in Christ pleading for pardon and perplexity. So, it is the soul’s application unto God for forgiveness, and not its sense of sin, that gives to God the glory of His grace.
- John Owen