June 21, 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.
Glory to the heavenly Father
Fountain of eternal love
Who, His wandering sheep to gather
Sent the Saviour from above.
To the Son all praise be given
Who with love unknown before
Left the bright abode of heaven
And our sins and sorrows bore.
Equal strains of warm devotion
Let the Spirit’s praise employ
Author of each holy motion
Source of wisdom, peace, and joy.
Thus while our glad hearts ascending
Glorify Jehovah’s name
Heavenly songs with ours are blending
There the theme is still the same!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us’ p. 374)
Thank you so very much to everyone who gave of their time and efforts to help in Vacation Bible School this past week. It’s always a special time for our children to be instructed in the Lord and we ask that He would be pleased to give them hearing ears and grant them salvation.
24th – Kristy Burton 24th – David Morris
24th – Haley Small 27th – Paul D. Daniel
Sunday AM - *Jessica E., Lydia, Rachel H., Jessica S. PM – Kristen & Kate
Wed. – Rebekah, Sarah B.
“The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.” - Proverbs 19:3
How can two walk together except they be agreed (Amos3:3)? The fact of the matter is they cannot. Even in natural life if people are walking in different directions there are fundamental differences in values that make them go in different ways. Unless two are agreed in what they believe is important, they cannot walk together. When two people who profess to know Christ are not walking together in agreement, harmony, and unity there is something essential that one holds to that the other does not. Concerning Christ getting all the glory as the sovereign, successful Saviour and the necessity of obedience to Him believers are in agreement! If they are not in agreement concerning these two fundamental things, walking together in agreement is impossible.
Our attitude toward election, God’s sovereign right to do what He wills with His own, demonstrates whether we have a man-centered or God-centered way of thinking. If we bristle at the fairness of it, we are man-centered in our thinking. We are not on the Lord’s side. If we bow to it with joy, seeing it gives God all the glory and makes salvation by grace and not works, we are God-centered in our thinking. The man-centered thinking loves man more that God. The God-centered thinking loves God more than men.
Here is a prayer that God never says no to… “Have mercy upon me.” Whenever someone asks for mercy, they are acknowledging their guilt before God, they are acknowledging His sovereign right to give or withhold it as He sees fit, and they are pleading their need of mercy. Everybody who truly pleads for mercy will have it. If you say, “I asked the Lord for mercy and He did not give it to me,” then you really never asked for mercy. You may have used the word “mercy”, but that is not what you meant. Because if you meant what the Bible means by mercy, you would have it! The Lord did say, “Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out.” If you are not received in mercy by Him, it is because you never came to Him for mercy in the first place! Remember, “He delighteth in mercy.”
What is the first requirement for being a Christian? Being a sinner! “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief” (I Timothy 1:15). And notice Paul did not say, “Of whom I was the chief.” It is only as a sinner that we can trust Him for salvation. Any other view of ourselves leaves us trusting ourselves. And trusting ourselves is trusting the flesh.
WHAT I AM IN CHRIST
If I reason from what I am in myself, instead of from what I am in Christ, I must of necessity arrive at a wrong conclusion. The moment the sinner comes to Christ and believes on Him, that moment he is taken completely off the ground of nature, he loses his old legal standing and all its belongings, and he is looked at as IN CHRIST. He is no longer “in the flesh”, but he is “in the Spirit” (Romans 8:9). God only sees him in CHRIST as CHRIST; he becomes one with Him forever (I Corinthians 1:30).
This is the absolute standing, the settled and eternal position of the very weakest babe in the family of God. There is but one standing for every child of God, every member of Christ - IN CHRST! Their knowledge, experience, power, gifts, and intelligence may differ; but their standing is one! Whatever of righteousness or sanctification they possess, they owe it all to their being IN CHRIST. Consequently, if they do not have a perfect sanctification, neither do they have a perfect righteousness. The Word does not say that we have a perfect righteousness and a measure of sanctification. God does nothing by halves! There is no such thing as a half justification or a half sanctification.
“But of Him are we IN CHRIST JESUS, who of God is made unto us WISDOM, and RIGHTEOUSNESS, and SANCTIFICATION, and REDEMPTION; that according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:30-31). – Scott Richardson
A WORD TO THE WISE
If you had a friend who was planning to go before the King in his own dirty, ragged, offensive robe, and you knew that he would be forever rejected, would you not warn him? Suppose, too, that you knew where he could secure, absolutely free, a beautiful, spotless robe with which the King himself had provided. Would you not tell him about it? This is called “good news”. And which robe would you talk the most about – the offensive garment or the beautiful one? I would think that the more he heard about the King’s robe and the more he was made aware of its glories, beauties, and perfections, the more he would become aware of the insufficiency and corruption of his own. That which makes Christ Jesus more precious to me and His robe of righteousness more needful IS NOT THE PREACHING OF WHO AND WHAT I AM NOT, BUT THE PREACHING OF WHO AND WHAT HE IS! - Henry Mahan