July 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
Now may the Lord reveal His face
And teach our stammering tongues
To make His sovereign, reigning grace
The subject of our songs.
No sweeter subject can invite
A sinner’s heart to sing
Or more display the glorious sight
Of our exalted King.
Grace reigns to pardon all our sins
To melt the hardest hearts
And from the work it once begins
It never once departs.
‘Twas grace that called us to our Lord
By grace thus far we’ve come
And grace will help us through this world
And bring us safely home.
(Tune: “O God Our Help” p. 10)
Everyone is invited to the wedding of Michelle Grubb and Tony Gonzalez on August 22nd. Please see information and RSVP in foyer.
5th – Jackson Dickerson 5th – Jackson Elliott 8th – Jasper Clark
8th – Rob Elliott 9th – Michael Cunningham
Sunday AM- *Jessica C., Susan S., Megan H., Melanie K. PM- Sarah L. Wed. – Kelly B.
“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” - Proverbs 19:11
“There go I but for the grace of God.” We have all made that statement. We know there is no sinful state we will not fall into except grace prevents it. And when God saves someone, it will be seen by others in their attitude and conduct. But what is the difference between that statement and the words of the Pharisee, “God, I thank Thee that I am not as other men are.” He was giving God the credit for him not being in the sinful state of others. His hope of salvation was found in things God enabled him to do and to not do. That kind of thinking is contrary to faith. The only object of saving faith is Christ alone. The only ground of assurance is Christ alone. While I do not want to be hard on that saying – I am sure people are well meaning in using it – I do not want to say it anymore. “By the grace of God I am what I am.” I am the chief of sinner, and it is only by the grace of God that I know that. I am a sinner saved by grace. By the grace of God I am what I am.
GRACE: EXCLUSIVE OR INCLUSIVE?
The answer is both! Grace excludes any and all grounds of boasting on man’s part. “Where is boasting? It is excluded.” Grace is a shut door to all attempts at salvation by works. Grace has a very exclusive membership. Sinners only. All else excluded. But grace is inclusive to all who are sinners and cannot be saved by their works. The door is wide open to all who need free, saving, sovereign grace. God’s grace is very exclusive, and it is the only truly inclusive message there is.
If I spend more time in the world’s books then the Bible, if I spend more time with the people of the world then the people of God, if public worship becomes easy to miss, because it is not that enjoyable anyway, I have good reason to fear about the state of my soul.
The promotion of free-will is nothing more than mutiny against God’s will. If I have a free will, my will is free from God’s will. Thank God there is no such thing as free will. If man did have a free will, then the will of God could be thwarted. But thank God that is not the case.
All error in theology springs from two sources; attempts to make Almighty God less than He is, or attempts to make puny man more than he is. - Henry Mahan
PARDON FOR SIN
When a president leaves office, he frequently pardons prisoners. Those prisoners are set free from prison, but those former prisoners remain guilty. The President of the United States has power to set a guilty prisoner free from prison, but he does not have the power to make that prisoner not guilty. Society must look on that former prisoner as a free man but everyone knows he is really still guilty.
GOD DOES NOT PARDON SIN LIKE THE PRESIDENT PARDONS PRISONERS. God is holy. God ALWAYS punishes sin. God “Will by no means clear the guilty” (Exodus 34:7). So when God pardons sin, God removes the guilt of sin through the sacrifice of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. The guilt of the sin of all of God’s elect was charged to Christ our Substitute. The blood of Christ removed the guilt of the sin of His people. In Christ we stand NOT GUILTY. The Father does not wink at the sin of His people and accept them in spite of their sin. The Father accepts His elect in Christ because in Christ they have no sin! “And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me” (Jeremiah 33:8). – Frank Tate
Christ is the issue, isn’t He? I find it revealing that the point of Calvinistic theology which is most controverted is ‘Limited Atonement’, the one point of the five that specifically deals with Christ. No matter what the controversy, it will eventually get back to this point: Is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ enough to redeem the sinner? Christ is never enough in the mind of the unbeliever. But Christ is enough to anyone who has nothing else!
- Joe Terrell
Beware of those who want to exalt man in any manner. Listen to no man who wants to mix free will and free grace, the law and the Gospel; for free will is a very stronghold of Satan’s. Listen to no one who talks about universal redemption. - William Tiptaft