August 16, 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
Though troubles assail and dangers affright
Though friends should all fail and foes all unite
Yet one thing secures us whatever betide
The Scripture assures us, The Lord will provide!
The birds without barn or storehouse are fed
From them let us learn to trust for our bread
His saints what is fitting shall n’er be denied
So long as ‘tis written, the Lord will provide!
No strength of our own or goodness we claim
Yet since we have know the Saviour’s great name
In this our strong tower for safety we hide
The Lord is our power, The Lord will provide!
When life sinks apace and death is in view
The Word of His grace shall comfort us through
No fearing or doubting with Christ at our side
We hope to die shouting, The Lord will provide!
(Tune: “O Worship the King” p.1)
17th – Olivia Williams 18th – Molly Mohr 18th – Adam Peters
19th – Nora Imes 19th – Allison Vincent
19th – Sharon Vincent 21st – Mark Ham
AM - *Megan D., Kelli H., Tammy, Jenny W. PM – Kim D. Wed. Megan H.
“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.” - Proverbs 26:12
YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” – Romans 12:1
To present means to place yourself at His disposal: to be present, to be at hand. We are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. We are to say like Isaiah, “Here am I, send me.” It does not matter the task or the cost. This is holy - the product of the holy nature. And it is acceptable, well pleasing to God. Anything less is unreasonable. Truly, this is our reasonable service. If the mercies or compassion of God does not cause us to willingly present ourselves to Him, we have not experienced His mercies and compassions.
THE WILL OF MAN
“He delivered Jesus to their will.” – Luke 23:25
And what was their will? “Crucify Him, crucify Him.” That is man’s will in a nutshell. That teaching that says God wants to save all men, Christ died for all men, and the Holy Spirit is calling all men, but man’s salvation is ultimately dependent upon his own will, is a lie! Those who preach such a message do not believe the Gospel. And those who believe such a message do not believe the Gospel. When men were left to their will, unrestrained by God, they murdered the Son of God! To give man’s will such an exalted place in salvation is to deny the sovereignty of God, deny what the Bible teaches concerning the sinfulness of man, and deny that salvation is all of God’s grace. Don’t think that the belief that man’s will has the ultimate say in salvation is merely a less enlightened view of the Gospel. It is another Gospel! It makes man’s will the saviour, and not Christ.
NO LIFE BY LAW
It is not a lawful use of the law to seek justification and acceptance with God by our obedience to it; because it is not appointed for this end, or capable of answering it in our circumstances. The very attempt is a daring impeachment of the wisdom and goodness of God – “For if righteousness could come by the law, then Christ has died in vain” (Galatians 2:21, 3:21). So that such a hope is not only groundless, but sinful; and when persisted in under the light of the Gospel is no less than a willful rejection of the grace of God. - John Newton
It is amazing how history repeats itself! We seem to go around in a circle. During the days of the Reformation, when superstition, tradition, and the human will reigned in religion, the reformers waged their battle for the glory of God and the true Gospel on three points. 1. The Scriptures alone: “Let God be true and every man a liar.” We bow to the Word apart from visions, revelations or opinions of men. 2. Grace Alone: Salvation only by free, sovereign, and full grace, apart from law, works, or any other contribution of any sort. 3. Christ Alone: “By Himself purged our sins.” His person and work effectually, totally, and eternally redeemed His elect. This is where the battle rages today in America, where fundamentalism with its emotion, easy believism, free-will, and super programs seems to have captured the people. It’s back to this three-fold foundation for every true preacher. - Henry Mahan
Redemption is the ransom of chosen sinners out from under the curse of God’s broken law and offended justice by the sacrificial, substitutionary, sin-atoning death of our Lord Jesus. Redemption is the satisfaction of justice by the blood of Christ and the deliverance of God’s elect from all possibility of condemnation (Eph. 1:7; Gal. 3:13; Col. 1:14; I Peter 1:18-20). The redemption of our souls by Christ’s shed blood also includes and guarantees the redemption (deliverance) of our souls from the bondage and dominion of sin (Isaiah 53:10-11); and the redemption of our bodies from the grave at the resurrection (I Cor. 1:30; Eph. 1:14; 4:30). All who were redeemed by the blood of Christ must and shall be saved by God’s grace in him.
- Donnie Bell
Now then, there is but one thing with which Almighty God is satisfied – entirely satisfied – and that is THE PERSON AND WORK OF HIS SON! It is with Christ that we must be satisfied, not with ourselves, nor anything about us! When we cease from ALL our labors, and ALL our righteousness, and ENTER INTO HIS REST, pardon and peace will come without delay. - Horatius Bonar