September 6, 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
Come, Thou Almighty Comforter
And bring upon Thy wing
Sweet consolation to each soul
That we may praise and sing.
We want to hear, we want to see
We want to know Christ more
We want sweet foretastes of His love
As we have had before.
And shall we come in vain tot God?
O Lord, that cannot be
Thy promise stands engaged to come
And bless ev’n two or three.
Lord, give more love, more sincere faith
More confidence in Thee
Break off our legal chains, O God
And let our souls go free.
(Tune: “Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove” p. 158)
We will have a Bible Conference November 20 – 22
Upcoming Bible Conferences
Sept. 18 – 20 Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church, Kingsport, TN
Oct. 16 – 18 College Grove Grace Church, College Grove, TN
6th- Joy Grubb, 9th – Todd Nibert
AM - *Jaime, Andrea B., Kirsten, H., Lauren K. PM – Sarah B. Wed. – Allison V.
“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
“For I say through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” - Romans 12:3
The word “soberly” is also translated in your right mind. Sober thinking is right minded thinking. Right minded thinking is to not have inflated views of yourself, but humble and modest views of yourself…..a sinner saved by grace. Right-minded thinking is to realize what you are in Christ. “You are complete in Him” (Col. 12:10). Right minded thinking is thinking according to faith. May we be found with the man who was possessed by a legion of demons, sitting at the feet of Christ, clothed, and in his right mind.
The supernatural gifts spoken of in I Cor. 12 are no longer in operation. They ceased after the death of the Apostles because they were only given through the laying on of the Apostle’s hands (Acts 8:18). But the gifts mentioned in Romans 12 are still in operation, every believer has one or more, and they are given for the edification of the church. There are seven (the number of perfection) gifts mentioned: The gift of prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, ruling, and showing mercy. If you are a believer, you have one or more of these gifts, and they are to be used to serve your brothers and sisters in Christ and to glorify your Saviour. You have a gift and a sphere of usefulness in the kingdom of heaven.
Many times over the years I have heard of preachers and churches seeking to make the Bible relevant for today. The Bible is the Word of God! When men attempt to make the Bible relevant for today, it is neither more nor less than not really believing it is the Word of God. It is a watering down of the message of the Bible. When a man attempts to make the Holy Scriptures relevant, that man becomes irrelevant. God will not use that man’s attempt to make the Gospel more palatable to the flesh. That man manifests himself to be very ignorant and very arrogant. The job of the preacher is to preach the Word! Not attempt to make it relevant.
THE SPIRIT OF MEEKNESS
In Galatians 6:1, Paul speaks of restoring the brother who is overtaken by some sin in the spirit of meekness. And what is the spirit of meekness? ....”Considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” The man with the spirit of meekness knows that if he is tempted in the same way the man who was overtaken was, he would fall the same way. And this man with the spirit of meekness understands that the only reason he has not been overtaken by the same sin is the restraining grace of God. The man with the spirit of meekness cannot look down on his brother with righteous indignation, but wants to restore him, mend him, place the dislocated bone back into place. That brother’s sin is a burden to him. We bear with one another in love, and so fulfill the law of Christ! It is the spirit of meekness that fulfills the law of Christ.
We believe in the absolute predestination of God in all things! “He worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph. 1:11). There is nothing that happens by chance. But does this belief cause us to live in a kind of stoic indifference and fatalism? Certainly not! Paul also said to the Ephesians, after he told them about the absolute predestination of God, Be very careful how you live – not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil (Eph. 5:15-16). He said the same thing to the Colossians in Colossians 4:5. Yes, we believe in the absolute predestination of our God in all things. And we also believe that we are commanded to and responsible to “make the most of every opportunity.” If my belief in predestination makes me fatalistic and indifferent, I do not believe in Biblical predestination.
Scripture, not logic, is our rule of faith; and not one or two statements taken out of their contexts, but the whole analogy of faith. Error is truth perverted, truth distorted, truth out of proportion. To short-sighted human reason there appears to be a clash between Divine justice and Divine mercy, between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility, between law and grace, between faith and good works; but he who is really taught of the Spirit, is enabled to discern their perfect consistency. – A. W. Pink