September 13, 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 to God?
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: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
We will have a Bible Conference November 20 – 22.
Upcoming Bible Conferences:
Sept. 18 – 20: Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church, Kingsport, TN
Sept 25-27: Fairmont Grace Church, Sylacauga, AL
Oct. 16 – 18: College Grove Grace Church, College Grove, TN
16th – Lyn Covert 18th- Heather Ham 19th – Kaitlyn Burton
AM- *Jessica E., Melanie K., Megan D., Megan H. PM – Kate H. Wed. – Sharon V.
“A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” - Proverbs 17:4,9
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 Cor. 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!
When our love to Christ becomes less fervent (what a terrible thing), we become more tolerant of that which is contrary to His glory. We become more tolerant of sin in our lives. We become more tolerant of false doctrine. We become more tolerant of worldliness. May the Lord give us grace to be not less fervent, but more fervent in our love for Him! “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil” (Psalms 97:19). To not hate evil is to not love the Lord!
“Let your MODERATION be known unto all” (Phil. 4:5). This is the only time the word “moderation” is used in the Bible, and it does not have to do with temperance in food and drink; but it has to do with attitude and conduct. The meaning is “mild and gentle”. Let all people in the church and in the world see and recognize you as a gentle and kind person. Be known, not as harsh and demanding (this seems to be the code of the day) but as “kind and tenderhearted” (Eph. 4:32). – Henry Mahan
“Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance….For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of” (II Corinthians 7:9,10). Yes, there will be sorrow in repentance, but the primary meaning of repentance is “a change of mind, to think differently.” As my pastor has taught me, as his pastor taught him, this change of mind comes from a change of masters, causing a change in motives, and resulting in a change of manners. There will be much more than tears, there will be a faith which worketh by love.
True repentance is not the improving of the old man, it is the creation of a new man. It is not the changing of the old mind, but the creation of the new mind, for “We have (possess) the mind of Christ” (I Corinthians 2:16). When the Lord enables me to carry out a kind action towards someone, it’s not the old man (Brian DuFour) getting better, it’s the new man (Saint Brian) leaking through, exposing some of the inner holy man through the sinful outer man. The act of kindness (seen as a good act by man) is outwardly performed by the old man, rendering the act sinful (as seen by God)…yet the inward motive and source (not seen by man) is the new heart, the new man, therefore rendering the act holy (as only seen by God, who alone can look on the heart).
Yes, true repentance does produce a change of mind and a change of manners in every believer, yet the result is still the same, it is sin to God for it is outwardly performed by the old man, the flesh that we still carry with us. The difference is the source, the new heart that is holy, which God looks upon with delight, saying, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
- Brian DuFour
WHO IS THIS?
All religious reformers and messiahs come to live; Christ came to die. All others leave monuments and memorials: no one can find His birthplace, grave, nor one possession. All others write diaries and memoirs; He wrote on the sand. All others choose their followers from the rich, powerful, and influential; He chose the poor and needy. All others praise human righteousness; He condemned it. All others seek those who can help them; He sought those whom He could help. All others promise success and happiness to their followers; He promised tribulation and suffering. All others held their disciples with fear and force; He invited His to leave Him if they would. All others have palaces, mansions, and headquarters; He had no place to lay His head. All others reward the most talented with recognition, titles, and honor; He said, “The least should be the greatest.” All others say, “Follow me; I will show you the way.” He said, “Come unto Me, I am the way.” All others claim to be the messengers of God; He said, “He that hath seen me hath seen God.” All others stay dead; He arose; and all of His claims, works, and promises are true because God raised Him from the dead. - Henry Mahan