September 27, 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
Thou, whose Almighty Word
Chaos and darkness heard
And took their flight
Hear us, we humbly pray
And in this Gospel day
Shine forth Thy glorious Ray
Let there be Light.
Thou, bless’d Incarnate Word
Gird on Thy mighty sword
Conquer Thy foes
Fullness of grace Divine
Subdue this heart of mine
And may Thy glory shine
Let there be Light.
Spirit of Truth and Love
Life-giving, Holy Dove
Speed forth Thy flight
Shine on the chosen race
By Thy Almighty grace
Dispel the dark of night
Let there be light.
(Tune: “Come, Thou Almighty King” p. 6)
Rick and Jenny Williams will host a pig roast at their house on Saturday, Oct. 10th from noon til 6:00pm. The meat will be provided – bring a dish & sign up in foyer if you plan to attend.
27th- Ryleigh DuFour 28th – John Parker 28th – Ben Walmsley
3rd – Alison Farhat 3rd – Paul Harries
AM - *Jessica C., Kelly B., Shari G., Rebekah V. PM – Kelli H. Wed. – Rachel H.
“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” - Proverbs 20:6
“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psalm 22:1). I was glad they wanted to go, I was glad I wanted to go, I was glad there was the house of God to go to and worship. Christ has promised His presence in public worship. I hope by the grace of God that this will always make me glad!
“I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea” (Romans 16:1).
Two things are said of this woman Paul commends. She is our sister and a servant of the church. The ties of grace make us members of the same family. And grace is thicker than blood. She is our sister. She is a servant of the church. We cannot be servants of Christ unless we are servants of His church. The only way we are truly a servant to Him is by being a servant to His church. May this be an accurate description of us - “Brothers and sisters in Christ and servants of His church.”
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” – Acts 17:11
When Luke says the Bereans were, “More noble than those in Thessalonica”, the word is literally “more noble minded.” How so? Luke tells us, “They received the Word with all readiness of mind.” They did not go to the Word to find proof text for what they already believed. They went to the Word to be taught what to believe. What the Word said, they received! And while listening to Paul and Silas preach, they, “Searched the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so.” They believed only what the Scriptures said to be so. To be noble-minded, we have to be open-minded to all God says in His Word, and close-minded to all that is not taught in the Word of God. Noble-mindedness is a sanctified combination of open-mindedness and close-mindedness. Truly, noble is the man who is open to all God says, and closed to anything He does not say.
GRACE THAT CAN BE SEEN
Did you know that the grace of God can be seen. It is much more than a doctrine that is accepted by believers. It is something that can be seen! When Barnabas arrived in Anitoch, we read, “Who, when he came and had seen the grace of God he was glad.” Barnabas did not arrive in Anitoch and examine their creed to see if they were sound in what they believed concerning God’s grace. He saw something in these people that came out in their speech and conduct, and seeing this, the Holy Spirit tells us he, “Had seen the grace of God.” What did he see? We need not speculate. Acts 11:21 says concerning these people, “A great number believed, and turned to the Lord.” Notice, it does not say merely that they believed, nor does it merely say that they turned. They believed and turned. Faith would be meaningless without a turning, and turning would be meaningless without faith. They believed the actual content of the Gospel. Consequently, they turned. That same word is what is sometimes translated “converted”. They were headed a direction contrary to God, and when they believed, they turned in the right direction! Whenever we see the grace of God, this is what we see. Faith and conversion. If either of these are isolated, it is not the grace of God! One other point. It takes grace to see grace! One who does not have the grace of God certainly cannot see it in operation in a way that will make him glad, like Barnabas was when he had seen the grace of God. Someone without grace will not be impressed with what they see. Perhaps they will even be angry. It is the one who has grace that sees it! And when he sees it, he is glad!
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAW AND GOSPEL
The last words of our Lord from the cross were, “It is finished.” In these precious words we find the main difference between the law and the Gospel. The law says, “It is not finished.” There is something that you must do before you can be saved. The work Christ did for you may be of no avail if you do not do something to activate it. But the Gospel says… “It is finished.” When He died, He did not make salvation possible if we….He actually saved everybody for whom He died. Their salvation was finished! But do we not have to believe? Most certainly! And we must believe this… “I have glorified Thee on earth. I have finished the work Thou gavest Me to do.” Law says, “It is not finished.” Grace says, “It is finished.”