October 4, 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
Thy works, not mine, O Christ
Speak gladness to this heart
They tell me all the work is done
They bid my fear depart.
Thy cross, not mine, O Christ
Has borne the awful load
Of sins that no one else could bear
But our incarnate God.
Thy death, not mine, O Christ
Has paid the ransom due
Ten thousand, thousand deaths like mine
Would have been all too few.
Thy righteousness, O Christ
Alone can cover me
No righteousness can satisfy
Save that which is of Thee!
(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom” p. 188)
We welcome John Chapman who will preach both services today. Frank Tate will preach this Wednesday evening. Lynn and I are on vacation and will return Thursday night.
Rick and Jenny Williams will host a pig roast at their house this 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.
Bible Conference Oct. 16 – 18 College Grove Grace Church
4th – Alex DuFour 4th – Emma Ferrell 4th – Don Williams 5th – Susan Sligh 6th – Anthony Gonzalez 8th – Jimmy Hicks 8th – Charles Nibert
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.” - Proverbs 21:2
“HOW LONG HALT YE BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS”
The Gospel, if true, is of infinite importance. If false, it is of no importance. But the one thing it cannot be is moderately important. Christ is either all or He is nothing at all. He is not somewhere between all and nothing. Christ is either my life or He is not my life. But He cannot be a part of my life. His salvation is either all of grace or all of works. But it is not a hybrid of these two. We are in trouble when we begin to halt between two opinions.
Peter warned of “Falling from your own stedfastness” (II Peter 3:17). And what will prevent that? “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18). Only growth will prevent this fall. Growth in the knowledge of Christ and growth in grace go together. Where you have the one you will have the other. Growth in grace is the only kind of growth where you become smaller rather than larger. You grow down in your estimate of yourself. You grow in your sense of your need of His grace. But you also grow upward. You love God more and more for who He is! And you grow outward in your love to the brethren. Your heart is enlarged toward them, and toward all men! If I am not growing in grace, I am not living. I will end up falling from my own steadfastness.
Lest any be discouraged, remember, it is growth in grace. It takes grace to grow in grace. And God’s grace is absolutely free. Let’s begin by asking for grace to grow in grace.
“Neither said any of them that ought of the things he possessed was his own.” When we se that all we have belongs to the Lord, we no longer need to worry about it. He will take care of that which belongs to Him. When we see it all belongs to Him, it is much easier to not seek to hold on to it. When we see that all we have belongs to Him, it is much easier to give liberally. We only give back a portion of that which is His anyway. There is a liberty and freedom in having no possessions, and understanding that it all belongs to Him.
I am sometimes troubled when I hear believers ask such questions as, “Must a man go to church to be saved? Must he be baptized in order to inherit eternal life?” I could understand an unbeliever asking such things. But a believer should already know that it is “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but by His mercy, He has saved us.” Salvation is not dependent on anything we do, but depends entirely on what God does.
But there is a greater concern that these questions pose. What would motivate a believer to ask such a question in the first place? Is he looking for an excuse to avoid these things and still go to heaven? Doesn’t he want to live righteously? Doesn’t he want to confess Christ? Doesn’t he want to go to church? It makes about as much sense as a man saying, “If I marry this woman, must I live with her?” If he doesn’t want to worship, confess, and follow Christ, he should make no profession of believing Christ.
- Joe Terrell
“It shall be well with the righteous” - Isaiah 3:10
In spiritual things all your temptations, all your darkness, all your wanderings God will overrule. It shall be well with you. There shall never be a night, but that morning shall come; there shall never be a day of trouble, but a day of prosperity shall follow; there shall never be an emptying, but there shall be a filling; there shall never be a bringing down, but that He will raise you up again. Let it be either darkness or light, sorrow or grief, night or day, life or death, time or eternity. “It shall be well with the righteous.”
- Scott Richardson
Worldliness is not easily observed. It is not measured by our style of our clothes, the means of innocent relaxation and entertainment, or the place of our residence. Worldliness is the love of the world, the atmosphere of greed, the spirit of ambition, and the passion for pleasure and self-gratification which consumes the hearts, lives, thoughts, and deeds of the lost souls. - Don Fortner
There are two systems under which all men look the same – law and grace. All who are under the law look the same: guilty. So their end is the same: destruction. All who are under grace look the same: righteous. So their end is the same: blessing. - Joe Terrell