November 1, 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.
Sovereign grace o’er sin abounding
Ransomed souls, the tidings swell
‘Tis a deep that knows no sounding
Who its breadth or length can tell?
What from Christ that soul can sever
Bound by everlasting bands
Once in Him, in Him forever
None can pluck them from His hands.
Heirs of God, joint-heirs with Jesus
Long ere time its race begun
To His Name eternal praises
O What wonders Christ hath done!
On such love, my soul shall ponder
Love so great, so rich, so free
Say, while lost in holy wonder
Why, O Lord, such love to me?
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
We will have a Bible Conference November 20 – 22. The speakers will be: Donnie Bell, Bruce Crabtree, Chris Cunningham, Greg Elmquist, Don Fortner, Tom Harding, Paul Mahan, and Joe Terrell. Give as you are enabled to cover the expenses of the meeting. Sign up sheets for meals and clean up are in the fellowship hall.
Congratulations to Joe and Eleanor McSherry who were married last Saturday.
1st – Charles McGuire 3rd – Conner Dickerson 3rd – Jeff Sullivan
4th – Laura Benton 4th – Steve Sligh 5th – Macy Greenleaf
5th – Logan Small 6th – Lauren Burton
AM - *Jaime, Courtney O., Melanie K. PM – Andrea V. Wed. – Sharon V.
“An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbor: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.” - Proverbs 11:9
DO I LOVE THE BRETHREN?
“We know that we have passed from death to life because we love the brethren” (I John 3:14). Love for the brethren is an evidence of eternal life. If I have no genuine and sincere love of the brethren; if I am critical, faultfinding, and impatient with the brethren; if I want their sins to be exposed and not covered, all I prove by that is I have never passed from death to life. The Lord said in John 13:35, “By this shall all men know ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
What a man thinks about himself reveals what he thinks about Christ and the Gospel. If a man has high thoughts of himself, if he believes himself to have a free will, if he believes himself capable at times of keeping God’s law, if he believes himself to be anything above the chief of sinners, he will have very low thoughts of Christ, God’s law, and the Gospel. If he believes himself to be the chief of sinners, totally depraved, and unable to keep God’s law, how precious will Christ, and the Gospel of grace be to him.
WHO NEEDS A PREACHER?
Christ says, “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick.” Churches today use every marketing gimmick under the sun to try to fill pews and keep them filled. Can you imagine emergency rooms using the same gimmicks to entice folks to come to the emergency room? They do not have to because sick people know their need of a physician. Christ’s true people – true chosen, redeemed, regenerated believers made so by God – know their need of Christ. Therefore, the preaching of Christ crucified is more needful to them than their everyday bread. But the reason so few come to hear Christ speak in the Gospel is that most think they are whole, righteous, with no need. But will you hear Christ? He said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” - Clay Curtis
“In many things we offend all.”
“In many things we offend all!” What a sad, sad fact; but fact it is. – “In many things we offend all!” I wish it were not so, but I know it is. I cannot and will not deny it. “In many things we offend all.” The early Church, like the Church today, was a mixed multitude. Nominal professors of religion mingled with the people of God who possessed true godliness. The seed of the serpent sat side by side with the woman’s seed. The children of the devil sat at the Lord’s Table with the sons of God. Reprobate vessels of wrath fitted themselves for destruction by trampling underfoot the precious blood of Christ, while chosen vessels of mercy were being prepared for Glory by hearing the same Gospel.
Our experience Because that is the way it has always been and the way it always shall be in this world, God the Holy Ghost, by His servant James, uses this fact to teach us again a fact that we are terribly prone to overlook and forget. – As it is in the professed Church of God, as it is in this world, so it is in each of us. Living here, in this body of flesh is both righteousness and sin, both faith and unbelief, both good and evil, both purity and pretense, both sincerity and hypocrisy, both the child of God and a child of the devil, that which is born of the flesh and is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit and is spirit. Obviously, these things are written plainly in the Book of God (Romans 7; Galatians 5; I John 3). And they are painful facts of everyday life experienced by every believer.
In James 3:1, the Spirit of God teaches us again that we are not to set ourselves
up as masters and judges over God’s elect. – “My brethren,
be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.”
This might be applied to the great error men make when they set themselves
up as preachers. Let none run who have not been sent. Let none assume to themselves
the work for which God has not gifted them and to which He has not called
them. Yet, we are clearly taught to pray that God would raise up laborers
from among us and send them out into the harvest. And we are clearly taught
that the work of the ministry is a work to be desired. Obviously, then, James
is not here talking about preaching, and warning men not to do that great
work. Rather, he is telling us what we are told throughout the Scriptures.
– We are not to set ourselves up as masters over and judges of God’s
elect. That is an evil work we are specifically forbidden to practice (Matthew
7:1-5; Romans 14:4). It is not my business to govern your life, and it is
not your business to govern your brother’s life. It is our business
to help one another along life’s road (Galatians 6:1-5). – Don