November 15, 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.
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty art my glorious dress
Midst flaming worlds in these arrayed
With joy shall I lift up my head.
This spotless robe the same appears
When ruined nature sinks in years
No age can change its glorious hue
The robe of Christ is ever new.
When from the dust of death I rise
To join the ransomed in the skies
E’en then shall this be all my plea
That Christ has lived and died for me.
O let the dead now hear Thy voice
Now bid Thy people to rejoice
Our beauty this, our glorious dress
JESUS, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS!
(Tune: “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” p. 217)
There will be no Wednesday service this week or next (18th & 25th).
Bible Conference November 20 – 22
Friday 7:00PM – Bruce Crabtree & Paul Mahan
Saturday 10:00AM – Chris Cunningham & Tom Harding
Saturday 6:00PM – Joe Terrell & Don Fortner
Sunday 10:00AM – Donnie Bell & Greg Elmquist
(Sign up sheets for meals and clean up are in the fellowship hall)
15th – Carter Steeves 16th – Pamela Weinstock 17th – Joshua Davis
20th – Sarah Wilson 21st – Todd Meek
AM – Jess C., Rachel H., Kate H. PM – Allison V.
“A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent” - Proverbs 15:5
DULL OF HEARING
The writer to the Hebrews told those he was writing to that it was difficult to speak of Melchisedec to them because they had become “Dull of hearing.” This is something to be feared. It can happen to anybody, including the preacher! When one becomes dull in hearing he needs to be taught again the A.B.C.’s of the Gospel because he can no longer discern the difference between good and evil, law and Gospel, grace and works (Hebrew 5:11-14). When they were told they needed to be taught again the first principles of the Word of God, the word means the alphabet. If I struggle with the alphabet I will never learn to read. And he tells us what these first principles are that ought to be the foundation we are grounded on. (1) Repentance from dead works. All religious works performed before hearing and believing the Truth were dead. No saving benefit. (2) Faith toward God. Faith as opposed to salvation by works. (3) The doctrine of baptisms. Baptism teaches union with Christ. When He lived, died, and was raised, I was too because I was in Him. (4) Laying on of hands refers to the transfer of sins and righteousness as typified by the priest putting his hands on the head of the scapegoat. (5) The resurrection of the dead. Christ’s bodily resurrection and why He was raised. Justification accomplished! (6) Eternal judgment. Everything God does is eternal. No beginning, no ending. If I am not rejoicing in these A. B. C.’s of the Gospel, I will become “Dull of hearing.”
“Our souls loatheth this light bread.” The same people who at one time loved and were thankful for the heavenly manna, no longer found it to be of any substance. It went from tasting good to dry, stale, and insubstantial. The manna had not changed. But they had changed. When the Gospel loses its power and sweetness to us, the first person to hold suspect is ourselves!
Paul said, “Neither count I my life dear to myself, that I might finish my course with joy” (Acts 20:24). This is the opposite of the way we naturally think. We think we will find joy and happiness in carefully preserving our life and by doing those things that will lead to our happiness. But the opposite is true. The only way we will have true joy is by not counting our lives as dear, but counting the glory of Christ and obedience to Him as what is truly dear.
LEANNESS OF SOUL
Through the influence of the “mixt multitude” (those who were not true children of Israel, but left Egypt with them) the children of Israel became weary of the manna and desired flesh to eat. The things of the flesh became more attractive to them. Psalm 106:15 says, “And God gave them their request: but sent leanness unto their soul.” The manna is Christ, the Bread of Heaven! Be sure, that when something other than Him becomes our desire, leanness of soul will follow. What a miserable state for the soul to be in. May the Lord keep us ever thirsting after Christ, and always being conscious of His beauty and our need of Him.
“And delivered just Lot, vexed with filthy conversation of the wicked.”
II Peter 2:7
Considering the life of Lot, “A righteous man” seems an inappropriate title to pin on him. Fleshly, money-hungry, compromising, drunk, and incestuous all seem fitting, but not “righteous”. Yet, “righteous” is exactly the adjective the Holy Spirit inspired Peter to use in order to describe Lot. What are we to make of this? It is obvious from Lot’s story that the righteousness by which a child of God is justified comes from some source other than himself. If Lot is righteous, then his righteousness was not of his own making; it came from somewhere else. This is true of everyone the Scriptures justify, from faithful Abraham to despicable Lot. Jesus Christ is the righteousness of God’s people, so they are all equally righteous in the sight of God regardless how they lived. Moreover, pinning the title “Righteous” on Lot serves to put the focus on God’s grace in salvation. The Holy Spirit did not call Lot righteous in order to minimize Lot’s great wickedness, but that He might magnify God’s great grace! What glory to God that His salvation can bestow the title of “Righteous” on such a ne’er-do-well as Lot! Lot is not God’s example of how we should live: He is God’s example of how gracious He is to even the chiefs of sinners.
- Joe Terrell
To know Jesus Christ and Him crucified is not the minimum of knowledge but the maximum of knowledge; that to know “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” is not to know little but to know all; that here is not a descent from a loftier region, but an elevation into the highest sanctuary; that in “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” all duties, all works, all ministries are to emanate and to be evolved. – Adolph Saphir