December 6, 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
Christ above all glory seated
King triumphant, strong to save
Dying, Thou hast death defeated
Buried, Thou hast spoiled the grave.
Thou art gone where none is given
What no mortal work could gain
On the sovereign throne of Heaven
In Thy Father’s power to reign.
Born Thy people to deliver
Born a child, and yet the King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Thy gracious presence bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone
By Thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
There will be a get together for the adults at Andy and Megan Davis’s home (2009 Bahama Road) on Friday, December 18th from 7:00 – 10:00pm. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
There will be no Wednesday service December 23rd.
9th – Chuck Mohr 9th – Ben Small
“A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” - Proverbs 11:13
It is said of the blessed dead who die in the Lord that their “Works do follow them” (Rev. 14:13). They are not in front of them as the meritorious cause, nor are they beside them as working along with grace to make it effectual. They are behind them as evidence that their faith was real. While we are so thankful that salvation is not according to our works, that does not take away from their critical importance. “Faith without works is dead, being alone.” The first thing the Lord said to each of the seven churches was, “I know thy works.” What proved Rahab the harlot believed God? She received the spies. Her works proved the reality of her faith. Here are two men who say they believe grace. One goes to a church where grace is believed and preached. The other goes where works and free will are preached. What do the works of those men say about them? You can be sure that on judgment day all the people who are saved by grace will have works following them that proved they really were saved by grace.
“I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord.”
I can and do worship the Lord anywhere; I can pray and rejoice in God’s mercy in Christ anywhere; I can read the Word and meditate upon His grace anywhere; but there is a time and a place (referred to as the house of God) where people of God gather in His name each week to worship, pray, preach His Word, and encourage one another. He promised to be in their midst. They meet to seek His face, His blessings, and to hear the Word He has given His servant for them at that time. They also come with children to be identified individually and as families with the Lord and His Kingdom. They come to praise Him in joy and seek His comfort in their sorrows. For all these reasons, I am glad when that day dawns and that time approaches and I can meet my true family in my Father’s house. I must be honest, as one called of God to speak for Him; I cannot believe for one moment that those who forsake this sacred assembly and find every excuse not to be there (whatever the reason) have a true love and regard for our blessed Redeemer.
- Henry Mahan
When the Gospel is preached, there are two things always taking place (even though most are unaware of it); some are being prepared for glory, others are being hardened. Some are being brought to the light; some are left sitting in darkness. Some see Christ and His glory; others see no beauty about Him. Some who hear the Gospel have their hearts made tender toward sin; others have their hearts hardened in sin. No wonder we say, “Who is sufficient for these things?” The question we should all be asking is, “How is the preaching of the Gospel affecting me?” - Donnie Bell
THE LAW OF RECIPROCATION
If my understanding of God’s sovereignty leaves me with a fatalistic or victim mentality, I have not understood God’s sovereignty at all. If my understanding of God’s sovereignty takes away my initiative toward seeking the Lord or the use of means, it is a misunderstanding. It is true that God is sovereign and everything that happens in providence He decreed before time to be done. It is equally true that if I seek Him, I am promised to find Him! There are many laws of reciprocation in Scripture. If I judge not, I will not be judged. However, if I judge, I will be judged. If I forgive, I will be forgiven. If I fail to forgive, I will not be forgiven. If I humble myself, I will be exalted and if I exalt myself, I shall be abased. If I call upon the Name of the Lord, I shall be saved, and if I never call upon His Name, I shall not be saved! I should never have a fatalistic attitude towards God’s sovereignty. I should never think there is no point in doing something because the outcome has already been determined. This is not a belief in a sovereign God but being a victim before blind fate. We believe all things are fixed by the decree of a sovereign God and we believe, “Albeit what measure you mete it will be measured to you again.” Can I intellectually comprehend how both of these things are so? No. But I certainly believe both of these things are so.
“If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7). His blood does not offer to cleanse us nor is it a potential cleansing. His blood actually cleanses us from all sin. An atonement that atones! A redemption that redeems! A sin payment that satisfies! Because of His cleansing blood, all of the elect of God have no sin! He by Himself purged them all away! Any doctrine regarding the blood of Christ that is not clear about this is more than doctrinal error. It is another gospel: a gospel that is no gospel at all and that has no saving power.