December 13, 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
Look upon me, Lord, I pray Thee
Let Thy Spirit dwell in mine
Thou hast sought me, Thou hast bought me
Take my heart and make it Thine.
Nought I ask for, nought I strive for
But Thy grace so rich and free
This Thou givest by the Saviour
He hath all things who hath Thee.
Precious is the Name of Jesus
Who can half its worth unfold
Far beyond angelic praises
Sweetly sung to harps of gold.
Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land
I am weak, but Thou art Mighty
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
(Tune: “Satisfied” p. 446 [no refrain])
Clare Charron will bring the message this evening.
There will be a get together for the adults at Andy and Megan Davis’s home (2009 Bahama Road) this Friday evening, December 18th from 7:00 – 10:00. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
There will be no Wednesday service December 23rd or 30th. We will have a New Year’s Eve service on Thurs. Dec. 31 at 7:00.
14th - Christie Small 16th – Cindy Farmer 19th – Amanda Janes
“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.” -Proverbs 19:21
THE GOOD OLD DAYS?
“Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? For thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.” -Eccles. 7:10
I suppose every generation has said they are the most morally decadent generation to date, and things were better in the past. Oh, for the good old days! But the wise man forbids that kind of talk. Why? First, because it is not true. As bad as these days may be, there have been periods with more moral degradation then these. Secondly, because it takes the emphasis off the Gospel, which in reality is the only remedy. Thirdly, everything is taking place precisely as our Sovereign God has ordered it. Such speech and thinking is not wise. This generation does not need to be brought back to the good old days. This generation needs to hear the Gospel of the grace of God.
WHEN WAS I SAVED?
I was saved before time began in Christ my Surety. I was saved in time when Christ said, “It is finished.” I was saved in my experience when I was made to rely on the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world who came in time and finished the work His Father gave Him to do. The same is true of all who believe!
Sin is a noun. It is what I am. Sin is a verb. It is what I do. Sin is an adjective. It describes me. Sin is an adverb. It describes what I do. Thank God for the promise of the Gospel, “Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
There are five things found in all saved sinners and no man will be saved apart from them: faith, repentance, love, good works, and perseverance. A sinner’s salvation is not dependent on them doing these things. Doing these things is dependent upon God saving them. If these things are absent, God never did a work of grace in the first place!
“Let your MODERATION be known unto all” (Phil. 4:5). This is the only time the word “moderation” is used in the Bible; and it does not have to do with temperance in food and drink; but it has to do with attitude and conduct. The meaning is “mild and gentle”. Let all people in the church and in the world see and recognize you as a gentle and kind person. Be known, not as harsh and demanding (this seems to be the code of the day) but as “Kind and tenderhearted” (Eph. 4:32). - Henry Mahan
TAKE HEED WHAT AND HOW YOU HEAR
“Take heed what ye hear” – Mark 4:24
“Take heed how ye hear” – Luke 8:18
Hearing is a critical part of the Gospel scheme. “How shall they believe on Him whom they have not heard.” “Faith cometh by hearing.” Why the Gospel itself is called in Galatians 3:2-5, “The hearing of faith.” Is it any wonder the Saviour said, “Take heed what ye hear” and “Take heed how ye hear.” What has to do with the content of that which is heard. How has to do with the manner of hearing.
I will be what I hear. If I hear error, I will be in error. If I hear the Truth, I will believe the Truth, and grow in grace and the knowledge of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God does not speak apart from the Truth. That is why we should take heed what we hear. I will only benefit by what I hear by the manner in which I hear. That is why I am to take heed how I hear. If I hear with a dull and sleepy ear, if I hear with a critical ear, if I hear without a desire to be fed, I will not benefit.
What a needful two-edged warning. Take heed what you hear and take heed how you hear.
“Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh….”
II Corinthians 5:16
What makes for a pleasant, enjoyable church? What can we do to enhance the enjoyment of our worship and fellowship? One thing we can do is quit passing a fleshly or worldly judgment on our brethren. The word translated “know” means regard or perceive. So long as we perceive our brethren according to the same standard the world does, we will find fault with them and create a discord. But if we perceive them according to the rule of grace, as new creatures in Christ, then their faults will not be so obvious to us and the faults we yet see will be easy to forgive. This is not a “Polly-Ann-ish” attitude that denies that there are faults and offenses; but a sober realization that, despite the fleshly faults present in every one of God’s people, they are God’s people none-the-less. We are to perceive one another as though these old things have “passed away”, (for in God’s eyes, they have) and all things have become new. The slate is clean and is ever being cleansed by God. So, take off the worldly spectacles that cause us to see only weakness, failure and flesh in our brethren, and put on the spectacles of grace, which enable us to see the handiwork of God. – Joe Terrell