December 27, 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
Come, Thou Almighty Comforter
And bring upon Thy wing
Sweet consolation to each soul
That we may praise and sing.
We want to hear, we want to see
We want to know Christ more
We want sweet foretastes of His love
As we have had before.
And shall we come in vain to God?
Lord, that cannot be
Thy promise stands engaged to come
And bless ev’n two or three.
Lord, give more love, more sincere faith
More confidence in Thee
Break off our legal chains, O God
And let our souls go free.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
This week, we will move our Wednesday service to Thursday, New Year’s Eve at 7:00.
Happy New Year! May the Lord be pleased to watch over and guide us all in the New Year and call out His sheep through the preaching of His Word. May He give us all ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to receive.
29th – Amanda Frye 29th – Alan Kincer 30th – Will Hands
31st – Donna Wooten 1st – Wyatt Davis
“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.” - Proverbs 24:17
FISHERS OF MEN
“Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). The implication is, if I am not a fisher of men I am not following Christ. While not every Christian is called to be a pastor or a missionary, every Christian is called upon to be a fisher of men. Paul said, “I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some” (I Cor. 9:22). I want to treat people in such a way that they will be interested in what I believe. I want them to hear the preaching of the Gospel. I want to see sinners saved by the grace of God for the glory of Christ! May every Christian not lose sight of this. The reason we are still here and not in heaven is to be fishers of men!
Meekness, one of the fruits of the Spirit, is an attitude toward God. Meekness believes all things come from God, and therefore receives them as good. Humility is her twin sister. The Lord said, “Blessed are the meek.” Here are some of the blessings of meekness. “The meek shall eat and be satisfied.” “The meek shall He guide.” “The meek will He teach.” “He saveth all the meek.” “The meek shall inherit the earth.” “The Lord lifteth up the meek.” “The Lord beautifies the meek with salvation.” “A meek and quiet spirit” is said to be of great value to God, a part of the worthy walk, one of the things God’s elect puts on, the demeanor of telling others of the hope in us, and the spirit in which we restore our fallen brothers. This is the spirit of receiving His Word. “Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.” Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of meekness is that the Lord Jesus Christ is meek. He said, “I am meek and lowly in heart.” May we be enabled to be clothed with meekness in our attitude toward God and men.
A man cannot be thoroughly humbled till he realizes that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, counsels, efforts, will and works, and depends absolutely on the will, counsel, pleasure and work of another – God alone. – Martin Luther
Every blessing of salvation is a means to a great end. Forgiveness, mercy and grace, justification, election, adoption and any other Gospel doctrine, as wonderful as they are, are only means to this great end: The glory of Jesus Christ the Lord. The glory of Christ is the end. All else is means to that great end.
SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL
Particular Redemption – Limited Atonement – Definite Atonement – Effectual Atonement. These are all words used to describe the atoning Work of Christ on the cross. He died for a particular people. His intention to save was limited to the elect. His atonement was with a definite purpose for a definite people. His atonement was effectual. All for whom He died must be saved. These terms are all well and good in their place, but a better word is plain old SUBSTITUTION! All of these terms point to a real, substitutionary death on the cross. SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL. To deny, water down, or omit in our preaching the particular, limited, definite, effectual death of Christ on the cross (substitution) is to deny, water down, or omit the Gospel of Christ. The meaning of substitution is so simple that adjectives are not even needed to describe it.
IF THEY MEAN BY LOVE….
I constantly maintain the glories, beauties, and preciousness of love; and yet I am branded an enemy to love. But, if by love, they mean I ought to unite with those who deny the Deity of my God and Savior; if by love they mean I ought to unite occasionally with people who say without a blush that election is a damnable doctrine and hate it in their hearts, that imputed righteousness is “imputed nonsense”, a doctrine that ought to be spurned by all, which is the very covering that hides all my shame, the very robe that adorns my naked soul, and is the joy and rejoicing of my heart, and which I have found to be the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; if they mean by love that I ought to unite with people who testify that we may be a child of God one day and testify that we may be a child of the devil another; that Christ died and atoned for the sins of Esau as well as Jacob, for Cain as well as Abel, for Judas as well as Peter, and that there are thousands in Hell for whom Christ died; if they mean by love that I ought to unite and call them BRETHREN who profess to believe the doctrine of grace, and call themselves Calvinists, but can declare at times that this blessed doctrine which is so precious and glorious to my soul is a non-essential thing; that is, if I understand their meaning right, they view it as a useless thing, and that it is of no consequence whatever whether we receive or believe this doctrine or not, provided we do unite with all sorts, and pray for all, and be candid and mild, and esteem all as partakes of grace, I confess from my heart, if all this be love, I AM DESTITUTE OF IT, and instead of being grieved for my lack of it, I glory in it. – John Warburton (1776-1857)