January 10, 2016
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
Glory to the heavenly Father
Fountain of eternal love
Who, His wandering sheep to gather
Sent the Savior from above.
To the Son all praise be given
Who with love unknown before
Left the bright abode of heaven
And our sins and sorrows bore.
Equal strains of warm devotion
Let the Spirit’s praise employ
Author of each holy motion
Source of wisdom, peace, and joy.
Thus while our glad hearts ascending
Glorify Jehovah’s name
Heavenly songs with ours are blending
There the theme is still the same!
(Tune: “Look Ye Saints” (no refrain) p.141)
The Grace Gospel Church in Apopka, Florida where Greg Elmquist is Pastor, will have a Bible Conference this coming weekend, the 15th – 17th. Joe Terrell and myself will be preaching. Donnie Bell will bring preach both services here next Sunday, Jan. 17th.
10th – Cali Warta 12th – Aaron Sligh
15th – Mike Rigsby 16th – Kelli Harries
AM – Cami, Jennifer D., Faith
“A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” - Proverbs 17:4
Total Depravity + Total Inability = Total need of Omnipotent Grace
Total depravity is certainly taught in Scripture. Romans 3:10-12 lets us know that all we do is sin. Total inability is taught as well (John 6:44, Romans 8:6-8). This tells us we lack the ability to not sin. We do not excuse our sin because of this condition, nor do we lay the blame on God like Adam did. We certainly see our need of His omnipotent grace and cry to Him, “Turn Thou me, and I will be turned” (Jer. 31:18).
Of this I am sure. If salvation is not all of grace, I will not be saved. If any aspect of salvation is dependent upon me doing or not doing something, I will not be in heaven. If what Christ did alone is not enough to make me just before God, I will be in hell. If I am not preserved by irresistible and invincible grace, I will fall away. If God does not look to Christ for everything He requires of me, then I have no hope. But thank God, salvation really is all of grace. Salvation is not dependent upon my doing or not doing something. What Christ did alone makes me just before God. I am preserved by irresistible grace. Everything God requires of me He looks to His Son for. Therefore….saved I must be!
SOVEREIGNTY BELONGS TO GOD
The sovereignty of God is absolute. To acknowledge this truth is at once to acknowledge that God has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass; that nothing else can come to pass; that predestination is a fact; that God does rule in the kingdoms of men; that all human ties, bonds and relationships are divinely appointed and formed; that salvation rests solely, fully and only in God’s election; that salvation is by God’s grace and His grace alone; and, that no part of man’s salvation is of himself either in origin or execution. Where men get the idea that man’s will is the all-determining factor or moving cause of his salvation is hard to see. Certainly they do not get it from the Bible. – Pastor Scott Richardson
The Proper Order Of Salvation And Faith
Faith does not result in salvation, faith is the result of salvation. Faith is not a work that brings a result, faith is the result of a work already accomplished, Christ living and dying for His people.
Yes, Scripture does say, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31), making it to appear that believing comes before the saving. But let’s think about this in the context of all Scripture, not just one verse. Scripture also says that all men are “Dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1), and a spiritually dead man cannot believe or repent, for “No man can come to me” (John 6:44), no man has the ability to believe and trust on Christ. But thanks be to God, that verse is not finished – “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him”, and now we see the true order. The drawing, the giving of live, the salvation comes first, and then the evidence of this salvation is faith in Christ, for “Faith is the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). The inward, life-giving salvation of a sinner is not seen by man, but the outward evidence of this inward salvation is seen, faith in Christ, relying on Christ, trusting His finished work on that tree. Look at the order here. “Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling” (II Timothy 1:9). The saving comes first, then the calling, then faith. We are saved before we believe, not because we believe. - Brian DuFour
Scripture, not logic, is our rule of faith; and not one or two statements taken out of their contexts, but the whole analogy of faith. Error is truth perverted, truth distorted, truth out of proportion. To short-sighted human reason there appears to be a clash between Diving justice and Divine mercy, between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility, between law and grace, between faith and good works; but he who is really taught of the Spirit, is enabled to discern their perfect consistency. – A. W. Pink