January 17, 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
‘Tis not that I did choose Thee
For, Lord, that could not be
This heart would still refuse Thee
Hadst Thou not chosen me
Thou from the sin that stained me
Hast cleansed and set me free
Of old Thou hast ordained me
That I should live to Thee.
Your love had no beginning
No cause in me was found
That you should choose to save me
A sinner strongly bound
But grace not earned or sought for
Was purposed for my soul
For me, salvation wrought; for
Christ paid the dreadful toll.
‘Twas sovereign mercy called me
And taught my opening mind
The world had else enthralled me
To heav’nly glories blind
My heart owns none before Thee
For Thy rich grace I thirst
This knowing if I loved Thee
Thou must have loved me first.
(Tune: The Church’s One Foundation” p. 186)
I am preaching at the Grace Gospel Church in Apopka, Florida today. We welcome Donnie Bell, Pastor of the Lantana Grace Church in Crossville, TN, who will preach both services today. Andy Davis will bring the Bible Study this morning and Aaron Greenleaf will bring the message Wednesday evening.
Nursery Schedule - AM – Jess C., Tammy D., Rachel H.
17th – Aiden Carver 19th – Amanda DuFour
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” - Proverbs 15:1
“Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?”
Paul had just made the glorious statement, “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” Your sin is not the too great or too strong for God’s grace. Grace saves! Grace reigns! Paul then anticipates the objection he knew men would make, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound.” That is like saying, “Lets continue in being sick that health may abound.” We are thankful for salvation by grace. And we want to live lives that reflect His grace toward us. I do not want my life to be seen as a life where sin abounds. I want my life to be seen as a life where grace abounds! I do not want to use grace to excuse my sin, but may grace enable me to live a holy life.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAW AND GOSPEL
The last words of our Lord from the cross were, “It is finished.” In these precious words we find the main difference between the law and the Gospel. The law says, “It is not finished.” There is something that you must do before you can be saved. The work Christ did for you may be of no avail if you do not do something to activate it. But the Gospel says…’It is finished.” When He died, He did not make salvation possible if we…………
He actually saved everybody for whom He died. Their salvation was finished! But we do not have to believe? Most certainly! And we must believe this… “I have glorified Thee on earth. I have finished the work Thou gavest Me to do.” Law says, ‘It is not finished.” Grace says, “It is finished.”
“Study to be quiet.” - I Thessalonians 4:11
The word “study” means… make it your aim: make it your ambition. This is something the believer is commanded to pursue! Make it your ambition….to be quiet? Yes, that is the command of the text. This word is also translated “hold your peace.” What a blessing it would be to ourselves and to others if we would learn when not to speak. Most of the problems I have had in my life have been the product of me saying something when I would have been far wiser to be quiet.
The word quiet is also translated “rest.” It is a peace that arises from within. Really believing God is on the throne, really believing that Christ is all that is needed for salvation – the quiet soul enjoys rest and peace. This is something for every believer to pursue after and strive for. “Study to be quiet.”
DOCTRINES OF GRACE OR DOCTRINE OF GRACE?
It total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints make up what is called the doctrines of grace, they are just that: doctrines. It is not without significance that every time the word “doctrines” is used in Scripture, it always refers to false doctrine. Doctrines do not grip my soul. I may give assent to them and agree they are in the Bible, But, if I do not see them as necessary to my salvation, necessary to preach, and necessary to hear, this is a head knowledge of the Truth, without really believing it.
It is not the doctrine of grace but the Doctrine of grace. The only doctrine that excludes all others. The only doctrine that tells how a sinner can be saved. The only doctrine that gives God all the glory. It could just as easily be called the Doctrine of need. For me to be saved, I need what the Doctrine of grace declares, and I need to hear the Doctrine of grace preached. If I can be satisfied with anything else, I really do not understand the Doctrine of grace at all.