January 31, 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
Hark, Now the Gospel trumpet sounds
Christ and free grace therein abounds
Free grace to all who sinners be
And if free grace, why not for me?

The blood of Christ, how sweet it sounds
To cleanse and heal the guilty wounds
The streams thereof are rich and free
And why, my soul, why not for me?

Our Lord came down the poor to bless
To clothe them with His righteousness
That robe is spotless, full, and free
And why, my soul, why not for me?

Eternal life by Christ is given
And ruined sinners raised to heaven
They sing of grace so rich and free
And say, my friend, why not for thee?

(Tune: “Doxology)

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Everyone is invited to the wedding of Aaron Sligh and Alexis Lutter on Saturday, February 20th. Invitations and RSVP are in the foyer.


All ladies are invited to a Bridal Shower Brunch for Alexis Lutter on Saturday February 13th. Invitations and sign-up sheet are in the foyer.


Birthdays
2nd – Sam Elliott 3rd – James Carver 5th – Billie Hoover


Nursery Schedule: AM – Kelly H., Shari G., Lydia W.

 


“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” - Proverbs 6:16-19



WORK OUT OUR OWN SALVATION
“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:12-13)
The word workout means you want results in what you are doing. The fear and trembling is the anxiety of one who distrusts his ability to work it out. We are always aware of this - “When I would do good, evil is present with me.” But we see so many problems and inconsistencies in ourselves, even though we are saved by His grace, that we want them worked out. When we say, “I’ll work it out”, we mean the problem will be addressed. But what blessed assurance we are given in working out our salvation. “For it is God that worketh in you both tot will and to do His good pleasure.” How we cry to the Lord to work in us both the will and to do His good pleasure, so that we will work out our own salvation. When we work out, it is God working in!


“Be ye holy, for I am holy” (I Peter 1:16). The only way you can be holy is if you are holy. For some reason men read that as perform work or refrain from sins in order to be holy. You cannot do anything to make yourself holy. You can only be holy if you are holy! Every believer is given a holy nature in regeneration. And because of this, “But as he that is called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.” A holy nature will effect all of our conversation. If it does not, a holy nature is not there.


If two people hold two different views as to how God saves sinners, but those views do not exclude the salvation of the differing view, there will be no conflict. I’m o.k. You’re o.k. But if the way I hold excludes other ways, this is where the trouble begins. “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6)….He is not a way but the way, the way that excludes all other ways.


CONSIDER THE SOURCE
In Matthew 26:10, a woman pours an alabaster box of ointment over Christ’s head, and the Lords says, “She hath wrought a good work upon Me…” yet the apostle Paul declares in Romans 7:18 that in his flesh “Dwelleth no good thing” and “How to perform that which is good I find not.” How then, can a sinner that can never perform a good work, perform a good work? Let’s consider the source of this good work. When we read “She hath wrought a good work upon Me” it is not the fleshly she performing the outward work that God sees as good, but the spiritual she, the new she, the new heart inside her, birthed of God, that is holy, and can only do good. And a believer has the ability to perform a good work, because only a believer has this new, holy, separate nature in them. That is why God looks on the heart, the motive, the source – “For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7). Always then consider the source of the work as to what God will accept or reject…so that, even as I write these words with my fleshly hands, it is nothing but sin. But the source from which these words flow, the spiritual hands of a new heart given me in the new birth, renders these words a good work in God’s eyes. Because God Himself is the source, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). - Brian DuFour



THE WORLD – THE GOSPEL
The world bears the Gospel a grudge because the Gospel condemns the religious wisdom of the world. Jealous for its own religious views, the world in turn charges the Gospel with being a subversive and licentious doctrine, offensive to God and man, a doctrine to be persecuted as the worst plague on earth. As a result we have this paradoxical situation: The Gospel supplies the world with the salvation of Jesus Christ, peace of conscience, and every blessing. Just for that the world abhors the Gospel.
- Martin Luther


“You are complete in Him.” Feeling sadly lacking in all ways, I know I am complete in Him. God asks for no more and will accept nothing less.