February 14, 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
Sovereign grace o’er sin abounding!
Ransomed souls, the tidings swell
‘Tis a deep that knows no sounding
Who its breadth or length can tell?
Heirs of God, joint-heirs with Jesus!
Long ere time its race begun
To His name eternal praises
O What wonders love hath done!
Who from Christ our souls can sever
Bound by everlasting bands
Once in Him, in Him forever
None can pluck us from His hands.
O such love, my soul, still ponder
Love so great, so rich, so free
Say, while lost in holy wonder
Why, O Lord, such love to me?
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
Everyone is invited to the wedding of Aaron Sligh and Alexis Lutter this Saturday, February 20th at 1:00. Invitations are in the foyer - please RSVP if you plan to attend.
14th – Thomas Wooten 15th – Amber DuFour
16th – Andrea Vincent 20th – Megan Harries
“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.” - Proverbs 21:16
A WORD TO THOSE WHO ARE NOT SAVED
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” - Matthew 23: 37
A word to those who are not saved. If you are not saved, it is not because God refused to save you. It is not because you are not elect, Christ did not die for you, or that you have not been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. It is because you would not come to Christ. He said, “I would” and “You would not”. If a sinner is damned, he has no one to blame but himself. But thank God it is still true, “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me, and him that cometh to Me I will not cast out.” Hear the promise, if you come to Him, He will not for any reason cast you away. You come and you will be received. Do not use the great doctrine of grace as a reason not to come. He is willing to receive you if you come.
“To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, His faith is counted for righteousness.” - Romans 4:5
“To him that worketh not.” I am consciously aware that I cannot be saved by any work performed by me. I prove I really believe that when I can truly be described as, “Him who worketh not”. As the writer to the Hebrews says, “For he that is entered into his rest hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His.” It is only him who “Worketh not” that enters into the realm of faith. Only those who do not work are those who “Believe on Him that justifieth the ungodly.” They really believe that God justified ungodly sinners through the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross. What a blessed state….to work not and to believe. And what is the end result of not working and believing? “His faith is counted for righteousness.” Such a Gospel is entirely suitable for sinners.
“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
BY THE PROHPETS
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in the time past unto the fathers by the prophets….” – Hebrews 1:1
The word prophet in the Old Testament means “spokesman” and is from a root word which means “to speak under divine influence.” Interesting that this root word would come to be used for God’s spokesmen and it is because if a sinner is going to speak for God, God must bless that sinner and specially enable him to do so. “For the prophecy came not in the old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (II Peter 1:21). In Hebrews 1:1 the prophets are mentioned, but it is God who spoke. We see this same wording in Luke 1:68-70 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He hath visited and redeemed His people, and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David; as He spake by the mouth of His holy prophets, which have been since the world began.”
No man has ever truly spoken for God, then or now, that has not had a message directly from God, and it has always been the same message. Everyone who is not preaching Christ and Him crucified is just pretending to speak for God. If the Holy Ghost has anything to do with it, it will be Christ alone. Let religious zealots speak of ‘a message for our day’ all they want. There has never been but one message for any day, and that is Christ Jesus, the sovereign, effectual Redeemer of sinners. While others are ‘sharing’ sensationalism under the misnomer of ‘end time prophecy’, and rambling about what sinners need to do for God, His spokesmen will be doing what our Lord Himself did while He was here, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27). - Chris Cunningham
A doctrine is not true because I believe it or because you believe it; it is true only if God says it! I do not ask whether you believe what I preach; perhaps you do not. But I ask you to search the Scriptures and determine whether these things be so. I am not afraid to submit my belief in God’s immutable sovereignty, man’s total fall and ruin, God’s elective grace, Christ’s effectual atonement, the Spirit’s INVINCIBLE CALL, and the perseverance of the sheep TO THE WORD OF GOD! - Henry Mahan