February 28, 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
We have Thy promise gracious Lord
O Then fulfill Thy precious Word
Thou wilt be where Thy people meet
To make our joyfulness complete.
We ask Thy gracious presence here
From worldly thoughts, O keep us clear
And set our hearts on things above
With sweet enjoyment of Thy love.
We ask from our great living Head
Give us Thy Holy Spirit’s aid
While we engage in prayer and praise
To be supplied with every grace.
‘Tis Thine alone, Almighty Lord
To speak the soul-reviving Word
‘Tis Thine to give the hearing ear
‘Tis Thine to drive away all fear.
(Tune: “From Every Stormy Wind That Blows” p. 355)
Susan Sligh is in the process of updating the mailing list – if you have changes or would like to be added, the forms are in the foyer.
1st – Caleb Benton 5th – Michelle Grubb 5th – Savannah Tate
“Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.” - Proverbs 13:13
“IT IS HIGH TIME TO AWAKE OUT OF SLEEP”
Sleep looks like death. A true Christian can look dead in trespasses and sins. The five virgins with the oil in their lamps slept and slumbered. On the outside they looked no different from the virgins without oil. How can a believer become like this? Too many reasons to list, but it is still a fact that they can. Wake up! Our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. We do not have much time left! There is absolutely no excuse for our letting ourselves get in such a condition. Where do I begin to wake up? Hear the Gospel again as you first heard it. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him” (Col. 2:6).
DEAD TO THIS WORLD
A young student asked his Bible teacher this question, “How is the believer dead to the world when he lives in the world, works a regular job, raises a family, and owns property in this world?” The teacher sent him out to the gravesite of a friend with instructions to criticize the dear friend, harass him, and find fault, and then praise him with glowing terms and brag on him to excess. Upon his return, the teacher asked, “How did he react when you praised him?” “It made no difference to him; he is dead!” “That is what it means to be dead to this world,” said the teacher. Its APPLAUSE means nothing and its HATRED means nothing. We neither ADMIRE the people of this world nor do we FEAR them. The riches of this world are but the fancy of fools, and the honors of this world mean little or nothing; for to be a child of God is the highest calling. The religious traditions and ceremonies of the world have no attraction nor meaning when CHRIST IS ALL! That which was once important to us we now consider loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ, our Lord. This spiritual life in Christ cannot be explained; it must be experienced. – Henry Mahan
Everything that happens is according to the permissive will of our Lord Jesus Christ, for His glory and for our good. Knowing this, we should NEVER allow the actions of others to offend us. – Gene Harmon
WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY
Man’s religions states that man has a free will, to accept or reject the offer of salvation. God’s word contradicts this, stating that we are nothing but sin, and unwilling to come to Him for salvation. God tells us that, “We will not have this Man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14), and “How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Matt. 23:37). We cannot, could not, will not, would not, and are not willing to come to Christ, therefore where there is no will, there is no way. But thanks be to God, our will is not the determining factor in salvation, His will is, and His will alone. And He has willed, purposed, and decreed the salvation of an elect group of sinners, and they must be saved. These elect “people shall be willing in the day of Thy power” (Ps. 110:3). An unwilling sinner is made to be a willing saint, desiring salvation by God’s grace. So now it can be truly said of every believer - “Where there is a will, there is a way” – Christ alone! My only will, my only desire, is to “Be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Phil. 3:9). - Brian DuFour
When Peter moved from the Gentile’s table to the Jew’s table, he never said a word. Yet he was rebuked by Paul publically for, “Not walking uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel” (Gal. 2:14). Peter was saying by his action that there are degrees of acceptance. The Gentiles were accepted by God but the Jews were more pleasing. That is a denial that Christ is All. That makes meaningless, “He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” That calls into question, “You are complete in Him.” Paul thought the error so grievous that he rebuked Peter publicly for it. Any teaching that calls these Scriptures into question is a moving away from the truth of the Gospel.
He who in his soul believes that man does of his own free-will turn to God, cannot have been taught of God, for that is one of the first principles taught us when God begins with us, that we have neither will nor power, but that HE gives both; that HE is the “Alpha and Omega” in the salvation of men. - C. H. Spurgeon