April 3, 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
On it glories, let my soul forever dwell.
What from Christ my soul shall sever
Bound by everlasting bands
Once in Him, in Him forever
Thus th’ eternal covenant stands
None shall pluck me, from the strength of Israel’s hands.
Heir of God, joint heirs with Jesus
Long ere time its race begun
To His name eternal praises
Oh! What wonders love hath done!
One with Jesus, by eternal union, one.
On 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?
Hallelujah, grace shall reign eternally.
(Tune: “Look Ye Saints, the Sight is Glorious!” p. 141)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
VBS dates this year are June 14-16
3rd – Mariesha Watters 4th – Anthony Rawlins
5th – Jessica Elliott 7th – Seth Daniel
“It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.” - Proverbs 25:27
In the first three verses of Psalm 119 the writer describes the blessedness of justification. The ones who are justified are described as undefiled (perfect), they walk in the law, they keep His testimonies, they seek Him with the whole heart, and they do no iniquity. That is the description of a justified sinner and shows the reality of justification. In vs. 4 he speaks of the reality of responsibility. “Thou hast commanded us to keep Thy precepts diligently.” The justified sinner does not excuse his sin. He knows it is his responsibility to keep God’s precepts diligently. In vs. 5-8, he speaks of the reality of his experience. ‘Oh that my ways were directed to keep Thy statutes.” He felt they were not. “Then shall I not be ashamed when I have respect to all the commandments.” He felt he did not. “I will praise Thee with uprightness of heart when I shall have learned Thy righteous judgments.” He felt he had not. “I will keep Thy statues, o forsake me not utterly…” He felt he deserved to be. We glory in justification, do not excuse our sin, and long to be free from it.
FACTS ABOUT THE TRUE ELECTION OF GRACE
“Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace (Romans 11:5).” “Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. For our Gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance (I Thess. 1:4-5).”
1. An election which does not lead a person to believe the Gospel, confess in his heart, confess Christ in baptism and identify whole heartedly with the Lord’s church is not the election of grace. 2. An election which does not give a person a new birth, a new heart, a new nature to love Christ, to love one another and to live and express that love daily is not the election of grace. 3. An election which does not result in a new walk, a new attitude, a new spirit of unity and fellowship is not the election of grace.
4. An election which does not make a person generous toward others, liberal in his support of the Gospel ministry, liberal toward his house and other families and who has not learned that it is more blessed to give than to receive, is not the election of grace.
5. An election which does not (in time) produce these fruits of the Sprit, a growth in grace, and the knowledge of Christ; which delivers a person from a covetous spirit, the vanity of the flesh and the pride of self is not the election of grace.
There was a time when only God knew we were His elect!
There came a time when we knew that we were elected by God!
There comes a time when others know that we are His elect!
- Henry Mahan
PROSPERITY AND ADVERSITY
“In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.” –Ecclesiastes 7:14
The use of the word “day” tells us that the time of prosperity and adversity is short in the grand scheme of things. In the day of prosperity, when everything seems to be going well… health, money to pay the bills, no conflict, good relationships… be joyful for this is the gift of God for you to enjoy. But there will also be a day of adversity: sickness, sorrow, trouble, debt, strained relationships, and conflict. Consider…God is the author of both, and has set them one against the other so we will not be able to find true satisfaction in anything but God Himself! Consider prosperity and adversity for what they really are…vanity. The only truly satisfying thing there is, is being in Christ and beholding His face. May we find nothing in anything else!
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND LOVE
“Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.” – I Corinthians 8:1
The knowledge that puffs up is correct information. Even correct information regarding the teaching of Scripture. It swells one with pride that he knows something others do not, which gives him some advantage over them. Paul goes on to say in the next verse, “If any man thinketh he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” All that person displays with their knowledge is that they do not have a true understanding.
But love builds up. There is knowledge involved in love. You cannot love someone you know nothing about. But love has to do with a person, and not merely correct information. This is the love which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. In verse 3, Paul says, “If any man love God, the same is known of Him.” This is what God recognizes. Love to His person. Not knowledge that swells up, but love that builds up a man in humility, awe, reverence, and a desire to please Him. May we be delivered from that knowledge that makes us proud and arrogant, and be filled with the love that builds up.
The true measure of whether a person really believes the Gospel of God’s sovereign, free grace in Christ, is not merely when he sees its doctrines in the Scriptures; especially those of Divine sovereignty in election, the particular and effectual redemption of Christ, and the invincible call of the Holy Spirit. Nor is it when he gives mental assent that they are true (though both are vital). The true measure is when he sees them as necessary for his own salvation! “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.”
- Charles Pennington