April 10, 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
Revive Thy work, O Lord
Thy mighty arm make bare
Speak with the Voice that wakes the dead
And make Thy people hear.

Revive Thy work, O Lord
Create soul-thirst for Thee
And hungering for the bread of life
Oh May our spirits be!

Revive Thy work, O Lord
Exalt Thy precious Name
And by Thy Holy Ghost Divine
Our love for Thee inflame.

Revive Thy work, O Lord
And give refreshing showers
The glory shall be Thine alone
The blessings, Lord, be ours.

(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord” p.188)


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Congratulations to Doug and Holly Hardin who were married yesterday!

Birthdays
11th – Lillian Daniel 11th – Mary Williams 13th – Sarah Byrd


Upcoming Bible Conferences
April 15-17 Hurricane Road Grace Church – Ashland, KY
May 6-8 Central Grace Church – Rocky Mount, VA


“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” - Proverbs 24:16



IF BAPTISM DOES NOT SAVE WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Baptism is a ceremony, and nothing more. There is no saving efficacy in it nor is it a means through which grace is conveyed. But, that does not take away from its importance. The marriage ceremony does not cause a man and woman to love one another. They love each other before they participated in the marriage ceremony. But if they refuse to participate in the marriage ceremony, and live together without it, they say by that, they do not love one another enough to be totally committed to one another. This shows how important the marriage ceremony is. There is no true love without it. Baptism is the same. It does not cause salvation. It speaks of a relationship that was already there before the ceremony. And that relationship was caused by what baptism depicts: Union with Christ. For someone to refuse Baptism is like someone who refuses the marriage covenant and ceremony. That person says by their actions, “I do not love Christ enough to commit to Him.” Love like that is not love at all! Yes, baptism is important, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.”



The two biggest false refuges men hide in are the past and the future.
If I am looking to something in the past for assurance, I am looking to something I have done or experienced. That is not looking to Christ, but something I have done. If I am looking to the future, I am looking to something I will do in the future. That is works as well. The past looks to what I have done. The future is looking to something I will do. Faith is always in the present. It does not operate in the past or future. It relies on Christ only right now!


How do you define the glory of God? I fear a man made attempt of defining His glory would end up making it less than what it is. When Moses asked to see it - God simply proclaimed who He is (Ex. 33:18-24:8)! I know this – God’s glory is what is most important to Him and why He does what He does. And God’s glory is such that to fall short of it is sin (Rom. 3:23). As the Psalmist said, “In His temple doth everyone speak of His glory” (Psalm 29:9).

 


KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT NEED
There is no salvation apart from the knowledge of the Truth. It is impossible to believe what we do not know. But a knowledge without need is worse than not knowing! A man can pick up a Bible and conclude from reading it that men are dead in sins, God elected a people, Christ died for the elect, God’s grace is invincible and toward the elect, and they will persevere unto the end. All that knowledge does is condemn if it is not accompanied with a need. Because of my sinfulness, I need God to choose me. I need for Christ to put away all my sin. I need for the grace of the Holy Spirit to be invincible toward me. I need to be preserved in order to persevere. The doctrine of grace is the doctrine of need! And I need to hear this preached, and I need to preach what I need to hear. Knowledge without need is in reality a denial of the necessity of what is known. It is the knowledge of which Paul said, “….We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth” (I Cor. 8:1).



HELP THOU MINE UNBELIEF
“And straightway the father of the child cried out, and
said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
Mark 9:24
Having some small degree of faith, this poor sinner did not boast of his believing, but with tears repented of his unbelief. In a day where religious men and women brag of their great faith, the true child of God repents for their lack of it. The greatest desire of every believer is to believe and trust more in their glorious Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. They have faith enough to know that they need more. They have faith enough to ask for more. They understand enough to know who to ask for faith. Even though they believe, their chief concern is their UNBELIEF. Their desire is for HELP with their unbelief, for they know that Christ is worthy and deserving of love from their whole being. It absolutely breaks the believer’s heart to give Christ any less than ALL! Is it so with you? If it is, then simply pray, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” - David Eddmenson


I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them, and say, “You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself.” My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will. - C. H. Spurgeon