April 17, 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
‘Tis not that I did choose Thee, for Lord, that could not be
This heart would still refuse Thee hadst Thou not chosen me
Thou from the sin that stained me hast cleansed and set me free
Of old Thou hast ordained me that I should live to Thee.
Your love had no beginning, no cause in me was found
That You should choose to save me, a sinner strongly bound
But grace not earned or sought for was purposed for my soul
For me, salvation wrought, for Christ paid the dreadful toll.
‘Twas sovereign mercy called me and taught my opening mind
The world had else enthralled me to heav’nly glories blind
My heart owns none before Thee, for Thy rich grace I thirst
This knowing if I loved Thee, Thou must have loved me first.
(Tune: “The Church’s One foundation” p. 186)
20th – Kim Daniel 20th – Becky Rigsby 23rd – Samantha Daniel
“Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.”
Men and women attend churches for many reasons. To some, the local church is nothing more than a social club, where its members are kept busy with activities that make them feel as though they are doing something profitable for God. To others the local assembly is a place where they can offer their sacrifice of time and money, which they feel to be a fulfillment of their religious responsibility and reasonable service. However to those whom God has done a work of sovereign grace and mercy in their heart, it is the place where they come to hear the words of eternal life. Where else, why else and to whom else would they go? - David Eddmenson
“The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.” - Proverbs 12:13
SATAN’S USE OF FREE WILL
When Satan was tempting Eve in the garden it was the temptation of free-will. If Eve would eat the fruit…. “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes will be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). Satan was telling Eve that there was no moral virtue in her obedience. She was blindly following her nature. But if she ate the fruit, her eyes would be opened to good and evil, and that would make her choose the good over the evil. Thus she would be like God with a free will. The only problem with that is God does not have a free will. His will is controlled by His nature. He is holy, He cannot choose to lie because He cannot lie. Satan has ben using that temptation ever since then, and men have been taking that bait ever since then. There would be no hope for any of us if there were not such a thing as free grace.
KNOWING AND BEING PERSUADED
“I know and am persuaded of the Lord Jesus”
In the context Paul was saying he knew and was persuaded by the Lord Jesus that there was nothing unclean of itself. Sin is not in things. Sin is in the heart of man. But this statement, “I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus” states a great principal of the Gospel. Those who believe know. When we know something we are sure of it. And what is behind that knowledge? Being persuaded by Christ Himself. When He persuades, you are persuaded, and when you are persuaded, you know.
Men’s hearts are spiritually hard. The world can win a man’s heart; gold can win a man’s heart; fame and popularity can win a man’s heart; but there is not a pastor living who can win a man’s heart to God. We can reach the eye, the ear, and the head, but not the heart. The poet said –
O, Lord, speak with the voice that wakes the dead,
And bid the sinner rise.
And make the guilty come to dread,
The death that never dies.
- Henry Mahan
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Does this describe you? Anyone who will not confess that Genesis 6:5 describes their present state of being, has no right to any of the promises beyond this verse. Will you deceive yourself AND make God a liar? Do not ever think you cannot be saved because you are a sinner. That is whom Christ came into this world to save! “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Noah was one of those men described in Genesis 6:5. Yet, not one drop of rain fell before Noah was in that ark! Why? God loved Noah. If God loves someone, He will save them. There are no examples in the Scriptures where God loved someone but they were not saved. Noah was by nature a slave to sin just like the rest of the world. God’s ability to save is not found in anything you do or do not do, it is in His Son. “Where sin abounded grace did much more abound” (Rom. 5:20). Where is the only place we find grace? Where sin abounds!
If you cannot identify with those described in Genesis 6:5 neither can you identify with those sinners whom He has promised to save.
- Andy Davis
Two small words, “In Him”, two small words which in and of themselves are insignificant, one is a common preposition and the other is a personal pronoun. Yet these two words are full of grace and truth. In these two words are found the very essence of the Gospel. Why? Because the person the pronoun refers to is the Lord Jesus Christ, the God Man, the Savior of sinners. And the simple preposition describes the glorious position and relationship of every believer as being in Christ. God “chose us in Him” (Eph. 1:4); we are “justified” in Him” (I Cor. 6:11); we are “the righteousness of God in Him” (II Cor. 5:21); in Him is “forgiveness of sins” (Eph. 1:7); in Him we are sanctified and redeemed (I Cor. 1:30); in Him is “peace with God” (Rom. 5:10); in Him we have “died to sin” (Rom. 6:2); in Him we are “alive to God” (Rom. 6:11); in Him we have assurance of faith (I John 2:5), and in Him we have “obtained an inheritance” of eternal riches. Truly the Lord Christ is everything and all those who are in Him by faith are those who receive and inherit all the great and precious promises given in Christ Jesus. - Copied