April 24, 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
Jesus Christ, our God and Saviour
Guide, and Counselor, and Friend
Bearing all our misbehavior
Kind and loving to the end.
Nothing but Thy blood, O Saviour
Can relieve us from our smart
Nothing else from guilt release us
Nothing else can melt the heart.
Law and judgment do but burden
All the while they work alone
But a sense of blood-bought pardon
Soon dissolves a heart of stone.
Trust Him, He will not deceive us
Though we see through glass so dim
He will never, never leave us
Nor will we depart from Him.
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
Albert and Carolyn Kelley will host a get together for adults on Saturday, May 7th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Bring a salad or dessert. Sign up in foyer if you plan to attend.
All men are invited to attend the preacher’s class Saturday May 7th at 10:00am. Guest teachers are Donnie Bell and Greg Elmquist. Greg will preach for us on Sunday May 8th.
24th – Don Martin 28th – Jim Murphy
29th – Eric Dickerson 30th – Linda Rutledge
“Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.” - Proverbs 28:5
“BE THOU AN EXAMPLE”
Paul tells Timothy to be an example for believers to imitate. And he names six areas in which he wanted Timothy to be an example. In word - the words that come out of my mouth. In conversation - my conduct and behavior before men. In charity - may it be apparent that I love Christ and love men. In spirit - spirit of humility and graciousness. In faith - really believing what I am calling on others to believe. In purity - chastity and holiness of heart and life. We should all be men and women who can be imitated in these six areas. May God make it so with each of us.
I KNOW I AM SAVED
“I know I am saved.” Nobody in the Bible talked like that. When I hear that, I find it to be a red flag of somebody trusting in a profession they made sometime in the past. But we do hear things like, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” What did you commit Paul? The entire salvation of my soul. I know that all who do that are saved.
“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.” – Matthew 16:24 Without question, the person who gives me the most problems is self. Self-absorbed, self-admiring, self-assertive, self-centered, self-complacent, self-centered, self-confidence, self-conscious, self-deception, self-delusion, self-esteem, self-glorifying, self-gratification, self-importance, self-indulgent, self-interest, self-love, self-regard, self-reliance, self-righteous, self-sufficient, self-willed. Self is to be denied, mortified, and crucified. A religion without self denial is a meaningless religion. Meaningless to the one who possesses it and even more meaningless to God!
I will go as far as Martin Luther, where he says “If any man ascribes anything of salvation, even the very least thing, to the free will of man, he knows nothing of grace, and he has not learned Jesus Christ rightly.”
- C. H. Spurgeon
I do not know who coined the phrase, “Wrong on the fall, wrong on it all”, but it is certainly true! If I am wrong on the fall of Adam, it will make me wrong in every doctrine concerning how God saves sinners. When Adam fell he became spiritually dead; completely unable to perform any of the functions of spiritual life. When Adam fell, he fell as a representative man. His sin was imputed to all of his descendants and his sinful nature was imparted to all of his descendants (Romans 5:18-19). If I do not see that, I cannot possibly understand the need of the work of the Father in election, nor will I understand what Christ had to do on the cross for my salvation, nor will I understand the necessity of God imparting to me a new nature in the new birth. I will merely think the old nature needs helped. How true that phrase is, “Wrong on the fall, wrong on it all.”
A FULL-TIME ADVOCATE
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” - I John 2:1
This Scripture encourages the believer to trust and hope in the mercy of God AT ALL TIMES! It does not say, “If any man is holy, prayerful, and always faithful, he has an advocate”; but it says, “If any man SIN, he has an advocate with the Father.” It does not say, “If any man sins, he forfeits his right to Christ’s advocacy.” Grace that can be forfeited because of human failure is not grace at all. Mercy that is conditioned upon the merit of the creature is not mercy at all. If my title to glory rests upon my works, either BEFORE OR AFTER conversion, it is a total failure. This Scripture declares that at all times, under all circumstances, Jesus Christ is our righteousness, our sanctification, our advocate, and our redemption. So when I sin, when I consider my past or present and come creeping to my closet with a guilty conscience and an aching heart, I can rejoice in the mercy of my Father; for I have an advocate – JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS!
- Pastor Henry Mahan
“You have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine.” This was the charge brought against the early church. Before there was internet, before there was radio or T.V., before there was a printing press, they filled Jerusalem with their doctrine. By their preaching and witnessing, empowered by the Holy Spirit, the entire city of Jerusalem was filled with the doctrine of Christ! Oh, that that might be said of the cities in which we live. Through our preaching and witnessing, empowered by the Holy Spirit, the city in which we live being filled with our doctrine, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.