July 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
“Tis not by works of righteousness
Which our own hands have done
But we are saved by sovereign grace
Abounding through the Son.
‘Tis from the mercy of our God
That all our hopes begin
‘Tis by the water and the blood
Our souls are washed from sin.
‘Tis through the merits of His death
Who hung upon the tree
The Spirit is sent down to breathe
On such dry bones as we.
Raised from the dead, we live anew
And justified by grace
We shall appear in glory too
And see our Father’s face.
(Tune: “O God Our Help” p. 10)
Missionary to Mexico Cody Groover is in need of a new vehicle. Please give to this cause as the Lord enables you.
UPCOMING BIBLE CONFERENCES
Sept. 2 – 4 Grace Baptist, Danville KY
Sept. 16 – 18 Kingsport Sovereign Grace, Kingsport TN
Oct. 14 – 16 College Grove Grace, College Grove TN
Dec. 9 – 11 Todds Road Grace Church, Lexington, KY
24th – Brian DuFour 25th – Ellen Willis 26th – James Lynn
26th – Joe McSherry 27th – Kelli Proffitt
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” - Proverbs 9:10
“He that seeth the Son….hath everlasting life”…. “We would see Jesus”…..“We shall see Him as He is”….. Salvation is seeing Christ. What does it take to see? A seeing eye and light. No matter how much light is diffused, a blind man still cannot see. And no matter how healthy the eye is, nothing can be seen without light. For me to see Christ I am going to have to be given eyes to see. No man by nature can see. And I am going to have to have light shed on the Word by the Holy Spirit or I will never see. Both of these are gifts of grace and they always go together. You never have one without the other. Lord, give us light and eyes to see or we will never behold the beauty of Thy Son. The preaching may be a clear as the noon day sun, but I will not see unless given spiritual eyes. There will be no sight without your light shining on the Word!
A man who professes to believe sovereign grace was attending a church where sovereign grace was not preached. I asked him if grace was preached at the church he attended. He replied, “Yes, but not like you do.” Are there other ways to preach grace? What he meant was, they do not preach total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints – but they still believe in salvation by grace through faith. All that can be said of that is it is dishonest. Someone that does not preach and love God’s sovereign grace does not preach grace at all. They may use the word ‘grace’, but they give it a different meaning. This is deceptive, evil, and soul destroying. May the Lord deliver us from such irreverence with His Word.
THREE THINGS REGARDING GOD’S GRACE
1. God’s grace is always sovereign. “Therefore, hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth.” (Romans 9:18)
2. Grace is always free. “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24)
3. Grace is always saving. “By grace are ye saved” (Ephesians 2:8). God’s grace is not an offer up for man’s acceptance or rejection. His grace sovereignly, freely saves! We cannot believe grace without believing these three things regarding grace.
CHEERFUL AND NOT AFRAID
The disciples were in a boat being tossed by the waves. The wind was contrary to them. They were toiling in rowing. The word means distressed, or vexed. None of this seemed good! Then the Lord came to them, walking on the sea, and said, “Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid” (Mark 6:50). Regarding everything that takes place in our lives, even when we feel tossed, things seem to be contrary, and we are distressed, we are given this assurance, “Be of good cheer; it is I: be not afraid.” Whatever we are going through is His good providence. The first cause of all is, “It is I.” Therefore, we are to be of good cheer, because we “Know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose.” There is nothing to be afraid of, because “If God be for us, who can be against us.” Whatever takes place, “It is I.” May the Lord enable us to be of good cheer and not be afraid.
John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace and numerous other hymns, once said, “I am well satisfied it will not be a burden to me at the hour of death, nor be laid to my charge at the day of judgment, that I have thought too highly of the Lord Jesus Christ, expected too much from Him myself, or labored too much in commending and setting Him forth to others as the Alpha and Omega, the Lord our righteousness, the sufficient atonement for sin, the only Mediator between God and men, the true God and eternal life. On the contrary, alas! My guilt and grief are that my thoughts of Him are so faint, so infrequent, and my commendations of Him so lamentably cold and disproportionate to what they ought to be.”
What was the word of the king toward the man without a wedding garment? “Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 22:13).
If we could peer into heaven we would see all of the saints wearing the same garment. The thief on the cross dressed exactly as Paul, Lot wearing the same thing as Abraham, the harlot Rehab dressed just like Mary, the mother of our Lord. And what is that wedding garment that all the saints wear? “To her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for this fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” And what is the righteousness of the saints? The righteousness - the perfect obedience of Christ. He never did wrong. He always did right. Nothing less can make a sinner acceptable in God’s sight. And what is there more? Can anything be added to His righteousness that would make us more approved? If we have anything else, we will hear the same thing the man heard from the king who did not have the wedding garment.