August 7, 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
With broken heart and contrite sigh
A trembling sinner, Lord, I cry
Thy pard’ning grace is rich and free
O God, be merciful to me.
I smite upon my troubled breast
With deep and conscious guilt oppressed
Christ and His cross my only plea
O God, be merciful to me.
No works nor deed that I have done
Can for a single sin atone
To Christ, the Lord, alone I flee
O God be merciful to me.
And when redeemed from sin and hell
With all the ransomed throng I dwell
My raptured song shall ever be
God has been merciful to me.
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
I am recovering from surgery and hope to return preaching next Sunday. John Walmsley will bring the Bible study, Aaron Greenleaf the morning message and Frank Tate the evening message today. Aaron Greenleaf will preach this Wednesday.
Our dear brother Joe McSherry is moving to Crossville, TN this week. Joe has been a faithful member of this church for many years now and we are going to greatly miss him. We will gather after the service this evening for refreshments in appreciation of Joe. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
Missionary to Mexico Cody Groover is in need of a new vehicle. Please give to this cause as the Lord enables you.
7th – Leti Anguiano 7th – Lee Anne Walmsley 8th – Isaac Williams
13th – Megan Davis 13th – Sarah Ferrell
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” - Proverbs 14:12
Christianity is the largest of the world’s great religions. It has over 2.4 billion adherents – roughly one third of the world’s population. And it bears no resemblance to the religion of the Bible. Any belief in salvation dependent upon human works in any measure to any degree is not Christian. Any religion where Christ is not “All in All” is not Christian. While it is true that heaven is described as a great multitude no man can number, the number of God’s elect upon the earth at any given time has always been “few”. “Many” go in the wide gate and broad way that leads to destruction, but only “few” enter the strait gate and narrow way that leads to life. Eight souls were saved in Noah’s day. God called Abraham alone. Not ten believers could be found in Sodom. Only two adults who were over twenty years of age when they first left Egypt entered the promised land. At the Lord’s death He had only 120 disciples. “Many are called, few are chosen.” But the Lord still says, “Fear not little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”
CHRIST IS ALL
I have observed many who profess to know Christ and believe the Gospel of grace, and yet they are unhappy and, generally speaking, miserable people. How can this be? I believe I know why. These people walk around with a dark cloud over their head because they are so taken up with the things of this world. They are always in a strait between Christ and the world, and feel bad because they fear they are not giving Christ their first priority. That is the problem. If Christ is merely “first priority”, you have missed Him altogether. He is ALL to those who know Him, not merely “first priority.” I once heard someone say, “Most people have just enough religion to make them miserable.” That is the problem! Most people have religion but they do not have Christ.
Let us go to Calvary to learn how we may be forgiven; and then let us linger there to learn how we may forgive. There shall we see what sin is, as it murders the Lord of love; and see also how Almighty mercy prevailed against it. - C. H. Spurgeon
SOME WORDS OF MARTIN LUTHER
Try to remember these words of Martin Luther as you live out your days in this religious world: “If I profess with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Truth of God except precisely that point where the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, then I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him!” “Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle-front besides is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” Dear souls, though there is hardly any doctrine of Scripture that modern religion firmly stands for, yet the most basic and essential doctrines of God’s Word, they firmly and unitedly stand against. Modern religion vehemently opposes the Truth of God’s Sovereign, Almighty, saving grace. They oppose the five points of what we call Calvinism – which is God-exalting, God-honoring, Gospel Truth. They hate the Bible doctrines of man’s Total Depravity, God’s Unconditional election of men unto salvation, the Limited Atonement of Jesus Christ, God’s Irresistible Grace, and the Preservation and Perseverance of God’s elect. (They especially hate the truth of Limited Atonement or Particular Redemption). Do not try to push these dear and precious Truths of God upon anyone, but do not ever be embarrassed or ashamed to own these Truths, though you stand all alone in a crowd of unbelievers. John Calvin once said, “Even a dog will bark if his master’s vineyard is being over run.” Be zealous for the good opinion of God and care little for the good opinion of men. I have been called a “cultist,” a “different kind of Baptist,” and even a “Jim Jones,” but none of these things move me away from owning God’ s precious, eternal Truths. God’s Word is more than mere doctrine, even divine doctrine – in a sense it is our life! Let us not be mere professors of Christ, but daily confess our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in both doctrine and practice.
- Maurice Montgomery 1939-2015
Christians might avoid much trouble if they would believe that God is able to make them happy without anything else. God has been depriving me of one blessing after another; but as every one was removed, He has come in and filled up its place. Now when I am a cripple and not able to move, I am happier, than ever I was in my life before or ever expected to be. If I had believed this twenty years ago, I might have been spared much anxiety. - Copied