September 4, 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
Not what these hands have done
Can save my guilty soul
Not what this toiling flesh has borne
Can make my spirit whole.
Thy Work alone, O Christ
Can ease the weight of sin
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God
Can give me peace within.
Thy love to me, O God
Not mine, O Lord to Thee
Can rid me of this dark unrest
And set my sprit free.
I bless the Christ of God
I rest on love divine
And with unfaltering lips and heart
I call this Saviour mine!
(Tune: “Not What My Hands Have Done”)
We welcome Cody Groover, missionary to Mexico and his wife Winna who are with us today. Cody will bring the message this morning.
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
4th – Bob Covert 5th – Shari Greenleaf 9th – Todd Nibert
“The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” - Proverbs 27:7
When Moses and Elijah appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration speaking with the Lord, we know the subject of their conversation. “They spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem” (Luke 9:31). The word accomplish means: to make full, to cause to abound; to liberally supply; to render full and complete so that nothing shall be wanting; to fill to the brim; to make complete in every particular; to render perfect, to carry through to the end; to accomplish. Every one of those definitions can be used to describe what the death of Christ actually accomplished for His people. No other death can be described as an accomplishment. To have the death of Christ as the only hope you have of heaven is not the bare bones minimum to get you in. It is everything! All you need! All you want! And all you desire. “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died” (Rom. 8:34).
The longer I live, the more I feel that if there were one thing left undone, if the devil were not conquered, sin not expiated, justice not satisfied, the law not honored and magnified, death not overcome, and every burden not carried, I should not have a ray of hope. I used to think I saw this as clear as the noon day thirty or forty years ago; but I saw it very differently then to what I see now; for I see and feel now that if one hair-breadth is left for me to do to merit heaven, or bring as a plea before God, I am undone for ever and ever. But on the Mount of Calvary, the Lord Jesus Christ undertook the cause of His people; and there is not a jot nor a tittle that He left undone, but, “By one offering He perfected for ever them that are sanctified” and “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Here is complete perfection: Saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation.
– John Warburton, 1853
I recently heard of someone who claimed to believe the grace of God in salvation, yet they were having trouble with the doctrine of election. The problem they are really having is with true grace. You see, grace in the true meaning of the word can only mean one thing…..UNEARNED FAVOR.
Most people think God looked down through time to see who would believe on Him and elected them accordingly. But that means that person earned salvation by believing, and God had to choose that person because of what they did. But NO! GRACE IS UNEARNED FAVOR, and since no one has earned, or merited God’s salvation and favor, then it stand to reason that God must choose, or elect, whomever He decides. – Paul Mahan
IS YOUR GOSPEL OF WEAKNESS OR POWER?
There are really only two religions in the world. One of Cain and the other of Able. One is Ishmael and the other is Isaac. One of Esau and the other of Jacob. One of law and the other of promise. One of Mount Sinai and the other of Mount Calvary. One condemns, the other finds no fault. One leads to bondage, the other to freedom. One tendeth to death, the other to life. One of weakness, the other of power. One of merit, the other of mercy. One of the weakness of the letter, the other of the power of the Spirit.
- Tom Harding
I often fear much for those who hear the Gospel regularly. I fear lest you become so familiar with the sound of its doctrine, that insensibly you become dead to its power. I fear lest your religion should sink down into vague talk about your own weakness and corruption, and a few sentimental expressions about Christ, while real, practical fighting on Christ’s side is altogether neglected. Oh! Beware of this state of mind. – J. C. Ryle
When the water was made wine at the marriage feast, the water was not made to look like wine, the water was not made to taste like wine, the water was not treated as though it were wine, and they didn’t put post-it notes on the water pots saying “Wine”. The water was made wine! And when the Son of God was made sin for us, He was not made to look like sin, treated as though He were sin, or merely have sin pasted on Him, He was, “Made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” - Scott Richardson
A SAD EXCUSE
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”
Professing believers admit that they are but sinners saved by the grace of God. However, a “true believer” will never use, “being a sinner,” as a sad excuse to “continue in sin so that grace may abound.” - David Eddmenson
If you trust Christ as your Lord and Savior, your faith in Him is the fruit and evidence of His grace bestowed upon you and wrought in you. Faith is the empty hand that received God’s salvation, not the mighty arm that performs it. Faith in Christ is the result of eternal life bestowed, not the cause of life. - Don Fortner