December 18, 2016
Sundays 9:00 am Channel 27-2 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
Sovereign grace o’er sin abounding
Ransomed souls the tidings swell
‘Tis a deep that knows no sounding
Who its breadth or length can tell
On it glories, let my soul forever dwell!
What from Christ my soul shall sever
Bound by everlasting bands
Once in Him, in Him forever
Thus th’ eternal covenant stands
None shall pluck me, from the strength of Israel’s hands!
Heir of God, joint heirs with Jesus
Long ere time its race begun
To His name eternal praises
Oh! What wonders love hath done!
One with Jesus, by eternal union, one!
On such love my soul still ponder
Love so great, so rich, so free
Say, while lost in holy wonder
Why, O Lord, such love to me
Hallelujah, grace shall reign eternally!
(Tune: “Look Ye Saints, the Sight is Glorious!” p. 141)
We extend our sincere sympathy to Carla Bryan and her family on the death of Carla’s mother, Nellie Griffith.
We will have one service on Christmas Day and New Years Day at
11:00am so everyone will have some time to relax and enjoy the day with their families.
14th – Christie Small 16th – Cindy Farmer
19th – Amanda Janes 21st – Erik Charron
“Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.” - Proverbs 20:10
THERE MUST BE HERESIES
“For there must also be heresies among you, that they which are approved might be made manifest” (I Cor. 11:19). What is a heresy? It means literally a choosing or an opinion. The Gospel is not a choice or an opinion. It is absolute unalterable, unchangeable Truth. We do not choose to believe it. We believe it because it is true. It is not an opinion we hold. It is Truth! Paul says there is a necessity for people who hold heretical views among you. Why? That they which are approved, genuine and real might be manifest. The word comes from coins which had not had the precious metal shaved off. In other words, those who have been saved by the grace of God, not holding heresies; choices and man’s opinions, they will be seen to be saved. Those who chose to believe that which is not true and hold human opinions; will be seen to be counterfeits and disingenuous. There is a Divine necessity for all things.
The Philistines had 30,000 chariots, 6,000 horsemen, and “People as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude encamped against Israel.” The army of Israel was reduced to 600 men. Jonathan and his armor bearer left the camp of the 600 without telling anybody. He said to his armor bearer, “Come and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or few” (I Samuel 14:6). These two men were willing to take on the whole Philistine army, because they had such a high and exalted view of God. They really believed, “If God be for us, who can be against us.” It is faith in a great God that causes men to do humanly impossible things. As Daniel said, “The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32).
CAN YOU HAVE FAITH AND UNBLIEF AT THE SAME TIME?
“Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.” Is this a contradiction? Can you have faith and unbelief at the same time? Absolutely! As a matter of fact, wherever you have real faith, you will always have unbelief right alongside of it. Why is that? Because we still have an evil nature. That evil nature does not believe. That evil nature cannot believe! It is the new nature that believes. If we only have one nature, faith and unbelief at the same time would be impossible. But because every believer has two distinct natures, called by our Lord the flesh and the spirit, our cry is continually, “Lord, I believe, help Thou mine unbelief.”
“He is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14). Not our works, faith, repentance, evidences, or experience – He Himself is our peace. Because He is our peace, we have peace with God. He is at peace with us through Christ, as we are at peace with Him. Because He is our peace, we have peace with one another. We are not in competition. Because He is our peace, we have peace within our hearts. If He really is our peace (and He is!), there is no reason for not having peace. “He is our peace” to all who can find peace no where else!
“And be found in Him” – Philippians 3:9
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); in Him “The love of God is perfected” in all those who believe (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. – Lance Hellar
The doctrines of original sin, election, effectual calling, final perseverance, and all those great truths which are called Calvinism – though John Calvin was not the author of them, but simply an able writer and preacher upon the subject – are, I believe, the essential doctrines of the Gospel that is in Jesus Christ. Now, I do not ask you whether you believe all this – it is possible you may not; but I believe you will before you enter Heaven. - C. H. Spurgeon