January 8, 2017
Sundays 9:00 am WKYT Channel 27-2
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
Hark! How the Gospel trumpet sounds
Christ in free grace therein abounds
Free grace to all, since death He slew
And if free grace – why not for you?
The Saviour died, and by His blood
Brings rebel sinners home to God
He died to free the captive who
Was bound by sin – why not for you?
The blood of Christ! How sweet it sounds
To cleanse and heal the sinner’s wounds
The streams thereof are rich and true
And why, dear soul – why not for you?
Thus Jesus came the poor to bless
To clothe them in God’s righteousness
This robe is spotless, ever new
And why, dear soul – why not for you?
Eternal life by Christ is given
And ruined rebels saved for heaven
Then sing of grace and life anew
Rejoice dear soul- ‘tis all for you!
(Tune: “Jesus Shall Reign” p. 142)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
8th – Nancy Benton 8th – Rachel Harries 9th – Emily Bryan
9th – Cali Warta 12th – Aaron Sligh
“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.” - Proverbs 10:21
Faith in Christ is always alone and is never alone. Faith in Christ is always alone. It is never faith and _______. Faith does not look to evidences in my life to give me assurance that I am saved. Faith looks to Christ only. My only hope is that all God requires of me He looks to His Son for. And the faith that is in Christ alone is never alone. It is always “Faith that worketh by love.” It always has the fruit of the Spirit, “Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.” It is always poor in spirit, mourning, meek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, a peacemaker who is persecuted for righteousness sake. If it is not alone, it is not genuine. If it is alone, it is not real. How can both of these statements be true? Because they both are true!
I was listening to a man object to Romans 9:20, “Nay but O man, who are you to reply against God.” I have heard that objection many times. God is not giving a sufficient answer to, “Why does He yet find fault, for who has resisted His will.” Simply answering that question with, “Who are you to reply against God” is not an answer but an authoritarian reply. My answer to the man’s objection was this. There is one difference between you and me that makes our response so different. I believe myself to be a sinner who deserves to be damned. You do not believe that about yourself, therefore you believe God owes some kind of account to you.
God described David as “A man after mine own heart.” No higher commendation could be given a man. To be a man after God’s own heart is to see things as God sees them. It is to be in agreement with God. It is to love what God loves and hate what God hates. It is to believe what God believes. It is to trust whom God trusts. God trusted Christ to save us. We trust Christ to save us. God gives all glory to His Son. We give all glory to His Son. God is pleased with His Son and all in Him. We are pleased with His Son and all in Him. While it may be seen more clearly in some than others, all believers are men and women after His own heart.
The first link between my soul and Christ is, not my goodness, but my badness; not my merit, but my misery; not my standing, but my falling; not my riches, but my need. He comes to visit His people, yet not to admire their beauties, but to remove their deformities; not to reward their virtues, but to forgive their sins. – C. H. Spurgeon
God prepared a salvation for His elect, chosen by Him not because of any goodness in them, but because He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy, and will have compassion on whom He will have compassion. Is this not a salvation that will suit thee, O poor sinner? If God had chosen them out of any merit, or if that choice depended on anything which men did or could do, thou wert a damned soul, for thou hast no goodness, and thou canst do nothing. If God’s election comes to those who are without merit, without hope, without strength, here is hope for thee. - C. H. Spurgeon
I recently read a quote from a famous preacher of the 1800’s. He said that the world has not seen what God could do with one man completely devoted to Him. I thought, “Well, I know what God can do with a rebellious and angry prophet (Jonah): bring an entire pagan city (Ninevah) to its knees in repentance.” On the one hand, I understand the value of a devoted heart. On the other hand, I do not want to give the impression that God is helped by us – that He is in need of something we provide. Our dedication to God must arise, not from hope of doing great things for God, but from a realization of what great things He has already done for us. - Joe Terrell
Every time I go out to preach, I have two determinations. I am determined that it is every man’s responsibility to give himself entirely to Christ, and I am determined that if no one else does, I will give myself to the Lord. - Jonathan Edwards