January 22, 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
Look upon me, Lord I pray Thee
Let Thy Spirit dwell in mine
Thou hast sought me, Thou hast bought me
Take my heart, and make it Thine.
Naught I ask for, naught I strive for
But Thy grace so rich and free
This Thou givest by the Savior
He hath all things who hath Thee.
Precious is the name of Jesus
Who can half its worth untold
Far beyond angelic praises
Sweetly sung to harps of gold.
Guide me, Oh Thou great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land
I am weak, but Thou art mighty
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
26th – Emily Elliott 26th – Mike Farmer 26th – Lynn Nibert
“The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.” - Proverbs 19:3
The one, reliable test that proves the genuineness of a person’s faith in any age is endurance to the end. All who depart from the Gospel and turn their backs on Christ never believed; but those who endure to the end shall be saved. - Frank Hall
“Our souls loatheth this light bread” (Numbers 21:5). What once was manna from heaven is now light bread; insubstantial and unsatisfying. Had the content or taste of the manna changed? No, the people had. When they said, “There is no bread, neither is there any water”, what they said was not true. There was still manna from heaven and water coming from the smitten rock. Their perception of reality was based on a falsehood. Now the miraculous manna is light bread. What a dangerous place we are in when the Gospel of Christ becomes light bread. The doctrine of God becomes dry doctrine. It is no wonder God sent the snakes. What is amazing is He provided a remedy in the brazen serpent for such an ungrateful people!
HOW CAN I KNOW IF CHRIST DIED FOR ME?
To some that is a mute point because they believe he died for all men without exception. But according to the Bible, He only died for His sheep (John 10:16). Not everybody is a sheep. There are also goats. So how can I know that I am one for whom He died. Am I simply to have faith that He died for me? No. You can believe that He died for you and that does not mean He did. Faith is not believing He died for you. Faith is not believing you are saved. Those things have to do with assurance. When the Ethiopian eunuch asked Phillip, “What hinders me from being baptized?” Phillip said, “If you believe with all your heart you may.” Notice what the eunuch did not reply. He did not say, “I believe that Christ died for me personally” or “I believe that I am saved.” He said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” It is believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God: it is believing that He is the only successful Savior and that He is able to save you. Do you believe the Gospel? If you answer no, that is no assurance that Christ died for you. But if you believe the Gospel, yes, Christ most assuredly died for you. “And as many as were ordained to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48).
God told Abimelech in Genesis 20:6, “I also withheld thee from sinning against Me: therefore suffered I not thee to touch her.” Thank God for restraining grace. We will commit sin against Him if He does not keep us from it. This is our encouragement for us in prayer to ask Him to withhold us from sinning against Him.
CHRIST DOES IT ALL
Natural man thinks he must contribute something to his personal salvation – a testimony, a decision, a surrender, a victory over sin. But I read nothing of this in Scripture. What I see goes like this…. Christ made a covenant with the Father to save His elect. Christ created the universe and this earth, and then created man to inhabit this earth. Christ then guides all providence to sit His people under the Gospel, giving them spiritual life, faith, and repentance. Christ preserves His people in the faith to the day He extinguishes their life, and places them safely in a grave. Christ then raises all the elect in glorified bodies on judgment day, and takes them to live with Him forever in a new heaven and new earth. Christ does it all, and man does nothing in this matter of soul salvation. Would you ever want it any other way, and take some of the responsibility into your own hands? Can you create a world, direct providence, give yourself spiritual life, or raise yourself from the dead? I didn’t think so. Christ alone is the Sovereign Savior of sinners, and if you are ever saved, He will do it all, and you will love it that way! - Brian DuFour
EXACTLY WHEN DID I BELIEVE?
WHEN, exactly did I first begin to believe? At what point in time did I actually become a Christian – a child of God? I gave up trying to answer these questions a long time ago, as being totally unimportant. George Whitefield once said, “I have heard of a person who was in a ‘WHEN did the Lord first begin to deal with my soul?’ company with fourteen ministers of the Gospel, some of whom were eminent servants of Christ, yet not one of them could tell the time when God first manifested Himself to their soul. It is quite sufficient to me that I DO BELIEVE in the Christ of the Scripture, and I, as a sinner, continue to pray for grace to CONTINUE to believe to the salvation of my soul. (Hebrews 10:38-39). – Maurice Montgomery
Health is a good thing; but sickness is far better, if it leads us to God. Prosperity is a great mercy; but adversity is a greater one, if it brings us to Christ. Anything, anything is better than living in carelessness and dying in sin. Better a thousand times to be afflicted, like the Canaanite mother, and like her to flee to Christ, than live in ease, like the rich ‘fool’, and die at last without Christ and without hope. - J. C. Ryle