January 29, 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

With harps and with vials there stand a great throng

In the presence of Jesus and sings this new song

To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin

Unto Him be the glory forever! Amen.

All these once were sinners defiled in His sight

Now arrayed in pure garments their voices unite

To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin

Unto Him be the glory forever! Amen.

He maketh the rebel a priest and a king

He hath brought us and taught us this new song to sing

To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin

Unto Him be the glory forever! Amen.

How helpless and hopeless we sinners had been

If He had not loved us and washed us from sin

To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin

Unto Him be the glory forever! Amen.

Aloud in His praises our voices shall ring

So that others believing this new song shall sing

To Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin

Unto Him be the glory forever! Amen.

(Tune: “How Firm A Foundation” p. 268)

 

All men are invited to the Preacher’s Class this Saturday Feb. 4th at 10:00am.

Birthdays

30th – Jonathan Holbrook 2nd – Sam Elliott 3rd – James Carver

“The Lord hath made all things for Himself; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” - Proverbs 16:4

 

GOD OPENING A DOOR

“Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” - Colossians 4:3-4

Paul asked the Colossians to pray that God would open a door of utterance. The word utterance is the word usually translated Word. Paul is asking them to pray that the Word Himself would open a door for Paul to preach the Word. Not only did he ask that the door would be opened but that he might be enabled to preach in a clear way that would make it manifest, as he ought to preach. He asked that God would open the door and he would be enabled to preach in the manner he ought to preach. Without question, we should be asking God to open up doors every day for us to preach the Gospel to people who have not heard, and to preach the Gospel clearly as it ought to be preached. I pray that God will move us to pray that prayer daily. I have no doubt if He moves us to pray for that, He will answer those prayers for His glory.

The whole idea of God not being fair in electing some and passing by others and Christ dying for the elect and not all men is born of a complete ignorance of sin. If a man has a sense of his own sinfulness, he knows he has no claims on God and the only fair thing for God to do is send him to hell. Surely God electing a great multitude and giving His Son to die for them is pure grace. The man who sees his sin does not complain with the fairness of it, but marvels of the graciousness of it.

Christ is the issue, isn’t He? I find it revealing that the point of Calvinistic theology which is most controverted is ‘Limited Atonement’, the one point of the five that specifically deals with Christ. No matter what the controversy, it will eventually get back to this point: Is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ enough to redeem the sinner? Christ is never enough in the mind of the unbeliever. But Christ is enough to anyone who has nothing else! - Joe Terrell

It is hard to say which is worst – the atheist who says, “There is no God” or the religionist who maintains that God cannot do as He pleases. - Scott Richardson

 

COMFORT

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned.” - Isaiah 40:2-1

Sinners are always in need of comfort. They are constantly aggravated by their sin. They are burdened by their flesh. They are disquieted by their circumstances. They are accused by Satan and distressed by this unbelieving world in which they live. They find no comfort or hope in the empty promises of the world. The hope of a salvation based on anything they do, leaves them in total despair. There is only one place a sinner’s soul finds rest…., and oh what rest He is. Tell them about a Savior that is full of compassion and mercy toward sinners. Tell them about a Savior that struck hands with God in a covenant promise to save His people before they were in existence. Tell them about a Savior that was born of a woman under the law to redeem those cursed by the law. One who fulfilled all God’s Holy law by His perfect obedience. Tell them about a Savior that bore the full shame and guilt of their sin successfully satisfying God’s Holy justice. Tell them of a Savior who conquered death, defeated Satan, and left the grave powerless. Tell them about a Righteous Savior that is seated at the Right Hand of the majesty on High ever living to make intercession for them. Tell them about a Savior that calls His people with an irresistible call, making them willing in the day of His power. Tell them about a Savior that is soon to return and take them home to glory to be made just like Him. TELL ME ABOUT CHRIST JESUS THE LORD. – Greg Elmquist

 

TRUE BEAUTY

We have been very blessed in this congregation with musically talented brothers and sisters with beautiful voices. But I feel myself sometimes getting too caught up in what I am physically hearing, and missing what I should be spiritually hearing.

It is true, our brothers and sisters have beautiful voices…but even more beautiful are the Gospel words they are singing….yet by far, the most beautiful is the One these words sing of, the Lord Jesus Christ. If your eyes are not turned to Christ in faith and thankfulness during these song specials, you have missed the true blessing… “And when he (Jehoshophat) had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD, for His mercy endureth forever” (II Chron. 20:21). - Brian DuFour