February 5, 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
‘Tis not that I did choose Thee for Lord that could not be
This heart would still refuse Thee hadst Thou not chosen me
Thou from the sin that stained me hast cleansed and set me free
Of old Thou hast ordained me that I should live to Thee.
Your love had no beginning, no cause in me was found
That you should choose to save me, a sinner strongly bond
But grace not earned or sought for was purposed for my soul
For me, salvation wrought; for Christ paid the dreadful toll.
‘Twas sovereign mercy called me and taught my opening mind
The world had else enthralled me to heav’nly glories blind
My heart owns none before Thee for Thy rich grace I thirst
This knowing if I loved Thee, Thou must have loved me first.
(Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation” p. 186)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
5th – Billie Hoover 7th – Tammy Dickerson 7th – Clark Grubb
7th – Faith Hacker 9th – Rylan Daniel 11th – David Ferrell
Faith is nothing to do with what you believe about yourself. Faith is not believing that Christ died for you or that it was your sins that nailed Him to the cross. It is not believing you are saved. It is not looking at how your life is changed. Faith is believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the One in whom all the fullness of the God-head dwells. If you believe He is the Son of God, you believe He is able to save you! “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God” (I John 5:5).
“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.” - Proverbs 26:12
HOW CAN I KNOW IF WHAT I AM HEARING IS TRUE?
John gives us a brief and simple test by which we can judge whether or not what we are hearing is the Truth. “Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of anti-Christ” (I John 4:2-3).
There are three things inherent in this confession that summarize all that we believe. (1) He was before He came. In other words, He is the Eternal God. “Before Abraham was, I am.” (2) He came in the flesh. “Great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh.” “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” (3) He did what He came in the flesh to do. “Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” And that is precisely what He did. “It is finished.” Anything we hear that does not line up with this is the “spirit of anti-Christ.”
THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION
We won’t make much headway in finding a solution if we don’t understand the problem. A cure is not likely to be found if we have no knowledge of the disease. In the matter of salvation, the problem is man’s sin; the solution is God’s grace. The disease is moral depravity and spiritual inability; the remedy is God’s mercy in Christ.
If a man is nearsighted, he only needs corrective glasses, but if he is blind, he needs the miracle of sight! If a man is sick he only needs medicinal aid, but if he is dead, he needs the miracle of life! If man has only strayed from the way, he needs direction, but if he is completely lost, he needs to be found!
So here is the question that must be settled by preachers and people alike: “What happened in the garden?” When one feels obliged to come to some conclusions on the subjects of election, irresistible grace, and particular redemption it would be wise for him to first determine the condition of the sinner who is to be saved.
If man was only wounded by the fall he needs only assistance; if he is dead in sins, he needs to be resurrected and that by the purpose and power of the God of life. If fallen man still has his moral ability and power of choice, then let us wait for him to choose and see God, but if fallen man loves darkness and will not come to Christ, then Christ must love and come to him. - Henry Mahan
“SALVATION IS OF THE LORD.”
The greatest encouragement to a sinner comes from the good news that “Salvation is of the Lord.” Sinner, look to Christ, rest in Christ, rejoice in Christ; for salvation is of the Lord! But I am NAKED; the robe of righteousness is of the Lord! I am FILTHY; the washing is in the blood of the Lord! I am GUILTY; the pardon is of God! I am HARD-HEARTED; He will give you a new heart! I don’t know if I can believe as I should; faith is the gift of God! I may not be able to keep the way; we are kept by the power of the Lord, through faith! I can’t PRAY; He maketh intercession for us!
WHAT IF I SIN? You will; and we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous, and He is the propitiation for our sins – past, present, and future! I have nothing to bring to God; you are not called to give, but to receive! You are called to BRING nothing, to BE nothing, and to DO nothing. You are called to Christ! HE IS ALL AND IN ALL! Cease from self, sinner, and look to Christ. “Salvation is of the Lord.”
Alright, preacher, I am willing to bow and to receive Christ only as my God and Savior. I reply, “Are you willing?” Well, never forget that even your willingness to receive Christ is God’s gift! “Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power” (Psalm 110:3). “SALVATION IS OF THE LORD.” - Henry Mahan
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36
If you believe on Christ, you may be confident that your sins are forgiven by His blood and that God looks upon you as being perfectly righteous. He has promised to save all who trust His dear Son. Indeed, if you now trust the Son of God, it is because you are already born of God and have everlasting life. - Donnie Bell
There is a common, worldly kind of Christianity in this day, which many have, and think they have enough. It is a cheap Christianity which offends nobody, and requires no sacrifice. It is a Christianity that cost nothing, and is worth nothing. - J. C. Ryle