March 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
O, Lamb of God, still keep me near to Thy wounded side
Tis only there in safety and peace I can abide
What foes and snares surround me, what lusts and fears within
The grace that sought and found me alone can keep me clean.
‘Tis only in Thee hiding I know my life secure
Only in Thee abiding I steadfast shall endure
Thine arm the victory gaineth, O’er every hurtful foe
The love my heart sustaineth in all its care and woe.
Soon shall my eyes behold Thee with rapture face to face
The half hath not been told me of all Thy power and grace
Thy beauty, Lord, and glory, the wonders of Thy love
Shall be the endless story of all Thy saints above.
(Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation” p.186)
I am preaching for the Baptist Church at Andover this evening. Aaron Greenleaf will bring the message here this evening. We will observe the Lord’s Table next Sunday evening.
1st – Caleb Benton 5th – Michelle Gonzalez
5th – Savannah Tate 8th – Clare Charron 11th – Bill Dent
Grace is something more than “unmerited favor.” To feed a tramp who calls on me is “unmerited favor,” but it is scarcely grace. But suppose that after robbing me I should feed this starving tramp –that would be “GRACE!” Grace then, is favor shown where there is a positive demerit in the one receiving it. - A. W. Pink
“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.” – Proverbs 10:4
CAREFUL TO MAINTAIN GOOD WORKS
“These thing I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works” (Titus 3:8). The only way God’s people will be careful to maintain good works is through constantly hearing what the previous verse said. Titus 3:5-7 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost: which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” It is only by the constant affirmation of justification by grace that God’s people will be careful to maintain good works! If I really believe justification by grace, it will motivate and inspire me to live in a way that honors Christ. Nothing else will!
FAITH IS NOT A CHOICE
“And some believed the things that were spoken, and some believed not” (Acts 28:24). This was the response to Paul’s preaching. “Believed” is in the passive voice in the original language. “Believed not” is in the active voice. You do not choose to believe the Truth. You believe the Truth because you believe it is the Truth. That is your response to hearing the Truth. When one hears the Truth and believes not, they make an active choice to not believe. Hence the wickedness of unbelief. It is a willful choice to not believe the Truth. But you do not make a choice to believe the Truth. You believe the Truth because you know it is the Truth. You do not decide to believe. You believe. “Lord, I believe, help Thou mine unbelief.”
HOW TO MORTIFY THE FLESH
There are several Scriptures in the New Testament regarding mortifying or putting to death the flesh. Many have been the formulas that preachers have concocted to accomplish this feat. None of them have ever worked! There is only one way to daily mortify the flesh – “Looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). The word here means to look away from all else so as to look only to Him. It is only by looking to Christ that the flesh can be mortified. Anything else only feeds and nurtures it.
SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL
Particular Redemption – Limited Atonement – Definite Atonement – Effectual Atonement. These are all words used to describe the atoning work of Christ on the cross. He died for a particular people. His intention to save was limited to the elect. His atonement was with a definite purpose for a definite people. His atonement was effectual. All for whom He died must be saved. These terms are all well and good in their place, but a better word is plain old SUBSTITUTION. All of these terms point to a real, substitutionary death on the cross. SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL. To deny, water down, or omit in our preaching the particular, limited, definite, effectual death of Christ on the cross (substitution) is to deny, water down, or omit in our preaching the Gospel of Christ. The meaning of substitution is so simple that adjectives are not even needed to describe it.
IN CHRIST JESUS
“But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.” – I Corinthians 1:30
WISDOM – To know who God is, and wisdom to know our need of Him.
RIGHTEOUSNES – The perfect righteousness of Christ which is required for every chosen sinner to be accepted of God.
SANCTIFICATION – In Christ, set apart by God for Himself, made perfectly holy, just and righteous.
REDEMPTION – Redeemed, bought with a price, the price of the precious blood of our Redeemer.
In Christ, what a glorious place to be!
- David Eddmenson
By Adam’s disobedience “In Adam all die.” But by Christ’s obedience that text continues with this good news, “Even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Cor. 15:22). When you read the word “all” in connection with Adam, it refers to all who Adam legally represented who shall be born of Adam’s corrupt seed which is all mankind. When you read the word “all” in connection with Christ, it refers to all who Christ legally represented who shall be born-again of Christ’s incorruptible seed which all who God chose in Christ before the foundation of the world. - Clay Curtis