March 19, 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
Hail, mighty Jesus! How Divine
Is Thy victorious sword!
The stoutest rebel must resign
At Thy commanding Word.
Deep are the wounds Thy arrows give
They pierce the hardest heart
Thy smiles of grace the slain revive
And with Thee give a part.
Still gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh
Ride with majestic sway
Go forth, sweet Prince, triumphantly
And make Thy foes obey.
And when Thy victories are complete
When all the chosen race
Shall round the throne of glory meet
They’ll sing Thy conquering grace.
O may my blood-washed soul be found
Among that favored band!
And I, with them, Thy praise will sound
Throughout Immanuel’s land.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
We rejoice with Woody Morrison who confessed Christ in believer’s baptism on Wednesday evening.
All ladies are invited to a Bridal Shower for Clark Grubb and Savannah Tate on Saturday April 1st at 10:00am. There is a sign up sheet in the foyer.
19th – Rachel Daniel 21st – Doris Daniel 22nd – Jean Bradford
“A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” - Proverbs 17:4
The glory of the cross is seen in that it was not God’s response to the fall of man in the garden. The fall of man was for the cross. The cross was before the fall. Christ is called, “The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Before there was a sinner, there was a Saviour. God did not say to Adam, “If you eat you shall surely die”, but “In the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” The cross is the full revelation of the character of God. Every attribute that God has been pleased to reveal concerning Himself is revealed in the cross. The cross is the most God-like thing God ever did. The cross is the whole counsel of God. The cross would not have been had Adam never fallen. The cross was not for the fall. The fall was for the cross! Is it any wonder Paul said, “God forbid that I should glory, saved in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
THE GLORY IS CHRIST!
“Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord,
the vail shall be taken away.” - II Corinthians 3:16
From our perspective, it generally looks as though the moon has a light of its own. But during an eclipse – when the moon comes between Earth and the sun – the moon is shown for what it is: a dark and dead body. Rather than adding light to the sun, it actually diminishes the sunlight that reaches us.
So it is with doctrine. While in its proper position, it shines with a brilliant light or glory. But, just as with the moon, the glory of doctrine is not its own, it is Christ. The proof of this is simple. Let any doctrine occupy a place between Christ and us, and it will ‘eclipse’ the glory of Christ and become a dead and darkening thing to our souls.
Election is a glorious and wonderful doctrine. But its glory is wholly borrowed from Christ. There is no glory in election apart from the fact that “We are chosen in Him…” Predestination has no glory apart from the fact that we are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ. Redemption viewed by itself becomes nothing more than a point of contention and pride. Arguments arise over its extent and scope are silenced and a glorious, God-honoring, soul-comforting truth appears: that every blood-bought sinner IS redeemed with a redemption that cannot be undone. And so the principle applies to every truth: until truth is seen in its proper relation to Christ, it is a dead and dark thing. But when it is viewed in proper relation to Christ, it shines with His glory and reveals His glory to us. - Joe Terrell
THE DOUBTS AND FEARS OF THE SAINTS
The saints of God have doubts and fears. They sometimes feel that they have no faith at all, and because of their sinfulness, they feel they may not be one of God’s elect after all. But ask them where all their hope and trust is found and they will quickly tell you Christ is their only hope. No true believer puts any hope of eternal life in his works, goodness, or faith, but all his hope is in Jesus Christ. And that is a good hope; a sure hope. And according to God’s promises, all who put their trust in Him are saved and shall be saved. There are no doubts in the mind of God’s people as to Who does the saving. They all know “Salvation is of the Lord.” And they all know how God saves: Through the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. They all doubt themselves but never doubt God’s Word of Truth, the Gospel.
- Paul Mahan
I CAN’T MESS IT UP!
A dear friend and I were talking about how blessed the Gospel of Christ’s grace was. I can’t remember all the details we talked about. I suppose we talked about electing love and redeeming grace and how the Lord in tender mercy called us out of darkness with a call we could not resist, and has kept us till that very day, and refused to let us go. When saints get to talking about spiritual things they often talk about such subjects as these. When our discussion was almost over, my dear friend put the icing on the cake, as it were. “And one of the best things about this Gospel,” he said, “I can’t mess it up!”
Jesus has finished the work, it is already done, so, “I can’t mess it up.” My sins have already been punished and atoned for, so, “I can’t mess it up.” I am in Christ accepted and complete, and sealed unto the day of redemption; in Christ now and in Christ forever so, “I can’t mess it up.” I feel like I have messed up everything else but, thanks be unto God I can’t mess this up. It is un-messed-up-able. – Bruce Crabtree
If you buy something, you purchased it. If you earn something, you worked for it. If you deserve something, then you merited it. But when you received something, it was a free gift. Our free gift is grace and faith in Christ, even the salvation of our souls. – Dave Eddmenson
If God’s love to Jacob was real literal love, God’s hatred to Esau must be real literal hatred. - Robert Haldane