April 2, 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.
The Lord is King! Lift up thy voice
O earth; and all ye heav’ns, rejoice!
From world to world the joy shall ring
“The Lord omnipotent is King!”
The Lord is King! Child of the dust
The Judge of all the earth is just
Holy and true are all His ways
Let every creature speak His praise.
O when His wisdom can mistake
His might decay, His love forsake
Then may His children cease to sing
“The Lord omnipotent is King!”
He reigns! Ye saints, exalt your strains
Your God is King, your Father reigns
And He is at the Father’s side
The Man of love, the Crucified.
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
Everyone is invited to the wedding of Fred Tuttle and Billie Hoover on Saturday, April 15th at 4:30.
3rd – Mariesha Watters 4th – Anthony Rawlins 5th – Jessica Elliott
7th – Seth Daniel 7th – Maggie Martin
Upcoming Bible Conferences
Hurricane Road Grace Church - Ashland, KY April 7-9
Katy Baptist Church - Fairmont, WV April 14-16
“Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be punished.” - Proverbs 17:5
The believer sees his sin as a miserable disease. A disease he was born with. A disease he was handed down by his parents. A disease that was acquired through his own fault. A disease he cannot cure himself of. Sin is a sickness to the believer. If your child is sick, you feel compassion toward him. And the Lord sees the sickness of sin in His children and feels compassion toward them. When Matthew quotes Isaiah 53, He says “Who Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” That is what sin is to a believer - an infirmity (weakness) and a sickness. Is physical healing promised in the atonement? Yes, but not in this life. There will be no physical sickness only when there is no sin, the cause of the sickness. But the day is coming when the believer will no longer have a sinful nature, which will make him no more liable to sickness of sin! The sin was put away by Christ, and the healing of the disease will be fully experienced in heaven.
When Peter said, “I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance” (II Peter 3:1)…. The pure mind is the pure heart, the new man, the new creation, the hidden man of the heart that is not corruptible, the seed that doth not commit sin, the holy nature, the mind of Christ, the partaker of the Divine nature, that which is born of the Spirit. While we still retain our old nature which makes our sin ever before us, we have a new nature, a pure mind that can be stirred up by having the things of Christ brought to our remembrance.
Paul spoke of not being barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:8). If I am barren and unfruitful in my knowledge of Christ, something is wrong!
There is nothing that the church does that is more important than assembling to worship Christ. To gather in order to honor Christ through praying, preaching, and hearing the Gospel is such an important thing that each of us should approach it very seriously. Let each one prepare himself in heart and body so as to arrive on time, having the heart clothed with a desire to hear from Christ and the body dressed modestly so as not to attract attention to one’s self. Let each of us enter into every song and prayer, closing out the thoughts of the world and all the cares it loads on us. Let each of us listen to the Word of God with the intensity of baby birds chirping for food. In short, let each of us give himself to worship in this hour as though there were nothing better or more important in all the world to do – because there isn’t. – Joe Terrell
PUFFED UP OR BUILT UP
“Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth” – I Corinthians 8:1
This statement does not detract from the necessity and importance of knowledge. You cannot believe and rely upon what you do not know. You cannot love one that you do not know. Faith, repentance, and salvation are described in Scripture as coming to the knowledge of the Truth. Growth in grace comes through growth “in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” So what does Paul mean by this statement? There is a knowledge without love. It is knowledge a person attains by his own intellect. The person who possesses it is puffed up with pride. He thinks he knows something that either gives him an advantage over or makes him in some way better than others. Such knowledge is worse than useless. It is certainly not saving knowledge. But there is another kind of knowledge. It is the knowledge one has who has been taught by God. It is characterized by love to God, His Truth, His people, and all men. Not only does this not puff one up, it deflates one’s view of self. But it builds us up in our most holy faith!
In Deuteronomy 13:1-5, the Lord speaks of prophets and dreamers of dreams giving signs and wonders that do in fact come to pass. But their agenda is to entice men to “go after other gods which thou hast not known.” They preach a message other than the message that saved you. In verse 3, the Lord tells us that He allows this to happen to prove us, to see if we really love Him. Those who love Him will reject the message that is contrary to the Gospel. Those who do not love Him will receive the message of the prophet. The New Testament commentary on this is, “For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you” (I Cor. 11:19). The Lord in His wise providence allows false teaching to enter the visible church as a test! The reception or the rejection of the false teaching will show the difference between the sheep and goats.
For those of you who don’t know the Lord, how do you deal with life? Do you go through life confused, bitter, and angry, dealing with question you can’t answer? Do you go through life with a flippant attitude, or believing you have the strength to deal with anything? As for me and I know I speak for God’s people, I wouldn’t want to face a moment without the Lord for ten thousand worlds like this. “We don’t know what a day may bring forth”, but we do know who brings it forth.
- Donnie Bell