April 9, 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.
Sovereign grace o’er sin abounding
Ransomed souls, the tidings swell
‘Tis a deep that knows no sounding
Who its breadth or length can tell?
On its glories, let my soul forever dwell.
Who from Christ that soul shall sever
Bound by everlasting bands?
Once in Him, in Him forever
Thus the eternal cov’nant stands
None shall take Thee, from the mighty Savior’s hands.
On such love, my soul, still ponder
Love so great, so rich, so free
Say, while lost in holy wonder
Why, O Lord, such love to me?
Hallelujah! Grace shall reign eternally!
(Tune “Look Ye Saints!” p. 141)
Greg Elmquist, pastor of the Grace Gospel Church Apopka, Florida will preach for us this evening.
Everyone is invited to the wedding of Fred Tuttle and Billie Hoover this Saturday afternoon at 4:30.
11th – Lillian Daniel 11th – Mary Williams 13th – Sarah Byrd
The reason many professing Christians will not denounce that which is contrary to the Truth is because they really have no peace themselves. They are strangers to the peace of justification. They do not have a genuine confidence that what they believe is the Truth of God. They are afraid to condemn something because ‘What if I am wrong and it is true after all?’ But if a man ever experiences the joy of justification; if a man ever sees that God is sovereign and salvation is by His sovereign grace….he will not, he cannot tolerate that which denies or calls into question any of that which he holds so dear.
“A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” - Proverbs 17:4
Salvation is all in Christ, all by grace, and not by works in anyway. But do we not have to believe? Yes, we must believe that salvation is all in Christ, all by grace, and not by works in any way.
JUST AS I AM
The religious world has robbed us of singing the song ‘Just As I Am’ as often as we should by using the song as a way to draw people to the front of the church by playing on their emotions. They misuse the song but this is still the Gospel cry, sinner come to Christ just as you are. Don’t try to clean yourself up and make yourself more presentable to God before you come to Christ. Come to Christ to be cleansed in His blood. Don’t try to get rid of some of your guilt to be forgiven through the blood of Christ. Don’t try to get rid of some of your guilt before you come to Christ. Come just as you are in all of your guilt to be forgiven through the blood of Christ. Don’t try to patch up the filthy rags of your righteousness before you come to Christ. Get rid of your rags of righteousness altogether and come to Christ as a naked sinner to be clothed in His righteousness. Come to Christ just as you are without trying to make your situation better through anything you can do. Don’t you see that is just another way to trust in your own works? Just come to
Christ as you are. Come dead to be given life. Come hungry to be filled. Come as a helpless sinner who needs an all-sufficient Savior.
– Frank Tate
HIS BLOOD ALONE
The vital thing to understand about the blood of Christ is this: IT IS ENOUGH! Nothing else is needed to accomplish the salvation of all for whom His blood was shed. Not His blood plus my works; not His blood plus my “decision”; not His blood plus the ordinances; not His blood plus church membership; not even His blood plus my faith – His blood purchased my faith. HIS BLOOD ALONE paid the price required by His justice; and His blood alone can make a sinner clean. “By His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having OBTAINED (not made possible) eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:12).
– Donnie Bell
THE LORD DOTH PUT A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
“But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” – Exodus 11:7
I don’t suppose there is a greater example of the difference that God makes, than the one of the two thieves crucified next to Christ on Calvary’s mountain. Both thieves hung an equal distance from the Lord Jesus on their prospective crosses. Both had heard, seen and experienced all the things that had transpired in the hours before their death. Both men were desperately wicked. Both were suffering painfully and profoundly. Both men had disrespectfully reviled the blessed Savior. Both of them were dying. Both of these notoriously wicked criminals needed forgiveness. Yet one was shown mercy and the other died hardened and unrepentant.
What made the difference? Paul clarifies that question by asking, “For WHO makes one to differ from another?” (I Cor. 4:7) It was God WHO made the difference. If there is any difference made in sinners, it will be the sovereign Lord who makes it. The crucified, repentant sinner lived no life of morality beforehand, and he would certainly have no active life of morality beforehand, and he would certainly have no active life of godly service afterward. He had never respected the law of man or the law of God. He had performed no good work that would recommend God’s mercy and grace toward him. The only difference was the difference that God’s grace and mercy in Christ made. How could anyone deny that salvation is of the Lord? If you could ask Pharaoh WHO put a difference between Egypt and Israel he could tell you. How so? The Lord made him to know. Has the Lord made this known to you? If He ever saves you He will! - David Eddmenson
It is more profitable and enjoyable to love than to hate, to forgive than to hold a grudge, to smile than to quarrel, to behave kindly than to act ugly. The way of the transgressor is hard, not the way of the believer.
- Henry Mahan