April 30, 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
Now may the Lord reveal His grace
And teach our stammering tongues
To make His sovereign, reigning grace
The subject of our songs.
No sweeter subject can invite
A sinner’s heart to sing
Or more display the glorious right
Of our exalted King.
Grace reigns to pardon crimson sins
To melt the hardest hearts
And from the work it once begins
It never once departs.
‘Twas grace that called our souls at first
By grace thus far we’ve come
And grace will help us through the worst
And grace will take us home.
(Tune: “O for a Thousand Tongues” P.46)
Congratulations to Clark and Savannah Grubb who were married yesterday!
Vacation Bible School will be June 13 – 15.
30th – Linda Rugledge 2nd – Mitch Bryan
2nd – Gretta Daniel 4th – Jeffery Imes
“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” – Proverbs 12:8
When men object to God electing a people or Christ dying only for the elect, or the grace of the Holy Spirit being irresistible, it is because they do not believe they are totally depraved. If you believe you are totally depraved, all sense of entitlement to God’s grace disappears. You believe He would be just if He passed you by and never gave you His grace. Furthermore, you will see the only hope you have is for God to elect you, Christ to die for you, and the Holy Spirit to call you by His irresistible grace. What a blessing to find out that you are totally depraved!
NO MERCY TO THE UNMERCIFUL
In Psalm 109:1-15, David prays that the Lord would cut off, abandon, bring wrath upon, and remember the iniquity of the wicked. What made these men so wicked and deserving the curse of God? Were they thieves, murderers, adulterers, etc.? David tells us why in Psalm 109:16 – “Because that he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.” These wicked men showed no mercy to the poor and needy sinner, by turning them back to the law, the rudiments of the world - touch not, taste not, handle not.
This old testament “curse” of David lines up exactly with the new testament “curse” of Paul in Galatians 1:8-9… “If any man preach any other Gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed” (damned).
For the sweet psalmist and the apostle Paul both to pronounce God’s curse on anyone preaching anything other than Christ alone, lets us know how serious a matter we are dealing with when preaching the Gospel of grace. And that is why prayer for our pastor is so supremely important and necessary (which speaks to how wicked our flesh really is, that we would need constant reminding of the necessity of prayer.)
Lord, teach us to pray, lead us to pray, cause us to pray, help us to pray for one another, for our pastor, for our souls. – Brian DuFour
THE PLAN TODAY
The plan today is to make the church as much like the world as possible, so that unregenerate people will not feel uncomfortable and will be attracted to its ministry! Turn the church into a theater; worship into a musical display; ministers into actors and clowns to amuse and entertain; sermons into political, patriotic or philosophical essays; and the living God into a good buddy whose attributes are adjustable to any culture or creed. This will attract the flesh and successfully quench the spirit. – Scott Richardson
BELIEVERS REPRESENT THE LORD
Several years ago I applied for a home improvement loan at a local bank. I did not deal with the president of the bank or an officer of the bank but with one of the employees. This particular employee was quite rude and unkind to me causing me to cancel my account at that bank and move to another. The only contact I had with the bank was this very poor representative but it was enough to discourage me from going there again.
You and I represent our Lord, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus, and the church of the first-born. The only contact some people have with the church and kingdom of God is through us. What kind of impression do we leave on them? What idea of Christianity do we convey to them?
I wonder if they do not sometimes walk away offended, disappointed, and resolved not to inquire any further into our faith or listen to our message. I realize that we are frail creatures, subject to all the limitations of the flesh, but we need to set a watch on our lips, control our tempers, and put forth a special effort to adorn the Gospel of His grace. If we endure persecution for the Gospel’s sake, well and good, but not if we bring it on ourselves by our own faults! - Henry Mahan
THE FATHER’S ONLY SON
“And He said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering….” - Genesis 22:2
How shocking! Many find it appalling that God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Perhaps even Abraham at first, but he believed and rested in God’s promise. He accounted that God was able to raise Isaac from the dead (Heb. 11:19). This command was intended to shock and alarm. By this God would demonstrate in a figure the unspeakable gift of His grace in the Lord Jesus Christ. God the Father gave His only begotten Son to suffer untold agony and death to redeem and save ungodly, unworthy, hate-filled rebels. Nothing is more shocking than God’s infinite, free grace. Nothing is more astounding and wondrous than the Father’s give of love. - Eric Richards
Preaching is more than a religious ceremony or some facts to be debated, accepted, or rejected. True preaching is God speaking through a man and carries with it a call – a command from the living God to be received and obeyed. - Henry Mahan