May 7, 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)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
Congratulations to our 2017 High School graduate Rebekah Vincent! We will honor her May 21st after the evening service.
There will be a Bible Conference at the Central Grace Church in Rocky Mount, VA this weekend, May 12 – 14.
Vacation Bible School will be June 13 – 15.
7th – Kyle Willis 8th – Kim DuFour 9th- Flora Scifres
10th – Will Hacker 11th – Kate Hands 12th – Nick Martin
12th – Courtney Ortz 13th – Annie Charron
AM – Jessica E., Kristen H. PM – Courtney Wed. – Kelly B.
“The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.” - Proverbs 21:31
Peter spoke of believers “Being established in the present truth.”
The present truth is the same that it was in the past and the same it will be in the future. The truth of the Gospel, like it’s Author is eternal and immutable. But it is present! It is in the here and now. It is not old news nor something to be experienced at a later date. Faith is always in the present! If it looks to something in the past, it is not looking to Christ. If it looks to what it will do in the future, that is looking to something you intend to do that may never happen. Once again that is looking to the strength of the flesh. Right now, I am in the present looking to Christ only as everything in my salvation. I do not want to make a false refuge out of the past or the future. The present is always the best place to be!
If God is sovereign, and He is (Daniel 4:35); if we are begotten of God according to His own will, and we are (James 1:18); if the New Birth is not a result of the will of man, and it most certainly is not (John 1:18); then what is being preached from most pulpits is not from God. Brethren, listen to the message that is being preached and if it contradicts God’s Word, COME AWAY FROM IT! Irreverence to the inspired Word of God breeds irreverence to God Himself. – Author Unknown
Natural men will do anything and everything except rest in Christ; and even the believer has to labor to rest in Christ due to his remaining sin. “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief” (Hebrews 4:9-11). - John Chapman
THE GRACE OF GOD
Many professing Christians seems to believe that the term “By God’s grace” merely means that God made something available to them, which they by natural wisdom and ability took advantage of; but this is far from the truth. The grace of God, as Arthur Pink once said, “Is an almighty power, an invincible dynamic, a principle victorious over all resistance.” When the apostle Paul said, “By the grace of God I am what I am” he did not mean that God merely opened unto him certain avenues of spiritual progression and advancement, which he wisely took advantage of; but rather, he meant that God through His powerful and efficacious grace had changed him from what he was formerly into what he was presently. The grace of God did not merely provide salvation and preach salvation to Saul of Tarsus (later Paul), but brought salvation to him. God stopped his wild, rebellious, religious career of murder (Acts 9:1-8); that’s the grace of God! Paul said, “God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (II Cor. 4:6). That’s the grace of God! And wonder of wonders! ALL that God did for Paul was in direct contrast to what he so justly deserved. This is grace indeed – sovereign, amazing triumphant grace.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
- Maurice Montgomery
WHAT THE TRUE CHRISTIAN KNOWS
The Christian thus learns that if he stands, God must hold him up; if he knows anything aright, God must teach him; if he walks in the way to heaven, God must first put, and afterwards keep him in it; and if he has anything, God must give it to him; and that if he does anything, God must work it in him. He now “Through the law” – that is, through his experience of its killing sentence – “is become dead to the law, that he may live unto God.” He can no longer take a killing letter for a living rule, but is deeply conscious that it is only by being “Married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God” (Romans 7:4). Thus by the presence of God going with him, he becomes separated “From all the people that are upon the face of the earth” (Ex. 33:16). - J. C. Philpot