July 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
HYMN OF THE DAY
Great God! Thy glory and Thy love
Our humble songs employ
In mercy from Thy throne above
Look down and cause our joy.
Thy presence and Thy glory, Lord
Fill all the realms of space
O let Thy presence, by Thy Word
Divinely fill this place.
This hymn begins the solemn sound
Of holy worship here
May ev’ry saint with joy abound
And reverential fear.
Eternal Spirit! Heav’nly Dove!
Descend and fill this place
Reveal the Saviour’s matchless love
The wonders of His grace!
(Tune: “O For a Thousand Tongues” p. 46)
Henry Williams confessed Christ in believer’s baptism last Sunday. We rejoice and thank the Lord for His mercy.
2nd – Elijah Davis 3rd – Aubrey Brice 3rd – Kristina Carroll
3rd – Eleanor Walmsley 5th – Jackson Dickerson 5th – Jackson Elliott
7th – Caleb Anjos 8th – Jasper Clark 8th – Rob Elliott
“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” - Proverbs 24:16
You never ask for mercy unless you realize it is God’s to give or withhold - Sovereign mercy. “He hath mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will he hardeneth” (Romans 9:18). When you ask for someone’s forgiveness, you do not demand it saying, “You must forgive me because I asked you to.” That is not asking for forgiveness at all. You know it is totally up to the one you have offended to forgive you. In seeking God’s mercy, you know it lies within His sovereign prerogative to give it or withhold it. To think He is under constraint because you asked is not seeking mercy at all, but the wages of you asking. If you come for mercy like that, you will not be given His mercy. But if you come as a sinner with no claims on God, but desiring His mercy, you will have it. God has never turned away a real sinner seeking mercy because, “He delighteth in mercy.”
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” - I Thessalonians 5:22
I know that many interpret this as suggesting that we avoid any conduct, behavior, and actions that, while they may not be wrong for us, yet they give the appearance of wrong doing. This is good advice, but not what the apostle is talking about. He is speaking, as in the preceding verse, of doctrinal evil! For example, when there is preaching, teaching, and interpretation of Scripture which, when tried by the Word, does not appear to be false or wrong, but there is an unhappy suspicion in the mind, a doubt or fear entertained, a concern that there is poison somewhere, then avoid it! The truth of God is clear and gives glory to His name! - Henry Mahan
“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us: he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”
- I John 4:6
The word translated ‘hear’ means more than merely having the sound of words register in the ear. It means to hear with understanding, agreement, and obedience. It means to listen, as when we say to a disobedient child, “You didn’t listen to me.”
When Christ speaks, whether by Scripture or preaching, those who belong to Him listen. They agree in their hearts to what is said and demonstrate this agreement by what they do: they continue to listen and believe and rejoice in the Gospel. But they will not listen to the voice of another. They do not agree with false christs and false prophets and they demonstrate their disagreement by what they do: they no longer listen to them for they are repulsed by what they hear, and they do not follow in their ways. Often, a person’s faith is proved (or disapproved) not so much by what he says, but by what he listens to! Talk is cheap. What a man listens to is what he believes. What do you listen to?
- Joe Terrell
Meekness, one of the fruits of the Spirit, is an attitude toward God. Meekness believes all things come from God, and therefore receives them as good. Humility is her twin sister. The Lord said, “Blessed are the meek.” Here are some of the blessings of meekness. “The meek shall eat and be satisfied.” “The meek shall He guide.” “The meek will He teach.” “He saveth all the meek.” “The meek shall inherit the earth.” “The Lord lifteth up the meek.” “The Lord beautifies the meek with salvation.” A meek and quiet spirit is said to be of great value to God, a part of the worthy walk, one of the things God’s elect puts on, the demeanor of telling others of the hope in us, and the spirit in which we restore our fallen brothers. This is the spirit of receiving His Word. “Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.” Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of meekness is that the Lord Jesus Christ is meek. He said, “I am meek and lowly in heart.”
May we be enabled to be clothed with meekness in our attitude toward God and men.
RECEIVING THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH
“Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (II Thess. 2:10). It is possible to receive the Truth without receiving the love of the Truth. Merely receiving the Truth is an acknowledgment that the Bible does in fact teach some particular doctrine. This is believing with the intellect and nothing more. Such receiving of the Truth will not end in salvation, but certain destruction. Paul goes on to say of these people, “And for this cause (because they received not the love of the Truth) God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” It is one thing to believe the Bible is God’s Word. It is another thing to love that it is so. It is one thing to believe the Bible teaches the sovereignty of God. It is another thing to love the God who is sovereign. It is one thing to acknowledge the Bible teaches election. It is another thing to love the God who elected sinners in Christ. It is one thing to agree that Christ is the only way. It is another to love Him as the only way. Where the Truth is not received in the love of it, it is not really believed.
A man cannot be thoroughly humbled till he realizes that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, counsels, efforts, will and works, and depends absolutely on the will, counsel, pleasure and work of another – God alone. – Martin Luther