July 16, 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
Thy works, not mine, O Christ
Speak gladness to the heart
They tell me all the work is done
They bid my fears depart.
Thy wounds, not mine, O Christ
Can heal my sinful soul
Thy stripes, not mine, O Lord, contain
The balm that makes us whole.
Thy death, not mine, O Christ
Hath borne the awful load
Of sins that no one else could bear
But our incarnate God.
Thy Righteousness, O Christ
Alone can cover me
No other Righteousness avails
Save that which is of Thee!
(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom” p. 188)
I will be in Ewing, NJ preaching at the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church Conference this coming weekend. Evan Ferrell will bring the Bible Study next Sunday morning and Andy Davis will bring the morning and evening message.
We will have a church dinner Sunday August 6th after the morning service. There will be no evening service that day.
16th – David Vincent 19th – Ida Isaac 20th – Jonathan Carroll
“He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.” – Proverbs 17:15
How this can be, I do not know, but it is so…. when Christ was made sin on Calvary’s tree, He never ceased to be the sinless One. Even when He was made sin, He Himself remained impeccable. He never sinned! It is equally true that when He who knew no sin was made sin, it became His sin. He owned it, felt all the shame, guilt, and defilement of it, and was forsaken by God on account of it. He experienced everything about sin with the exception of the commission of it. Here is the glory of this - just as my sin literally became His sin, His righteousness literally became my righteousness. With His righteousness, I the sinner am really one who has never sinned.
When men can see the stars, it is because they do not see the sun. When the sun is seen in its blazing glory, the stars are no longer seen. They are still there. But they cannot be seen because of the dazzling light of the sun. When men get taken up with and infatuated with the stars, certain issues other than the Person and work of Christ, it is because they are not looking at the Son. If they were looking at the Son, they would say with Paul, “I determined to know nothing among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
WHAT SPIRIT ARE YOU OF?
“All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes:
but the Lord weigheth the spirits.” - Proverbs 16:2
When James and John asked the Lord to enable them to command fire to come down from heaven and consume those people who would not receive Christ, they thought they were doing this out of love to Christ and zeal for His glory. But the Lord rebuked them for this and said, “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” (Luke 9:55-56)
I wonder how often this would be true of me. I desire something, say something, or do something that I think is the right thing, when in fact it was of a wrong spirit. Oh, that the Lord would purge us of this “spirit”, and cause us to be wholly taken up with why Christ came…to save men!
A TRANSACTION ON A TREE
We, as sinners, must deal with two issues if we are to enter heaven when we die. How do I pay for my sin and how do I become righteous enough for God to accept me?
All religion revolves around those issues, and most religions have it wrong. They try to cover or make up for their sins, and as long as their good works outweigh their bad works, and they give their best effort, it will be o.k. That does not cut it, just ask Cain.
God’s payment for sin is eternal damnation, and your righteousness must be as perfect as God’s to enter heaven, which leaves us sinners in an impossible and hopeless situation. That’s why I am so thankful salvation is all of grace, and it is all God’s work alone. The salvation of His elect took place in a great transaction on that tree on Calvary.
Christ, while in the flesh, never committed one sin, and yet on that tree He was made to be sin, when God took all the sin of His elect and placed it in the soul of Christ. And at the same time, all of God’s elect, while in the flesh, never performed one righteous act, yet on that tree were made to be righteous when God took the righteousness of Christ and placed it in the soul of each of His elect. And through the life and death of Christ, and through that great transaction on that tree, my sins were paid for and I was given the very righteousness of God, and I am as fit for heaven as God Himself! Thank God for my precious Savior! - Brian DuFour
DISCERNING TRUE DOCTRINE
How may we know that any doctrine is of the true grace of God? I answer:
If it exalts the glory of the grace of God as the sole and entire cause of salvation.
If it humbles the creature and excludes all boasting.
If it provides for the honor of God’s holy law and justice.
If it is a solid and sure ground of strong consolation to the believers.
If it is according to holiness. – John Brine, 1750
If the guilt of sin is so great that nothing can satisfy it but the blood of Jesus; and the filth of sin is so great that nothing can fetch out the stain thereof but the blood of Jesus, how great, how heinous, how sinful must the evil of sin be. – William Bridge