August 20, 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
Jesus, the Lord, my Saviour is
My Shepherd, and my God
My light, my strength, my joy, my bliss
I in His grace rejoice.
What’er I need in Jesus dwells
And there it dwells for me
‘Tis Christ my earthen vessel fills
With treasures rich and free.
Mercy and truth and righteousness
And peace, most richly meet
In Jesus Christ, the King of grace
In whom I stand complete.
“Worthy the Lamb” shall be my song
For He, for me was slain
And with me all the heavenly throng
Shall join and say Amen!
(Tune: “My Faith Has Found A Resting Place” p. 228 [no refrain])
Upcoming Bible Conferences
Sept. 1 – 3 Danville, KY
Sept. 8 – 10 New Castle, IN
Sept. 15 – 17 Kingsport, TN
Oct. 20 – 22 College Grove, TN
21st – Mark Ham 23rd – Rych Byrd
24th – John Greenleaf 24th – Don Willis
Sunday AM – Megan D., Jess E. PM – Megan H. Wed. – Sharon V.
“Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.” - Proverbs 17:1
Holiness is other. Holiness is separation. Holiness is sinlessness. God said, “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (I Peter 1:16). Only God is inherently holy. Our holiness is derived from Him. You can only be holy if you are holy. Hence believers are called, “Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling” (Heb. 3:1). We are called upon to, “Be holy in all manner of conversation” (I Peter 1:15). And we are told to, “Follow after or pursue holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). And we are called upon to, “Cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and the spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (II Cor. 7:1). And we are said to have, “Fruit with holiness.” No doubt the fruit of the Spirit is what is meant. Every believer is holy, is called upon to be holy, pursue holiness, perfect holiness, and bear fruit unto holiness. This is not a denial of the old sinful nature, but the acknowledgment of the new nature given in the new birth. In the midst of these imperatives, what a blessing to know that Christ is made to the believer holiness (I Cor. 1:30).
It is not true faith to trust Christ only when you feel you are saved. True faith is to trust Christ at all times, whether you feel like you are saved or not; when you have a deep consciousness of your sin and when you don’t; when you have assurance of faith and when your faith is so weak you wonder if you have faith at all. A person is not saved because he feels saved nor because he is aware of his sinfulness. A person is saved when he trusts Christ – His blood for redemption and forgiveness of sin, His righteousness for acceptance with God; when he commits all to Him as the “Author and finisher of our faith.” Our feelings may change by the hour, but our salvation is not dependent on our feelings; it is dependent solely on Him who never changes - “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever!” - Charles Pennington
A GOSPEL TO BELIEVE
The Gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus is not a thing to be proved, but a truth to be believed. It is not submitted to our reasoning powers as a subject for critical examination. The Gospel is a MESSAGE FROM GOD, addressed to the conscience, feelings and affections. For this reason, men fond of argument and proving everything by strictly logical deduction generally make very poor preachers. In the Scriptures, God does not argue. He proclaims! - J. C. Philpot
THE GRACE OF GIVING
The average person who gives money, gifts, or charity to others may think that this gift of whatever he gives should be regarded as a loss, certainly not called assets, nor investments, nor gain. That is not so! Gifts, money, and alms given to others is no more loss than the seed planted by the farmer is loss. Anything given to others in the name of Christ, for the glory of our Lord, is not loss, but gain in every way. Our Lord said in Luke 6:38, “Give and it shall be given to you…for with the same measure that you give withal it shall be given to you.” This is saying that God uses the same container or measure for our gifts to us as we use for our gifts to others. The more generous the farmer is with his seed, the greater the harvest; and the more generous and loving and giving we are enabled to be, the greater the blessing. No! Giving is not a loss, but a great gain. A person may say, “I cannot afford to give.” If we have an understanding of the grace of God, we cannot afford not to give. – Pastor Henry Mahan
The longer I live, the more I feel that if there were one thing left undone, if the devil were not conquered, sin not expiated, justice not satisfied, the law not honored and magnified, death not overcome, and every burden not carried, I should not have a ray of hope. I used to think I saw this as clear as the noon day thirty or forty years ago; but I saw it very differently then to what I see now, for I see and feel now that if one hair-breadth is left for me to do to merit heaven, or bring as a plea before God, I am undone for ever and ever. But on the Mount of Calvary, the Lord Jesus Christ undertook the cause of His people; and there is not a jot nor a tittle that He left undone, but, “By one offering He perfected for ever them that are sanctified” and “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Here is complete perfection - “Saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation.” - John Warburton, 1853
Man’s entire apostasy and death in sin, so that he cannot save himself, and God’s entire supremacy, so that He saves whom He will, are doctrines exceedingly distasteful to human pride. But they are Scriptural. Why was one thief saved and the other lost? “Even so Father for so it seemed good in Thy sight” (Matthew 11:25-27). God was not bound to save the one and He had power enough to have saved the other, and neither could save himself. What made the difference? The Sovereign Grace of God! - Horatius Bonar