September 17, 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
Thy works, not mine, O Christ
Speak gladness to this heart
They tell me all the work is done
They bid my fear depart.
Thy cross, not mine, O Christ
Has paid the ransom due
Ten thousand, thousand deaths like mine
Would have been all too few.
Thy righteousness, O Christ
Alone can cover me
No righteousness can satisfy
Save that which is of Thee!
(“I Love Thy Kingdom” p. 188)
Our Bible Conference dates this year are December 8 – 10.
18th – Heather Ham 19th – Kaitlyn Burton
23rd – Holly Hardin 23rd – Christian Warta
LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
How do I live the Christian life? By being poor in spirit. I have nothing of myself to bring to God. By mourning over my sin. The verb ‘mourn’ is a present active participle. It describes what I do and am present tense. By being meek. Meekness is toward God, and bows to whatever God does because He did it. By hungering and thirsting after righteousness…. Christ’s. By being merciful. Having been shown mercy, I want to show mercy. By being pure in heart: the new heart given in the new birth. By being a peacemaker; not a troublemaker. By being persecuted for righteousness sake: believing Christ’s righteousness to be the only righteousness and human righteousness to be filthy rags will bring persecution from the religious world. This is a state of being with the believer and the true living of the Christian life (Matthew 5:1-12). Christ describes these as blessed.
HEARING THE SAME THINGS
“To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.” – Philippians 3:1
We have gathered together to hear the same things. Nothing new or novel is needed. A part of the greatness of the Gospel is that the old, old, story is always new and fresh. There is nothing like that in this world. Everything in this world at some point will become old and stale. But not the Gospel! It is always News! It is still thrilling to hear of the character of the Living God, and how that salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Father when He elected a people in Christ before time began. This election was unconditional! Nothing in us that moved Him to choose us! Salvation is of the Son in redemption. Before time, He stood as the Surety of the elect and took full responsibility for their salvation. He came to this earth as their representative, kept the law for them, died to pay for their sins, and was raised because of their justification. Truly, He is All in salvation. Salvation is of the Spirit in regeneration. God the Holy Spirit comes in invincible power and gives life to those the Father chose and the Son redeemed, so that they believe the old, old story. The Gospel becomes good news indeed. They are given a new nature that loves God and perseveres in the faith, being preserved by the Spirit of God.
Paul said the repetition of it was not grievous. It only becomes grievous when you do not hear as a sinner! When we do not hear as a sinner, we have left our first love, and have fallen into a lukewarm state. Heavenly manna has become light bread. But if we hear as a sinner, the same things are not old and stale, but good news from a far country! Paul adds, “For you this is safe.” This only is safe. Any new message or method is treacherous! But the “same things” are safe.
“Our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ” -I John 1:3
The word fellowship means a sharing in common. When we have fellowship with God there are things we share in common with Him. We have Christ in common. Christ proceeded from the Father, and we come from Christ, and are in Him. We have a common faith. God looks to Christ for all He requires of us. We look To Christ for all He requires of us. We share a common nature. He is Divine. We are said to be “Partakers of the Divine nature.” We share a common motive. The glory of Christ is God’s motive for doing what He does. His glory is our motive also. He sees His Son as altogether lovely. We do too! Truly, we have fellowship with God and the fellowship we have with one another is the fellowship we have with God.
SINNERS NEED A MIRACLE
If a man is near-sighted, he only needs corrective glasses; but if he is BLIND, he needs a miracle only God can give – SIGHT! If a man is sick, he only needs medicinal aid; but if he is DEAD, he needs a miracle only God can give – LIFE! If a man has a weak heart, perhaps changing his diet and habits will improve his condition; but if he has a STONY HEART, a deceitful, desperately wicked heart, he needs this miracle – “A NEW HEART also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezekiel 36:26-17). Knowing these things to be true and knowing the desperate, depraved condition in which Adam’s fall has plunged all mankind, I believe, preach, and insist upon one solemn certain fact – “SALVATION IS OF THE LORD.” Let every son of Adam who reads these words come (like the leper in Matthew 8) to Christ and worship Him, saying, “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me whole!” And He will!
- Henry Mahan
NOTHING TO WORK WITH
Zacchaeus is a well-known figure in Scripture, mainly due to the catchy little jingle song we all learn as kids. Which is fine, but where is Christ in this story, that is the real issue.
Man’s inflated view of himself places him high in a tree, looking down on Christ, and saying, “We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14). And Zacchaeus, as all men, love that position of authority…until Christ calls you by name, commands you to come down, and take your proper place as a sinner at His feet in worship, asking for mercy.
Here is our problem (or one of our many problems) that, “Man thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing…” (Gal. 6:3). God doesn’t save somebody’s. He saves nobody’s. (God does not save those with something to offer Him. He saves those with nothing to offer Him.) For us to produce anything of use, we have to have something to work with. God has to have nothing to work with. He created the universe out of nothing, and He creates saints out of nothing.
- Brian DuFour