September 24, 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
Head of Thy church and Lord of all
Hear from Thy throne our earnest call
We come Thy promised grace to seek
We come, O Lord, to hear Thee speak.
Without Thy presence, King of saints
Our purpose fails, our spirits faint
Thou must our wavering faith renew
‘Ere we can yield Thee worship true.
“Lo, I am with you” – that sweet word
Lord Jesus, grant it to be heard
Give exercise to faith and love
And send Thy blessings from above.
Lord, send a message from Thy Word
That will great joy and peace afford
May Thy blest Spirit now impart
Thy grace and love in every heart.
(Tune: “Sun of My Soul” p. 77)
I am preaching in Springfield, MO today and will return home tonight. Evan Ferrell will teach the Bible Study this morning Aaron Greenleaf with preach both messages today.
Rick and Jenny Williams will host a pig roast at their home on Saturday, October 7th. They will provide the meat and drinks, bring a side.
25th – Daniel Weinstock 25th – Darrell Williams
26th – Amanda Holthuas 27th – Ryleigh DuFour
28th – John Parker 28th – Ben Walmsley
“Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” - Proverbs 16:19
AN APPETITE FOR THE WORD
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (I Peter 2:2). Just as an infant craves his mother’s milk, you crave the pure milk of the Word that you may grow thereby. No growth without an appetite for the Word. It a baby does not have an appetite for his mother’s milk, he is sick. If I do not have an appetite for the Word of God, I am sick! Lord, give me this appetite for the Word!
TWO DESIRES REGARDING SIN
1) I want God to keep me from sin. I know that my sin is all my fault and I cannot blame Him for not keeping me, but thy desire is a Scriptural desire. “Let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Keep back Thy servant from presumptuous sins. 2) I want to stay the chief of sinners. If I do not see myself in that light, my sight of myself is wrong and I will not look to Christ as my all. Keep me from sin! Keep me as the chief of sinners.
UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WILL
“Be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17). Is that possible? It most certainly is. We understand that God’s will is always done. “He worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph. 1:11). We understand that whatever is going on is His will. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thess. 5:18). That is why even in trials, we can thank Him for them and understand they are God’s will for us. We trust Him, that He is using them for His glory and our good. It is always God’s will for you to do what is right. “This is the will of God, even your sanctification” (I Thess. 4:3). And he goes on to tell us to abstain from fornication, possess our vessel in honour, and to defraud no one. In understanding God’s will, we know that God’s will is always done, God’s will is being done, and God’s will is to be done.
“Believe ye that I am able tot do this?” (Matthew 9:28). This was a question the Lord asked two blind men regarding His ability to give them sight. Their answer was, “Yea, Lord.” Here we are given an illustration of what faith really is. Faith is not believing you are saved, or believing that God loves you and Christ died for you, or believing all of your sins are forgiven, or believing you are perfect in God’s sight. These things belong to the realm of assurance. Faith is neither more nor less than believing that He is able to save you. Paul said in II Timothy 1:12, “I am persuaded that He is able…” Assurance that you are saved and all of your sins are forgiven will come out of that, but the actual act of faith is believing He is able. If you lack assurance, perhaps you have never really believed that “He is able.” Believing He is able will lead to the assurance of these things, because you are relying upon His ability, and not your own.
DEAD TO THE WORLD
A young student asked his Bible teacher this question, “How is it that the believer is dead to the word when he lives in the world, works a regular job, raises a family, and owns property in the world?” The teacher sent him out to the gravesite of a friend with instructions to criticize the dead friend, harass him and find fault, and then praise him with glowing terms and brag on him to excess. Upon his return, the teacher asked, “What did your friend say when you criticized him?” “Nothing.” “How did he react when you praised him?” “It made no difference to him; he is dead!” “That is what it means to be dead to this world,” said the teacher. Its APPLAUSE means nothing and its HATRED means nothing. We neither ADMIRE the people of this world nor do we FEAR them. The riches of this world are but the fancy of fools, and the honors of this world mean little or nothing; for to be a child of God is the highest calling. The religious traditions and ceremonies of the world have no attraction nor meaning when CHRIST IS ALL! That which was once important to us we now consider loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ, our Lord. This spiritual life in Christ cannot be explained; it must be experienced. – Henry Mahan