October 8, 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
No more, my God I boast no more
Of all the duties I have done
I drop the hopes I held before
To trust the merits of the Son.
Now for the love I bear His Name
What was my gain I count but loss
My former pride I call my shame
And glory only in the cross.
Lord, I must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus’s sake
O may my soul be found in Him
And of His righteousness partake.
The best obedience of my hands
Dares not appear before Thy throne
But faith can answer Thy demands
By pleading what my Lord has done.
College Grove, TN Bible Conference – Oct. 20 – 22.
Our conference will be Dec. 8 – 10. We will have eight speakers. Give as the Lord leads you for these added expenses.
The island of St. Croix where Daniel Parks is a missionary was heavily damaged in the hurricane and there was extensive damage to the church building there. Give as you are enabled to help with these repairs.
8th – Charles Nibert 11th – Hunter Small 12th – Doug Hacker
13th – Jaime Greenleaf 14th – Tom Fitzpatrick 14th – Maybelle Lynn
“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” - Proverbs 17:28
David said in Psalm 73:3 that he was envious of the prosperity of the wicked. Who has not had those envious thoughts? Concerning these men, he said, “They are not in trouble as other men…they have more than heart could wish…they speak loftily…they prosper in the world: they increase in riches.” Then David thought of all the trials and heartache he had to endure. He felt resentful. These feelings of envy and resentment continued, “Until I went into the sanctuary of God: then understood I their end. Surely Thou didst set them in slippery places: Thou castedst them down into destruction” Prosperity in this world is the American dream. And what if your dream is realized? It could be the judgment of God against you! Believer, do not be envious of an unbeliever! Do not be envious of a believer either! Thank God for what you have, and thank God for what you do not have. How happy we are in finding prosperity in being in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, the unsearchable riches we have in Him.
Nearly 50 times in the Old Testament the sacrifices and burnt offerings were said to be a sweet savor to the Lord. A beautiful aroma and fragrance! They pointed to the sacrifice of His Son! What an aroma that is to God. And what a stench in His nostrils is anyone that does not have the same estimation of the sacrifice of Christ that the Father does. Those who would tear it down or change its meaning are a stench in His nostrils. The Father looks wholly to the sacrifice of His Son as the reason He accepts a sinner. There is such satisfaction in the result of the sacrifice that all for whom Christ died have a beautiful fragrance to the Father. All for whom Christ died have this in common with the Father. They too look to the sacrifice of Christ as their only reason of acceptance with the Father, and it is a sweet fragrance of satisfaction with them. As the Father is satisfied with the sacrifice, so are they!
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 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. - Henry Mahan
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT CHRISTIANITY?
For some reason, I have never felt totally comfortable with the term “Christianity”. It seems to be a title of “One of the great world religions.” Christianity is not one of the great world religions. It is a religion that excludes and condemns all other religions as nothing more than a lie. But allow me to us the term anyway. What is unique about Christianity?
The answer is Christ Himself! None can compare with the Lord Jesus Christ! Here is a Scripture that will illustrate that. In Revelation14:1, God’s people are described as having God the Father’s Name written in their foreheads. But in Revelation 22:4 the Name of the Son is said to be in their foreheads. Does that mean they have two different names written on their foreheads? No! The Name is the same. This shows the infinite greatness of Christ. He is the second Person of the Trinity, distinct from the Father, yet co-equal to the extent that His Name is interchangeable with the name of the Father! I tremble as I write this, but Isaiah 9:6 declares, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Truly, Christ Himself is what is unique about Christianity.
TO DIE IS GAIN
Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). What assurance Paul had that would cause him to look upon his own death as gain! Question. Is there any reason why any believer should not speak with this same confidence? Since we are all saved the same way Paul was, by the righteousness, shed blood, and sovereign grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have no reason to have any less confidence then he did! Did Paul look to Christ alone? “Of course he did,” you say. Do you? If you do, you can say with Paul…. “To die is gain.” Remember, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”
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