October 15, 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
Blest be our everlasting Lord
Our Father, God, and King
Thy sovereign goodness we record
Thy glorious Name we sing!
Thy Kingdom, Lord, is Thine alone
Who dost Thy right maintain
And high on Thy eternal throne
O’er men and angels reign!
Thou hast on us Thy grace bestowed
Thy greatness to proclaim
And therefore now we thank our God
And praise Thy glorious Name!
Thy holy Name and awesome power
Thou dost to us make known
And all Thy righteousness is ours
Through Thy incarnate Son!
(Tune: “Am I a Solider of the Cross?” p. 414)
The College Grove, TN Bible Conference is this Friday – Sunday.
17th – Agigail Sullivan 18th – Dwayne Imes
18th – Julianna Rigsby 21st – Tim Scifres
“For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counselors there is safety.” - Proverbs 24:6
It was said of Luther that, when he prayed, it was with as much reverence as if he were praying to an infinite God, and with as much familiarity as if he were speaking to his nearest friend.
“And some believed the things which were spoken. And some believed not” (Acts 28:24). This is always the response to the Gospel preached. Some believe. Some do not believe. In the original, believe is in the passive. When you believe you do not actively decide to believe. You believe because it is the Truth. And you were passive. You were acted upon in such a way that you found yourself believing. You know the faith you have is the gift of God’s grace. He caused you to believe. The “believe not” in our text is in the active voice. When something is true and you do not believe it, you made an active choice to not believe it. Faith and not believing are like being saved and being lost. If you are saved it is all of God’s fault. If you are lost it is all your fault. If you believe, you were acted on and it is God that caused you to. You dare not give your will the credit. If you do not believe, you chose not to believe. In hell, you will know it is all your fault that you are there.
“To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not
grievous (tiresome); but for you it is safe.” - Philippians 3:1
I rejoice to repeat the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ over and over again. I certainly have no better message to preach nor better tidings to bring. The good news of God’s grace to us in Christ is the BEST news one can hear, and to hear it over and over again will:
1. Keep our hearts and thoughts on Him who is the fountain of life!
2. Be a constant guard against false teachers and their Christ-less message!
3. Keep us from self-righteousness and other errors as we “Remember the pit from which we were digged” (Isaiah 51:1) and the One who lifted us out. - Henry Mahan
“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” – II Peter 1:1 Faith does not grow in a man’s heart by nature; it is a thing which is obtained. It is not a matter which springs up by a process of education, or by the example and excellent instruction of our parents; it is a thing which has to be obtained. Not imitation, but regeneration; not development, but conversion. All our good things come from without us, only evil can be educed from within us; and well are we taught in Scripture that,“Faith is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God.”
- C. H. Spurgeon
Christ! It is not YOUR JOY that saves you; it is Christ! It is not your profession of faith nor YOUR FAITH in Christ that saves; it is Christ’s blood and merit! Therefore, look not to your hope, but to Christ, the source of your hope. Look not to your faith, but to Christ, the author and finisher of your faith. And it you can do that, no power can throw you down. - C. H. Spurgeon
The fact that conversion and salvation are of God is a humbling truth. Grace puts its hand on the boasting mouth and shuts it once for all; and then it takes its hand off the mouth and that mouth praises Christ for His sovereign grace; and it trembles at the thought of taking any honor and glory from God. - Henry Mahan
The Scriptures make it abundantly clear that salvation is by God’s free grace in Christ. The good news of the Gospel is that since salvation is by grace, there is no condition a sinner must meet in order to be saved. The Lord Jesus Christ met every condition required to save His people so that they would have salvation freely. – Frank Tate
The Gospel’s call of sinners to repentance and faith in Christ is an unqualified, unconditional call. That is to say, there are no conditions, qualifications, experiences, feelings, or anything else you must meet, go through, or measure up to before you can trust Christ. – Don Fortner
The strongest inducement for a Christian to obey God is the fact that he has already been graciously pardoned in Christ for having disobeyed. - Copied