October 29, 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
The birds without barn or storehouse are fed
From them let us learn to trust for our bread
His saints, what is needful, shall not be denied
So long as it’s written. “The Lord will provide!”
We all may, like ships, by tempest be tossed
On perilous seas, but will not be lost.
Though Satan enrages the wind and the tide
Yet Scripture engages, “The Lord will provide!”
No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim
Our trust is all thrown on Jesus’ dear Name
In this our strong tower for safety we hide
The Lord is our power, “The Lord will provide!”
When life sinks apace, and death is in view
The Word of His grace shall see us safe through
No fearing nor doubting with Christ on our side
We hope to die shouting, “The Lord will provide!”
(Tune: “O Worship the King” p. 1)
Speakers for our Conference December 8-10 will be Donnie Bell, John Chapman, Chris Cunningham, Greg Elmquist, Don Fortner, Paul Mahan, Frank Tate, and Joe Terrell.
The preacher’s class will meet this Saturday, Nov. 4th at 10:00am.
30th – Tucker Greenleaf 1st – Charles McGuire 3rd – Conner Dickerson
3rd – Jeff Sullivan 4th – Laura Benton 4th – Steve Sligh
“The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.” - Proverbs 21:31
I was saved by grace when Christ stood as my Surety before time began and took complete responsibility for my salvation. I was saved by grace when Christ kept the law as my Substitute and died for my sins as my Substitute. I was saved by grace when I first experienced salvation by looking to Christ. Presently, I am kept saved by grace. When I die and enter heaven it will be by grace only. Just as Christ is All in the salvation of a sinner, grace is all in the salvation of the sinner! And what is the evidence of grace in a sinner’s life? He relies on grace only as the evidence of salvation. Truer words have never been spoken, “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“HE MUST INCREASE – I MUST DECREASE”
As the years pass, I come to a greater and greater realization of how much I must depend upon the grace of God for my salvation. My righteousness appears less and less acceptable in my sight: and if it looks poor in my sight, how awful it must appear in God’s sight! My will and determination do not appear half so strong as they once did, and I feel a greater need to rely upon the unchangeable will of God if I am to persevere. This business of growing in grace is not at all what I once thought it would be. Rather than growing stronger, it seems I am growing weaker. Rather than growing more self-sufficient, it appears that I am growing more Christ-dependent. My utter dependence on Christ for all things is more evident to me now than before. I suppose this is why Peter united growing in grace with growing in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus. So, if your desire is to grow in grace, then prepare yourself to diminish; prepare yourself to reduce in the flesh, for growth in grace is a growth in “Christ being formed in you” which always follows the old pattern, “He must increase, I must decrease.”
- Joe Terrell
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE
We are not desirous of honor, esteem and applause from men, for we are what we are by the grace of God. God can take away what we have as easily as He gave it. We do not despise and provoke one another with our piety; nor do we want to appear wiser, richer in grace, nor more gifted than others; for we are less than the least of the saints. Nor do we envy the gifts, abilities, or grace of another. God will enlighten us, equip us, and bless us as He sees fit to use us. – Henry Mahan
“For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Gen. 2:17). Adam did not choke to death, or die from acute toxicity from fruit poisoning when he ate the fruit, for he did not die physically. Adam died spiritually, when our just God carried out the sentence of spiritual death, when the one commandment He gave was broken.
When we die physically, we don’t just simply pass away, something kills us – whether cancer, car wreck, heart attack, etc… when we died spiritually, God killed us, justly and rightly, for “The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up” (I Samuel 2:6). The spiritual fellowship, relationship, and communion with Him was now dead. And we cannot restore it, for we are now spiritually dead. We were not just spiritually bruised, injured, or wounded… we were spiritually killed. And spiritually dead sinners cannot believe, repent, or love God of their own free will, because a dead person has no will.
Our only hope is that He would make us “Willing in the day of Thy power” (Ps. 110:3). Lord, create spiritual life, create a new man with a new will, in us dead sinners, and cause us to come to Christ alone for the salvation of our sinful souls. – Brian DuFour
“I don’t go to church because there are so many hypocrites in the church.” “My life is as good as most church people!” These are common statements heard everyday - to which I reply: “Don’t judge the Lord by the faults of His people and don’t judge the whole body by the faults of some.” It is our responsibility to worship and follow the Lord Jesus, not men. If our brethren have faults, let us pray for them and patiently bear their infirmities as we ask them to overlook ours. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ welcomes all who are lame, halt and blind. We look not for a perfect church this side of heaven. It is better to sit beside the hypocrite in church than to suffer with him eternally. – Henry Mahan