November 5, 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
Precious Saviour, friend of sinners
We, as such, to Thee draw near
Let Thy Spirit dwell within us
With that love that casts out fear.
Matchless Saviour, let us know Thee
As the Lord our righteousness
Cause our hearts to cleave unto Thee
Come, and with Thy presence bless.
Open now Thy precious treasure
Let Thy Word here freely flow
Give to us a gracious measure
‘Tis Thyself we long to know.
Come and claim us as Thy portion
Let us all find rest in Thee
Leave us not to empty notions
We would find our hope in Thee!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
We will get together after the service this evening to say goodbye to Evan Ferrell who is being deployed to Poland for the next ten months. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
There are sign-up sheets for our conference in the fellowship hall.
5th – Macy Greenleaf 5th – Logan Small 6th – Lauren Burton
8th – Daniel Holthaus 9th – Ryan Vincent 11th – Peggy Mohr
11th – Hannah Summers 11th – Elizabeth Vincent
“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” – Proverbs 10:12
If any man ascribes anything of salvation, even the very least things, to the free will of man, he knows nothing of grace, and he has not learned Jesus Christ rightly. - Martin Luther
OUR SYMPATHETIC PRIEST
“For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched by the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Before I understood this verse I wondered how He could be touched when He never sinned and never gave into temptation. I realize I do not understand much of what was going on when He was made sin and was made to bare our sins in His own body on the tree. He was made to experience everything about sin but the commission of it. He felt much more acutely than you or I ever could the shame and the guilt of sin. While He never sinned, He was incapable of sinning, He felt the defeat of falling before temptation, and the shame and humiliation of it. That is why He is touched by the feelings of our infirmities. He has experienced them more really then our hard hearts are capable of. What a merciful, gracious, glorious, and sympathetic Priest we have!
WEAKNESS AND ACCOUNTIBILITY
Aaron is called in Psalm 106:16, “The saint of the Lord.” Without question he was a believer. But he was a weak man. When the children of Israel told him to make them gods which would go before them, Aaron complied and became the chief participant in this great sin (Ex. 32:1-5). Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them” (Ex. 32:22). Aaron refused to take responsibility…he said that the people were set on mischief, so they gave me gold, “And there came out this calf” (Ex. 32:24). He was the one who fashioned the golden calf with a graving tool (Ex. 32:2-4). Yet he would not admit responsibility!
If I blame someone or something else for my wrong behavior, my weakness in not the problem. It is someone or something else’s fault. But when I see it is my fault, because of my sinful weakness, I will cry to the Lord for strength, and He will help me. That is what Paul meant when he said, “When I am weak, then am I strong” (II Cor. 12:10). Wherever you find a person who refuses accountability and personal responsibility, you will find a person who remains a weakling. When somebody sees their sinful weakness is the problem, they will cry to the Lord for strength.
If Jesus of Nazareth is not “The Word made flesh” (God in human flesh), then He is an imposter and all who worship Him are idolaters! But, if He is the “Very God of very God”, then all who reject Him in that character are condemned. - Henry Mahan
WHAT IS MEANT BY SOVEREIGN GRACE?
Sovereign grace is God’s grace. And God’s grace is Sovereign grace. If it is not Sovereign grace, it is not saving grace. Sovereign grace is the Truth. Sovereign grace is the message that declares the electing love of the Father, the redeeming love of the Son, and the invincible love of the Holy Spirit. Sovereign grace is the Gospel! Any message that does not declare the Sovereign grace of God in Christ Jesus is “another gospel”! Sovereign grace is saving grace!
“Let your MODERATION be known unto all” (Phil. 4:5). This is the only time the word “moderation” is used in the Bible; and it does not have to do with temperance in food and drink; but it has to do with attitude and conduct. The meaning is “mild and gentle.” Let all people in the church and in the world see and recognize you as a gentle and kind person. Be known, not as harsh and demanding (this seems to be the code of the day) but as “kind and tenderhearted” (Eph. 4:32).
- Henry Mahan
Faith is not the Savior. It was not faith that was born at Bethlehem and died on Golgotha for us. It was not faith that loved us and gave itself for us, that bore our sin in its own body on the tree, that died and rose again for our sins. Faith is one thing, the Saviour is another. Faith is one thing, and the cross is another. Let us not confound them nor ascribe to a poor, imperfect act of man that which belongs exclusively to the Son of the living God. - Horatius Bonar
We have no power from God unless we live in the persuasion that we have none of our own. - John Owen
Make new friend, but keep the old
Those are silver, old friends are gold
Brows may wrinkle – Hair grow gray
Real friendships never decay!
Make new friends, But keep the old
Those are silver – these are gold.