November 12, 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
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’ 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.

(Tune: “Doxology”)


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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. There are sign-up sheets for meals and clean-up in the fellowship hall.


Birthdays
15th – Carter Steeves 16th – Pamela Weinstock 17th – Joshua Davis


“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” - Proverbs 22:1

 


BELIEVING AND KNOWING
In I Timothy 4:3; Paul speaks of “Them which believe and know the Truth.” Note the order. Believe and know. You cannot believe what you do not know. But you cannot know what you do not believe. The Lord said to Martha, “If thou wouldest believe thou shouldest see the glory of God” (John 11:40). No seeing without first believing. There is no true knowing of the Truth without believing the Truth. If you believe, you will know. Noah believed the rain would fall and entered the ark before a single drop fell. When the rain began, he knew it was raining.


Paul said to Titus, “These things I will that you affirm constantly.” What things? “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy…. that being justified by His grace we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:5-7). The constant and continual affirmation of these things will have this result, “That they which have believed in God will be careful to maintain good works.” What will cause a man to be careful to maintain good works in his life? Not by preaching law. It is only the constant and continued preaching of Free Grace that will cause the believer to be careful to maintain good works. “The strength of the law is sin”, and the strength of carefully maintaining good works is grace.



When the Gospel is preached, there are two things always taking place (even though most are unaware of it). Some are being prepared for glory, others are being hardened. Some are being brought to light, some are left sitting in darkness. Some see Christ and His glory, others see no beauty about Him. Some who hear the Gospel have their hearts made tender towards sin, others have their hearts hardened in sin. No wonder we say, “Who is sufficient for these things?” The question we should all be asking is, “How is the preaching of the Gospel affecting me?” - Donnie Bell



God’s elect worship and serve Him with willing hearts. We willingly believe, willingly worship, willingly give, and willingly do what we can for the glory of God. It is God who, by effectual grace, makes us willing; but we are willing servants of the Most High God! Any worship, service, or gifts offered to God that is not done with a willing heart is an abomination to Him. - Scott Richardson

 


THE ONENESS OF ALL BELIEVERS
“That they all may be one; as Thou Father, art in Me,
and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us….” - John 17:21
I know that there is a oneness between the Father and the Son in nature, essence, power, and purpose which transcends any kind of union among men. But our Lord prays that “All believers may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee.” So here on this earth, WE ARE ONE IN FAITH. We all believe Christ, receive Christ, and agree in the main point of the Gospel – salvation only in, by and through our Lord Jesus Christ. WE ARE ONE IN AFFECTION. He is our first love, but, by His grace, we do love one another and are forever knit together in that love. WE HAVE ONE COMMON GOAL – the glory of our blessed Lord. In works of faith and labors of love, in trials or in prosperity, in giving or receiving our song is the same, “To God be the glory!” WE HAVE THE SAME CARE ONE FOR ANOTHER, “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored (fulfilled and happy), all the members rejoice with it” (I Cor. 12:26). AND BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES! - Henry Mahan





The longer I live, the more I feel that if there were one thing left undone, if the devil were not conquered, sin not expiated, justice not satisfied, the law not honored and magnified, death not overcome, and every burden not carried, I should not have a ray of hope. I used to think I saw this as clear as the noon day thirty or forty years ago; but I saw it very differently then to what I see now, for I see and feel now that if one hair-breadth is left for me to do to merit heaven, or bring as a plea before God, I am undone for ever and ever. But on the Mount of Calvary, the Lord Jesus Christ undertook the cause of His people; and there is not a jot nor a tittle that He left undone, but, “By one offering He perfected for ever them that are sanctified” and “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Here is complete perfection – “Saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation.” - John Warburton, 1853