December 31, 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
To Him who found us dead in sin
And planted holy life within
To Him that taught our feet the way
From endless night to endless day.
To Him that wrought our righteousness
And sanctified us by His grace
To Him that brought us back to God
Through the red sea of His own blood.
To Him who suffered on the tree
Blessings, and praise, and glory be
To cleanse from every sinful stain
“Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain.”
To Him that sits upon the throne
The great eternal Three-In-One
To Him let saints and angels raise
An everlasting song of praise!
No service this evening.
Paul said in I Corinthians 14:1, “Follow after charity.” May the Lord enable us in this coming year to pursue love - Love to Him, love to our brethren, love to all men. May we do this together. Happy New Year!
We will resume preacher’s class the first Saturday in February.
31st – Donna Wooten 1st – Wyatt Davis 3rd – Rachel Sullivan
5th – Mike Mohr 6th – Nathaniel Sligh
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” - Proverbs 11:30
Any god that is not precisely like the God of the Bible is an idol, a god that cannot save. “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.”
When the Lord said in Luke 6:32-34, “If you love them that love you, if you do good to them that do good to you, and if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive…sinners do that! Then He uses this phrase… “What thank have ye?” The word thank is the word that is usually translated grace. Where is there grace in that? He says in vs. 35, “Love your enemies, do good and lend, hoping for nothing again.” Do these things without expectations of personal gain or benefit. The Lord says that these actions make us like our Heavenly Father! There is grace in these actions. He then says in vs. 36, “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” Our salvation is all of grace! Oh that our conduct may be all of grace!
When the Lord confronted some people with the doctrine of election in Luke 4, they turned into an angry mob. The Scriptures says, “When they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust Him out of the city, and let Him to the brow of the hill whereon the city was built, that they might cast Him down headlong.” According to some, these people may have actually loved God, but their hearts were much better than their heads. They simply did not understand the doctrine of election and that is why they opposed Christ. Their hearts were right, but they were befuddled in their doctrine. If this were brought to court, do you believe a judge would make that kind of judgment? I do not think so!
THE HEARER I APPRECIATE
1. One who has prayed for the preacher and for the blessings of the Lord on the congregation which is meeting that day.
2. One who is punctually in his pew with his family beside him.
3. One who has a Bible open and who devoutly follows the Scriptures read as hearing God speaking to him.
4. One who takes a hymnbook and joins in the praise of the Lord as earnestly as does the leader of praise.
5. One who in his heart joins in the prayer time.
6. One who remembers that we are in the presence of God and bears himself with reverence of manner and conversation.
7. One who looks for Christ and grace in the sermon and not for rhetoric, elocution, and clever statements.
8. One who listens, takes the message to himself, and has a comment afterward regarding the subjects.
9. One who has a look and a word of Christian greeting for those near him in the church after the services. – John Hall
NAILED TO A TREE
The thief was nailed to that tree a sinner. When the nails were removed from his hands, he was a saint. How was he changed from a sinner to a saint? By the works of his hands? No – they were nailed to that tree. He could not put any money in an offering plate, could not help an elderly person cross the street, could not open a Bible and teach his children the Gospel, because he could not move his hands, they were held in place by a nail.
Then his salvation must have been all of grace, and none of works, for he could not work, he could not lift a finger. May the Lord reveal this truth to us, that, “Ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands” (Jer. 44:8). And if we see that our works draw forth the wrath of God, may we then stop working, and start trusting – trusting the work of our Saviour for us. Christ’s hands were also nailed to a tree, but those nails could not stop Him from working, they were actually working for Him, completing the salvation of His people… “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross.” (Col. 2:13,14)
May the grace of God drive nails through our hands, to stop us from working to earn salvation, and start us trusting the One who nailed Himself to that tree for His people. – Brian DuFour
“... That He by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Heb. 2:9). This verse is a favorite of those who hold the doctrine of ‘universal atonement’. They like to point to this Scripture and say, “See, Christ tasted death for every man!” But even a casual examination of this verse with a concordance will reveal that the Greek does not contain the word “man” at all! The word here translated ‘every man’ actually means: all, the whole, or every one. This, considered in light of the verses which follow, clearly sets forth who the “every one” for whom Christ tasted death are. They are the “many sons” He brings to glory (vs. 10), they who are sanctified (vs. 11), those whom Christ calls “brethren” and “My brethren” (vs. 11-12), the children which God hath given me (vs. 13), and “the seed of Abraham” (not Adam) (vs. 16). Truly, the Lord Jesus Christ tasted death for “every one” of these particularly!
- Charles Pennington