January 14, 2018
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
O, Lamb of God, still keep me
Near to Thy wounded side
Tis only there in safety
And peace I can abide.
What foes and snares surround me!
What lusts and fears within!
The grace that sought and found me
Alone can keep me clean.
‘Tis only in Thee hiding
I know my life secure
Only in Thee abiding
I steadfast shall endure.
Thine arm the victory gaineth
O’er every hurtful foe
The love my heart sustaineth
In all its care and woe.
Soon shall my eyes behold Thee
With rapture, face to face
The half hath not been told me
Of all Thy power and grace.
Thy beauty, Lord, and glory
The wonders of Thy love
Shall be the endless story
Of all Thy saints above.
(Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation” p. 186)
We welcome Tom Harding, pastor of the Zebulon Baptist Church in Pikeville, KY. He will bring the morning and evening messages today. I am preaching at the Grace Gospel Church Bible Conference in Apopka, Florida this weekend. Aaron Greenleaf will bring the message this Wednesday evening.
12th – Aaron Sligh 15th – Mike Rigsby 16th – Kelli Harries
17th – Aiden Carver 19th – Amanda DuFour
The wayside, stony ground, and thorn choked hearer bore no fruit. The good ground hearer did bear fruit. Christ said His reason for choosing us was that we should, “Go and bring forth fruit.” The Lord said, “Herein is My Father glorified that ye bear much fruit.” And we are not left to conjecture about what is meant by fruit. Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22, “Now the fruit of the Spirit is love.” A love that only the believer possesses. A love to God, the brethren, and all men. “Joy” - a rejoicing in the character of God and the Gospel of grace. “Peace” - a peace that arises from our state before God because of the cross of Christ. “Longsuffering” - because we believe God is on the throne and the cause of all things. “Gentleness” - kindness and graciousness. “Goodness” - a capacity for mercy. “Faith” - we really do believe the Gospel. “Meekness” - we bow to all God does in humility because He did it. “Temperance” - control from within because Christ is in us. To not bear this fruit is to not have the Spirit of God because this is the fruit of the Spirit. Do not disregard the importance of fruit bearing and never forget, “From Me is thy fruit found.”
SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL
Particular Redemption- Limited Atonement – Definite Atonement – Effectual Atonement. These are all words used to describe that atoning work of Christ on the cross. He died for a particular people. His intention to save was limited to the elect. His atonement was with a definite purpose for a definite people. His atonement was effectual. All for whom He died must be saved. These terms are all well and good in their place, but a better word is plain old SUBSTITUTION. All of these terms point to a real, substitutionary death on the cross. SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL. To deny, water down, or omit in our preaching the particular, limited, definite, effectual death of Christ on the cross (substitution) is to deny, water down, or omit in our preaching the Gospel of Christ. The meaning of substitution is so simple that adjectives are not even needed to describe it.
TRUSTING GOD, NOT MEANS
The Lord used ravens to feel Elijah, but Elijah never thought of trusting in the ravens. If we lean on instruments instead of the hand that used them, we bring down a curse upon ourselves, for it is written, “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm and whose heart departeth from the Lord.” - Scott Richardson
WHAT FAITH ASKS FOR
God spoke to David through Nathan the Prophet. God made some promises to David concerning what He would do for David. Here is David’s response, “And now O Lord God, the word that Thou hast spoken concerning Thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it forever, and to as Thou hast said.” (II Samuel 7:25)
Faith is an asking grace. All who have faith ask God for things. The only thing we can ask with confidence that we will be given, is when we ask Him to do what he has already said he would do in His Word. God told David what He would do for him and his house. David responded, “Do as thou hast said.” Faith finds out what God has said in His Word, and asks Him to do what He said he would. He said in His Word, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Faith says… I am a sinner. You said You came to save sinners, save me! It is not presumption to expect God to do what He said He would do. Find out what He has said in His Word, and make this plea, “Do as Thou hast said.” He has done and will do everything He said He would all the time!
Now then, there is but one thing with which Almighty God is satisfied – entirely satisfied – and that is THE PERSON AND WORK OF HIS SON! It is with Christ that we must be satisfied, not with ourselves, nor anything about us! When we cease from ALL our labors, and ALL our righteousness, and ENTER INTO HIS REST, pardon and peace will come without delay. – Horatius Bonar 1808-1889
“He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.” - Proverbs 14:2