February 25, 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
Look upon me, Lord I pray Thee
Let Thy Spirit dwell in mine
Thou hast sought me, Thou hast bought me
Take my heart and make it Thine.
Naught I ask for, naught I strive for
But Thy grace so rich and free
This Thou givest by the Saviour
He hath all things who hath Thee.
Precious is the Name of Jesus
Who can half its worth unfold?
Far beyond angelic praises
Sweetly sung to harps of gold.
Guide me, Oh Thou great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land
I am weak, but Thou art mighty
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
We extend our sincere sympathy to Mitch Steeves and his family on the death of his Mother.
1st – Caleb Benton
“Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.” - Proverbs 17:1
When asked of the ground of hope that the false professor has of salvation, he looks back to some act of experience or inward to some imagined goodness for hope. But the believer only looks outward and upward by faith to Christ and His effectual sacrifice! - Copied
SOWING AND REAPING
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever
a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” - Galatians 6:7
This is a universal law in Scripture. If you come to God pleading your works in any way, that is how He will deal with you. If you come pleading only His grace, that is how He will deal with you. If you come to hear with a critical ear, you will be critical and get nothing. If you come with a hungering heart God will speak to you. If you are unforgiving you will not be forgiven. If you are merciful you will be shown mercy. If you are judgmental toward others, you will be judged hastily by others. If you are generous, you will be shown generosity. If you sow kindness you will reap kindness. We are promised in the Scripture, “For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38). Does someone object, “That sounds like works.” That is only because you really do not understand grace.
There is nothing that the church does that is more important than assembling to worship Christ. To gather in order to honor Christ through praying, preaching, and hearing the Gospel is such an important thing that each of us should approach it very seriously. Let each one prepare himself in heart and body so as to arrive on time, having the heart clothed with a desire to hear from Christ and the body dressed modestly so as not to attract attention to one’s self. Let each of us enter into every song and prayer, closing out the thoughts of the world and all the cares it loads on us. Let each of us listen to the Word of God with the intensity of baby birds chirping for food. In short, let each of us give himself to worship in this hour as though there were nothing better or more important in all the world to do – because there isn’t.
– Joe Terrell
The ancient Gospel is an unceremonious thing. It pays no respect to the academic because of his profound learning; nor to the moralist on account of his upright conduct. It has not the least regard to the courtier, because of his pompous honors; nor to the devotee for the sake of his zeal or his righteousness. No, the potent prince and the abject slave, the wise philosopher and the ignorant rustic, the virtuous lady and the infamous prostitute, stand on the same level in its comprehensive sight. - Abraham Booth
“But there arose certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed,
saying, that is was needful to circumcise them and to keep the law of Moses.”
– Acts 15:5
A sect is a group of people whose religious beliefs differ from that of a larger group of which they claim to belong. This verse answers the question, Why are there so many Christian denominations (or sects) in our day? Well, the heresy apple does not fall far from the heresy tree so let’s take a quick look at what this “sect” of the Pharisees believed. They believed the heresy of salvation by works. They told men and women that truly believed that Christ was all that He really was not enough and that they had to add their obedience to the work of Christ and that the blending of what Christ did AND what you do is REALLY how to be saved. False religion believes in free will, or some other form of salvation by works and not Christ no matter what it says. May our hope be the same as Peter who said, “We believe that through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved.” May the Lord keep us from anything that would separate us from Christ and may He be pleased to plant us where the Gospel is preached. – Matt Vincent
LIFE FROM THE TRUTH
“Of His own will begat He us with the Word of Truth.” – James 1:18
It is impossible for a fleshly baby to be born from a seed that is not a fleshly seed. That is, a baby cannot be born from a sunflower seed. So it is with the spiritual man. It is impossible for a spiritual man to be born again from a message that does not tell the truth about who God is, who man is, and who the Savior is. God will never use error to reveal Christ to the heart. No one is saved and then later on learns the truth of who Christ is. A sinner is saved when we know who Christ truly is and we believe on Him. We will know who Christ truly is when He is formed in us in the new birth. - Frank Tate
We most certainly live in a day of changing things, and new things, but know this: The Word of God ever remains the same! If a doctrine is true, then it is most certainly not new, and if a doctrine is new then it most assuredly is not true. And doctrine determines practices!
- Maurice Montgomery
That poor professor who does not walk before the Lord in the spirit of obedience entertains a false hope. Yet, on the other hand, the very moment a man begins to look to his own obedience as any part of his eternal hope, he has “fallen from grace.” - Maurice Montgomery