March 4, 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
Compared with Christ, in all beside
No beauty can I see
The one thing needful, dearest Lord
Is to be one with Thee.
The sense of Thy redeeming love
Into my soul convey
Thyself bestow, for Thee alone
My All-in All, I pray.
Less Than Thyself will not suffice
My comfort to restore
More than Thyself I cannot crave
And Thou cans’t give no more.
Loved of my God, for Him again
With love intense I’d burn
Chosen of Thee ere time began
I’d choose Thee in return.
(Tune: “According to Thy Gracious Word” p. 192)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
Vacation Bible School will be June 19 – 21.
5th – Michelle Gonzalez 5th – Savannah Grubb
7th – Daisy Martin 8th- Clare Charron
“The King’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” - Proverbs 21:1
“These things write I unto you, that you sin not.” - I John 2:1
In the previous three verses, he made three statements regarding sin. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (vs. 8). “If we confess our sin… (vs. 9). If we say we have not sinned we make Him a liar” (vs. 10).
“These things write I unto you that you sin not.” When I am told that present tense I have sin, I need to confess it, and all that I do is sin - how can I be told, you are writing this that I sin not? It is only the person who sees his sinful nature, takes sides with God against self, and sees that all of his deeds are dead to sin that does not want to sin. There is never an excuse or a justification for sin at any time. And the believer is called upon to never commit another sin! When you do, “We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” And what is the ground of His advocacy? “And He is the propitiation for our sin.” The presence of Christ proclaims that sin has been removed through His sacrifice!
If my wife asked me if I loved her, and I replied that I did in a sense, it would not be received well. I hear preachers speak of God loving all men in a sense, and sincerely offering mercy and forgiveness to all men - that is quite simply not true! The apostles never told an unbelieving crowd that God loved them and offered them forgiveness. The unbeliever needs to know that he has offended a holy God by his sin and has become God’s enemy by his hatred of God. But there is salvation in Christ! God has made a way to be just and yet justify the ungodly. If you trust Christ alone as your only grounds of acceptance, you will be saved. To say there is a sense in which God loves is degrading to the character of the love of God. To say He offers forgiveness puts my forgiveness dependent on my acceptance or rejection of the offer. That is salvation by works!
Justification means I have no sin before God’s holy law. I am debt-free before the law. Being debt free, how greatly indebted I am to the grace of God given to me wholly for Christ’s sake. And I am a debtor to all men to tell them how they can be debt free. If a man discovered a cure for cancer, and failed to tell men about the cure, he would be an evil man. For a man to know something infinitely greater…how a sinner can be just before a holy God, and fail to tell men in unconscionable! Being debt free, we are debtors to God and debtors to men to tell them how we are made debt free! Truly, this is a pleasing debt.
WHAT I MUST PREACH
As much as we desire to see men and women come to a knowledge of the living God in Christ Jesus our Lord, as much as we long for them to embrace the Gospel and receive Christ as Lord and Savior, we dare not, cannot, and will not labor to present that glorious Gospel in such a way that THE OFFENSE IS REMOVED! When I prepare a message to preach on the Lord’s day, my thoughts are not, “How can this be said or that be preached to give the least offense, to hold those who visit, to slowly slip up on the ignorant, or to present the Truth of God in small quantities.” My thoughts are ONLY on this one thing, “What does the Scripture teach? What is the Lord saying?” My responsibility is to preach Christ and His Word. What my congregation thinks, how men and women react, or the results of the sermon are not my affair – but HIS! I will preach sovereign, effectual redemption with humility and compassion, but not with apologies and timidity. “We are bold in our God to speak unto you the Gospel of God with much contention” (I Thess. 2:2). - Henry Mahan
“ALL THE LAW IS FULFILLED IN ONE WORD – LOVE”
The Scripture overwhelm us with this word. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if you love one another.” “He that loveth not knoweth not God.” “The greatest of these is love.” “If I have not love, I am nothing.” “This is my commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you.”
If this miracle of grace – this fruit of the Sprit – this nature of regeneration is a reality to me, an experience of my heart, Christ becomes my beloved Lord, duties become pleasures, ordinances become desires, enemies become friends, and suppression of self for the good of all and the glory of God becomes a joy! If the love of God is shed abroad in my heart by His Holy Spirit, I am able to accept trials and afflictions from the hand of my heavenly Father with grace and submission. I am able to live in peace with all men. I am able to forgive misunderstandings, overlook the infirmities of others, and build a happy relationship with the family of God. Love begats trust, confidence and hope. Where love is absent, Satan is able to get the advantage. He is able to sow his seed of division, doubt, fear, jealousy, envy and strife. Nothing renders a man more unlike Christ and more like Satan than to despise love and show a spirit of wrath and hatred.
– Maurice Montgomery