April 1, 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.

Prepare me, gracious God
To stand before Thy face
Thy spirit must the work perform
For it is all of grace.

In Christ’s obedience clothe
And wash me in His blood
So shall I lift my head with joy
Among the sons of God.

Do Thou my sin subdue
Thy sovereign love make known
The Spirit of my mind renew
And save me in Thy Son.

Let me attest Thy power
Let me Thy goodness prove
Till my full soul can hold no more
Of everlasting love.

(Tune: “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord!” p. 188) 



            I am preaching at the Katy Baptist Church Bible Conference in Fairmont, WV this weekend.  Don Martin will teach the Bible Study and Andy Davis will bring the messages today. 


1st – Jennifer Anjos       3rd – Mariesha Watters       4th – Anthony Rawlins
5th – Jessica Elliott        7th – Seth Daniel                7th – Maggie Martin  


            “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” - Proverbs 14:29


            Five times in Roman chapter 6 the word ‘yield’ is used.  We are told not to yield our members as instruments to sin.  We are told to yield ourselves to God.  We are told who we yield to is our Master.  We are told we had yielded our members to uncleanness.  We are called upon to yield our members unto holiness (Romans 6:13,16,19).  The word yield is translated ‘present’ in Romans 12:1 “Present your bodies a living sacrifice.”  When we present ourselves, we do not make promises about what we will or will not do.  We present ourselves, “Here I am…work in me both to will and to do Thy good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).


Exodus 21:1-6
            When you saw a Hebrew slave with a hole in his ear, you knew two things about him.  He was a slave because he wanted to be a slave.  He said, “I will not go out free.”  And you knew the reason he did not want this freedom is that he had a very good master!  “I love my Master.” He willingly subjected himself to having his master bore a hole in his ear with an awl, and by that he said, “I love my master, and I will willingly be his servant forever.”  This is the believer’s attitude toward his Master.  We love Him and willingly serve Him.  While there has never been a worse servant, there has never been a better Master.  He is worthy of complete and undying devotion, and no sacrifice is too great to make for His sake.  Our greatest freedom is being His willing bond slave.   



From Pastor Henry Mahan’s commentaries:
             “Let your speech be always with grace.”   - Colossians 4:6
            This is not just to talk about the grace of God, but our speech should reveal the grace of God.
1. Speak the truth faithfully and sincerely, without lying, flattery, or exaggeration.
2. Speak in love, avoiding gossip, whisperings, or anything that is injurious to the character of another.  Avoid sowing discord or division.
3. Speak kindly and pleasantly. Hard words reveal a hard heart.  Unkind cutting remarks reveal a bitter spirit.            
            Grace is to the speech what salt is to meat.  It makes it acceptable, good to the ear and a blessing to the heart.  Grace in the heart will teach you how you ought to answer any person. Knowledge is not acquired by speaking, but it ought to go before it! 



            This is a command!  Whenever we judge, we sin!  Why should we not judge one another anymore?  Here are 10 reasons…..
1. Because Christ said not to!  “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1).
2.  Because it is the practice of hypocrisy.  “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things” (Romans 2:1).
3. When we judge, we assume a position that belongs only to God (James 4:11-22).
4. We do not have enough information to make a right judgment.  We do not know the facts!  That brother with a limp in his walk has a rock in his shoe that you do not see.  If you had it, you would limp also (I Corinthians 4:3-5).
5. That person you are judging does not answer to you.  “Who are you to judge another man’s servant?  To his own master he standeth or falleth” (Romans 14:4). 
6. Christ did not have this judgmental spirit.  Sinners could be in His presence without feeling threatened or condemned. 
7. It is contrary to love.  “Love thinketh no evil.”  When you love somebody you cover what they do, give them the benefit of the doubt, and put the best construction upon what they do.
8. It is contrary to the law of Christ. “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
9. If we judge, we will be judged.  “Judge not that ye be not judged, for with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged, for with the same measure you mete, it will be meted to you again.”  What goes around comes around…. if I judge, I will be judged.
10. Judging is the mark of a Pharisee.  “He spake this parable unto certain that trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.”   
            We all despise a “holier than thou” attitude and every time we judge we are that “holier than thou” person. 


            Love is as love does.  The noun is defined by the verb.  Love loves.  Love to Christ is seen in actions. Everything else is just talk.  Love to others is seen in deeds.  Just as faith without works is dead, being alone ….. Love without works is dead, being alone.