March 6, 2011
Sundays 7:30 am Channel 27 WKYT
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
No more, my God I boast no more
Of all the duties I have done
I drop the hopes I held before
To trust the merits of the Son.
Now for the love I bear His name
What was my gain I count but loss
My former pride I call my shame
And nail my glory to His cross.
Lord, I must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus’ sake
O may my soul be found in Him
And of His righteousness partake.
The best obedience of my hands
Dares not appear before Thy throne
But faith can answer Thy demands
By pleading what my Lord has done.
6th – Ella Parker 8th – Clare Charron 10th – Sean Bigelow
11th – Bill Dent 12th – Chance Borders
“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
If 99% of salvation is by grace, then salvation is 100% by works! If any aspect of salvation is dependent upon man doing his part in order for God’s part to be fulfilled, then salvation is of man, and not of the Lord. Works and grace cannot be mixed. They are mutually exclusive. The belief that God loves all, Christ died for all, the Holy Spirit calls all, but salvation is dependent upon man’s acceptance or rejection of God’s offer of salvation is just as much salvation by works as believing you are saved by your law-keeping or baptism. It still leaves salvation ultimately dependent upon man, and leaves him a ground for boasting. But the fact of the matter is salvation is 100% grace. Everybody who is saved by grace knows that. It is only those who do not know the grace of God that will leave any wiggle room for human works.
“THEY SHALL NOT DEPART FROM ME”
“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fears in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.” - Jeremiah 32:40
And what is the evidence that the Lord has made this everlasting covenant with me? It is that He has put His fear in my heart…. the fear that is the beginning of wisdom. The fear that makes a man afraid of sin! The fear that makes a man afraid to look anywhere but Christ alone! It is the fear that makes me fear departing from Him. Most who begin this heavenly path end up departing. The stony ground hearer departs in a highly visible way. The thorn-choked hearer has a gradual departure. It may be that his body never departs. He remains a church-member, but he brings forth no fruit. The “cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches and the lust of other things” lead him to depart. But those who do not depart, and continue walking with Christ, these are the ones He has evidently made an everlasting covenant with. He has put His fear in their heart, so that they will not depart from Him.
Christ only Valued by Sinners
Christ is not valued nor His grace appreciated until men have a genuine knowledge of their misery, helplessness, and lost condition because of sin. When sin is sin indeed, then grace is grace indeed, and Christ is Christ indeed. If men have a superficial sense of sin, they have a superficial faith in Christ. – Thomas Manton
I introduced a Sunday morning sermon with an excellent question asked by a friend, “If a person is truly saved by the grace of God in Christ, will he love, rejoice, give, share, forgive and endeavor to glorify Christ in his life or MUST HE BE TAUGHT THESE THINGS?” My answer: “Yes, he will and yes, he must.”
The principles of grace and truth are in the heart by regeneration, as is the love of Christ for others; but children must be taught, reminded, corrected and even chastised. “Go ye and make disciples, TEACHING THEM to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20) The very fact that our Lord gave us the Lord’s Table to “Do in remembrance of Me” is proof enough that we need to be taught and reminded of spiritual truth. – Pastor Henry Mahan
THE POWER OF GOD
The power of God is the ability and strength whereby He can bring to pass whatsoever He pleases, whatsoever His infinite wisdom may direct, and whatsoever the infinite purity of His will may resolve…as holiness is the beauty of all God’s attributes, so power is that which gives life and action to all the perfections of the Divine nature. How vain would be the eternal counsels if power did not step in to execute them. Without power His mercy would be but feeble pity, His promises an empty sound, His threatening a mere scarecrow. God’s power is like Himself… infinite, eternal, incomprehensible; it can neither be checked, restrained, nor frustrated by the creature.
- Stephen Charnock