January 27, 2013
Sundays 9:00 am Channel 5 CWKYT
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
We have Thy promise, gracious Lord
O then fulfill Thy precious Word
Thou wilt be where Thy people meet
To make our joyfulness complete.
We ask Thy gracious presence here
From worldly thoughts, O keep us clear
And set our hearts on things above
With sweet enjoyment of Thy love.
We ask from our great living Head
Give us Thy Holy Spirit’s aid
While we engage in prayer and praise
To be supplied with every grace.
‘Tis Thine alone, Almighty Lord
To speak the soul-reviving Word
‘Tis Thine to give the hearing ear
‘Tis Thine to drive away all fear.
(Tune: “From Every Stormy Wind That Blows” p. 355)
27th – Judy Borders 28th – Ryan Rozeboom
“The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” - Proverbs 27:7
If we would remember that we live among people who are imperfect, we would not be in such a fever when we discover one another’s failings. Old cloth will tear and cracked pots will leak. Blessed is he who expects nothing of poor flesh and blood, for he will seldom be disappointed. The best of men are only men at best. – C. H. Spurgeon
WTIHOUT WORKS WORKS
It is said of the blessed dead who die in the Lord that their works do follow them (Rev. 14:13). They do not walk in front of them as the cause of salvation, nor do they walk beside them as a contributing factor in salvation but they follow them as evidence that the Lord has done something for them. When Christ said, “Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,” He mentions their works as evidence of what God had done for them before the foundation of the world. “In as much as ye did it to the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me.” It is only the salvation without works that produces works!
WHO FIRST TRUSTED IN CHRIST?
“That we should be to the praise of His glory who first trusted in Christ” (Eph. 1:12). And who was the first one to trust Christ? God the Father! When He gave the elect to Christ to be surety for them, He trusted His Son to save them. All of the burden of their salvation lay squarely on His mighty shoulders. All that God required of them He looked to His Son for. God’s people trust Christ for the same thing the Father does. All that God requires of them they look to Christ for. The faith of God’s elect and the faith of God is the same. They both look wholly to Christ.
“Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works.”
– Hebrews 10:24
We all desire to be loved. But understand, there is no such thing as being loved unconditionally. God does not love unconditionally. He loves us in Christ. United to Christ, we draw out His love. And no human being will love us in a relationally way unconditionally. The writer to the Hebrews calls on us to provoke one another, not to wrath, but to love. Treat one another in such a way that it stimulates love. In loving somebody, we seek their good and we seek to please them. That is “Provoking one another to love and good works.”
As long as we are in the flesh, we will have misunderstandings among us, unpleasantness, and even injustices (we will feel that our rights have been violated and others have been wrong in what they have said and done). What is to be our attitude? It is to be twofold: FOREBEARING one another and FORGIVING one another. To FORBEAR is to control our emotions, surrendering our rights for the time being in patient hope that God will reveal His purpose and will. To FORGIVE is actually to put the misunderstanding out of mind and restore a state of love and fellowship. Our Lord FORBEARS, that is, He is longsuffering and patient with us, and He FORGIVES, remembering our sins no more. – Pastor Henry Mahan
FAITH IN CHRIST
Faith in Christ is NOT TO WORK, but to cease from our labor and to rest in Him for all things. Faith in Christ is NOT TO DO ANYTHING, but to believe and own that ALL IS DONE in Him, by Him, and is imputed to us so fully that we are rewarded as it being what we did ourselves.
- Pastor Henry Mahan
When good Mr. Hervey questioned a godly ploughman as to what was the greatest hindrance to a sinner’s coming to Christ, he thought the ploughman would say, “Sinful self,” but he said, “Righteous self,” and so it is. Righteous self-confidence in our prayers, self-confidence in our repentance, self-confidence in something we mean to do, or something we feel that we already have – all this keeps us back from true peace and comfort. – C. H. Spurgeon