July 7, 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
Precious Saviour, friend of sinners
We, as such, to Thee draw near
Let Thy Spirit dwell within us
With that love that casts out fear.
Matchless Saviour, let us know Thee
As the Lord our Righteousness
Cause our hearts to cleave unto Thee
Come, and with Thy presence bless.
Open now Thy precious treasure
Let Thy Word here freely flow
Give to us a gracious measure
‘Tis Thyself we long to know.
Come and claim us as Thy portion
Let us all find rest in Thee
Leave us not to empty notions
We would find our hope in Thee!
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 372)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
We rejoice with Cody Sparks who confessed Christ in believer’s baptism this past Wednesday night.
8th – Jasper Clark 8th – Rob Elliott 9th – Michael Cunningham
Sunday AM – Andrea, Sharon, Alison PM – Jaime, Kim Wednesday – Billie
“He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.” - Proverbs 22:16
Paul said to the Corinthians that he could not speak to them as spiritual, but as carnal. Because they were carnal they could not take the meat of the Word. They had to be fed with milk. There was envying, strife, and divisions among them, which is the M.O. of the carnal man. Their favoritism toward certain preachers made them carnal (I Cor. 3:1-4).
Carnal means pertaining to the flesh; fallen human nature. Paul says to people who did have a spiritual nature, having been born from above, you do not look or act like you have a spiritual nature. You look and act like a man dead in sins. What would Paul say if he saw me or you? In the same chapter he went on to speak of those who were on the foundation. Some had built a house of gold, silver, and precious stones - others of wood, hay, and stubble. Which one am I? Which one are you?
Life is short. May we see wood, hay, and stubble for what it is. May we see it burned away now! I do not know all that Paul meant when he said concerning the one whose house was wood, hay, and stubble… “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” But I do know this. It doesn’t sound good. Oh, that we may be spiritual rather than carnal.
FOUR QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE TAKING THE LORD’S TABLE
1. What am I?
A sinner who has no one else to blame.
2. What have I done?
Sinned against God, thereby condemning myself to death and defiling all that I think, say, and do.
3. What do I want?
The complete forgiveness of my sins so much so that they are blotted out forever and will never be remembered and a nature accepted by God that is incapable of sin in thought, motive, or deed.
4. How shall it be mine?
Trusting in the Man, Christ Jesus to save me – freely, completely, by His own hand, and with no other refuge.
- Andy Davis
It was to save sinners that Christ Jesus came into the world. He did not come to help them to save themselves, nor to induce them to save themselves, nor even to enable them to save themselves. He came to save them. – William Hendricksen
Judas betrayed his Master with a KISS! He came to the Lord with evil in his heart, the price of a compromise in his hand, religious devils at his side, and said, “Hail master”, as he planted a KISS on the Lord’s cheek! This is how most apostates and compromisers operate: they betray the Son of God and the Gospel of grace WITH A KISS. They talk of love, humility, morality, and sugar and spice while they sell out to the religious world and betray the Sovereign Son of God. Men watch their pretended affection and hear their words, “Hail Master”, spoken so softly, smoothly, humbly, and sweetly, and they say, “Can such devout people be ENEMIES of the Lord?” Do not be deceived; sometimes the most devout looking, religious people can be the most hypocritical in the world. Do not be deceived by their kisses. LISTEN TO THEIR GOSPEL! Peter, bearing the sword, had more grace than Judas, who came with a kiss. – Pastor Henry Mahan
Some people would have us believe that if we preach pure grace it will lead people to licentious living. They say if we remove the law as a guide or motivation for Christian living, people will have nothing to keep them holy. They say to tell a person to just follow Christ doesn’t provide enough structure and will lead people to careless living. Is that where the Gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace in Christ Jesus leads? Grace preachers have always been, and always will be, falsely accused of this devilish lie. The apostle Paul spent most of his time defending the Gospel of grace against this law mongers view of self-righteousness. “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Romans 6:15). No, grace does not lead to sin, grace leads to Christ. He is able by the law of love and faith to restrain our flesh and make us His workmanship. – Pastor Greg Elmquist
The religious professor receives doctrines because he sees them in the Bible. The believer not only sees them in the Book, but he feels them in his heart, put there by the Holy Spirit. The believer gets at truth through trouble. He arrives at the banquet of mercy through sharp pangs of hunger. He lays hold of the robe of righteousness chilled by nakedness. He comes to the cross because he is guilty and there is nowhere else to go. Thus the religionist and the believer (however they may resemble one another) have an eternal distinction which the hand of God has drawn between the living and the dead. – J. C. Philpot