October 13, 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
Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty art my glorious dress
Midst flaming worlds in these arrayed
With joy shall I lift up my head.
This spotless robe the same appears
When ruined nature sinks in years
No age can change its glorious hue
The robe of Christ is ever new.
When from the dust of death I rise
To join the ransomed in the skies
E’en then shall this be all my plea
That Christ has lived and died for me.
O let the dead now hear Thy voice
Now bid Thy people to rejoice
Our beauty this, our glorious dress
JESUS, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS!
(Tune: “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” p. 217)
Everyone is invited to stay for lunch after the morning service today. There will be no evening service tonight.
College Grove Grace Bible Conference College Grove, TN – Oct. 18-20.
13th – Jaime Greenleaf 14th – Maybelle Lynn 15th – Brandon Coffey
17th – Abigail Sullivan 18th – Dwayne Imes 18th – Julianna Rigsby
Sunday AM – Amie, Emma, Christie PM – Audrey G., Faith Wed. – Lee Anne
“A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent” - Proverbs 15:5
PUFFED UP OR BUILT UP?
“Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth” (I Cor. 8:1). In the New Testament edifying, which means building, is used as a metaphor for spiritual growth and the development of character. Knowledge only puffs one up with pride, and is used for some kind of advantage over others. Even if the knowledge is accurate, it is offensive in the way it is used. Charity is not opposed to knowledge. The more we can know of Christ and His doctrine the better! But knowledge without a genuine love for God, His people, and His Truth is destructive rather then beneficial. But what a blessing of grace it is to be able to love. It builds us up and builds others up! Paul went on to say, “And if any think that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if any man love God, the same is known of Him” (I Cor. 8:2-3).
“Our souls loatheth this light bread.” The same people who at one time loved and were thankful for the heavenly manna, no longer found it to be of any substance. It went from tasting good to dry, stale, and insubstantial. The manna had not changed. But they had changed. When the Gospel loses its power and sweetness to us, the first person to hold suspect is ourselves!\
MESSAGE, METHOD, AND MOTIVE
Our message is the Word of God. Our method is preaching and prayer. Our motive is the His glory. Any other message will not save. Any other method will obscure, nullify, and deny the message. Any other motive uses men for a selfish end rather than speaking the Truth in love to them and the One we preach.
LEANNESS OF SOUL
Through the influence of the “mixt multitude” (those who were not true children of Israel, but left Egypt with them) the children of Israel became weary of the manna and desired flesh to eat. The things of the flesh became more attractive to them. Psalm 106:15 says, “And God gave them their request: but sent leanness unto their soul.” The manna is Christ, the Bread of Heaven! Be sure, that when something other than Him becomes our desire, leanness of soul will follow. What a miserable state for the soul to be in. May the Lord keep us ever thirsting after Christ, and always being conscious of His beauty and our need of Him.
“And delivered just Lot, vexed with filthy conversation of the wicked.”
II Peter 2:7
Considering the life of Lot, “A righteous man” seems an inappropriate title to pin on him. Fleshly, money-hungry, compromising, drunk, and incestuous all seem fitting, but not, “righteous”. Yet, “righteous” is exactly the adjective the Holy Spirit inspired Peter to use in order to describe Lot. What are we to make of this? It is obvious from Lot’s story that the righteousness by which a child of God is justified comes from some source other than himself. If Lot is righteous, then his righteousness was not of his own making; it came from somewhere else. This is true of everyone the Scriptures justify, from faithful Abraham to despicable Lot. Jesus Christ is the righteousness of God’s people, so they are all equally righteous in the sight of God regardless how they lived. Moreover, pinning the title “Righteous” on Lot serves to put the focus on God’s grace in salvation. The Holy Spirit did not call Lot righteous in order to minimize Lot’s great wickedness, but that He might magnify God’s great grace! What glory to God that His salvation can bestow the title of “Righteous” on such a ne’er-do-well as Lot! Lot is not God’s example of how we should live: He is God’s example of how gracious He is to even the chiefs of sinners.
- Pastor Joe Terrell
Paul said, “Neither count I my life dear to myself, that I might finish my course with joy” (Acts 20:24). This is the opposite of the way we naturally think. We think we will find joy and happiness in carefully preserving our life and by doing those things that will lead to our happiness. But the opposite is true. The only way we will have true joy is by not counting our lives as dear, but counting the glory of Christ and obedience to Him as what is truly dear.
To know Jesus Christ and Him crucified is not the minimum of knowledge but the maximum of knowledge; that to know “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” is not to know little but to know all; that here is not a descent from a loftier region, but an elevation into the highest sanctuary; that in “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” all duties, all works, all ministries are to emanate and to be evolved. – Adolph Saphir