March 9, 2014
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 out 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)
We will observe the Lord’s Table this evening.
We will have a church dinner on April 6th (please note date change).
All ladies are invited to a baby shower for Meagan Coffey on Saturday morning, March 22nd at 10:30 in the fellowship hall.
11th – Bill Dent 12th – Chance Borders 13th – Renee Brice
13th – Nick Creamer 13th – Isaac Hands 14th – Aaron Greenleaf
Sunday Bible Study – Jessica E. AM – Peggy, Shirley, Jaime, Julie R.
PM – Kelli H., Carla B., Maybelle L. Wed. – Cami, Christie S.
“Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” - Proverbs 13:10
A man who professes to believe sovereign grace was attending a church where sovereign grace was not preached. I asked him if grace was preached at the church he attended. He replied, “Yes, but not like you do.” Are there other ways to preach grace? What he meant was, they do not preach total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints – but they still believe in salvation by grace through faith. All that can be said of that is it is dishonest. Someone that does not preach and love God’s sovereign grace does not preach grace at all. They may use the word ‘grace’, but they give it a different meaning. This is deceptive, evil, and soul destroying. May the Lord deliver us from such irreverence with His Word.
DOES THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACH TITHING?
Does the New Testament teach tithing? No. It teaches giving. Tithing is paying a bill. Giving is …..giving. If we look at this as a reason to give less than 10% we have missed the meaning altogether. Do you look at freedom from a tithe as an opportunity to give less or more? Believers dishonor Christ and miss out on great blessings by not being generous, cheerful, sacrificial givers.
“HE MUST INCREASE, I MUST DECREASE”
Look at a candle and how it burns. The more the light shines, the more the candle diminishes. What a beautiful illustration of the believer in Christ! The more he learns the Gospel of Christ, the more precious Christ becomes and the less he thinks of himself. One who is truly the Lord’s shines forth the light of HIS righteousness, grace, goodness, mercy, forgiveness, and truth. In so shining, self does not get bigger and more noticeable – the CHRIST does! The glory is not to self but to HIM. John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30).
IT COULD HAVE BEEN
We understand that everything that takes place in time comes to pass because it was ordained by God in eternity. The Scriptural phrase, “It came to pass” means literally, it was required. It was caused. Our God is absolutely sovereign!
It is also true that God has all contingent knowledge. He knows what could have been if….Christ said to Capernaum, “If the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.” (Matt. 11:23). God said in Psalms 81:13-14, “Oh that my people had hearkened unto Me, and Israel had walked in My ways! I should have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.” In both of these instances God talks about what would have been if….
While we believe in the absolute sovereignty of God, this belief does not produce a stoic fatalism. It is still true that if we do certain things prescribed in the Word, we will enjoy God’s blessing, and if we do not do what He tells us in His word, it will bring great sorrow into our lives! Oh, the blessings we could experience, the heartache we could avoid, if we would only obey. A poet once wrote:
“Of all the words of tongue or pen
None are sadder than it could have been.”
The atonement does not change the nature and character of God, but rather, the atonement honors and magnifies the character of God. The death of Christ is not the cause of God’s love, but the result of it. God is not merciful because Christ died. Christ died because God is merciful. In order that every attribute might be expressed, glorified, and honored. God gave His Son to be the Savior of His chosen people! Thank God! There is an atonement BEFORE THE LORD! - Pastor Henry Mahan