SUNDAY APRIL 4, 2021
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts
sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Sunday Morning Bible Study 10:00 AM
SIMON PETER AN APOSTLE OF CHRIST
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Friday Night Bible Study 7:30 P
OPENING HYMN PAGE 198
WONDERFUL GRACE OF JESUS
WORSHIP HYMN PAGE 103
BLESSED BE THE NAME
RECIEVED THE WORD OF TRUTH
CLOSING HYMN PAGE 202
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
HEART FAITH Romans 10:9
"If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus; and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." This is the one thing that is essential: you must "believe in thine heart." Beloved friends, this I urge upon you, "examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith." I would do nothing to rob any true believer of the joy of confident assurance. But I must warn all men to guard against religious presumption. It is Satan's cheap counterfeit.
FALSE FAITH CAN BE VERY DECEPTIVE. False faith produces good works. And it excites the emotions. It reforms the outward life. It performs deeds of religion. It causes sorrow for sin. It speaks well of Christ. It does works of charity. It trembles under the preaching of the gospel. False faith gains high offices in the church. It secures peace of mind. It walks in the company of great preachers. False faith even holds out to the day of judgment (Matt.7:22-23). My friends, BEWARE OF FALSE FAITH! Remember Lot's wife, Judas, Simon, Demas, and Diotrephes. Be not numbered among them.
TRUE FAITH IS THE HEART KNOWLEDGE, TRUST, AND SUBMISSION TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. God has revealed Christ to us in the gospel, by which we know our desperate need and his saving power and fulness. Trusting Christ alone as our all-sufficient Savior, we commit ourselves, body and soul to him. And where there is true faith, there is the submission of heart to Christ as our sovereign Lord and King. This faith comes not by heredity, nor by the logic and persuasiveness of the preacher. It is the gift of God. Christ is revealed in the heart by the gospel.
THIS HEART FAITH CAN BE KNOWN BY THOSE WHO POSSESS IT. Have we believed? If so, we have firmly, cordially, and voluntarily received Christ in all his offices. To them that believe, Christ is precious. Heart faith purifies the heart and weans it from the world. Heart faith works by love, lives in hope, and rests in Christ. This is true faith. This is heart faith.
(F-forsaking, A-all, I, T-Take, H-Him.)
The Lord loves the fellowship of His people. He invites them to commune with Him: “Come, my people.” He points out the way to fellowship: “Enter thou into thy chambers and shut thy doors about thee.” That is, get alone with thy God. Then, He provides for this communion: Christ is our hiding-place. And He Himself comes to meet us: “Come my people.” I invite you, beloved, tonight if you can, or as soon as ever you can, to the special season given up to nothing else but fellowship with God that you may begin again a fellowship that afterwards shall not easily be broken. Pray. If you feel that you cannot pray, read. Let God speak to you. Get into conversation with Him somehow. A conversation, you know, needs two to engage in it. Hear what God says to you, read a passage from His Word, and then pray. If you find you cannot pray, praise. Say something to Him, and then read again, and let Him speak to you. But come not away until He has spoken to you, and you have very distinctly spoken with Him.im speak to you.HH Let this be the burden of your prayer: “Lord, I want to come to Thee; I want, through Jesus Christ my Mediator, to have fellowship with Thee and to abide in Him in nearness to Thee.” May the Lord Help you in this matter, for truly there is no life like it!
Charles H Spurgeon
“Theology is, God talking about Himself, and allowing us in on the conversation. True Theology is the discourse of divine revelation, the self-disclosure of God, to those who are privileged to hear. Theology is more than a cerebral speculation about divine things. It is the subjective work of the Triune God, bringing men and women into an experience of the Truth, as it is in Jesus Christ. True theology is a beholding of the glory of God, in the Person of His Son, by the Spirit’s aide, according to the purpose of The Father.
John 6:45: ‘It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me’.”
Pastor Jesse Gistand
- Our FELLOWSHIP DINNER to follows this morning service
- We will come to THE LORD’S TABLE during our afternoon worship service, Lord willing
"I am the vine, ye are the branches" (John 15:5).
1. Christ, Himself, is the vine – the spring and source of life. We are the branches who have no existence apart from Him.
2. Believers are truly ONE with Christ. When one looks at a vine-yard, he does not distinguish between vine and branches; they are one!
3. Those branches which are truly in Christ will surely bring forth fruit of love, joy, peace, grace, and mercy; for this is the nature of the vine, and His life, power and spirit produce such.
"A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit" (Matt. 7:17-18).
Pastor Henry Mahan
ALL MY SALVATION
2 Samuel 23:5: “Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.”
“Is Christ ALL to you? Is the Christ ALL your salvation? Is Christ ALL your perfection before God? Has Christ put away ALL your sins--past, present and future? Is it by Christ only that ALL your prayers and good deeds come up to God a well-pleasing spiritual sacrifice? Is Christ ALL your assurance of grace to continue in faith in this life? Is Christ ALL your hope of glory to come? Those who continue unto the end confessing God is ALL my salvation, and ALL my desire, shall live with Christ who is ALL their desire, for ALL eternity.”
Pastor Clay Curtis
SOVEREIGNTY, MEANS, THANKSGIVING
“There are three things here which deserve special attention.
First, the fact that we are expressly told that God's elect are ‘chosen to salvation.’ Language could not be more explicit. How summarily do these words dispose of the sophistries (arguments) and equivocations of all who would make election refer to nothing but external privileges or rank in service! It is to ‘salvation’ itself that God hath chosen us (John 15:16).
Second, we are warned here that election unto salvation does not disregard the use of appropriate means: salvation is reached through ‘sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.’ It is not true that because God has chosen a certain one to salvation that he will be saved willy nilly, whether he believes or not: nowhere do the scriptures so represent it. The same God who predestined the end, also appointed the means; the same God who ‘chose unto salvation’, decreed that his purpose should, be realized through the work of the Spirit and belief of the truth (2 Tim. 2:25; Titus 1:1).
Third, that God has chosen us unto salvation is a profound cause for fervent praise. Note how strongly the apostle expresses this, ‘we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation’, etc. Instead of shrinking in horror from the doctrine of predestination, the believer, when he sees this blessed truth as it is unfolded in the Word, discovers a ground for gratitude and thanksgiving such as nothing else affords, save the unspeakable gift of the Redeemer himself (Eph. 1:3-6).”
A. W. Pink
MERCY OR MERIT?
“Understanding that God's mercy is His not giving us what we deserve is fundamental in our asking for mercy. Without this understanding, it is impossible to ask for mercy. Without understanding this, we are not asking God for mercy! We have entered the realm of merit; we think that God is somehow obligated to have mercy on us. When mercy is obligated, it is no longer mercy; it becomes merit.”
Pastor Todd Nibert
ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED --Ephesians 1:6—
“Think for a moment of the Glory and Majesty of Almighty God. If a believer ponders in his heart the wonder of God's Grace, he soon realizes his own unworthiness and utter vileness. How could it ever be that He, before whom the moon and stars are not pure in His sight, accepts such sinners? Yet the infallible Word of God declares the He indeed has accepted some men in the Beloved. Who are they? How are they made accepted? According to Ephesians 1: 3-14, they are those who have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ. They are those who have been chosen in Christ from the foundation of the world. They are those who have been predestinated to the adoption of children by Christ. They are those who have been accepted in Christ. They are those who have been redeemed by Christ, forgiven their sins by Christ, illuminated in Christ, gathered in Christ, and given an inheritance in Christ. They are those who have been given faith after they heard the Gospel. They are those who have been sealed by the Holy Spirit in Christ. This was all done for these to the praise and the glory of God's Grace. This was accomplished for them by Him who doeth all things after the counsel of His own will.
To the hopeless, and only the hopeless, this is good news!
Pastor Tim James
“Redemption is the ransom of chosen sinners out from under the curse of God's broken law and offended justice by the sacrificial, substitutionary, sin-atoning death of our Lord Jesus. Redemption is the satisfaction of justice by the blood of Christ and the deliverance of God's elect from all possibility of condemnation (Eph. 1:7; Gal. 3:13; Col. 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18 - 20). The redemption of our souls by Christ's shed blood also includes and guarantees the redemption (deliverance) of our souls from the bondage and dominion of sin (Isaiah 53:10 - 11); and the redemption of our bodies from the grave at the resurrection (1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 1:14, 4:30). All who were redeemed by the blood of Christ must and shall be saved by God's grace in him.”
Pastor Donnie Bell