And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
Sunday Morning Bible Study 10:00 AM
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Friday Night Bible Study 7:30 PM
“All The Way My Saviour Leads Me” pg460
“I Am Thine, O Lord” pg358
“Heaven Came Down” pg495
· Join us for our FELLOWSHIP DINNER concluding this morning service.
· We will come to THE LORD’S TABLE during our afternoon worship service, Lord willing
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“How great is our God whose hand paints every flower and shapes every leaf; who forms every bud on every tree and every infant in the womb; who feeds each crawling worm with a parent’s care and every insect that sleeps in the bosom of a flower; who opens the golden gates of day and draws the dusky curtains of the night; who measures every drop of rain, the whirling flakes of snow, and the sands of man’s earthly life; who determines alike the fall of the sparrow and the fate of a kingdom; who so overrules the tide of human fortune that, whatever befalls a man, come joy or sorrow, the believer readily declares, ‘It us the Lord: let Him do what seemeth Him good’.”
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2)
The new Jerusalem. ‘The holy city, new Jerusalem’, is not a literal walled city. It is the church of the living God in its complete, perfect state. John describes the new Jerusalem (God’s glorified church) more fully later. For now he simply tells us three things about it.
The church of God is ‘the holy city, new Jerusalem’. It is called ‘new’ to distinguish it from the earthly Jerusalem, the symbolical Old Testament centre of worship. It is ‘holy’ because it has been purged and cleansed of all sin by the blood of Christ and the power of his grace. It is evident from the Scriptures that ‘the holy city, new Jerusalem’ is the whole church of God’s elect (Ps. 48:1 - 2; Isa. 26:1 - 2; 40:9; Gal. 4:26; Heb. 12:22 - 24). It is called a ‘city’ because a city is a place of permanent residence, made up of a great number of people, and a place of security and safety. This ‘holy city’ will be our home, the place of our family and of our most intimate fellowship (Heb. 11:6).
This ‘holy city’ comes down from God out of heaven. When Christ comes again to the earth all the saints of God will come with him into his new creation (Dan. 7:13 - 14, 18; Jude 14).
The church of God is ‘prepared as a bride adorned for her husband’. This describes the church in her eternal glorified state, beautified with all the perfection of holiness, in perfect conformity to the Lord Jesus Christ. This was the object of God the Father in election (Eph. 1:4; Rom. 8:29 - 30), the goal of God the Son in redemption (Eph. 5:25 - 27) and the objective of God the Holy Spirit in regeneration (Eph. 1:13 - 14). This great, glorious event will be the final, climatic result of Christ’s work as our Saviour and surety (Heb. 2:13).
“Discovering Christ in Revelation”
by Pastor Don Fortner (Excerpt)
(Isaiah 41:10 - 14)
“Three times in the above verses God says to His people, ‘Fear not’. Each time that He tells us not to fear, He also says ‘I will help thee’. In Psalm 89:19 we read: ‘I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people’.
This one that is mighty and yet chosen out of the people can only be the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the mighty God, and yet He is man. The great mystery of godliness is God manifest in the flesh (I Tim. 3:16). He is the only one that God has laid help upon for sinners. He paid the debt of those who trust in Him, who by nature are bankrupt with nothing to pay. Our debt was one of obedience as well as satisfaction and He paid it all. Consider the words of the hymn writer, Isaac Watts,
‘Till God in human flesh I see,
My thoughts no comfort find:
The holy, just, and sacred Three
Are terrors to my mind.
But if Immanuel’s face appear
My hope, my joy begins,
His name forbids my slavish fear,
His grace removes my sins.’
Pastor David Pledger
“Sinners do not become servants of the Lord by studying how to be good servants. Sinners become faithful servants by knowing and studying the Master.”
Pastor Chris Cunningham
“I am so glad the apostle Paul by Divine inspiration wrote, ‘Christ is all and in all.’ For though I am self-righteous, proud, and altogether vanity, by the grace and mercy of God, Jesus Christ is made unto me all I need to stand perfectly holy and righteous before the Divine Justice of God.”
Pastor David Eddmenson
THE COVENANT OF WORKS OR THE COVENANT OF GRACE: Which Do You Desire to Be Under?
“The covenant of works was between God and man. God said, ‘Adam, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:’ Yet God puts conditions in and on the covenant of works. ‘But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: (there was a condition and consequence for disobedience) for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.’
The covenant of grace is unconditional. In the covenant of grace I never have to worry about whether I have done enough. In the covenant of grace, I never have to worry about whether I have done good enough. Why? Because it is about what Jesus Christ has done for the chosen sinner. It certainly was enough and it certainly was good enough. It was perfect! He is the only One who could satisfy God’s Holy justice and justify me. Why would anyone desire to be under the covenant of works?”
Pastor David Eddmenson
“YE ARE COMPLETE IN HIM” (Colossians 2:10)
“The believers standing in Christ does not fluctuate with his feelings, not even the increase or decrease of his faith or understanding or anything else. He stands complete in Christ. God would never trust any of His children to stand before him at anytime in their own selves - that is, in their merits or certain good frames of mind. He knows our frame. He remembers that we are yet dust. Therefore, He has on purpose provided for them this perfect standing in Christ Jesus. ‘Ye are complete in Him’, the Holy Ghost said. He says in another place, ‘Ye are perfect in Christ Jesus’, (Col. 1:28.) The very nature of our God requires us to be perfect and complete before Him at all times. He, out of necessity, therefore provided all this for His children: a perfection, a completeness, which can never be diminished. It is as unchanging as God himself, (Heb. 6:17; 13:8). Every true believer may walk through this world in perfect liberty, free from anything and everything - yes, even his sin, fear of condemnation, and all else that would cause him to doubt of his completeness. He may freely come to God, worship Him, call Him ‘Father’, and this he may do at all times with the utmost confidence and thankfulness, because in Christ he stands, first and foremost and always, complete before God. O thanks be to God for Jesus Christ.”
Pastor Bruce Crabtree
"The Righteous Shall Hold His Way"
“The believer may not always travel with equal SPEED. This scripture does not say he will hold his PACE, but he will hold his WAY. He may not always travel with equal ENTHUSIASM. It does not say that he will hold his zeal and zest, but he will hold his WAY. He may not travel with equal SUCCESS and SPIRITUAL GROWTH, but he will hold his WAY . The scriptures do not teach that a person will reach eternal glory even if he leaves the way of faith and love. The true believer will continue in repentance, in faith, in worship, and in love for the Redeemer and His people. Paul summed up what I am saying: ‘Now the just shall live by faith, but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul’ (Hebrews 10:38-39).”
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“To bring in everlasting righteousness”
“Consider this single accomplishment of the Lord Jesus and you will find a sufficient cause for rest in your hearts, compelling motivation for praise in your heart, and a firm foundation for the hope of life everlasting.
How hard we have tried, and how useless our efforts have been in creating and maintaining our own righteousness. Truly, our flesh, like all other flesh, is as the grass and flower of the field: no sooner do we manufacture something that looks like righteousness than the winds blow upon it and it withers and dies. What a wearisome task to maintain even the appearance of righteousness, much less the reality of it. But of the several things that were included in the Lord’s triumphant cry, ‘It is finished’, this is the foundation: He has done for eternity what we cannot do for a moment: brought in righteousness. We can rest, for all that is required of us by God has been done for us by the Son of God.”
Pastor Joe Terrell
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36)
“To be without Christ is to be without anything of value. To be without Christ is to be an unpardoned condemned sinner. The day will come when that person without Christ will be cast into Hell. To be without Christ is to be sick with a disease that is killing you, with no remedy. Sin will be your ruin, because you have no Saviour. You will soon die without Christ. You will go into eternity with no one to lean on. None will comfort you. To die is to live again, either in eternal life or eternal death. But without Christ there is none that will say to the storm, ‘Peace, be still’ ” Pastor Milton Howard
“The Best Friend you can have on this earth is one who will tell you the truth. One who will not help make you comfortable in a refuge of lies. One who speaks the truth to you in love. One who will continue to do so though you may not appreciate his doing so. May I be such a friend that the blood of others be not on my hands.”
Pastor Donnie Bell