Birthdays: Kedrial Riggins – July 4th , Mary James Fuller – July 8th
I Am a Man With...
1. One motive - the glory of God. In all things I seek to magnify and lift up the Name of the Lord our God in the trinity of His persons. Like Paul, my goal is that "no flesh glory in His presence" (1 Corinthians 1:29). I will not preach man up, but down. In creation, providence and salvation, the Lord alone is to be exalted. When you enter into this building you have every right to expect and demand that the recognition, praise and glory for all things go to God. "O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).
2. One authority - the book of God. The Bible alone is the inspired Word of the Lord and is my only rule of faith and practice. All we need to know about God and His attributes, man and his sinfulness, the Lord Jesus Christ and His redemptive work, and the Holy Spirit and His regenerating grace is to be found in the Holy Scriptures. "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20).
3. One ambition - to know God. I sincerely seek to know the living God in Christ Jesus, for this is eternal life, and my ambition is that you also "know Christ and be found in Him, not having your own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith" (Philippians 3:9). I prayerfully seek God’s face on your behalf that He will enable you to hear His gospel and be brought to repent of dead works and trust the Name of the Son of God, Whom to know is life everlasting. I compel you, "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).
4. One message - the gospel of God. I declare unto you the glad tidings that God, in sovereign grace, chose a people in Christ Jesus unto salvation and the Son of God retired the indebtedness His people owed to divine justice when He died in our stead. God is a just God and a Savior through the sacrificial work of the blessed Redeemer. The good news I proclaim is, "it is finished." Everything a holy God required of His chosen people has been fully accomplished by the cross-death and resurrection of His Son. "Salvation is of the LORD" (Jonah 2:9).
--- Pastor Jim Byrd
ENMITY AGAINST GOD
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." (Romans 8:7)
"Enmity" is defined as hatred, animosity and hostility. Paul is saying that all men by nature hate God. Many say that they don't but God who knows the hearts of all men and needs not anyone to tell Him says they do. Perhaps one of the greatest evidences of this is seen in how that enmity defies even the plainest human logic. One would think that since men are naturally religious they would find a gospel church exactly to their liking. Where else can they go and find a building that is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer to a temperature naturally pleasant at no cost to themselves? Where can they go in religion without being begged and pleaded with to give money or support some expensive program? Where can they go and not be pressured into some religious decision? Where in this religious world can they go and not be asked to raise a hand, sign a card, come to the front or any of the other multitude of things that men are pressed to do in our day? What church can they go to without being threatened with hell, lured by the offer of rewards or nearly dragged to the baptismal pool? Where can they go without it being advised or at least suggested that they join up? Where else can they go where the preacher will not be on their doorstep the next day or some religious zealot dogging their heels for the next weeks? Where else can they go and hear the Word of God without opinion, philosophy or compromise and then leave without question? Where else can they go where a man will be honest with the gospel and tell them the truth about God, about themselves, about sin, about Christ and about salvation? Where else could they go and not hear what they are to do but hear what Christ has already done? Where else can you hear salvation in Christ alone, righteousness given as a free gift, sin fully put away and all things freely given in Christ? Where else can you hear of hope for real sinners? It would logically seem that men would be overfilling our building to hear such a gospel! But that is not the case. Why? Because men hate God and will go to any place, be subjected to anything, and do or give anything rather than submit themselves to the righteousness of God in Christ.