Birthdays: Jeremy Pannell – Aug. 30th | Rodney Hiers – Aug. 30th Cassie Broxton – Sept. 3rd
Hymns for service: At Calvary – p. 477 Hallelujah! What a Savior! – p. 127
The following hymn was written in 1771 by Augustus Toplady, the writer of “Rock of Ages” –
DEBTOR TO MERCY ALONE
A debtor to mercy alone, of covenant mercy I sing; Nor fear with Thy righteousness on, my person and offering to bring The terrors of law and of God, with me can have nothing to do My Savior’s obedience and blood, hide all my transgressions from view.
The work which His goodness began, the arm of His strength will complete His promise is yea and amen, and never was forfeited yet Things future nor things that are now, not all things below nor above Can make Him His purpose forego, or sever my soul from His love.
My name from the palms of His hands, eternity will not erase Impressed on His heart it remains, in marks of indelible grace Yes, I to the end shall endure, as sure as the Earnest is given More happy, but not more secure, the glorified spirits in heaven.
It takes a miraculous, powerful, and even invincible work of the Holy Spirit to convince self-righteous sinners such as we are that our works and efforts to obey God, even our efforts to follow Christ, do not make us holy or righteous before God. Good works are the fruit of the life, power, and grace of God given us in and by the Lord Jesus Christ, but good works do not make us good. Tears of repentance and sorrow are the workings of Christ in the hearts of His people, but these tears do not and cannot wash away or cleanse us from our sins. It is the blood of Jesus Christ alone that cleanses us from ALL sin and makes us righteous in God’s sight. As we endeavor to worship the Lord with our songs, our prayers, our messages, let us remember that the only way God can and will accept us or our efforts is through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ alone. – Pastor Bill Parker
A true believer is one who has committed his whole salvation to one Person – the Lord Jesus Christ. As the apostle Paul wrote – “for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12).
True faith is a total confidence in Christ alone as the Sole Accomplisher of salvation. For this reason, it is obvious that many professors of religion and even of grace, are not true believers. They cannot be because they do not know from the holy scriptures WHO the Lord Jesus Christ really is and, most of all, WHAT He actually accomplished in His suffering and death on the cross. As Paul said, how can you believe on Him of whom you have not heard. The masses of deceived souls rally around their favorite preachers rather than the One who by Himself saved His people from their sins. Their faith is a believing of what their favorite preacher says rather than a believing of what God has actually said in His Word. -- Pastor Gary Shepard
Every doctrine which teaches us to do or endeavor anything toward our acceptance with God, stands opposed to the doctrine of the Apostles; which, instead of directing us what to do, sets before us all that the most disquieted conscience can require, in order to acceptance with God, as already done and finished by Jesus Christ. What Christ has done is that which pleases God; what He has done is that which quiets the guilty conscience of man as soon as he knows it; so that whenever he hears of it, he has no occasion for any other question but this – Is it true or not? If he finds it true, he is happy; if not, he can reap no comfort by it. If then we slight the comfort arising from the bare persuasion of this, it must be owing, at bottom, to our slighting this bare truth, to our slighting the bare work of Christ, and our considering it as too narrow a foundation whereon to rest the whole weight of our acceptance with God. Whereas all Christians of the same stamp with Paul can never see it in too bare a light, and are ready to say, Far be it; that we should glory, save in the cross, where that work was finished. – Copied
AUGUST 21, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – This is My Father’s World – p. 39) I bless the Christ of God, I rest on love divine,And with unfaltering lip and heart, I call the Saviour mine;His cross dispels each doubt, I bury in His...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
AUGUST 14, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – Depth of Mercy – p. 233) Brethren, let us join to bless,Christ our Peace and Righteousness;Let our praise to Him be giv’n,High at God’s right hand in heaven. Son of God, to Thee we...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JULY 31, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – O God Our Help – p. 10) Thou, Christ, the great Jehovah art,The Fount of holiness;And, God with us, Thou art become,The Lord our Righteousness. Oh, wash us with Thy blood and clotheWith Thy pure...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JULY 24, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – Revive Us Again – p. 485)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) Give thanks unto God, for the Son of His love;Who in covenant mercy was sent from above.(CHORUS) Hallelujah, praise the Savior, praise the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JULY 17, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – O God Our Help – p. 10) A people shall on earth lift up,A song in every place;And sing redemption’s lovely song,Of God’s redeeming grace. That grace which from His sovereign hand,Did...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JULY 10, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – Love Lifted Me – p. 441)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) Vile and wretched, filled with sin, guilty without a pleaNot a spark of good within, only impurityBut the God of grace and love purposed to...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JULY 3, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “Take My Life” – p. 393) To Thy presence we draw near,Lord, we love to worship here;When within the veil we meet,Christ, upon the mercy-seat. (R) Thou through Him art reconciled,I through...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JUNE 26, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “Immortal, Invisible,” – p. 34)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) Christ Jesus the Savior came down from above,In covenant mercy and infinite love;The Lord of creation a Servant became,To save all...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JUNE 19, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: Doxology) Before the throne of God above,I have a strong a perfect plea;The Great High Priest, whose name is love,Will ever live and plead for me. My name is graven on His hands;My name is written on His...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Randy Wages was born in Athens, Georgia, December 5, 1953. While attending church from his youth, Randy did not come to hear and believe the true and...