MESSAGE – The Wheat and the Tares – Matt. 13:34-39
CLOSING HYMN – What a Wonderful Savior – p. 454
Birthdays: Jane Margeson – June 8th
THE RECONCILIATION OF ENEMIES
“For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10). There was but one way a holy God and His vile enemies could be reconciled. One who was equal with the offended God and yet a brother of the offenders, must answer the demands of the divine law. He must be perfect in the place of the offenders, and He must experience death as their Substitute in order to satisfy the just penalty of a broken law. Bless the name of Jesus Christ, He is the Son of God and the Son of Man who has fully satisfied God and completely accomplished the redemption, reconciliation and salvation of His people by His obedience unto death, even the death of the cross. —Pastor Jim Byrd
ASSURANCE BASED ON WHAT? THE FOUNDATION
The Gospel is the promise of the absolute certainty that salvation is conditioned on Jesus Christ alone without any contribution of works and merits from the sinner. This is without doubt good news, especially when it is revealed to us in the condition of man's inability in a condemned state. This promise that all of salvation is conditioned on Christ, the Representative of God's people, was established in the eternal Covenant of Grace when He was declared to be the Son of God as High Priest forever. Because God could swear by no greater, He swore by Himself that Christ was to be such a Priest to fulfill all the terms and conditions of this covenant. There is a rich source of assurance to be drawn from the eternal purpose of God in promising salvation only by the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The covenant of grace is really only the beginning of the overflowing spring of assurance, which we tap into by God-given faith. That promise actually was fulfilled as Christ finished the work. —Pastor Scott Price
“Wherefore HE [the Lord Jesus Christ] is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)
ASSURANCE IN CHRIST
Brethren, true godly assurance of salvation comes NOT by looking within ourselves to see if we have done enough or have grown enough, nor even to determine if we are sincere enough. True godly assurance of salvation comes by God-given faith that causes us to look only to Christ crucified and risen from the dead and to Christ as our Great High Priest Who ever lives to make intercession for us and Who keeps us by His grace and power. Consider –
In Christ, and by God-given faith in Him, we are assured in God’s Word that no sin can be charged to us, and we are righteous in God’s sight based on Christ’s righteousness imputed to us (Rom. 4:6-8; 8:33-34)
In Christ, and by God-given faith in Him, we are assured that we cannot be condemned by the law or separated from God’s love in Christ (Rom. 8:1,35-39).
In Christ, and by God-given faith in Him, we are assured that Satan’s and our enemy’s accusations against us are futile because they are turned back by the blood of Christ and the word of our testimony which is our salvation secured in and by Christ (Rev. 12:11).
In Christ, and by God-given faith in Him, we are assured that not even the remaining presence, influence, and contamination of our sinful flesh can bring us to forsake Christ and drag us down into condemnation (Rom. 7:24-25).
In Christ, and by God-given faith in Him, we are assured that the world cannot defeat us or bring us to condemnation because Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33; Isa. 54:17). —Pastor Bill Parker
Few there are in our day who love the plain and undecorated Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel without musical enhancement, illustrative enrichment and enthusiastic presentation comes as an unpalatable thing to the tastes of today’s hearers. Yet, the Gospel without these things is the children’s bread, the sheep’s food, and the words of life to all those born of God. “He that is of God heareth God’s words…” (John 8:47). —Pastor Gary Shepard
MAY 26, 2019 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – Jesus Calls Us – p. 374) Precious Savior, friend of sinners, We, as such, to Thee draw near; Let Thy Spirit dwell within us With that love that casts out fear. Matchless Saviour, let us know...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
MAY 19, 2019 CALL TO WORSHIP (I Will Arise and Go to Jesus) Come, ye sinners, poor & needy, weak & wounded, sick and sore;Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity, love and power. Come, ye thirsty, come, & welcome, God’s...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
MAY 12, 2019 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – p. 118) (Words written by Pastor Jim Byrd) Ye saints now sing of sovereign love, Unto our God who reigns above; All glory to the Trinity, Who loved us...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
MAY 5, 2019 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – Doxology) Hark, how the Gospel trumpet sounds, Christ and free grace therein abound; Free grace to such as sinners be, And if free grace, why not for me? The Saviour died, and by His blood...[ 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...
APRIL 28, 2019 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – Doxology) Upon the high and sovereign throne, Sits One who by Himself alone, Has purged our sins and gone on high, That those in Him should never die. Is this the One who just before, Our...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
APRIL 21, 2019 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – O Worship the King – p. 1) (Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) We gather this day to honor the King, Who sits on His throne, His triumphs we sing; The Savior who died to atone for our sin,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
APRIL 14, 2019 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – I Love Thy Kingdom – p. 188) (Words written by Pastor Gary Shepard) O Christ be all our hope, The good hope of God’s grace. The hope of mercy now our own, The Gift we now embrace.
APRIL 7, 2019 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – Immortal Invisible – p. 34) (Words written by Pastor Gary Shepard) Sweet mercies of Jesus, I find my delight. My hope in the morning, my song in the night. Whatever He sends me, I know...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
MARCH 31, 2019 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – Brethren, We Have Met to Worship – p. 15) Sovereign grace o’er sin abounding! Ransomed souls, the tidings swell; ‘Tis a deep that knows no sounding; Who its breadth or length...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
MARCH 24, 2019 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – p. 118) (Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) Ye saints now sing of sovereign love, Unto our God who reigns above; All glory to the Trinity, Who loved us from...[ abbreviated | read entire ]