CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – How Firm a Foundation – p. 268)
Thy mercy, My God, is the theme of my song, The joy of my heart, the boast of my tongue; Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last, Hath won my affection and bound my heart fast.
For unworthy sinners my Lord bowed His head, For unworthy sinners He suffered and bled, My spirit rejoices, the work it is done, My soul is redeemed, and salvation is won!
Great God of mercies, Thy goodness I own, And the covenant of love of Thy glorified Son; All praise to the Saviour whose blood so divine, Sealed pardon and mercy and righteousness mine.
Great God of glory, how rich is Thy grace! What wonderful love is revealed in Thy face! Lord Jesus, Beloved, we’re washed in Thy blood, With hope we shall stand at the throne of our God.
TODAY’S SERVICES – Messages by Pastor Bill Parker BIBLE CLASS – 10:00 a.m. – The First Resurrection –
MORNING WORSHIP – 11:00 a.m – OPENING – Matthew 28:18-20 CALL TO WORSHIP (above) HYMN – Come Thou Fount – p. 17 READING – Acts 2:22-42 MESSAGE – BELIEVER’S BAPTISM (1) – Acts 2:37-41 CLOSING HYMN – My Savior – p. 226
MID-WEEK BIBLE STUDY – WEDNESDAY – 6:30 P.M Preaching Christ in the End Times
Birthdays: Carolyn Hayes - Jan. 9th | Jim Byrd - Jan. 11th | Amy Hiers - Jan. 12th
GRACE, LOVE, AND GRATITUDE
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14)
GRACE through righteousness is the realm in which we as true Christians live. For it is in and through the Lord Jesus Christ (by whom all salvation and spiritual blessings are given by God to us, NOT on the ground of any merit in us but on the ground of Christ’s righteousness imputed to us) that we live. LOVE is the motive of our life and obedience as it is God’s love for us in Christ who gave Himself for us to secure our whole salvation by His obedience unto death as our Surety and Substitute. We love Him because He first loved us. GRATITUDE is the expression of our hearts as we serve the Lord and worship Him as our Lord and Savior. All this establishes within us the motive for our life and obedience. This is what inspires, motivates, and energizes us for service to our great God and Savior.
The sinner who has saving faith believes that there is a fullness of salvation in Christ for poor sinners. “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him….” (Heb. 7:25). In the word of the Gospel Christ is held forth as an able Saviour – able to save men from their sins and from the wrath of God. His merit is a sufficient shield against the tempest of wrath which incensed justice is ready to exact against transgressors.
The sinner who has saving faith knows that the righteousness Christ fulfilled as the condition of the Covenant of Grace is so valuable in itself, and in the eyes of the Father, that it is sufficient to procure justification, sanctification, and all other saving benefits to sinners who in themselves deserve death and damnation. So they are happy who are in Him. They shall never perish but have everlasting life, being eternally secure under the cover of His righteousness as a sufficient defense.
It is impossible to convince unbelievers of both the joy and the necessity of
having a determination to only preach “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). The natural man cannot comprehend our desire to exalt the blessed Savior – His Person, His blood and His righteousness – in every service. The fact is, no subject is more delightful, more needful or more practical than the Gospel of Christ. If we would worship God, we must preach Christ and His successful sacrifice, for this is the subject that honors God and assures us of His presence and blessing. If we would be helpful to the lost, we must preach the crucified Christ, pointing sinners to their only hope of salvation. If we would feed the sheep, no message is more pleasant, instructive or strengthening than the Shepherd’s redeeming love and mercy. And as for practicality, the love of Christ and His marvelous work of redemption constrains and motivates us to live in this world in a manner honoring to our Redeemer. We preach Christ and Him crucified because we are commanded to and because we want to; He is our all in all. His blood made an end of our sins, finished our transgressions and brought in everlasting righteousness. He is our Surety and unfailing Friend. He chose us unto salvation in eternal love and pledged to redeem, save, preserve and glorify us. Christ received us as a gift from the Father and was commissioned to bring us safely home and present us “without spot, or wrinkle or any such thing” (Ephesians 5:27). He is everything to the Father and everything to the Father’s children. It will be our great joy to see Him face to face.
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Wherefore HE 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) Only Christ has the ability to save His people “to the uttermost,” i.e. “completely, perfectly, and without fail.” Two of the reasons why truly saved sinners cannot lose salvation are the blessed and glorious facts that (1) by His death Christ alone satisfied the justice of God for His people and brought forth righteousness that God has imputed (charged, accounted, reckoned) to them as proven by His resurrection from the dead; and (2) He lives forever as their Intercessor (Advocate, Mediator) to stand for His people based on the merits of His finished work as their Surety and Substitute. CHRIST IS THE BELIEVER’S SURETY! --Pastor Bill Parker
JANUARY 1, 2017 CALL TO WORSHIP (Tune – Come Thou Fount – p. 17) (Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) In this house, O great Jehovah, God of everlasting days;Humbly now we all assemble, to begin this year with praiseLord we thank Thee for...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
DECEMBER 18, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – Take My Life, And Let it Be – 393) Unto us a child is born;Human nature to adorn;By His merits to atone,For our sins before God’s throne. (R) Unto us a Son is giv’n;Now our...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Jim was born in Camilla, Georgia in 1947. He moved to Albany, Georgia in 1963 where he attended public schools and Darton College where he completed a Business...
DECEMBER 11, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” – p. 92)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) Sing praises to the Son of God, Who down from heaven cameTo save His people from their guilt, From misery and shame.Down...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
DECEMBER 4, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – Like a River Glorious – p. 287)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) Sinners saved by Jesus, glory in His Name;For He came and cleansed us from our guilt and shame;He alone could save us from our lost...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
NOVEMBER 27, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing – p. 46)(Words written by Pastor Gary Shepard) What hope have we but Christ alone?What righteousness but Him?What peace have we but by His blood?What life but...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
NOVEMBER 20, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – Come Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove – p. 158) 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...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
NOVEMBER 13, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: I Love Thy Kingdom) The Lord proclaims His name,The Lord our righteousness;His mercy ever stands the same,And we shall all rejoice. His name is gracious still;And freely He bestowsThe bounty of 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...
NOVEMBER 6, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – Majestic Sweetness – p. 52)(Words by Pastor Gary Shepard) O God into whose presence now,We come as sinners low,And trace all blessings to your throne,Received by us below. (R) O precious Christ...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
OCTOBER 30, 2016 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune – Immortal, Invisible – p. 34)(Words by Pastor Gary Shepard) We gather this morning to worship and praise,The God of all glory, the Ancient of Days.None other is worthy but Jesus aloneGod’s...[ abbreviated | read entire ]