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September 19, 2021

Blessings Enjoyed by Older Believers

  1. They are “almost home.”
  2. They not only have God’s promises, but have experienced the fulfilling of them many times.
  3. They do not entertain any doubts about the Gospel of God's sovereign grace and Christ's effectual atonement. They know that salvation is and has to be of the Lord.
  4. They are not alarmed nor swayed by new voices and persuasive preachers. They have seen too many of them fall away to ever allow them to follow a man.
  5. Their failures have left them humbled, emptied of any confidence in this flesh and totally dependent on His mercy and grace in Christ Jesus.                                  ~Henry Mahan

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Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. ~Romans 3.19 They (His disciples) are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. ~John 17.16 …for ye are not under the law, but under grace. ~Romans 6.14

The Law speaks to those who are under its jurisdiction. Just as the law of any country speaks only to the occupants and citizenry of that country, so the Law of Sinai speaks only to those who are citizens of its domain. The domain of the Law is the world. Its jurisdiction extends to every person who is a citizen of this world, and its message to them is that they are guilty before the God who said, “I will by no means clear the guilty.”

But God’s people are not of this world: they have been chosen, redeemed, and called out of it. By virtue of the gracious actions of the God who gave the Law, the Law has nothing to say to them – they are outside its jurisdiction. The Law speaks to them that are under the law, and they are not under the Law. They have no quarrel with the Law, and blessed be the name of God, the Law has no quarrel with them! Those who subject themselves to the Law make themselves to be citizens of a world destined to perish, and they will perish with it, the condemning voice of the Law ringing in their ears, “By the deeds of the Law shall no flesh be justified in His sight.” But those who, by the grace of God, have been justified by the blood of Christ through faith shall never perish and shall never be condemned, for the condemning Law has no jurisdiction over them.                                               ~Joe Terrell

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David said, “I have been young, and now am old: yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Psalm 37:25).  God will never forsake a righteous man.  This gives us some glimpse of what was going on while Christ hung on the cross.  He was certainly the righteous man.  He never sinned!  Yet He cried, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” God has never and will never forsake a righteous man.  As the sin-bearing substitute, Christ was so truly made sin, that the Father forsook Him.  In bearing our sins in His own body on the tree, He deserved to be forsaken by God! It was the justice and righteousness of God that caused Him to forsake His Son. But there is wonderful assurance here. Just as Christ was truly made sin, everybody He died as a substitute for is made the very righteousness of God. And the righteous will never be forsaken.                                                                                                               ~Todd Nibert

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Look and Live

And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. Num. 21:8

The wounded person had simply to look and live; to look not at himself, not at his wounds, not at others around him, but directly and exclusively to God's remedy. He was called to fix his earnest gaze upon God's remedy, which was so placed that all might see it. If he refused to look at that, there was nothing for him but death. There was no possible need to look anywhere else, for the word was that everyone gets better when they look upon it, and they shall live. He was to look up to the brazen serpent, for the brazen serpent was God's exclusive remedy. To look anywhere else was to get nothing; to look at God's provision was to get life. No one could be saved by proxy; no one could look for another. There was life in a look, but the look had to be given. This was God's order then, and this is His order now. Look! Look to Christ and live!                                                                      ~Scott Richardson

   CALL TO WORSHIP

 Blessed are the sons of God.

They are bought with Jesus’ blood,

They are ransomed from the grave.

Life eternal they shall have.

With them numbered may we be,

Now and through eternity.

 

God did love them in His Son,

Long before the world begun.

They the seal of this receive,

When on Jesus they believe.

With them numbered may we be,

Now and through eternity.

 

They are justified by grace.

Their dear Savior took their place.

All their sins are washed away.

They shall stand in God’s great day.

With them numbered may we be,

Now and for eternity.

(Tune: “Rock of Ages” p. 126)

Nursery

This Week 10:00 Rachael Clark         10:45 Pam Bellerose  

Next Week 10:00 Radhika Miller       10:45 Olivia Dunbar

Clean-Up Schedule

Week of Sept 19th       Jerry & Maryann, Rebekah, Rachel

                                    John & Lauraine

                                    Rich

                                    Anthony LaCassia

Week of Sept 26th       Bert & Jennifer

                                    Don & Mary Wiginton

                                    Noah, Olivia              

Birthdays

Sept     24   Michele Cintron               Sept 25   Olivia Dunbar  

 We will have lunch in the new fellowship hall after services on Sunday, September 26th. Covered dish. Come prepared.