“And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering: and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.” -Leviticus 1:4
If by that laying on of his hand the bullock became the offerer’s sacrifice, how much more shall Jesus become ours by the laying on of the hand of faith?
My faith doth lay her hand On that dear head of Thine, While like a penitent I stand, And there confess my sin.
If a bullock could be accepted for him to make atonement for him, how much more shall the Lord Jesus be our full and all-sufficient propitiation? Some quarrel with the great truth of substitution; but as for us, it is our hope, our joy, our boast, our all. Jesus is accepted for us to make atonement for us, and we are “accepted in the Beloved.” Let the reader take care at once to lay his hand on the Lord’s completed sacrifice, that by accepting it he may obtain the benefit of it. If he has done so once, let him do it again. If he has never done so, let him put out his hand without a moment’s delay. Jesus is yours now if you will have Him. Lean on Him — lean hard on Him — and He is yours beyond all question; you are reconciled to God, your sins are blotted out, and you are the Lord’s.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.” -Jeremiah 50:20
A glorious word indeed! What a perfect pardon is here promised to the sinful nations of Israel and Judah! Sin is to be so removed that it shall not be found, so blotted out that there shall be none. Glory be unto the God of pardons!
Satan seeks out sins wherewith to accuse us, our enemies seek them that they may lay them to our charge, and our own conscience seeks them even with a morbid eagerness. But when the Lord applies the precious blood of Jesus, we fear no form of search, for “there shall be none”; “they shall not be found.” The Lord hath caused the sins of His people to cease to be: He hath finished transgression and made an end of sin. The sacrifice of Jesus has cast our sins into the depths of the sea. This makes us dance for joy.
The reason for the obliteration of sin lies in the fact that Jehovah Himself pardons His chosen ones. His word of grace is not only royal but divine. He speaks absolution, and we are absolved. He applies the atonement, and from that hour His people are beyond all fear of condemnation. Blessed be the name of the sin-annihilating God!
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” -Ephesians 5:2
“God tells us to walk in Christ’s love, but we can only do that when we know how great His love is for us. Until you understand the atonement, you’ll never understand the love of God. The love of Christ is measured by the sin of of man, manifested by the sacrifice of Himself, and comprehended by the purpose of His death.” -J. Anthony Vance
*Click here for Full Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: Walk in the Love of Christ (Ephesians 5:2)
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Luke 23:44-49 | Audio
Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” -Luke 23:47
The Cross: The greatest injustice ever done by mankind, but the greatest justice ever done for mankind.
Sunday, December 9
Morning Audio: Watch Jesus (Bro. Sheridan Stanton, missionary to Peru)
Evening Audio: Abimelech (Pastor Steve Wainright)
“Then they sat down and kept watch over Him there.” -Matthew 27:36
Watching Jesus, what did they see? Who did they see?
1) The Pre-Existent One
The Creator of the universe was hanging in a human body dying for me.
2) His Unique Birth & Unique Conception
The very Creator God of the universe transformed Himself into a microscopic seed.
3) The Atonement for My Sins
Levitical priests made daily sacrifices, but could never take away sins, but THIS Man! Behold THE Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! He’s the propitation for our sins. The price has been paid! And, He also conquered death! Because of that, He offers us a new, eternal life.
Sunday School | Psalm 25:1-22 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.” -Psalm 25:4
When asked how the Lord teaches us, various youth at NLBC answered, “Through His Word, discipline, people you meet, more mature Christians, problems and suffering.” When David asked the Lord to teach him in vs. 4, he wanted the Lord to bring these things into his life if they made him know Christ better. Why did David want the Lord to do all this? For His glory! (vs. 11)
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“…God has called you to peace.” -1 Corinthians 7:15
vs. 10-11- Charge to married Christians // vs. 12-16- Charge to believers married to an unbelievers
*#1 Problem in Marriages: “I.” Change yourself and line yourself up with God’s Word.
*Are you single? Don’t date an unbeliever. Set your standards high.
*A spouse’s faith cannot save their unbelieving spouse. It takes the power of God, but God can use you as an influence in their life.
*The unbelieving spouse does not defile the believer, rather because of the believer, the home and marriage will be blessed. (Genesis 30, Genesis 39, 1 Timothy 1)
*Tips for Living in Marriage with an Unbeliever:
-Don’t nag. (Romans 12:18) -Be patient. -Be kind. -Be prayerful. -Don’t expect them to live like a child of God because they’re not one. -Make your home a little piece of Heaven on earth because that may be all the Heaven they experience. -Win them with your life. (1 Peter 3)
Evening Worship | Leviticus 17:1-16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” -Galatians 1:3-5
*This begins the second half of the book of Leviticus, which deals with holiness in God’s people (God’s children communing with the Lord and reflecting His glory).
*vs. 1-9- God alone is worthy of our worship (Exodus 20:3-6)
*Ultimately, God is the Giver of all life. Honor God by honoring life.
*Christ gave His life as a gift for us! (Galatians 1:4, 1 John)
*Blood was given for atonement. Are we honoring that life?