Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | The Boldness of Elijah | 1 Kings 18:1-40
Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God.” 1 Kings 18:38-39
Only God could do this! The fire came from the top down and it fell upon the sacrifice first–not the sinners! Thank God for His perfect sacrifice for us found in His Son Jesus Christ.
Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: The Word & Mankind | John 1:4
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: The Boldness of Elijah | 1 Kings 18:1-40
Wednesday Evening Audio: God Always Has a Remnant | Jeremiah 40
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Luke 22:7-20
And He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, which is given for you.” -Luke 22:19
Jesus Christ gave His body for you—because of your sins and your wickedness. Christ is our Passover Lamb, for without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. (1 Corinthians 5:7, Hebrews 9:22)
It is not our duty to take vengeance into our own hands. Do good to those who persecute you. Kill them with kindness. God has called us to be peacemakers and render good for evil.
When I see the blood, I will pass over you. -Exodus 12:13
My own sight of the precious blood is for my comfort; but it is the Lord’s sight of it which secures my safety. Even when I am unable to behold it, the Lord looks at it and passes over me because of it. If I am not so much at ease as I ought to be, because my faith is dim, yet I am equally safe because the Lord’s eye is not dim, and He sees the blood of the great Sacrifice with steady gaze. What a joy is this!
The Lord sees the deep inner meaning, the infinite fullness of all that is meant by the death of His dear Son. He sees it with restful memory of justice satisfied and all His matchless attributes glorified. He beheld creation in its progress and said, “It is very good”; but what does He say of redemption in its completeness? What does He say of the obedience even unto death of His well-beloved Son? None can tell His delight in Jesus, His rest in the sweet savor which Jesus presented when He offered Himself without spot unto God.
Now rest we in calm security. We have God’s sacrifice and God’s Word to create in us a sense of perfect security. He will, He must, pass over us, because He spared not our glorious Substitute. Justice joins hands with love to provide everlasting salvation for all the blood-besprinkled.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have showed us all these thing. -Judges 13:23
This is a part of promise deduced by logic. It is an inference fairly drawn from ascertained facts. It was not likely that the Lord had revealed to Manoah and his wife that a son would be born to them and yet had it in His heart to destroy them. The wife reasoned well, and we shall do well if we follow her line of argument.
The Father has accepted the great sacrifice of Calvary and has declared Himself well pleased therewith; how can He now be pleased to kill us! Why a substitute if the sinner must still perish? The accepted sacrifice of Jesus puts an end to fear.
The Lord has shown us our election, our adoption, our union to Christ, our marriage to the Well-beloved: how can He now destroy us? The promises are loaded with blessings, which necessitate our being preserved unto eternal life. It is not possible for the Lord to cast us away and yet fulfill His covenant. The past assures us, and the future reassures us. We shall not die but live, for we have seen Jesus, and in Him we have seen the Father by the illumination of the Holy Ghost. Because of this life-giving sight we must live forever.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Morning |Pastor Steve Wainright | Luke 5:17-26
“But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed—’I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.'” -Luke 5:24
The friends of the paralytic showed such great love for him that they did whatever it took to get him help, even if it meant cutting a hole in a roof and lowering him down. They deeply cared for him. How much are you willing to sacrifice to get a friend to Christ? (God cares, too. He cares so much that He sent His only Son for us. Christ cared so much that He willingly went to the cross.) Are you loving like that? Are you caring like that?
Before healing the paralyzed man, Jesus dealt with the man’s most serious problem first: his spiritual condition. He healed the man to confirm that He had power to forgive sins. The doubly healed man went home glorifying God on his way. Does your life show that your sins have been forgiven?
“For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” -Hebrews 10:14
Perfect in position, not yet in practice. “By a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” -Mike Donehey via Twitter
“And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” -Hebrews 10:10
Typically during a year, the Jews would have to sacrifice 1,093 lambs, 37 rams, 113 bulls, and 30 goats. Sin must be paid for and must be dealt with. These sacrifices were substitutes. In our case, Christ has fulfilled all that! (Colossians 2:16-17) He is our rest! We have a better sacrifice!
Listen to both of yesterday’s messages here.
Sunday School | Matthew 26:6-13 | Bro. Roger Harden
“…’Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to Me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have Me…'” -Matthew 26:10-11
vs. 6-7: Jesus was not concerned with public opinion. He was in the leper’s house. We are spiritual lepers.
vs. 8-9: Disciples thought this was wasteful. They were with Him all the time and perhaps took His presence for granted.
vs. 10-13: Jesus addressed the bickering and talking behind the woman’s back. He made sure the disciples had their priorities straight. If you’re helping the poor, tell them WHY you are giving them $10, because you have been given much.
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.” -1 Corinthians 9:19
Paul was free in Christ, but made himself a bond-servant because of his great love for Christ, sacrificing all he had to win others to the Lord. Paul adapted his life to reach others and met them right where they were, earning the right to share the Gospel with them. He also subjected his body to his mind. If he didn’t practice what he preached, he’d be disqualified from the ministry.
Evening Worship | Leviticus 23:1-3 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from His.” -Hebrews 4:9-10
*The Lord appointed the Sabbath as a day of rest and rejoicing to constantly remind the Israelites Who their covenant was with (their Creator and Redeemer…Exodus 12/20:8, Genesis 2:1-3).
*Christ is our rest. We don’t have to work to get to Heaven. It’s not what we do that pleases God. It’s what Christ has done that gives us peace with God, and therefore gives us rest. (Hebrews 4:9-10; Matthew 11:28-30)
*Gathering together encourages. Your obedience to the Word of God shows forth your profession. If you love Christ, you will keep His commandments. (Hebrews 10:24-25; John) The love of Christ motivates us to come worship Him with others He has shown love to. Examine yourself. (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Sunday School | Ezekiel 34:11-24 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out.” -Ezekiel 34:11
He looks at His flock that has been scattered, which He is the shepherd over. It’s something He already owns!
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 5:6-13 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” -1 Corinthians 5:7
Christ has died to separate us from sin. Don’t bring that old way of life into your new life! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Evening Worship | Leviticus 9:1-24 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” -Hebrews 10:12-14
God accepted the sacrifices from the children of Israel and allowed them to commune with Him and see His glory. We have been accepted in Jesus Christ and are able to fall on our knees to worship the Lord with thanksgiving!
Sunday School | 2 John 1:1-13 | Bro. Roger Harden
“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.” -2 John 1:6
If you love God, you’ll want to keep His commandments. You’re not doing it to earn anything, you’re doing it out of love.
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 4:1-7 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?“ -1 Corinthians 4:7
Boast in the Lord because whatever you have has been received from Him. The ground is level at the cross!
Evening Worship | Leviticus 7:11-38 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“For our sake He made Him to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” -2 Corinthians 5:21
Christ has fulfilled all the offerings that had to be given in order to come to God. He is our burnt offering, meal offering, peace offering, sin offering and trespass offering, as seen in Leviticus 1-5.