Announcement: Baptism on Wednesday, July 31 at Rymer
Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 6th : (GG 4:00, LP 5:00, RY 6:00)
Psalm: 1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
5Remember his marvelous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.
7 He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:
11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:
45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.
Joys and Concerns:
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Jesus pictured a man planting a tiny mustard seed in his field. It grew up to be a tree large enough for the birds to come and lodge in its branches. When the man held that mustard seed in his hand he must have said, “What a tiny thing. It will never amount to much.” But he planted it and it became a great tree.
The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed—This parable is a representation of the progress of the Gospel in the world. How from a very small beginning, the Gospel of Christ should pervade all the nations of the world, and fill them with righteousness and true holiness.
Do you feel small and useless? Then just give yourself fully to Christ. Do your best for him and leave the results to him and he will bless your efforts.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto heaven—The nature and affect of leaven is to change or absorb to its own nature, the meal or dough with witch it is mixed. So to is the property of the Grace of Christ is to change the whole soul into its own likeness, and God intends that this principle should continue in the soul till all is leavened—till the whole bear the image of the heavenly, as it before bore the image of the earthly.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field—the meaning seems to be this: --the kingdom of heaven—the salvation provided by the Gospel—is like a treasure—something of immeasurable worth—hidden in a field—it is a rich mine, the veins of which run in all directions in the sacred scriptures; therefore the field must be dug up, the records of salvation diligently and carefully turned over and searched. Which when a man hath found—when a sinner is convinced that the promise of eternal life is to him—he hiddeth—pondered the matter deeply in his heart, examines the preciousness of the treasure, and counts the cost of purchase—and for joy thereof—finding that this salvation is just what his soul requires, and what will make him presently and eternally happy—went and sold all that he had—renounces his sin, abandons his evil companions, and relinquishes all hope of salvation through his own righteousness—and buyeth that field—receives pardon and purity from God for the sake of Jesus.
We should consider our salvation from God:
1. As our only treasure, and its value above all the riches in the world.
2. Search for it in the Scriptures, till we fully understand its worth and excellence.
3. Deeply ponder it in the secret of our souls.
4. Part with all we have in order to get it.
5. Place our whole joy and happiness in it.
6. And, be convinced that it was bought by the suffering and death of our only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The reason so many people slight the Gospel is because they look only upon the surface of the field and judge by that its worth and so they see no value in the Christian faith as opposed to other philosophers.
What is the Bible compared to any other good book?
To those who searched the scriptures to find Christ and eternal life have discovered such a treasure in this field that makes it infinitely more valuable.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man seeking goodly pearls—Jesus Christ is a pearl of great price which make those who have it rich; in having him we have enough to make us happy now and forever.
A true Christian is a spiritual merchant that seeks and finds this pearl of price; that does not take up with anything short of an interest in Christ and as one that is resolved to be spiritually rich.
Those who have a saving interest in Christ must be willing to part with all for him, leave all to follow him. Whatever stands in opposition to Christ or in competition with him for our love and service, we must cheerfully quit it, though ever so dear to us.
Eternal salvation from sin and its consequences is the supreme good of man and should be sought after above all things. Woe to those merchants, who call themselves Christians and confess that salvation is the most certain and excellent treasure yet seek worldly possessions in preference to it.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net—a drag net which was cast into the sea to catch fish. As the net is dragged along it gathers all that is in its way, both good and bad, big and small, and when it is brought to shore the good is preserved and the bad is destroyed.
The preaching of the Gospel is the casting of the net. Ministers are fishers of men employed in casting and drawing the net to bring others into fellowship whith one another and with Christ.
The sea is the abyss of sin, error, ignorance, and wickedness in which men live, and out of which they are drawn by the truth and spirit of God.
There is a time coming that the net will be full and drawn to shore. The drawing to shore is the consummation of all things, when the mystery of God shall be finished. The angles shall separate those who served God (bringing them to heaven) and those who served him not (casting them into hells fire).
And then Jesus asks his disciples and us today:
Have ye understood all these things?—in the past when the disciples did not understand they asked Jesus to explain it to them. This time they understood fully.
It is the will of Christ, that all those who read and hear the word should understand it; otherwise how will any good come of it? Christ invites us to seek him for instruction.
Divine truths must not be lightly passed over—Our Lord’s question here shows them to be matters of utmost weight and importance; and that they should be considered again and again till thoroughly understood.
Every scribe—ministers of Christ; who is instructed—taught of God; in the kingdom of heaven—in the mysteries of the gospels of Christ; is like unto a householder—a bountiful father; which bringeth fourth out of his treasure—use the talents given to us by God; things new and old—old truths but new methods.
We were all given talents but some chose to bury them. These are unprofitable servants. Christ himself received so that he might give, so must we.
Ministry is the serving of God in any way. We are all called to ministry. Receive so that you may give to others.