Covenant Faithfulness

January 31, 2019

There are many among us who struggle through the long days of winter.  I recently saw a meme that said,

  "It literally feels like January 74th" 

Winter has a depressive effect on some due to the long dark days and cold temperatures.  Winter also seems to have a way of reminding us of death because of the long winter's nap that trees and plants take which is something most of us would rather not think about.  I used to dread Winter myself, but have come to appreciate every season for the things that each one of them brings. 

 

This past Sunday marked the first evening sermon of 2019 at the Adamsville Area Reformed Bible Study.  Pastor Mark's sermon "The End of Death" was certainly a fitting message for this time of the year, and we are most thankful that he did not leave us with a message of death and judgement hanging over our heads as he preached from Hosea 13:12-14.   Pastor Mark reminded us that those passages of scripture are a statement of God's covenant faithfulness:  Christ, the True Israel and the True Israelite, redeems the true elect of God and ransoms them from the power of the grave.  Yes, we suffer the effect of sin and death, but we will be resurrected, we will triumph over the grave.  God is the redeemer of the people He has judged. 
 

"God puts away His unfaithful spouse and drives them to the place where they will see their sin, where He will heal their sin and then bring them back to the Promised Land."  ~ Pastor Mark Winder

 

What a blessing it is to be reminded of the hope that we have in Jesus and to gather together to hear the gospel faithfully preached on the Lord's Day and to be reminded that death is dead for all who have been saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone!
 

We would like to invite you to join us as we grow in our knowledge of and love for The Lord, please pray that He would bless our church planting efforts.  If you are looking for a good church home, we would like to be a good church home, and we are asking God to provide the increase (1 Corinthians 1:3-6).  We would love to have you join us, come as you are-

"But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

 

We meet every Wednesday evening at 7pm and every Sunday evening at 5pm for Bible study.


Pastor Mark Winder leads worship services on the last Sunday of every month at 5pm.


We meet at 1st Presbyterian Church in Adamsville, TN 328 Old Stage Rd

 

The sermon, "The End of death" is available for you to enjoy on our YouTube channel, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilSJJzONvn8

"The mercy that the Lord shows initially will be undone in judgment. But there is grace, restoration, and redemption for those who repent and trust in Christ."  You can learn more about the message found in the book of Hosea through podcasts that Pastor Mark and his friends at Reformed Forum contribute to, here is the link to those:  https://reformedforum.org/?s=hosea

"I can truly say, that I bear you upon my heart and in my prayers. I have rejoiced to see the beginning of a good and gracious work in you; and I have confidence in the Lord Jesus, that He will carry it on and complete it; and that you will be amongst the number of those who shall sing redeeming love to eternity. Therefore fear none of the things appointed for you to suffer by the way, but gird up the loins of your mind, and hope to the end. Be not impatient, but wait humbly upon the Lord. You have one hard lesson to learn, that is, the evil of your own heart: you know something of it, but it is needful that you should know more; for the more we know of ourselves, the more we shall prize and love Jesus and His salvation. I hope what you find in yourself by daily experience will humble you, but not discourage you; humble you it should, and I believe it does. Are not you amazed sometimes that you should have so much as a hope that, poor and needy as you are, the Lord thinketh of you? But let not all you feel discourage you; for if our Physician is almighty, our disease cannot be desperate; and if He casts none out that come to Him, why should you fear? Our sins are many, but His mercies are more: our sins are great, but His righteousness is greater: we are weak, but He is power. Most of our complaints are owing to unbelief, and the remainder of a legal spirit; and these evils are not removed in a day. Wait on the Lord, and He will enable you to see more and more of the power and grace of our High Priest. The more you know Him, the better you will trust Him; the more you trust Him, the better you will love Him; the more you love Him, the better you will serve Him. This is God's way: you are not called to buy, but to beg; not to be strong in yourself, but in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. He is teaching you these things, and I trust He will teach you to the end. Remember, the growth of a believer is not like a mushroom-but like an oak, which increases slowly indeed-but surely.  Many suns, showers, and frosts, pass upon it before it comes to perfection.  And winter, when it seems to be dead-it is gathering strength at the root.  Be humble, watchful, and diligent in the means, and endeavor to look through all and fix your eyes upon Jesus and all shall be well.

~John Newton, "Our Good Shepherd", March 18, 1767

 

 

Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!
1 Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child, and forever I am.

Refrain:
Redeemed, redeemed,
redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
redeemed, redeemed,
His child and forever I am.

 

 
West Tennessee Reformed is a conservative Presbyterian church planting effort where Christ is preached consistently and where God speaks powerfully through his written word, The Holy Bible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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