July 9, 2006

 

In Romans 8:28 the Apostle Paul tells us what God is doing. In verse 29 he tells us what God is going to do. In verse 30 he tells us it is already done.

 

Daily Readings for the Week of July 9-16

                          Sunday                                  Proverbs 27-31                                                                   Thursday                             Song of Sol. 5-Isaiah. 1

                          Monday                               Ecclesiastes 1-4                                                                 Friday                                     Isaiah 2-5

                          Tuesday                               Ecclesiastes 5-9                                                                 Saturday                              Isaiah 6-9

                          Wednesday                       Eccle. 10-Song of Sol. 4                                           Sunday                                  Isaiah 10-13

 

Š                        Pastor Peter Barnes in Sydney, Australia has requested 15 copies of Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures, to distribute among missionaries in Myanmar and Vanuatu. I have told Bro. Barnes that we will supply the books for that purpose. If you wish to designate a gift to help with this project, simply mark your gift “Missionary Books.

Š                        We will have our Quarterly Fellowship on Sunday — July 30.

Š                        Our conference is only a few weeks away (September 1-3). If you see anything that needs to be done in preparation for the conference, please do it. We will receive a special offering for the conference on Sunday, July 30th.

Š                        Missionary Offering Next Week

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Diane Campbell-16th

 

NURSERY DUTY THIS WEEK

Today: Laura Peterson (AM) Debbie Bartley(PM) Tuesday: Regina Henson

 

Come, Guilty Sinners, Flee Away — Don Fortner

(Tune: #52 — Majestic Sweetness — CM)

 

1.        Come, guilty sinners, flee away

To Christ, and heal your wounds;

This is the day, (Salvation’s day!)

In which free grace abounds.

 

2.        God loved the world of his elect,

And gave His only Son.

With His own blood, He paid their debt,

And ransomed every one.

 

3.        Made sin for us, the Holy One

Drank all the cup of wrath;

And He says He’ll cast out none

Who come to him by faith.

 

4.        Salvation’s cup, O sinner, take,

Calling upon Christ’s name,

And you will find God’s mercy great,

Forgiving guilt and blame!

 

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The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

1 Corinthians 6:9

 

The word “unrighteous,” as it is used here, means “unjust.” It refers to those who violate the principles of justice in their dealings with their fellow men (vv. 1-8). By the pen of the apostle Paul, God Almighty here excommunicates from his church all those who, while professing faith in Christ, live in open sin and unrighteousness.

 

Righteousness Required

 

Without perfect righteousness no one shall ever enter into heaven (Rev. 21:27; 22:11-14). Only holy men shall enter the holy city. Only righteous people can enter the kingdom of righteousness. That righteousness which is required by God is a perfect righteousness, righteousness which no man can ever produce. Read Matthew 5:20 and understand its doctrine: The holy Lord God demands perfect righteousness; but we cannot produce it. If you and I would inherit and enter into that blessed kingdom that is here called “the kingdom of God,” we must be made perfectly righteous by the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (Rom. 5:19; 2 Cor. 5:21). John Gill wrote…

 

“It was a loss and want of righteousness that cast the angels down from heaven, and turned Adam out of paradise. And whoever of his posterity is destitute of righteousness, will fall short of enjoying the glory of God; for it is not agreeable to the holy nature of God, to his infinite justice and righteous law, to admit any into heaven without a righteousness. Hence a judgment seat is erected, before which all must stand. And those that will be found without a righteousness, will be forever excluded from the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Righteousness Bestowed

 

All who believe are made righteous by God in two ways. First, the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us in free justification (Rom. 4:3-8). Just as our sins were imputed to Christ and he became responsible to the law of God for them, though he never committed any sin, so the righteousness of Christ has been imputed to us and we have become responsible to the law for righteousness, though we have never performed any righteousness ourselves. Just as the law punished Christ for our sin, which was made his, the law rewards every believer for the righteousness of Christ that is made ours by grace.

 

                  Second, we have the righteousness of Christ imparted to us in regeneration (2 Pet. 1:2-4; 1 John 3:4-10; 2 Cor. 5:17). All who are born again by the Spirit of God have a new nature created in them; a righteous nature is imparted to them by which they reign as kings over the lusts and passions of the flesh. Yes, we do sin.

 

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Sin is mixed with all we do, so long as we are in the flesh. However, sin no longer reigns over the heaven born soul. Believers are no longer under the dominion of sin (Rom. 6:14-16; Gal. 5:22-23).

 

                  Paul is declaring that anyone who lives in sin, anyone whose way of life is unrighteous, does not know God. The righteousness of Christ has not been imparted to him. Those who walk in the Spirit, trusting Christ alone as Savior and Lord, shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh.

 

 

“From Such Withdraw Thyself”

1 Timothy 6:3-5

 

The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ produces a humble and loving spirit; but religion without Christ (even though quite orthodox) fills the mind with pride, vanity, and self-esteem. Such people often spend their time in controversy, disputes, and strife over words, ordinances, laws, church discipline, and government. Their ministry and contact with others produce quarrels and dissension, insults and suspicion, envy and jealousy. “From such withdraw thyself.” The true grace of God holds and proclaims the gospel of His glory in the spirit of our Lord and will bring His people together in righteousness, joy, and peace.                                                                                                                                                                                             Pastor Henry Mahan

 

 

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

Psalm 30:5

 

                  “The gloom of midnight must be succeeded by the splendor of day, and the dreariness of Winter by the charms of Spring. What, though some who once stood paramount in our esteem, with whom we have taken the sweetest counsel, and to whom our names were once as precious ointment, have turned aside to their crooked ways, and the Lord is leading them forth with the workers of iniquity to severe correction, or final destruction, yet peace shall be upon Israel. If backsliders abound on the right hand and on the left, and the iniquities of multitudes, like the wind, have carried them away; still, ‘the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his.’ Though Zion is afflicted, tossed with tempests and not comforted, yet her stones shall be laid with fair colors, and her foundations with sapphires, her windows shall he made of agates, and her borders of pleasant stones, and all her children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of her children. Though, in the midst of her confusion and anguish, she says, ‘the Lord has forsaken me, and my God has forgotten me,’ she is still remembered of the Lord with peculiar regard. Her name stands engraved upon the palms of his hands, and her walls, the means of her security, are continually before him. Her children shall make haste, her converts shall increase, and her destroyers and they that made her waste shall go forth of her…The Almighty has his way in the whirlwind and the storm. The operations of his providence are inscrutable, and the footsteps of his infinite sovereignty past finding out…Yet, he is ever the God of Israel, her Savior!”

Job Hupton 1762-1829

 

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Grace Bulletin

 

July 9, 2006

 

GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH of DANVILLE

2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438

Telephone (859) 236-8235 - E-Mail don@donfortner.com

 

Donald S. Fortner, Pastor

 

SCHEDULE OF REGULAR SERVICES

 

Sunday

10:00 A.M. Bible Classes

10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service

6:30 P.M. Evening Worship Service

Tuesday

7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service

 

 

Television Broadcasts

 

Danville

Channel 6 - Sunday Morning 8:00 A.M.

Channel 6 - Wednesday Evening 6:00 P.M.

Channel 6 - Friday Evening 7:00 P.M.

 

Web Pages

http://www.donfortner.com

http://www.sovereign-grace/gracechurch.htm

http://www.freegrace.net/danville/default.asp