Grace Baptist Church of Danville

October 30, 2011

 

The new creature is a thoroughly changed creature. It is a new nature, not a new name.                                                                                                              — Robert Hawker

 

Daily Readings for the Week of October 30-November 6

Sunday                John 3-4                                                                                Thursday                   John 11-12

            Monday                      John 5-6                                                                                Friday             John 13-14

            Tuesday                    John 7-8                                                                                Saturday                    John 15-17

            Wednesday  John 9-10                                                                  Sunday                      John 18-19

 

Š      We are delighted to have Pastor Linwood Campbell and his wife, Becky, with us again today. Bro. Campbell is pastor of the Sovereign Grace Church in Boonville, NC.

Š      I am preaching today for Knebworth Grace Church in Knebworth, England, where Bro. Allan Jellett is pastor. I am scheduled to preach in Ballymoney, North Ireland Monday and Tuesday.

Š      Pastor Todd Nibert, pastor of Todds Road Grace Church in Lexington, will be here to preach the Gospel to you Tuesday evening.

Š      I am scheduled to preach for the Sovereign Grace Fellowship in Wasilla, Alaska November 15-17. The meetings will be held at the Curtis D. Menard Sports Center. Contact: Wayne Stuvick. Email: stuvick@gci.net — Telephone: 907-344-3822.

Š      Boonville Sovereign Grace Bible ConferenceNovember 28-30. Speakers: Rupert Rivenbark, Tim James, Mike Walker, and Don Fortner. — Contact: Pastor Linwood Campbell. Email: lincampbell@rocketmail.com — Telephone: 336-468-4339

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Sandy Gladfelter-3rd  

CHURCH CLEANING IN NOVEMBER:  Allen Kibby

NURSERY DUTY THIS WEEK

Today: Vicci Rolley (AM) Stephanie Wall (PM)          Tuesday: Jayalita McCormack

 

Come, All Saints, Your Praises Bring — Don Fortner

(Tune: #233 — Depth of Mercy — 77.77)

1.    Come, all saints, your praises bring,

To our Savior, Zion's King.

He shall conquer ev’ry foe,

And eternal peace bestow.

2.    Jesus reigns o’er earth and hell,

Governs all creation well,

Making all things work for good,

To the purchase of His blood.

3.    Jesus reigns, in ransom’d souls,

And our raging sin controls,

Plants His laws within our hearts,

And from us will not depart!

4.    Jesus reigns in heav’n above,

Rests in His unchanging love,

Scatters blessings from His throne,

Conquers, keeps, and saves His own!

 

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The Free Obedience of Our Substitute

 

“Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

(John 10:16-18)

 

            Let me show you three things from these words, which fell from Him of whom it is written, “grace is poured into Thy lips.”

 

The Father’s Command

 

The Lord Jesus Christ speaks of Himself here not as the eternal Son of God, but as the Good Shepherd, the Mediator, the Surety of His people. He says, “This commandment have I received of my Father.” With those words, He declares that His death as our Substitute was arranged by the Triune God before the world began (Psalm 40:7; Hebrews 10:7-10).

 

The death of Christ was not accomplished by the arrangement of men or by the arrangement of hell, but by the arrangement of the Triune God (Acts 2:23; 1 Peter 1:18-20). The death of Christ at Calvary was accomplished by the arrangement of an eternal covenant, sovereign providence, and infinite love (John 3:16; Romans 5:6-8).

 

The Savior’s Obedience

 

The Lord Jesus Christ laid down His life voluntarily, as an act of free obedience to His Father. No man forced Him to die. God the Father did not compel Him to die, or take His life from Him. Oh, No! Our Savior died voluntarily, by His own will. Yes, our Redeemer’s death was accomplished by His own will. “He poured out his soul unto death!”

 

It is true, as we have seen, “it pleased the Father to bruise him. The Father cried, “Awake, O sword, against One that is My Fellow. Smite the Shepherd! Yet Christ took the cup of wrath in His own hands. The Son of God fell willingly upon the sword of justice.

 

Our Savior died by His own will! The Son of God laid down His life for the satisfaction of Divine justice as the Substitute for chosen sinners, for the glory of God, because of His great love for his elect. Moreover, He laid down His life that He might take it again by His own resurrection power and reign forever as our Redeemer-King upon “the throne of grace” (Romans14:9; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 4:16).

 

The Father’s Love for Christ

 

Our Savior says, “Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life.”   I  know  of  nothing  in heaven or earth so sweet to  meditate upon  and so

 

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impossible to write or peach about as the Father’s love for His darling, dying Son. Hear it again. — “Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life.” God himself never saw anything in all the world so lovely, so infinitely worthy of His love, admiration, and honor as the death of His dear Son upon the cursed tree for His people. — “Herein is love!

 

Because of this great act of love, because of this great act of Christ’s free obedience to the Father as our Surety, the Father has given his Son everything! (Read Isaiah53:4-12; John 3:35; 17:2.)

 

Four Lessons

 

There are several practical lessons to be drawn from our Savior’s obedience for every child of God in this world.

 

  1. Though God’s child may suffer greatly in this world, often carrying a heavy cross and having the Father’s face hidden from him, yet he is the darling object of his Father’s love. Never did the Father more fully love His Son than when He was heaping upon Him the fury of His wrath!
  2. God honors those who honor His Son. The only way a sinner can honor the Son of God is to trust Him. God honors those who trust his Son.
  3. The only way of access to the holy Lord God is Christ. Our only worthiness of the Father’s love and approval and acceptance is Christ (John 17:22-26).
  4. God loves His people! The Father gave His Son to die for us! The Son laid down His life for us. The Spirit now sprinkles us with the blood of Christ and declares us “Redeemed!”

 

Believer, gaze steadfastly upon your crucified Redeemer and realize that “Ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

 

 

In John 8:24 our Lord Jesus, who cannot lie, said: “.. if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.” The saints of God believe that Jesus Christ is the great “I AM!” We believe He is our Majestic God, our Great Creator, who became a man so that He could suffer and bleed and die to pay the ransom price in full for all our sins. All of God’s elect die in faith! All others die in their sins, and wake up in eternal torment. Our Lord Jesus was crucified between two thieves. Both were guilty, sinful men, who deserved God’s eternal wrath. When they died, one woke up in glory, the other woke up in hell. God’s sovereign grace was freely bestowed upon one of those thieves, and was withheld from the other. Why? — Because of God’s grace. He saved that one thief, and called him with an holy calling, not according to his works, but according to God’s own purpose and grace which was given him in Christ Jesus before the world began (2 Timothy 1:9). Also, it pleased God to reveal the Lord Jesus Christ to the one thief, and hide the truth from the other (Matthew 11:25 - 27). Brethren, “God will have mercy on whom He will have mercy, and have compassion on whom He will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy (Rom. 9:15-16).                                                                                                                  — Pastor Gene Harmon

 

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The Grace Bulletin

 

October 30, 2011

 

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 in 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.

 

Television Broadcasts in Harrodsburg

Channel 6 - Sunday Afternoon 3:00 P.M.

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

 

Web Pages

http://www.DonFortner.com

http://www.FreegraceRadio.com

http://www.Grace-eBooks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Fortner

 

 

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