Grace Baptist Church of Danville
November 20, 2011
It was not the supposition of being made sin that broke my Savior’s heart, but the reproach of my sin made His; and it is the revealed knowledge of that great transfer of guilt that God alone could make that both breaks and rejoices my heart.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Cody Henson-25th
NURSERY DUTY THIS WEEK
Today: Shante’ Birchum (AM) Laura Peterson (PM) Tuesday: Ruth Wall
The Breaker — William Gadsby
(Tune: #46 — O For a Thousand Tongues — CM)
1. The Breaker is gone forth in love,
With power and skill divine;
Descending from the realms above,
To quell His foes and mine.
2. In love to Zion, He has broke
The powers of death and hell;
And her from Sinai’s dreadful yoke
Has broken off as well.
3. Though death, and law, and sin agree
This Breaker to arrest,
He breaks their bonds, Himself sets free,
With Zion on His breast.
4. He breaks His children’s hearts in twain,
And brings proud nature down;
The hearts He breaks He heals again,
And on them puts a crown.
5. [He breaks through every darksome cloud,
And shows His lovely face;
Which makes the sinner sing aloud,
“Salvation is of grace.”]
6. [He breaks the traps and gins that lie
To catch poor pilgrims’ feet;
And, when they stumble, makes them fly
To Him, their safe retreat.]
7. He’ll break the strings of nature soon,
And bid the prisoner fly
Beyond the reach of sin and gloom,
His glory to enjoy.
Redemption — A Work of Grace
We trace our redemption by Christ to the free and sovereign grace of God in Him. Whenever I mention the grace of God, I commonly use the adjectives “free” and “sovereign” to describe it because few in these days of religious darkness and delusion understand that grace is of necessity both free and sovereign.
It is the free grace of God because grace, if it is not altogether free, is not grace. God’s grace is, like His love, unmerited, free of all conditions, merit, and clear of all motives in the creature. It is sovereign grace because it is bestowed entirely according to the will of our great, Divine Benefactor (Romans 9:13-18). The foundation and basis of our redemption by Christ is God’s free and sovereign grace. We are “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
Grace of God
That redemption which is in and by Christ Jesus is the work of God’s free and sovereign grace! The gift of Christ is a free grace gift (1 Corinthians 9:15). His being sent and delivered up to death are owing to the grace of God. It was “by the grace of God he tasted death for everyone,” for everyone of the sons of God (Hebrews 2:9). This cannot be attributed to any merit or desert in those for whom Christ died; since we were without strength, ungodly, wicked, the chief of sinners, and enemies in our minds by wicked works. We contribute nothing to the work of Christ in redemption, not even by our faith. Our faith in Christ is the fruit and effect of redemption, not the cause! We receive the atonement by faith; but we do not make atonement by faith! Read Romans 5:10-11.
Mercy of God
We trace our redemption by the Lord Jesus Christ to the everlasting mercy of God. Mercy, which is no other than the love and grace of God exercised toward such miserable creatures as we are, gives rise to this blessing of redemption: God first resolved to have mercy on sinful men. Then He determined to redeem and save them by His Son. It is through the tender mercy of our God that Christ, the Dayspring from on high, visited and redeemed His people; and so performed the mercy promised to us (Luke 1:68, 69, 72, 78). Therefore, God is said to save men according to His mercy. Mercy is glorified in their salvation and redemption by Christ. We, therefore, ought to sing of mercy to praise the Lord our God and give thanks unto Him for it (Titus 3:5; Psalms 107:1, 2; 136:23, 24). It was by the love, grace, and mercy of God to sinful men that His will was determined and His resolution fixed to redeem us.
Purpose of God
We trace our redemption by our blessed Substitute to the eternal purpose of God. It was according to that eternal purpose He purposed in Christ, “who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world.” In order to redeem us from our vain conversation with His precious blood our Savior was set forth in the decree and purpose of the triune Jehovah to be the propitiation for sin. God appointed Him to be the Redeemer and Saviour; and appointed us, not unto wrath, which we deserved, but to obtain salvation by Him as “vessels of mercy afore prepared for glory.”
Wisdom of God
Being moved by His love, grace, and mercy to redeem and save His elect, His wisdom found the way to accomplish the work in total consistency with His justice. A council was held in which God was in Christ, forming a scheme of peace, reconciliation, and redemption; in which He has “abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence,” laying help for us upon One that is mighty. Christ was and is the only person fit to be our Redeemer. The only means by which the holy Lord God could be “a just God and a Savior,” the only means by which He could accomplish redemption for us was by the substitutionary, penal sacrifice and death of His dear Son in our place for the satisfaction of His holy justice.
The New Birth
What, then, is the new birth? We answer, it is not the removal of anything from the sinner, nor the changing of anything within the sinner; instead, it is the communication of something to the sinner. The new birth is the impartation of the new nature. When I was born the first time, I received from my parents their nature: so, when I was born again, I received from God His nature. The Spirit of God begets within us a spiritual nature: as we read in 2 Peter 1:4, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.”
The Grace Bulletin
November 20, 2011
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 236-8235 - E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor
Schedule of Regular Services
10:00 A.M. Bible Classes
10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service
6:30 P.M. Evening Worship Service
7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service
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Channel 6 - Sunday Morning 8:00 A.M.
Channel 6 - Wednesday Evening 6:00 P.M.
Channel 6 - Friday Evening 7:00 P.M.
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