Grace Baptist Church of Danville

December 18, 2011

 

It is as painful as it is disgusting to hear a man preach the Gospel as though he did not believe it, quoting creeds, defending confessions, and displaying knowledge, without heart passion and Divine urgency. The Gospel we preach is itself “the power of God unto salvation.” Any attempts to adorn it only corrupt it.

 

Daily Readings for the Week of December 18-25

Sunday                Hebrews 11-12                                            Thursday                   2 Peter 1-3

            Monday                      Hebrews 13-James 2                                Friday             1 John 1-5

            Tuesday                    James 3-1 Peter 1                                      Saturday                    2 John-Jude

            Wednesday  1 Peter 2-5                                                    Sunday                      Revelation 1-3

 

Š      I am scheduled to preach for Sovereign Grace Church in Kingsport, Tennessee tonight. Bro. Ron Wood will preach the Gospel to you tonight.

Š      Bro. Frank Hall is preaching today for Bible Baptist Church in Madisonville, Kentucky.

Š      Bro. Ron Wood is preaching this morning for Redeemer Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where Bro. Fred Evans is pastor.

Š      We will have only one service next Sunday (Christmas Day) at 10:30 AM. — No Bible Classes and No Evening Service next Sunday.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Celeste Peterson-19th  Frank Hall-23rd   Martie Hellar-25th

 

NURSERY DUTY THIS WEEK

Today: Jenny Bartley (AM) Ruth Wall (PM)          Tuesday: Dee Dee Raneri

 

See Fulfilled the Gospel Promise ― Don Fortner

(Tune: #99―Angels From The Realms Of Glory―87.87)

 

1.     Savior, here we lift our voices, and we celebrate the day,

When You came, O blessed Jesus, in the form of human clay.

Come and worship! Come and worship! Worship Christ our God and King!

 

2.     When the heavenly hosts assembled, gazed with wonder from the sky,

Angels joy’d, and devils trembled, neither knowing fully why.

Come and worship! Come and worship! Worship Christ our God and King!

 

3.     See fulfilled the Gospel promise ― Christ, the woman’s promised Seed,

Born a babe, by birth mysterious, came to crush the serpent’s head!

Come and worship! Come and worship! Worship Christ our God and King!

 

4.     Crush, O Lord, his power within us. Break our chains. Our woe undo!

Pull down every wall between us. Let us love and cleave to You!

Come and worship! Come and worship! Worship Christ our God and King!

 

 

Shelby and I thank you for your generous gifts and expressions of tender love and care for us, both now and throughout the year. We give thanks to God for you and for allowing us to serve the cause of Christ with you.

 

 

19

Why did He die?

 

God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

 

Because of His great love for us, that He might save us from our sins, ourselves, and the wrath of God, our all-glorious Lord Jesus Christ became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. God assumed our nature. God’s dear Son, as a man, fulfilled all the requirements of God’s law for His people. Then, fulfilling all righteousness, the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, died upon the cursed tree as the sinners’ Substitute. Why?

            Our dear Savior cried out to his Father in his dying agony, “Why hast thou forsaken me?” How much more might we for whom He died ask with holy adoration and wonder, “Why did He die?” What was the object and purpose of His death? What did the Son of God have in mind, what did He intend to accomplish by dying upon the cursed tree in the place of His people?

I know these two things; and I hope you know them as well:  (1.) Whatever the Lord Jesus Christ intended to accomplish in His death shall most assuredly be accomplished. Christ, who is Himself almighty God, is an effectual Redeemer. It is written, “He shall not fail” (Isaiah 42:4). To say, suggest, or imply in any way that He failed to do exactly what He intended to do is to deny His eternal Deity. (2.) The Word of God tells us plainly and exactly what the Son of God intended to accomplish by His death. There is no need for guesswork here. The Scriptures are crystal clear. Here are seven reasons, plainly stated in the Word of God, for the death of our dear Savior, seven things the Lord of glory died to accomplish.

1st Christ died that He might be Lord of the universe (Romans 14:9). We preach without apology the blessed Gospel doctrine of particular, effectual redemption. Christ died to redeem and save God’s elect. He did not die to save those who perish in their sins. The Son of God did not lay down His life for those for whom He refused even to pray (John 17:9, 20). You cannot divide the priestly work of Christ. His sacrifice and His intercession are for the same people. Yet, there is a sense in which our Lord Jesus, as our Mediator, as the God-man, our Surety, bought the whole world and all who are in it (Matthew 13:44). He bought the right to rule the whole world and all who are in it as a sovereign despot (John 17:2; 2 Peter 2:1). He bought the right to dispose of the whole world and all who are in it as a righteous judge (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10). He bought the right to make all things new and to have the praise of all things (Revelation 21:5; Romans 8:23). By virtue of His death upon the cross, Christ the Man is Lord of all. He has all power over all flesh. And He constantly exercises that power as the Sovereign Monarch of the universe to save His elect (Psalm 2:8; Acts 2:36; John 17:2; Psalms 115:3; 135:6).

2nd Christ died upon the cross, under the wrath of God, as our Substitute, so that God might be both just and the Justifier of all who believe on Him unto life everlasting (Romans 3:19-28). Let me remind you of five things about our justification in and by Christ Jesus.

 

20

  1. It is not possible for us to justify ourselves by personal obedience to the law, because we are all sinners.
  2. It is not possible for God Himself to justify us without the perfect fulfillment of the law’s righteousness and the complete satisfaction of the law’s justice by Christ.
  3. Through the merits of Christ’s obedience and death, God is just and we are justified, made righteous before God. It was the specific object of the Lord Jesus in His death to make all for whom He died righteous before God; and He did it (2 Corinthians 5:21; Jeremiah 23:6).
  4. Since we who believe on the Son of God are justified without the works of the law, we have no grounds of boasting before God.
  5. By faith in Christ, only by faith in Christ, we fulfill, honor, and satisfy the law of God (Romans 3:31).

3rd Christ died under the wrath of God as our Substitute to put away our sins by the sacrifice of Himself (Hebrews 9:24-26). He was made sin for us. He put away our sins. In Him we have no sin (Numbers 23:21; 1 John 3:5)

            4th Christ died for His elect that He might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18). We were far off from God. Christ brought us nigh unto God. We were alienated from God. Christ reconciled us to God. We were enemies to God. Christ brought us peace with God. We were separated from God. Christ has given us access to God. We could never have come to God. Christ brought us to God, and will yet bring us unto God, and will at last present us holy, unblameable, and unreprovable in His sight, before the presence of His glory!

            5th The Lord Jesus died for us that He might deliver us from this present evil world (Galatians 1:4). It was the object of our Savior in dying on the cross to deliver, by the merit and power of His blood, all for whom He died from the evil kingdom of this world, the evil ways of this world, the evil things of this world, the evil religion of this world, and the evil end of this world. We should therefore give all the more earnest heed to Psalm 37:1-9.

            6th Christ “gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14). Christ both redeemed His elect from all iniquity and purifies His redeemed as His peculiar, distinct people. He gives His redeemed ones a pure record of righteousness before God in justification and a pure nature in the new birth. All who are redeemed by the blood of Christ and saved by His grace are His peculiar, distinct, special people; and they are zealous of good works. We belong to Christ as no one else. We are His blood bought, mercy sought, grace caught, Spirit taught people.

7th Our most glorious Christ died for us that He might present us to His Father and our Father, before wandering worlds, in the beauty of perfect holiness, to the praise of the glory of His grace (Ephesians 5:25-27; Colossians 1:21-22; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Ephesians 2:7; Jude 24-25). The Lord Jesus Christ came into this world and laid down His life for us so that we, all His people, God’s elect, the chosen sons and daughters of God almighty, might, through the merits of His precious, efficacious blood, receive and forever enjoy all the benefits and blessings of adoption in Him (Galatians 4:4-5). And so shall it be!

 

21

The Grace Bulletin

 

December 18, 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

 

 

Listen to sermons at FreeGraceRadio.com