Grace Baptist Church of Danville
July 22, 2012
“To glory in the cross is to glory in Christ as the propitiation accomplished once for all by the sacrifice of himself. It is here that the pinnacle of divine love was demonstrated, not in the far reaches of eternity, but in the bloody death of the Son of God. It is here that an effectual atonement for sin was made which spans from eternity to eternity. Beloved, ‘Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.’” — Missionary Lance Hellar
Daily Readings for the Week of July 22-29, 2012
Sunday Isaiah 35-38
Monday Isaiah 39-41
Tuesday Isaiah 42-44
Wednesday Isaiah 45-48
Thursday Isaiah 49-53
Friday Isaiah 54-58
Saturday Isaiah 59-63
Sunday Isaiah 64-66
· Conference Offering — Next Week
· We will have our Quarterly Fellowship next Sunday, with a special celebration of Skip and Sandy Gladfelter’s 50th wedding anniversary.
· I am scheduled to preach tonight for the Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church in Kingsport, TN, where Bro. Tom Harding is pastor.
· Monday through Wednesday I am scheduled to preach for Buck Mountain Baptist Church in Roan Mountain, TN, where Bro. Gary Perkins is pastor.
· Bro. Frank Hall will preach the gospel to you tonight.
· Bro. Todd Nibert, pastor of Todds Road Grace Church in Lexington, KY, will be here to preach to you on Tuesday night.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Larry & Carol Brown-31st
NURSERY DUTY THIS WEEK
Today: Shante’ Birchum (AM) Pam Wood (PM) Tuesday: Mindy Peterson
“God is Love” — Don Fortner
(Tune: The Doxology)
1. The King of King’s who reigns above,
The self-existent “God is love.”
His essence, attributes, and name,
Boundless, unchanging love proclaim.
2. O depth unfathomed! Height unknown!
O breadth unmeasured, like His throne! —
Its length no finite mind can tell. —
God’s perfect love all fears dispel!
3. The love of God our tongues employ
In songs of praise and thankful joy,
While through our Savior’s blood we prove
This sacred truth, that “God is love.”
The Whole Counsel of God
In this day of antichrist religion those who preach the gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace in Christ are often accused of not preaching the whole counsel of God. They say that in preaching Christ crucified alone, we deny God’s counsel concerning godliness and holiness of life in this present world. But in Paul’s letter to the Colossians we are told, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him; rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:6-10).
There is a “washing of regeneration and a renewing of the Holy Ghost” which does not enter into the thinking of natural man. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14). — “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see (perceive) the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
The things which the natural man has not received of the Holy Spirit are regeneration, the gospel message, conviction of truth, and a new heart and mind. Left to himself he knows nothing except the philosophy, vain deceit of traditional religion, and the rudimentary principles of a depraved world. Gospel principles have no effect on natural minds. Gospel principles are established in the experience of grace. They are the fruit of regeneration not the cause of it. It is in the revelation of Christ in us that true godliness is born. “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:3). I cannot be more true to God’s Word or to your souls than to preach to you the unsearchable riches of Christ. Paul said to the Ephesians saints, “I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:26-27). And what did he say he preached to them? Both publicly and house to house he testified both to Jews and Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:20-21). — Pastor Darvin Pruitt
“The lips of the wise disperse knowledge.”
This “knowledge” is preeminently “the knowledge of the Holy One” (9:10), who is Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God (Luke 1:35; 4:34). Solomon earlier said “wise people store up knowledge” (10:14). He afterward said “the tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly” (15:2). He now declares that the lips of the wise disperse to others the knowledge they have stored up in themselves and used rightly for themselves. This is particularly true of gospel preachers. They store up knowledge of Christ in their personal studies, then use that knowledge for their own spiritual edification, and afterward dispense it to others so that they also may store it and use it rightly. — Pastor Daniel Parks
“The Word of the Lord that Came to Micah”
The prophecy of Micah deals with two subjects. It is a lamentation of the woeful condition of Israel and a celebration of God’s abundant mercy.
The people of God were, in Micah’s time, passing through a very painful trial. The nation of Israel was plagued with the incurable wound of empty, meaningless religious ritualism.
The leaders of the people were men who devised iniquity and worked evil. The priests were men of hire, and the prophets prophesied for money. Yet, all that they did was done in the name of the Lord. Politicians and prophets alike said, “We are serving God; we are doing God’s work; God is with us,” as they held out their hands for a bribe!
Religious hucksters were in the majority, and the people followed them eagerly. With confidence, they said, “Is not the Lord among us? None evil can come upon us” (3:11). The Word of the Lord was precious in those days. There were only a few who truly spoke as prophets of God; and very few heard them. This caused Micah great pain and much sorrow.
But Micah was a man who knew the Lord. He had a vision of God’s majesty and mercy. He had received a word from the Lord. And with confident joy he spoke of the latter day glory of this gospel age, when the majesty of God and the mercy of God would be revealed in Christ the Messiah. Micah spoke plainly by Divine inspiration of…
· The Incarnation of Christ (5:2),
· Christ’s Humiliation and Suffering (5:1),
· The Gathering of God’s Elect from Among the Gentiles and His Mercy in Christ (4:1-2),
· The Necessity of True Spiritual Worship (6:6-8),
· And the Majesty of Christ in His Glorious Exaltation (5:4).
Though the people were turned aside unto vanity, Micah’s heart was fixed upon God’s promised Deliverer. He said, “Therefore I will look unto the Lord: I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me” (7:7).
With the eye of faith fixed upon Christ, believing the promises of God, Micah’s heart began to swell with joy, gratitude, praise, and expectation. Unable to contain himself, the prophet of God raises his voice in exultation. — “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy” (7:18).
Did you catch that phrase? — “He delighteth in mercy!” Clap your hands and rejoice before him, with joy unspeakable and full of glory. This good news is pure gospel truth. It should raise a universal shout of “Hallelujah!” The God of heaven, the God whom we have offended, the God in whose hands we are is a God who delights in mercy! — “Who is a God like unto thee,” O Lord? Not only is our great God merciful, he delights in mercy!
The Grace Bulletin
July 22, 2012
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 236-8235 - E-Mail email@example.com
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
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.
Listen to sermons at FreeGraceRadio.com