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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
March 31, 2013
Will worshipping Arminians choose the weakest part of man’s nature to be their savior – his will, while trampling underfoot the blood of Christ, the grace of God, and the power of God the Holy Spirit. This they do in direct opposition to the plain declaration of Holy Scripture (Romans 9:16).
· I am preaching today with Bro. Bruce Crabtree for Katy Baptist Church, Fairmont, WV, where Bro. Marvin Stalnaker is pastor.
· It is our delight to have Pastor Mike Walker and his wife Sandy with us today. Bro. Walker is Pastor of Covenant of Grace Baptist Church in N. Wilkesboro, NC. He will bring the message this morning and again tonight.
· The Lord willing, I will preach to you Tuesday night from 1st John 4.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Lindsay Campbell-6th Sally Poncer-7th
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Darrin and LeAnn Duff-10th
NURSERY DUTY THIS WEEK
Today: Shante’ Birchum (AM) Stephanie Wall (PM) Tuesday: Dee Dee Raneri
CHURCH CLEANING IN APRIL: Larry and Carol Brown
O Savior, Come! In Grace Appear! — Don Fortner
(Tune: #414 — Am I a Soldier? — CM)
1. Lord, have You not in covenant sworn
To all Your feeble saints,
And promised, when they sigh and mourn,
To answer their complaints?
2. Behold this fainting heart of mine,
Sinking beneath its load;
Upon a weary pilgrim shine,
And cheer this tiresome road.
3. Satan, the world, and sin assail,
My strength and courage flee.
My spirit faints. Your servant fails. —
But still I hope in Thee.
4. Almost consumed with grief and fear,
Still by free grace I live!
O Savior, come! In grace appear!
Reviving mercy give!
“It is Done!”
How often have you been asked, “What is the difference between your religion and mine?” The answer is found in these three words — “It is done!” All false religion tells sinners to do something for God. The gospel of Christ declares, “It is done!” The gospel of Christ is good news to sinners who can do nothing for themselves, because it declares that the whole work of grace is done. The whole business of making all things new, the entire work of salvation is finished. — “It is done!”
It was done before the world began. All the blessings of grace and salvation were fully given to God’s elect in Christ before the world began (Ephesians 1:3; 2 Timothy 1:9). In him, according to God’s everlasting purpose of grace, we were predestinated, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified from eternity (Romans 8:28-30). The Word of God declares, “The works were finished before the foundation of the world” (Hebrews 4:3)
The work was done when Christ died. When our Savior cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30), he declared that the whole work of righteousness and redemption, the whole accomplishment of God’s will by which we are sanctified and made perfect (Hebrews 10:5-14) was done.
The work is done when the chosen, redeemed sinner believes on the Lord Jesus Christ. Our faith adds nothing to what Christ has done. Faith receives Christ and all that he has done. Yet, no one has any right to claim Christ and the grace of God in him until he believes. — “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son of God shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36). If you believe on Christ, you are a new creature in Christ. Your faith in him is the fruit of his creation, the gift of his grace, and the evidence of your election, redemption, and calling.
Done by Christ
The Lord Jesus declares, “I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.” Staying with the context, he is telling us that the whole work of making all things new is his alone. He is the Beginning of the new creation and the End of it. To put it another way, “Salvation is of the Lord!” He planned it. He purchased it. He performs it. He preserves it. And he perfects it. Therefore, he alone shall have the praise of it, — “That according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:31).
In the new creation, grace is both abundant and free. The Son of God declares, “I will give to him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”This spiritual thirst is the thirst of a needy soul for Christ himself, for pardon and righteousness, for communion with and conformity to Christ, a thirst for a greater knowledge of Christ, and a thirst for the glories of his kingdom. This
thirst the Lord Jesus promises to quench abundantly, with “the fountain of the water of life,” and promises to do so “freely,” without money, without price, without qualification of any kind to be met by the sinner. In Christ, grace is free and abundant!
“He that overcometh shall inherit all things.” All believers shall overcome sin, Satan, and the world, because all believers are more than conquerors in Christ (Romans 8:35-39). Overcoming by the blood of the Lamb, every child of God “shall inherit all things.” We are “heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17). That means that all that Christ possesses as our Mediator we shall possess in him and with him forever. This one statement from the lips of our Lord should be sufficient to put to silence all questions about degrees of reward in heaven. The Son of God declares that every saved sinner “shall inherit all things!”
“And I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” — Christ himself, in whom we were adopted and by whom we have been purchased, is the mighty God and our everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6).We are his seed and his offspring. Here he promises us his perpetual presence, protection, and provision forever. In heavenly glory, he will see his seed with satisfaction, prolong his days, and enjoy the fruit of his toil in us forever. He will present us to himself in the perfection of holiness (Ephesians 5:27), and present us to the Father (Hebrews 2:13) “to the praise of the glory of his grace” (Ephesians 1:6). Though now we are the sons of God, “it doth not yet appear what we shall be” (1 John 3:2). But this we are assured of: Christ will forever be ours and we shall forever be his in the fulness and perfection of heavenly glory!
Translations of Scripture
If you want a purely historical account of the history of Israel, read the Good News Bible. If you want a purely intellectual account of the Holy Scripture, read the Moffatt translation. If you want a very good version of the Scripture with several shades of meaning to certain words and phrases, read the Amplified Version. If you want a purely modern-day, fundamentalist interpretation of the scripture, read the Living Bible. If you want a very good reference Bible to help you study, use the New International Version. If you want a fair version that does away with the fact that God must be propitiated, read the Revised Standard Version. If you want a fair version that does teach propitiation, read the American Standard Version.
But if you want to study God's Word with an eye to seeing Christ exalted in all the foundational doctrines of the gospel and of the Person and work of each of the three Divine Persons as they are revealed in one God, you must read and study the King James Version. None of the other versions, either singly or combined, can compare to the beauty and power of the King James Version as it is written. Many of the above versions, in their attempt to make God's Word understandable to the unregenerate mind (whether the common man or the intellectual), destroy the basic foundational truths of our faith concerning God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, sin, salvation, redemption, and God's eternal purpose as they are revealed in the King James Version.
The Grace Bulletin
March 31, 2013
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
Television Broadcasts in Danville
Channel 6 - Sunday Morning 7:45 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.