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June 22, 2014
Many young men, like Elisha, want “a double portion” of Elijah’s spirit; but few are willing to make the sacrifices and do the work of the faithful, committed old prophet. — They wish to be seen as prophets, not used as prophets.
· The June 2014 issue of New Focus Magazine is posted and may be read and/or downloaded at http://go-newfocus.co.uk/magazines.
· Pastor Bruce Crabtree will be here to preach the gospel tonight. Bro. Crabtree is pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in New Castle, IN.
· Pastor Todd Nibert, pastor of Todds RD Brace Church in Lexington, KY will preach here Tuesday night.
· I am scheduled to preach tonight for Sovereign Grace Church in Kingsport, TN, where Bro. Gabe Stalnaker is pastor.
· I am scheduled to preach Monday-Wednesday for Buck Mountain Baptist Church in Roan Mountain, TN, where Bro. Gary Perkins is pastor.
· Bro. Frank Hall is preaching today for Fairmont Grace Church in Sylacauga, AL, where Bro. Larry Criss is pastor.
· Conference offering – Our Bible Conference is scheduled for August 29-31. We will receive an offering in preparation for the conference on Sunday, July 27th.
Bob Duff-24th Josh Peterson-25th Ruth Peterson-25th Walter Groover-25th Mary Lou Duff-28th Stacey Hall-29th
Nursery Duty this Week
Today: Shante’ Birchum (AM) — Ruth Wall (PM) — Tuesday: Stephanie Wall
Go, Preach the Gospel of My Grace — Don Fortner
(Tune: #8 — All People that on Earth do Dwell — LM)
1. When Jesus left this world below, He then commanded us to go,
And preach the gospel of his grace to every soul, in every place.
2. “Go,” said the Lord, “like feeble sheep, ‘mongst rav’ning wolves, I’ll safely keep;
By Me, you shall on scorpions tread, and heal the sick, and raise the dead!”
3. Go, preach redemption, grace, and peace. By you My kingdom shall increase.
Upon my promise sure depend. — ‘Lo! I am with you to the end.’
4. Idols before my name shall fall. I’ll be acknowledged Lord of all;
All knees shall bow, all tongues confess, I am the Lord your Righteousness!”
Three Warnings from the Master
Here are three dangerous conditions about which the Lord Jesus Christ gives plain warning. Let all who have ears to hear heed the Master’s warnings.
1. Apostasy from Our First Love
The Lord Jesus Christ says, “I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Does the Son of God speak these words to me? Are they addressed to you? The Ephesians were zealous in good works, patient in the trials and afflictions of life, and thoroughly orthodox in doctrine. But there was a dreadful decay in the matter of love to Christ! Are we like the Ephesians? Does our love for Christ decline? Do we find ourselves more and more concerned about the cares of this world and less and less concerned about Christ? Repent! Turn anew to Christ. Renounce all but him and set your affection on him alone (Colossians 3:1-3).
2. The Doctrine Of Balaam
When Balak called for Balaam to curse Israel, God restrained him. Much to Balak’s disgust, God forced Balaam to bless his people (Numbers 22-24). Yet, Israel became involved in the worship of Baal (Numbers 25:1-3) as the result of Balaam’s counsel (Numbers 31:16). Balaam’s doctrine is compromise with the religion of the world. He did not advise Israel to give up the worship of Jehovah. He simply told them it would be wise to accept the worship of Baal and go along with the religious customs, traditions, and practices of their pagan neighbors (Numbers 25:1-9). Be warned! Compromise with false religion is damning to the souls of men. Compromise is the way of least resistance, the way approved of by the world, the way that is easiest on the flesh. But any compromise of God’s truth is an outright denial of Christ (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1). We must never give any credibility to the religion of this world. The only way to remove the offense of the gospel is to deny the gospel. Those who preach man’s free will deny God’s sovereignty. Those who preach salvation by the will, works, or worth of the sinner deny salvation by grace. Those who preach universal atonement deny the efficacy of Christ’s blood. Those who preach universal grace deny the efficacy of God’s saving grace. Such people may talk about grace, redemption, and salvation; but their doctrine is free will and works, and results in damnation to all who follow them in the way of Balaam. We must never seek agreement with such men, even in the name of peace, unity, and brotherly love. The only way we who believe the gospel can get along with those who do not is for us to deny the gospel. That we must not do!
3. The Doctrine Of The Nicolaitanes
The Nicolaitanes were a group of heretics in John’s day who taught that it was alright for believers to engage in the sexual immoralities of pagan religions. They “committed fornication, adultery, and all uncleanness, and had their wives in common, and also ate things offered to idols” (John Gill). They were antinomians. They were lawless, licentious rebels who wore the name of Christianity. These people really were antinomian, opposed the law of God. Their doctrine was, “Let us sin that grace may abound. Since we are saved by grace, it does not matter how we live.”
I know that any man who preaches salvation by grace alone will be accused of antinomianism (Romans 6:1). It is not possible to preach redemption, justification, and sanctification by grace alone, through the merits of Christ alone, without some legalist crying, “That is antinomianism! That will lead to licentiousness!” Yet, the fact remains that anyone who really is an antinomian is lost. God’s elect seek holiness and righteousness. They are not self-willed, licentious rebels. Their hearts and lives are ruled by the love of Christ; and that prevents lawlessness.
Believer’s Baptism and the Death of Christ
“Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” — We know that baptism does not put us into Christ. No work performed by man can do that! If we are in Christ, God put us in him (1 Corinthians 1:30), and he did it in eternity, before ever the worlds were made. And though the Holy Spirit has put us into Christ in regeneration, he is never said to baptize us into Christ. So, what do Paul’s words in this place mean? Symbolically baptism puts us into Christ. But the symbolism of this ordinance is described in verses 4 and 5.
In this verse Paul is showing us the connection between believer’s baptism and the death of Christ. Actually, the word “into” in this verse would be better translated “unto”, just as the word “for” in Acts 2:38 would be better translated “because of.” Romans 6:3 really should read, “Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized unto Christ were baptized unto his death?” Baptism does not put us into Christ; but it looks to Christ. It does not put us into his death; but it has reference to his death.
Baptism, if it is true baptism, is an act of faith. It looks to Christ. It is an act of obedience to Christ. And it follows the example of Christ. As he was baptized by immersion, as an act of obedience to God, identifying himself as the Son of God, to fulfill all righteousness, so are we.
Baptism has reference to the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a picture of his death as the sinner’s Substitute, and of our death in him. We died in him representatively. And by baptism we publicly avow our faith in the redemption he accomplished by his death, by which all righteousness has been fulfilled.
Baptism is an outward, visible picture of grace experienced in the heart. Baptism declares that we are one with Christ, and that in him we are dead, dead to sin, dead to the world, dead to the law, and dead to the past. It shows a connection between the believer and his Savior, between us and the death of Christ. As he is dead to sin, in him we are dead to sin. As he lives unto God, in him we live unto God. Until this grace is experienced in the heart, baptism has no meaning. It is nothing but an empty, hypocritical, deceiving religious ritual.
The Grace Bulletin
June 22, 2014
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.