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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
March 1, 2015
Let us seek grace to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present evil world, to live as sinners saved by the grace of God, to live for God and to the glory of God; but let us never attempt to show the world that we are Christians. The show of religion our Savior expressly forbids (Matthew 6:5-18).
· We will have our Quarterly Fellowship Dinner following our worship service this morning. Today, we will say farewell to Frank and Stacey Hall. They are moving to Cornelius, NC, where Bro. Hall has accepted the pastorate of Sovereign Grace Assembly. How thankful and honored we are that our God calls from our midst men he has gifted to preach the gospel ((Luke 10:2). — There will be no service here tonight.
· I am scheduled to preach March 6-8 for Fairmont Grace Church in Sylacauga, AL, where Bro. Larry Criss is pastor.
Happy Birthday! Amy Richards-3rd Stephanie Wall-4th Charlotte Hart-7th
Nursery Duty this Week: Today: Nicole Abell — Tuesday: Shelby Fortner
Jehovah’s Ways — How Vast! How Deep! — Don Fortner
(Tune: # — O for a Thousand Tongues —CM)
1. Jehovah’s ways — How vast! How deep!
His footsteps are unknown.
Though clouds and darkness clothe His feet,
Still, mercy is His throne!
2. Come, bow before His Throne of Grace. —
God knows His purpose well:
He sets the bounds of time and place,
Where all His chosen dwell.
3. He’s wise and good. He cannot err. —
Love cannot be unkind.
However dark His dealings are,
His saints should be resign’d.
4. If our poor, trembling hearts could know
Our Father’s great designs,
In all He does, we’d humbly bow,
And never more repine.
5. We live by faith, and not by sense: —
Faith unseen things explores.
We trust the God of providence,
And His rich grace adore!
The Manifold Wisdom of God”
The Wisdom and Prudence of God
Divine wisdom saw that it was needful and expedient that he who died for us upon the cross should be raised from the dead and seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high as the Supreme Governor of the universe. The exaltation of Christ assures us of the salvation of God’s elect (John 17:2), comforts us with the knowledge of his good providence (Romans 8:28, 32), gives us assurance of perpetual pardon and acceptance at the throne of God (1 John 2:1-2), promises exaltation and glory to every believer (Revelation 3:21), and is the pledge of his final triumph. ¾ Every knee shall bow to God our Savior (Philippians 2:9-11).
This great Redeemer and the great redemption he has accomplished is the wisdom of God. And he is also the power of God unto salvation to every believer. God help you to believe. By means of this great scheme of redemption and grace, God has achieved the highest goal and ambition of his own great heart. ¾ He has given Christ all pre-eminence (Colossians 1:18).
Behold the infinite wisdom and prudence, skill and insight displayed in the riches of God’s grace abounding toward us by Christ Jesus, our exalted Lord and Savior. A wise father makes provisions for his family, both immediate and future provisions. The wiser the father and the greater his abilities, the more certain and secure the provisions are. Our heavenly Father has, in infinite wisdom, provided all things for us, and with infinite wisdom, prudence, skill, and insight, he accomplishes his designs.
I see the grace of God abounding toward us in prudence in the sacrifice of his darling Son for the accomplishment of our redemption. — “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory” (1 Corinthians 2:7; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31).
And the providence of our God, what a display that is of his infinite prudence, insight and skill! Truly…
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform!
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm!
What great wisdom and prudence is displayed in the means God has ordained for the salvation of his elect. God has chosen to save sinners by the foolishness of preaching (Romans 10:17; 1 Peter 1:23-25). The message he employs, the glorious gospel of Christ, is the revelation of infinite wisdom. And the men he employs to preach that message are themselves a constant display of infinite prudence (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).
God’s great wisdom and prudence is seen in the way his grace abounds to his chosen in the experience of his salvation (John 16:8-11; Psalm 107). He slays that he may make alive. He wounds that he may heal. He strips that he may clothe. He empties that he may fill. He imprisons that he may set the prisoner free. He abases that he may exalt. He condemns that he may pardon.
Our God’s wisdom and prudence is made manifest in the means he has chosen to employ to preserve his saints in grace, the means he has chosen to secure our perseverance. — The means he has chosen is a state of warfare in our souls (Romans 7:14-23). He has fixed it so that we are in constant need of his grace, in constant need of his Son, in constant need of his forgiveness, in constant need of his mercy. And he has given us and continually supplies us with grace and faith, by which we are sweetly inclined and compelled to seek him (Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 1:9; 2:1-2; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
Compassed with trouble, in distress, what fears possess my mind!
Savior, I long to see Your face, for grace and peace divine!
With broken heart, and waiting long, beneath this crushing load,
I own my sin, confess my wrong, and stretch my hands to God.
My wretched heart, my God, I mourn; and for my sin I weep!
With every lust obscene I burn, and sink into the deep!
As Satan raises Moses up and roars against my soul,
Lord Jesus, my poor cause take up and make Your servant whole!
Arise, O Lord! Shine forth in grace! Your precious blood apply!
Embrace my soul, dear Prince of Peace, blest Rock higher than I!
Speak, Savior, let me hear Your voice. Show me, again, Your face!
Oh! Hear my inmost groans and cries. — Revive my soul with grace!
How often I sleep, though my heart wakes! How often when my Savior comes, I refuse him! Yet he puts his hand into my heart, dropping the sweet-smelling myrrh of his grace into my wretched soul, and graciously causes me to awake, arise, and seek him, until at last I find him. Then, he brings me into his banqueting house and spreads his banner of love over me, causes me to know more fully with every experience of his love that many waters cannot quench his love, neither can the floods of my sin drown it! — “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself!” — “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.”
The Grace Bulletin
March 1, 2015
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 576-3400 — 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 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.