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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
October 18, 2015
Most religious people fit the worship of God into their lives when it is convenient. — God’s people arrange their lives around the worship of God.
Happy Birthday! Ruth Wall-19th
Nursery Duty this Week
Today: Jenny Bartley (AM) — Vicci Rolley (PM) — Tuesday: Shelby Fortner
Come, Bless Theses Simple Signs — Don Fortner
(Tune: #52 — Majestic Sweetness CM)
1. Savior, at Your command we meet
Around this bread and wine.
Now, while we worship at Your feet,
Come, bless these simple signs.
2. Shew us Your hands, and feet, and side;
And fix our wand’ring hearts
Upon our Saviour crucified —
Our chosen Needful Part.
3. Bid treach’rous unbelief be gone;
Make slavish fear subside:
Let faith rely on Christ alone;
And Christ with us abide!
Ordinances — Not Sacraments
I was asked recently why I use the word “ordinance” instead of “sacrament,” when referring to Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. I responded, “Because Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances (commands) of Christ given to his Church, by which we both confess faith in him and remember him, not sacraments by which we receive grace from him.” The word “sacrament” is a papist term commonly retained by Protestants still drinking the wine of Babylon. A sacrament is thought to be a means by which grace is conferred upon, brought to, and received by the one who receives it, an outward sign of inward grace.
We do not practice sacramental, works religion! We who worship God in Spirit and in Truth observe the blessed ordinance of Believer’s Baptism, by which we confess our faith in Christ and our consecration to him, being buried in the watery grave and rising to walk in newness of life. We eat the bread and wine of the Lord’s Table in remembrance of him who loved us and gave himself for us, standing upon the tiptoe of faith, watching for his return.
“Brother, Lead Us in Prayer”
“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)
Our Lord Jesus clearly and pointedly forbids audible, public prayer on street corners, in market places, restaurants, etc. (Matthew 6:5-6). Where men and women are hustling and bustling about with the everyday business of life, it is not proper for us to call attention to ourselves by displays of religious devotion. Many suggest, “We ought to pray and offer thanks for our food so that others may see our devotion and thanksgiving.”
That is exactly what we must not do! Christianity is not a show of godliness, but a life of godliness. In private, in our homes, or at fellowship dinners with God’s saints, it is proper for us to bow and audibly give thanks to our God for his provisions. I encourage you never to neglect such opportunities for prayer. But do not do so in public places. God sees and hears thankful hearts (1 Timothy 4:4-5).
However, public prayer in the house of God, among God’s saints, is a vital aspect of public worship. Its importance cannot be overstated. Anytime a man is called upon to lead the congregation to the throne of grace in prayer, he is called upon to do that which is of greatest importance and benefit to the Church of God. It should never be taken lightly. The one praying is leading God’s people in the worship of God. Public prayer is the worship of the whole church through the voice of one man. When a man is called upon to lead the church in prayer, it is not only that he may speak to God for the church, but also that he may stimulate the thoughts and desires of God’s people, so that their hearts may be quickened and led heavenwards to Christ.
When a man is called upon to lead God’s saints in prayer, let him be aware of what he is doing. He is speaking to God; so let his words be few, thoughtfully chosen, and earnest. He is calling upon God in prayer; so let him be sincere, believing, and conscious of the needs of the hour. He is leading the congregation in prayer; so let him speak distinctly and loudly enough to be heard by all. You cannot lead the church in prayer if the church cannot hear you!
Live in Liberty
Pastor Fred Evans
Paul in Galatians 3:22-30 uses the allegory of the two sons of Abraham. Ishmael is a picture of those that are under the bondage of the law, while Isaac pictures those that are saved by the grace of God. As Ishmael was thrown out and not to remain with Isaac, even so law or works cannot live with grace. Paul says that if election, which is unto salvation, is of “grace then it is no more of works, otherwise grace is no more grace.” Let us who have been saved by grace, live in the “liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.” How does one live in the liberty of Christ so not to be entangled with the yoke of bondage? — Only through the Spirit. It is by the Spirit of God that we are born again and have this life and faith in Christ, and it is only by the power of the Spirit that we will continue in the grace of God.
“What think ye of Christ?
Pastor Frank Hall
The God of heaven and earth has a controversy with humanity. He has an issue with you, and he has an issue with me. The question that needs to be resolved is not whether we are Calvinists or Arminians, Baptists or Catholics, sincere or dishonest. Those things have their place, but they are secondary at best. The one issue between God and man is his Son! The text does not say, “What think ye of predestination?” That doctrine is important, and it has its proper place, but predestination is not the issue that sinners need to be concerned about. The text does not say, “What think ye of premillennialism and amillennialism?” The fact is, what we think about Bible prophecy is irrelevant in the matter of salvation. In the end, when Christ descends and the incineration process begins, our view of eschatology, stance on Bible doctrine, and denominational preference will prove to be less than inconsequential. Our everlasting destiny is not regulated by the isms and ologies of religion. What do we think of Jesus Christ? That’s the issue between God and man. That’s the matter that must be resolved. “What think ye of Christ?” Answer that question, and the isms and ologies will take care of themselves.
“What think ye of Christ?” Is he merely a man or is he God in human flesh? We have no excuse for maintaining foggy conceptions about the divinity of Christ. The scriptures are abundantly clear on the matter. “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” That man who was born in Bethlehem and died at Calvary is none other than the “mighty God, the everlasting Father…the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature…and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
“What think ye of Christ?” Are we in his hands or is he in ours? Who is on the throne—man or Christ? Opinions are irrelevant because the scriptures supply us with the definitive answer. “God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” As the rightful sovereign of the universe, Jesus Christ does as he pleases, when he pleases, where he pleases, and with whom he pleases, and none can stay his hand or say unto him, “What doest thou?”
“What think ye of Christ?” Did he actually redeem his people or did he merely make salvation possible? Did he succeed or fail? What does the Book say? “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” He lived, bled, and died to make his people righteous and put away their sins, and that’s exactly what he did! His people stand before God absolutely perfect, righteous, spotless, and without sin because he effectually saved them from their sins by the sacrifice of himself. That’s what the scriptures say, but what say you? “What think ye of Christ?”
The Grace Bulletin
October 18, 2015
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 576-3400 — 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.