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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
September 11, 2016
By faith in Christ we receive internally that which Christ has accomplished for us externally: redemption, righteousness, justification, forgiveness, holiness, peace, and reconciliation. Faith does not accomplish these boons of grace. Faith receives them and experiences them by grace.
Š To you who worked so tirelessly and gave so freely to host our Bible conference last week — Thank you!
Š I am scheduled to preach Friday – Sunday for Robert Street Baptist Church in Dudley, England. The following Monday and Tuesday I am scheduled to preach for Sovereign Grace Fellowship in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland.
Happy Birthday! Jamie Abell-12th Jenny Bartley-14th
Nursery Duty this Week
Shante’ Birchum (AM) — Elizabeth Peterson (PM) — Tuesday: Celeste Peterson
Behold Jehovah, God the Son — Don Fortner
(Tune: # 10 — O God, Our Help in Ages Past —CM)
1. Behold, Jehovah, God the Son,
From heav’n to earth descend!
Sinners, survey what He has done,
And trust the sinners’ Friend.
2. Let all who know and feel His love
Come sound His praise abroad,
Begin the chorus sung above,
And worship Christ your God.
3. Rejoice, rejoice, Christ Jesus reigns!
Our noblest tributes bring.
Hail Him whose blood removes our stains,
And own Him God and King.
4. My soul by sov’reign grace restored,
And raised from Adam’s fall,
Calls Him my Brother, Savior, God,
And owns Him All in All!
“God be Thanked,
That Ye Were the Servants of Sin”
If I know anything of my own heart, I hope that I can truly say, I hate sin, I would not willingly and wilfully commit a single sin for the world. Yea, I loathe myself in my own sight for sin, the sin of my poor fallen nature. And sin becomes more bitter to me, as Christ becomes more precious. But, with all this, I say, I would rather be a sinner saved, and saved in such a way as I am saved, by the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, than to have never known sin, neither known Christ as a Savior.
True religion is a serious and a personal concern. It arises from a right knowledge of God and ourselves; a sense of the great things he has done for fallen man; a persuasion, or at least a well-grounded hope, of our own interest in his favor; and a principle of unbounded love to him who thus first loved us. It consists in an entire surrender of ourselves, and our all, to God; in setting him continually before us, as the object of our desires, the scope and inspector of our actions, and our only refuge and hope in every trouble: finally, in making the goodness of God to us the motive and model of our behavior to our fellow-creatures: to love, pity, relieve, instruct, forbear, and forgive them, as occasions offer, because we ourselves both need and experience these things at the hand of our heavenly Father.
The two great points to which true religion tends, and which it urges the soul, where it has taken place, incessantly to press after, are, communion with God, and conformity to him; and as neither of these can be fully attained in this life, it teaches us to pant after a better life; to withdraw our thoughts and affections from temporal things, and fix them on that eternal state, where our desires shall be abundantly satisfied; and the work begun by grace shall be crowned with glory!
If there be one God subsisting in three persons, then let us give equal reverence to all the persons in the Trinity. There is not more or less in the Trinity. The Father is not more God than the Son and Holy Ghost. There is an order in the Godhead, but no degrees. One person has not a majority or super eminence above another, therefore we must give equal worship to all the persons.
The Holy Trinity
“There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7)
All true Christians are Trinitarians. That means, we worship the one true and living God in the trinity, or tri-unity of his holy Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Lord our God is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). Yet, this one great and glorious God subsists in three distinct, but equal divine Persons, as 1 John 5:7 clearly asserts.
The doctrine of the trinity is an essential element of Gospel truth. The doctrine of the Trinity is often represented as a speculative point of theology, which must not be pressed too tenaciously. But we cannot place too much importance upon it. It is, I repeat, an essential element of Gospel truth. It is interwoven in every aspect of our salvation, all the doctrines of the Gospel, and the experience of God’s people. We cannot do without it. As soon as a man is convinced of his sinful and miserable condition by nature, he perceives that there is a Divine Person whom he has offended, and that there is need for another Divine Person to make satisfaction for his offences, and that there is need for a third Divine Person to give him life eternal, to regenerate, sanctify, and preserve him.
As you read the Bible, it becomes obvious to your mind, if you are a believer, that all three of the Divine Persons of the Holy Trinity are actively engaged in the salvation of your soul. This fact is nowhere more clearly revealed than in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (1:3-14)-
Purposed by the Father
Our salvation was planned by God the Father in his eternal purpose of grace. — “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him: in love having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
Purchased by the Son
Our salvation was purchased by God the Son in his substitutionary sacrifice at Calvary. — “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”
Performed by the Holy Spirit
And our salvation was performed in our hearts by the gracious, effectual work of God the Holy Spirit who gave us faith in Christ. — “Ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
The Grace Bulletin
September 11, 2016
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