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May 14, 2017
To deny the efficacy of Christ’s blood atonement and the certain salvation of all for whom he died is as much a denial of our Savior’s godhood as the denial of his virgin birth; for such a denial asserts that the Christ of God is a failure.
Š We will have our Quarterly Fellowship today. There will be no service here tonight.
Nursery Duty: Jayalita McCormack (Today) — Ruth Wall (Tuesday)
O Lord, Our Hearts Engage — Don Fortner
(Tune: #33 — Stand Up, and Bless the Lord — SM)
1. Behold Your people Lord,
Assembled, waiting here;
Sweet tokens of Your grace afford,
Your family to cheer.
2. O Lord, our hearts engage,
A precious Christ reveal;
Increase our faith — our fears assuage,
And wounded spirits heal.
3. Your hungry children feed;
Your wanderers restore;
Give grace to help in time of need,
From Your exhaustless store.
4. Assist Your preacher, Lord,
Salvation to proclaim;
Some blessing to our souls afford,
And glorify Your name.
“As we drove the nails in his hands and stuck a spear through his side, he was redeeming us from our sin. God purposed our salvation, and he saves us in spite of us, because he delights to show mercy. The Lord Jesus Christ finished the work his Father gave him to do, and he shall be glorified forever. Praise his holy name, he overrules our evil for good!” — Cody Henson
“But We See Jesus”
Pastor Mike McInnis — Grace Chapel, Obrien, Florida
Neither tongue nor pen can adequately describe and/or communicate the beauties and glories which are found in the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God alone can open a man’s eyes to behold that vision. Well does the writer of Hebrews say “we see Jesus”. For apart from that gift of heavenly vision the gospel is just another accounting of the facts of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. A glorious account to be sure but lacking in the vital substance which takes it from the dogma of religion to the very substance of life itself. Until the life of Christ is bestowed in the new birth a man cannot see the kingdom of God. Indeed, he has tasted death that we in turn might have life.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Pastor Gene Harmon — Rescue Baptist Church — Rescue, California
Substitution is not a take it or leave it gospel. Substitution is the gospel! As the God-man, Jesus Christ walked on this earth in perfect obedience to the will of God the Father, establishing a perfect righteousness for his chosen people. As the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ satisfied the holy justice of God for his elect by laying down his life for them. As God’s risen, glorified, exalted King, Jesus Christ now lives to give eternal life to all who were given to him by God the Father (John 17:1-3). Jesus Christ is the sinner’s only hope, who has already entered within the veil, there to appear in the presence of God for those he purchased with his own precious blood. Flee to him for refuge, and lay hold upon the only sure hope for sinners (Hebrews 6:17 - 20).
The Solitariness of God
“Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)
In saving his people, the Lord God sets himself apart from all his creatures and from all the imaginary gods of men, showing himself to be God alone, doing wonders, wonders of grace in the earth. That which separates and distinguishes God from all his creatures is his solitariness as God. It is the solitary excellence of God that inspires reverence for him, faith in him, and obedience to him. Our God is incomprehensibly great! Here are seven things about God which show his solitariness, seven things which distinguish him from and set him apart from all his creatures, infinitely.
1. There is one God. — It must be stated and stated emphatically that there is one God, and only one (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:4-6). God alone is solitary in his Being. He “only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen nor can see; to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:16).
2. God is eternal. — “In the beginning God.” In the beginning there was nothing and no one but God. There was a “time” before time began, when God dwelt alone in the ineffable glory of his own great Being. He is the great “I AM,” “the eternal God,” who says, “I live forever!” — “Thy throne is established of old; thou art from everlasting” (Psalm 93:2). He is the first and the last, “the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity” (Isaiah 57:15).
3. God is Spirit. — Our Lord Jesus Christ declares, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).As you read the Bible you cannot fail to notice that never once were men given any kind of physical, visible, tangible representation of God’s Being. Why? Because God is Spirit. He is the infinite, incomprehensible, invisible, omnipresent Spirit.
4. God is a Tri-Unity (1 John 5:7). — We worship One God in the Trinity or Tri-Unity of his sacred Persons. We do not have three Gods. But we have One God, who subsists in three distinct Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. And these three Persons, equal in all things, are one God.
5. God is independent and self-sufficient. — God alone needs nothing. In old eternity, when God dwelt alone in the glory of his Triune Persons, he was self-contained and self-sufficient, in need of nothing. He needed nothing to make him happy, glorious, and complete. And he is still independent, self-sufficient, in need of nothing. The creation of the world added nothing to God. He is immutable. He changes not (Malachi 3:6). His essential glory could never be increased or diminished.
6. God can be known only by revelation. — No sinner will ever see and know the living God until God reveals himself in the sinner’s heart by the irresistible grace and power of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 4:6).
7. God alone forgives sin freely (Micah 7:18-20). — Only the one true and living God forgives sinners freely, without any reparations being made by the one forgiven (Romans 3:24).
The Grace Bulletin
May 14, 2017
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