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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
May 28, 2017
Night and day, in labor and in leisure, in religion and in recreation, use your time for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Š I am preaching today for Merton Evangelical Baptist Church in London, England, where Bro. Harry Qazi is pastor. — I am scheduled to preach Monday and Tuesday for the Free Grace Fellowship (Orange Hall) in Ballymoney, N Ireland.
Š We are privileged to have Bro. Larry Criss home this week. Bro. Criss is pastor of Fairmont Grace Church in Sylacauga, Alabama. He will bring the messages here today and on Tuesday.
Happy Birthday! Audrey Grace Hacker-2nd
Happy Anniversary: Rex & Debbie Bartley-1st Don & Shelby Fortner-1st
Nursery Duty This Week
Nicole Abell (AM) — Ruth Wall (PM) Tuesday: Elizabeth Peterson
Church Cleaning in June: Sam & Ruth Wall
Blest Spirit, Own this Sacred Hour — Don Fortner
(Tune: #52 — Majestic Sweetness — CM)
Let every hearer feel Your power, ere from Your house we part!
And, while Your servant truth unfolds, may some be born again!
Each seeking soul be pleased to meet, and make each mourner blest!
“Be of Good Cheer”
Pastor Eric Richards — San Diego Grace Fellowship, San Diego, California
What a word of comfort for tried and troubled hearts! Often in this world God’s children are perplexed and troubled by persecutions, by the lusts of the flesh, by manifold temptations. Life in this world is filled with tribulation for a believer. Often, we’re guilty of saying as Jacob said, “All these things are against me.” We are so easily disheartened and cast down at the least difficulty that God brings into our lives in his all-wise providence. To add to our misery, we begin looking at ourselves and sink even lower with the weight of all our failures and falls. But our blessed Savior bids us look away from our weakness and inability, and set our hearts on him who is our Strength! We cannot overcome the least temptation and trial. “But be of good cheer,” he says, “I have overcome the world.”
“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.”
Pastor Larry Criss — Fairmont Grace Church, Sylacauga, Alabama
“I laid me down and slept.” — We often lay down, but toss and turn, because like Martha, we are careful and troubled about many things. David was not sitting on his throne when he wrote these words, or resting in his palace. He wrote these words when he fled from his own son Absalom, who was leading a rebellion to take his throne. David knew trouble and heartache, but he also knew the reality of God’s faithfulness and grace. I don’t recall as a child at home ever losing sleep worrying whether I would be fed the next day. When Mom tucked me in at night, kissed my forehead, and said, “I love you,” I felt safe and secure. — “When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet” (Proverbs3:24).
God Does the Watching
“I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.” — There are times I would honor my God more by doing nothing rather than trying to do what only he can. There are times to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord — “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4). With God’s good providence for our pillow, the perfect righteousness of Christ for our blanket, and the promise of our everlasting Father to preserve us unto his heavenly kingdom, why should we not lie down and sleep? — “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” David, who was himself a shepherd and a king, now beholds the Chief Shepherd and the King of kings, Jesus Christ himself!
The Morning is Coming
“I awaked.” — I wonder how much goes on while we’re asleep. We learn sometimes of danger that was in the neighborhood during the night, but we slept right through it. — “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” And so we shall until that time comes for us to close our eyes for the very last time here. What happens then? — “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” The Psalm ends on a sweet note of confident assurance that all the blessings of God’s great salvation are upon his people. “Selah” — Stop, pause, and think about it. May God give me grace to trust him more.
The scapegoat beautifully portrays our dear Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. As the slain goat portrays him as the Lamb sacrificed for our sins, the scapegoat portrays him as the sacrifice accepted. The scapegoat is a picture of the complete removal of our sins by Christ. The first goat, the Lord’s goat, the slain victim, gave us a picture of the atonement. The second goat, the scapegoat, gives us a picture of the result of the atonement.
A Fit Man
With all the sins of Israel made his, the scapegoat was taken away by a fit man. That fit man is the Judge of all the earth who must do right, the very justice of God. The scapegoat is borne beyond the camp—beyond all sight—beyond the track of man—to the far borders of an uninhabited land. Released, it disappears in rocks and thickets of an uninhabited desert. Unseen, unknown, forgotten, it departs from mortal view. It is now buried in oblivion's land.
There is no brighter picture of the full pardon of all sin in Christ. Christ bore the accursed load of all my sin and guilt away, as far away as the east is from the west; and God's all-seeing eye cannot find it.
Oh, precious tidings! Oh, heart-cheering truth! Oh, wondrous grace! God the Spirit, by the testimony of the gospel, proclaims this good news and confirms it in the soul by the gift of life and faith in Christ. God has cast our sins, all our sins, behind his back and into the depth of the sea of infinite forgetfulness! As we watch that fit Man and the Scapegoat, Christ Jesus, the horizon recedes. Infinite separation has infinitely separated our transgressions from us! Christ, our Scapegoat, has borne our iniquities away (Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 38:17; Micah 7:19).
Can we recover what the ocean buries? No line can reach to the unmeasured depths. It has sunk downward, never to arise. Deep waters hide it; and it must be hidden. Such is the grave of sin. Our Scapegoat drowned it in a fathomless abyss. The word is sure. "Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea!"
Can that be seen to which the eye of omniscience is blind? Are objects visible which are behind your back? Our Scapegoat has cast our sins behind God’s back! He has blotted out, as a thick cloud, our transgressions (Isaiah 44:22), and can never find them (Jeremiah 50:20).
That which Christ has taken away, blotted out, and removed by his precious, sin-atoning blood, God cannot and will not remember. He promised, "I will remember their sin no more" (Jeremiah 31:34). Do you need comfort? Drink deeply from this stream of joy. Lay down in this green pasture of delight. Your sins, so many, vile, and hateful, your Scapegoat has taken away. All your blemishes, defects, iniquities, transgressions, and sins are forever gone! And God your Savior. God, who cannot lie, says to you, “Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee” (Song of Solomon 4:7).
The Grace Bulletin
May 28, 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