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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
August 6, 2017
God our Savior provides everything for the helpless and brings grace to us before we seek it. So, he gets as much glory in the giving as in the gift.
Š I am preaching today for Bethel Baptist Church in Spring Lake, NC, where Bro. John Chapman is pastor. Tonight through Tuesday night I am scheduled to preach for Covenant of Grace Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro, NC, where Bro. Linwood Campbell is pastor.
Š You are privileged to have Bro. Frank Tate, pastor of Hurricane Road Grace Church in Ashland, KY, to preach the gospel to you today. The Lord willing, Bro. Todd Nibert, pastor of Todds Road Grace Church, will be here to preach the gospel to you Tuesday evening.
Happy Birthday! Anne Kendziora-11th Ben Petertson-11th
Lindsay & Diane Campbell-8th Rick & Shante’ Birchum-10th
Jerry & Marilyn Sadler-10th Mark & Donna Daniel-11th
Nursery Duty This Week
Stephanie Wilkerson (AM) — Elizabeth Peterson (PM) Tuesday: Ruth Wall
All Glory to Jehovah’s Name — Don Fortner
(Tune: #228 — My Faith has Found a Resting Place —CMD
1. All glory to Jehovah’s name —
Almighty God, our King!
His truth and faithfulness proclaim;
His grace and mercy sing.
He spoke in love, e’er time began,
His purposes of grace,
Which formed the glorious gospel plan
To save His chosen race.
2. He spoke the promises that shine
Upon the Sacred Page,
In Christ they are yea and amen,
Secure from age to age!
So, rest my soul. My heart be stilled. —
Jehovah cannot lie!
All that He spoke shall be fulfilled. —
On that we can rely.
The Crucified Coal Heaver
Pastor Frank Hall
“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.” (Proverbs 25:21-22)
What a strange and exotic principle! Feed our enemies? Give water to those who hate us? Certainly, this teaching is not from below, but from above. This is the doctrine of Jesus Christ, the doctrine of God’s free grace, heaven’s divine formula that transforms the believer’s inveterate enemies into his most faithful friends and most trusted allies.
These coals of fire are not coals of judgment, but coals of grace, by which the hearts of our enemies are melted down and won over. Our Savior preached this doctrine with great clarity in his Sermon on the Mount. In that notable message, he said, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, and do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
Nothing is more grueling to our flesh than the exercise of kindness and love toward those who hate us, but if we would honor our Savior and subdue our enemies, we dare not resort to the sinful practice of revenge. We must conquer the hearts of our enemies the same way that Christ conquered our hateful hearts—by relentlessly heaving the coals of unmerited grace upon their wicked heads.
The apostle Paul knew all about these coals of grace. He said to the Romans, “Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not…Recompense to no man evil for evil…Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Coals of Grace
A mighty king may very well use angry force to subjugate his enemies, and though they be successfully subdued, they will never love him or serve him with willing and happy hearts. Willing service, heart commitment, and life-loyalty can only be enforced by grace, mercy, and love. The Lord Jesus Christ does not win sinners to himself with threats of punishment or promises of reward. He wins sinners to himself by his free grace. He turns bitter enemies into beloved friends, by his grace. He converts hardhearted adversaries into faithful disciples, by his grace. He causes rebels to stack arms and surrender their hearts to him, not with brute force and overwhelming power, but with tender, irresistible love and grace.
Not only is he the indisputable Master of the universe and the sovereign Master of the hearts of men—he is the Master Coal Heaver. With the gospel shovel in his hand, he sovereignly heaves the covenant coals of free grace onto the heads of his enemies, and in so doing, he melts their hearts of stone into soft,
pliable, elastic masses of wax—putty in the hands of the Master.
No chosen sinner can successfully withstand the melting effects of Calvary’s coals. When the coals of effectual blood redemption, free forgiveness, and perfect righteousness begin to stack up on the sinner’s depraved heart, coal upon coal and ember upon ember, and the heat of Christ’s indescribable love grows warmer and warmer, that unbreakable, adamantine heart of stone is eventually smitten, smelted, and effectually liquefied into a puddle of love for the crucified Coal Heaver.
Grace at Sinai
The first thing Israel met with at Sinai was God’s promise of grace. When the children of Israel left Rephidim, the place of murmuring, they came to the Mount of God at Sinai. While Israel was camped before the Mount of God, Moses went up to Sinai to God. And the very first word the Lord God gave to his people at Sinai was a promise of pure, free grace. First, he reminded the children of Israel of what he had done for them already, reminding them specifically of the grace and power of God they had already experienced. — “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself” (v. 4). Then he promised that he would make these chosen people, the people he had redeemed to himself, his own peculiar treasure above all people, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.
Yes, there were conditions to the promise (v. 5). The Lord said he would do these things for Israel, “if” they would obey his voice and keep his covenant. But, remember, that which God requires of his people he always gives to his people. So, the “ifs” of God are not to be read by us as conditions we must meet, but as promises of God, assuring us that he will meet the conditions he requires. What God promised at Sinai, he has performed for his elect by grace in Christ (1 Peter 2:5-10).
The Grace Bulletin
August 6, 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