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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
August 27, 2017
Show me something in the Word of God and I will, as God the Holy Ghost enables me, bow to it, receive it as divinely revealed truth, and believe it; but if you cannot show it to me in the Book of God, I cannot, will not, and must not receive it as the truth of God.
Š There will be no service here Tuesday night. We will meet Thursday night at 6:00 PM to make final preparations for our conference.
Happy Birthday! Mark Henson-30th Norma Rankin-1st
Happy Anniversary: David & Betty Burge-7th Jamie & Nicole Abell-15th
Nursery Duty Today: Nicole Abell AM — Stephanie Wilkerson PM
Church Cleaning in September: Mark & Regina Henson
Hail, Sovereign Grace, Eternal, Free! — Don Fortner
(Tune: #400 — Jesus, and Shall It Ever Be? — LM)
1. Hail, sovereign grace, eternal free,
So bountif’ly bestowed on me!
Grace chose me in eternity,
And sent my Lord to die for me!
2. ‘Twas grace, God’s free and sovereign grace,
That stopped me as to hell I raced,
And sweetly forced me to confess
My sin so vile, my wretchedness!
3. Grace gave me eyes and made me see
What Christ, my Lord, has done for me.
He ransomed me with His own blood,
And reconciled me to my God.
4. Let heav’n and earth my song now hear,
Come, ransomed sinners, sing with cheer —
Hail, sovereign grace, eternal, free,
So bountif’ly bestowed on me!
Hearing the Word of God preached is so important that our risen Savior has specifically given the ministry of the gospel to his church as one of his chief ascension gifts (Ephesians 4:11-12; Psalms 68:18-19).
God has always gifted specific, chosen men for the work of the ministry, men he has specifically called to this great work to serve the souls of men. Jude tells us, that “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied (or preached) concerning the Lord’s coming with ten thousand of his saints to judgment.” Peter tells us that Noah was “a preacher of righteousness,” the righteousness of God. God never left himself without witness, even in those earliest times, but at sundry times and after in diverse ways, spoke to our fathers by the prophets.
After the giving of the law, the Lord God constantly separated to himself a certain order of men to pray for, preach to, and serve his people; to lead, guide, and rule his people by his Word. Israel always had her prophets and her priests. Though the Jews were often carried away into captivity, and because of their sins scattered abroad among the nations, yet God faithfully and graciously kept up a remnant of prophets and preachers, like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and others, to reprove, instruct, and call his elect to repentance.
Great as those days were, we live in a better day with better provisions. Many talk about the old days and old preachers as if the men called, gifted, and sent of God to his church today are somewhat deficient. That is not the case. We have the complete Revelation of God in Holy Scripture. God’s church today benefits from more than 2000 years of gospel preaching. In our day, in spite of the rampant heresies of this apostate religious age, we are blessed of God with the clearest, fullest preaching of the gospel this world has ever known.
When our Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, had through the eternal Spirit offered himself as a full, perfect, sufficient, effectual sacrifice and satisfaction for the sins of his people, and after his resurrection had all power committed to him both in heaven and earth, gave commission to his Apostles, and in them to all succeeding gospel preachers, to “go into all the world and preach his Gospel to every creature,” promising to “be with us, (to guide, assist, strengthen, and comfort us always, even) unto the end of the world.”
As it is the responsibility of God’s servants everywhere to preach the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:16), it is your responsibility to hear the message God sends his servant to deliver. But most people utterly despise God’s gift. They do despite to the Spirit of grace, crucify the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame by willfully refusing to attend God’s ordained means of grace. How terrible the end of such people will be! They despise the heavenly manna of the gospel, counting it a worthless thing. Our Savior declares that it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon, for Sodom and Gomorrah, than for those who despise the gospel. Better that men had never heard of a Savior being born, than after they have heard, not to give heed to the ministry of those who are employed as God’s ambassadors to declare the good news of his free, saving grace in Christ.
Be Ye Angry and Sin Not
Pastor Clay Curtis
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4: 26-27)
Seeing as how Christ the Truth has made his people the righteousness of God in truth, seeing as how Christ has sent to us the Holy Spirit of Truth, seeing as how God has created within us a new man by the word of truth, therefore at every lie and false way “Be ye angry.” Someone said: “If we would be angry and not sin, we must be angry at nothing but sin; and we should be more jealous for the glory of God than for any interest or reputation of our own.” After what Christ our Righteousness has done for us, when we encounter falsehood and are not angry, we sin by not being angry. We should be angry: at our own sin, at the ungodliness of men, at the unrighteousness of men, and especially when false preachers hold the truth in unrighteousness. A believer that is never angry at lies against God has no strong convictions for God!
It is popular in our day for religious folks to join with those who speak lies against our Redeemer in the name of love. But scriptural love speaks the truth in love (Ephesians 4: 15). Love stands with Christ and his people against all falsehood. A child of God cannot bear lies against God our Father or our brethren. And we are told plainly not to bear them—be ye not unequally yoked.
Yet, we are to “sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” Be not angry without a just cause and be not quick to anger else we play the part of the fool (Ecclesiastes 7:9). Even when our anger is justified, we are to love our enemy. Therefore, we are to let go of anger quickly. The Psalm from which this verse is quoted tells us we do so by fleeing to Christ our Righteousness. — “Know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD” (Psalm 4: 3-5).
The one way to not let anger rest in the heart is to turn quickly to Christ. God set his elect apart in Christ and God will hear us in Christ. Commune upon our bed, offering up the sacrifices of righteousness, which is to put our trust in the LORD Jehovah by putting our trust in Christ our Sovereign Head (Proverbs 3:5-8). Christ alone has kept this precept in righteousness and Christ alone paid our sin for not doing it as we ought. So when we encounter lies against our Redeemer, be ye angry, and sin not. Before the sun goes down, commune upon your bed with Christ, putting your trust in him to do what he will with the offender. In Christ alone, we give no place to the devil!
The Grace Bulletin
August 27, 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