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To preach the gospel is to preach the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to declare that he, by his perfect, complete, finished obedience to God as a man, brought in everlasting righteousness, made an end of sin, and obtained eternal redemption for God’s elect.
Š I am scheduled to preach Friday night for College Grove Grace Church in College Grove, TN, where Bro. Chris Cunningham is pastor.
Happy Birthday! Ruth Wall-19th
Happy Anniversary: Andrew & Brittany Torson-14th
Mitch & Stephanie Wilkerson-15th Walter & Betty Groover – 19th
Nursery Duty Today: Amy Hutchins (AM) — Diane Campbell (PM)
Proclaim Free Grace the Globe Around — Don Fortner
(Tune: #77 — Sun of My Soul — LMD)
1. Let everlasting glories crown
Our God and Savior, Christ the Lord.
`Tis He Who brought salvation down,
Proclaim throughout the earth His Word.
2. Proclaim free grace the globe around,
To every tribe in every land!
In Christ alone salvation’s found,
Salvation wrought by God’s own hand!
3. The blood of Christ alone can give
The guilty, trembling conscience peace;
And guilty sinners made to live
By grace alone give God all praise.
4. In Christ God’s truth and mercy, and
His grace and justice all agree: —
God’s just in justifying men
For whom Christ died upon the tree!
5. How well His blessed truths agree!
How wise and holy His commands!
His promises, how firm they be!
How firm our hope and comfort stands!
6. Should all the things that men devise
Assault my faith with treach’rous art,
I’d call them vanity and lies,
And bind the gospel to my heart.
“God be Thanked”
“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.” (Romans 6:17)
That little word, “but,” with which this verse opens, refers back to what Paul has just told us about all we have experienced in God’s saving grace: all that we confess in believer’s baptism, all that Christ accomplished for us in redemption, all that God the Holy Ghost has wrought in us by his grace in regeneration, and the blessed assurance God has given to every sinner who trusts his dear Son that sin shall never have dominion over us. We’re redeemed. We’ve been saved by the grace of God. We’re dead, indeed, unto sin. We are now alive unto God. Christ is our Life; and we live in him! After assuring us of these things, the Apostle Paul, writing by divine inspiration, says to you and me, “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”
Oh, what great reason saved sinners have to give thanks to God and live for his glory! Saved sinners have great reason to give thanks to God for his infinite wisdom and matchless grace in saving us precisely as he has from sin. God’s way is never the way man would choose or devise. But his way in all things is the best way. I loathe my sin. How anxious I am for that day when I shall sin no more! As Christ becomes more precious to my soul, sin is more bitter and more despised. Yet, I prefer God’s way of grace and salvation to any that might be imagined. I would rather be a sinner saved by the grace of God through the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, than to have never known sin and never to have known the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior.
Reason for Thanksgiving
The holy Lord God, by infinite wisdom and grace, has made our sin and misery the occasion of our greatest possible blessedness. Oh, what a great reason this is for thanksgiving and praise to our God! Let no one misunderstand my words. I offer no excuse for any man’s sin. And I certainly do not excuse my own. We do not attempt, by any means, to escape our own responsibility for sin or to charge God with sin (James 1:13). But our great God is so infinitely wise and gracious that he turns our greatest misery into our greatest good and sovereignly overrules our sin to make it an occasion for our eternal blessedness (Romans 8:28). Jonathan Edwards rightly wrote, “Divine wisdom has found out a way whereby the sinner might not only escape being miserable, but that he should be happier than before he sinned; yea, than he would have been if he had never sinned.”
By the redemptive work of Christ, the sins of God’s elect are turned into a means of accomplishing greater happiness, joy, and everlasting glory than we could ever have known if we had never sinned. — “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” Our great God, in infinite wisdom, ordained our fall in our father Adam and overrules our abounding sin that his elect might forever enjoy the superabundance of his matchless free grace in Christ.
“God be Thanked that Ye were the Servants of Sin”
Sinful man is brought into a nearer union with God in the Person of Christ our Substitute than we could ever have enjoyed had we not known sin. Had we never sinned, Christ would not be our Surety and Substitute. “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound!” God has assumed our nature in the Person of his Son. We are members of his body (Ephesians 5:30). The Son of God died in our place (Galatians 3:13-14). Christ is our Brother and our Husband. He who is our Brother and our Husband is our Surety, the one responsible for us. And we are the Sons of God (1 John 3:1). Our temporary separation from God by sin has been made the means of our eternal union with God in Christ by redemption (John 17:20-23).
Knowledge of God
Saved sinners, by reason of their sin, have greater and fuller knowledge of God, his glory, his grace, his justice, his holiness, and his love than we could ever have possessed had we never sinned. We see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ our dying Substitute (2 Corinthians 4:6). And it is in his death that we have the love of God commended to us (Romans 5:8). This will be the theme of our heavenly praise for ever and ever (Revelation 1:5-6).
Love for Christ
Our redemption from sin and death by Christ causes us to have a love for God that we could not otherwise have. One day this love will be brought to perfection. But even now, the love of Christ that constrains us is something Adam in innocence and the angels in heaven could never know. Great forgiveness produces great love (Luke 7:47). Great forgiveness is the greatest possible motivation for love, adoration, devotion, and praise (1 Corinthians 1:26-31; 6:20; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21).
Faith in God
Fallen man, saved by grace, has a greater, more sensible dependence upon God than he could otherwise have. And God is glorified by his creatures’ dependence upon him. Fallen man, saved by grace, knows by painful and abundant experience that he has no hope but the free grace of God in Christ, who is our all in all. Fallen, helpless man cries, “The Lord is my Portion, saith my soul, therefore will I hope in him.”
In the Garden of Eden, the forbidden tree was called “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:17). God is the one who planted that tree in the midst of the garden. And he ordained that our father Adam eat the fruit of that forbidden tree to taste the evil of sin, because he had wisely and graciously determined that his elect might know the great and glorious good of redemption and grace in Christ. God the Holy Ghost tells us that this grace abounding to us in and through Christ Jesus is truly a great reason for thanksgiving and praise to our great God, who is the God of all grace (Romans 6:17-23).
The Grace Bulletin
October 14, 2018
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