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Grace Baptist Church of Danville

December 22, 2019

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Jesus wept” at Lazarus’ tomb, not because he was weak, unbelieving, or discontent with divine providence, but because he was and is a real man touched with the feeling of our infirmities, moved by that which moves us. He wept with his weeping friends because he felt and shared their grief and sorrow.


Daily Readings for the Week of December 22-29, 2019

Sunday                2 Peter 1-3                                        Thursday       Revelation 4-7

      Monday                1 John 1-5                                         Friday             Revelation 8-10

      Tuesday               2 John-Jude                                      Saturday                    Revelation 11-13

      Wednesday         Revelation 1-3                                  Sunday                      Revelation 14-16


Happy Birthday!  Martie Hellar-25th   Matthew Rice-27th

Nursery Duty Today Molly McCormack



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When He came, our God and King Don Fortner

(Tune: #93 — Hark! The Herald Angels Sing — 77.77D)


1.    When He came, our God and King, angels made the heavens ring

With His praises in the sky, — “Glory to our God on high.”

God the Son, from Glory bright, comes to men the Light of Life,

David’s son and David’s God, Son of Man and Son of God!


2.    JESUS is His matchless name, come to save (O Blessed Lamb!),

Come to live and die for us, that in grace God might be just.

Well may sinners now rejoice! Trusting Him, lift up your voice!

God’s great Gift — (Unspeakable!), brings us grace unsearchable!


3.    Sing the praises of our Lord, God the Son, incarnate Word.

All the fulness of our God dwells in Him who shed His blood!

Soon His ransomed all shall know all the glory God can show,

And in bliss immortal sing, “Hallelujah!” to our King!



Merry Christmas!


Shelby and I are thankful to our God for making you so much a part of our lives. We are truly thankful and honored that it is our privilege to serve the cause of Christ with you. Thank you for your relentless love and generosity to us. As you gather with your families to celebrate our Savior’s incarnation and redemptive accomplishments as our Substitute, we wish you a very merry Christmas.



“Call His Name JESUS”

Matthew 1:21


The angel’s message to Joseph was a message of grace, redemption, and salvation to sinners. The Lord of glory came into this world as the Son of Man. As the Son of God he was not born but given. As the Son of Man he was born through the womb of a chosen virgin (Isaiah 9:6). By God’s command he was named, “JESUS,” the Savior, because he was sent of God to save his people from their sins. What he is called, that he is — Jesus, our Savior.


His People

The Lord Jesus came into the world to save “his people” from their sins. Those he came to save were his people before he came to save them, his by eternal election. There are some people in this world, an elect multitude, chosen in him before the world began, who are peculiarly and distinctively his people, chosen in him unto salvation (Ephesians 1:2-6; 2 Thessalonians 2:13) and given to him as sheep to the shepherd (John 6:39).


His Responsibility

It is the office, work, and responsibility of Christ, the Son of God, as the God-man our Mediator, as the Surety of his people, and as Jehovah’s righteous Servant to save all who were given to him in the covenant of grace (John 10:16-18). And save them he shall. The Lord Jesus Christ is an almighty, effectual Savior. The angel said to Joseph, “He shall save his people from their sins!

      He saves his people from the penalty of their sins by his blood atonement (Romans 3:24-26), from the dominion of their sins by his regenerating Spirit (John 3:5-8; Romans 6:18), from the being of their sins when he takes them out of this world (John 14:1-3; Romans 7:25), and from all the evil consequences of their sins in resurrection glory (1 Corinthians 15:51-56). It is written of him, “He shall not fail!” “He shall save his people from their sins!


His Name

Jesus” is our Savior’s Mediatorial name. It is the same as Joshua in the Old Testament. Jesus is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Deliverer, our Salvation. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

       “Jesus” is the name of encouragement and hope for guilty, heavy-laden sinners. Sinners may draw near and come to God with confident hope of finding mercy, grace, and forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17).

      “Jesus” is the name of him who is peculiarly sweet and precious to believers (1 Peter 2:7). “Thy name is as ointment poured forth” (Song of Solomon 1:3). We breathe our Savior’s name in prayer, trusting his blood, his righteousness, his grace, his power, and his intercession (Trusting him!), and have peace with God. Calling on his name we are saved, justified, forgiven of all sin, and forever accepted with God.


“How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear!

It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear!”


“In the Beginning was the Word”

John 1:1


Christ, the Word, is one of the Holy Three-in-One that bear record in heaven. — “There are three that bear record in heaven” (1 John 5:7). Bear record of what? That Jesus is the Son of God? No. Heaven needs no evidence of that!

      These three bear record in heaven that God has given us eternal life in strict accordance with his just and righteous law by the merits of Christ’s obedience and death as our Substitute. The three Persons of the Holy Trinity bear record in heaven that Christ has accomplished redemption for God’s elect by his blood atonement. — “There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”


God the Father

God the Father bears record that redemption is accomplished by his acceptance of Christ as our Representative and Surety (Hebrews 1:1-9; 6:19-20; 10:11-14). When the Father raised Christ from the dead and received him back into heaven as our Mediator, he accepted all his elect in Christ and bare record that redemption’s work was done (Ephesians 1:6; John 17:1-5).


God the Son

God the Son, the living, eternal Word, the second person of the blessed Trinity, bears record of his people’s right to eternal life by his perpetual advocacy and intercession at the Father’s right hand (Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2; Hebrews 6:20; 7:24-25). The record he bears, which secures the eternal salvation of God’s elect, by which we merit heaven and eternal life, is twofold: His righteousness as our Representative and His satisfaction as our Substitute.


God the Holy Ghost

God the Holy Ghost, the third person of the holy Trinity, bears record of the accomplishment of redemption by effectually applying the blood of Christ to the hearts of God’s elect in effectual calling (John 16:14; Hebrews 9:13-14). The Spirit of God takes the merit of Christ’s blood and righteousness and reveals our acceptance with God to us by the gospel.

      In effectual calling chosen, redeemed sinners hear the gospel. But they hear more than the bare word of the gospel. They hear the Spirit of God speak in their hearts! Each one hears God speak pardon to his own soul by the gospel of his salvation (2 Corinthians 5:16; Ephesians 1:13).

      This is the record of heaven. The Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost point to the blood and righteousness of Christ and say, “It is finished! Redemption is accomplished!”


The Record

And these three are one.” — The three Divine Persons are one God. But more, the record of the Father, the record of the Word, and the record of the Spirit are one. What is that record? — Redemption is accomplished by Christ alone! Every chosen sinner has the right to enter into heaven by the blood gate, by the merits of Christ. — “God hath given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”



The Grace Bulletin


December 22, 2019


Grace Baptist Church of Danville

2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438

Telephone (859) 576-3400 — E-Mail


Donald S. Fortner, Pastor


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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


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