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The name God gives to Babylon, the name God gives to all Arminian, free-will, works religion is ŇBlasphemyÓ (Revelation 17:1-3). That is what will-worship is. That is what unbelief is. — Blasphemy!
á It has been our honor and joy to have all of you our guests for our conference this weekend. The planned dates for next yearŐs conference are September 4-6, 2020. Mark your calendar and plan to join us.
á There will be no service here tonight or Tuesday night.
Happy Birthday! Norma Rankin-1st Klaus Peterson-8th Samuel Torson-8th
David & Betty Burge-7th Jesse & Mindy Shultz-8th Jamie & Nicole Abell-15th
Nursery Duty Today: 10:00 – Shirley Bain & Brittany Torson
11:00 – Nicole Abell & Molly McCormack
Our Sovereign God Maintains His Universal Throne — Don Fortner
(Tune: #39 — This is My FatherŐs World — SMD)
1. Our sovŐreign God maintains His universal throne;
In heavŐn, and earth, and hell He reigns, and makes His wonders known!
His counsels and decrees, firmer than mountains stand;
He will perform whateŐer He please; and none can stay his hand!
2. All things His will controls; and His all-wise decree
Has fixed the destinies of all in matchless sovŐreignty. —
Jacob by grace He saved, and gives no reason why;
But EsauŐs heart He left depraved. — And who shall dare reply?
3. What if the Potter takes part of a lump of clay,
And for Himself a vessel makes and casts the rest away?
Who shall resist His will, or say, ŇWhat doest Thou?Ó
Jehovah is the SovŐreign still; and all to Him must bow!
4. My soul, bow and adore the Lord in all His ways;
His sovŐreignty none can explore; but I will trust His grace!
ŇFor of Him and through Him and to Him are all things:
To Whom be glory evermore! Amen! Amen! Amen!Ó
ŇHe Setteth The Poor On HighÓ — Psalm 107:41
How high? Above the reach of the curse, which shall never touch him — above the power of Satan, which shall never ruin him — above the reigning influence of sin, which Ňshall not have dominion over himÓ — above the possibility of being banished from his presence, for ŇIsrael shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation.Ó
Welcome — Ambassadors of God!
2 Corinthians 5:18-21
Gospel preachers are GodŐs ambassadors to you. That is how God the Holy Spirit describes them. It has been our great privilege to hear six faithful ambassadors of God deliver GodŐs message to us this weekend. Today, we will hear two more.
The call of the gospel is given by divine authority. That man who is sent of God to preach the gospel is sent with a God given, divine authority, a divine authority which cannot be obtained by any means except the call and gift of God. It is an authority that cannot be obtained from any source other than God himself. That man who is sent of God to preach the gospel stands before his hearers as GodŐs servant, GodŐs messenger, with GodŐs message. Such a man carries Ňthe burden of the Word of the LordÓ and speaks to those who hear him in GodŐs stead, by the power of his Spirit (Matthew 10:40). When God speaks by that man, he strives with men (Genesis 6:3). When men resist the message delivered to them by a man who speaks in the power of God, they resist God the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51-52).
This divine authority makes the preaching of the gospel a matter of urgent responsibility (Proverbs 1:23-31). Gospel preaching leaves sinners without excuse. If you would obey the gospel call, if you would trust the Lord Jesus Christ, he would save you. That is exactly what we are told in Proverbs chapter one. The true, faithful preaching of the gospel is, therefore, always Ňa sweet savor of Christ.Ó To those who believe not it is Ňa savor of death unto deathÓ. To GodŐs elect it is Ňa savor of life unto lifeÓ (2 Corinthians 2:14-16). In either case, the Word of God, sent by God the Holy Ghost through the lips of his servant, never returns void. It always accomplishes the exact purpose for which God sent it (Isaiah 55:11). The labor of the gospel preacher is never labor spent in vain.
A Sincere Call
The call issued to sinners in the preaching of the gospel is a sincere call as well as an authoritative call. Those who despise the gospel of GodŐs free and sovereign grace in Christ often attempt to discredit our message by asserting that it is impossible to preach unconditional, electing love and particular redemption and, at the same time, sincerely call all who hear the gospel to repentance and faith in Christ. Nothing is further from the truth. Like Paul of old, GodŐs servants sincerely call sinners to repentance (Romans 10:1-4). We know that none shall ever come to Christ except the elect. Yet, we also know that all who will come may come, and that all who do come to the Son of God are saved by his grace (Romans 10:9-13).
To those who say, ŇThe doctrines of predestination, election, and limited atonement will dry up a churchŐs missionary zeal and fervency,Ó I say, ŇCome, and see.Ó There are no people in the world more generous, zealous, and fervent in evangelistic, missionary enterprises than those who love Christ and the gospel of GodŐs free and sovereign grace in him.
John Gill described the call, which goes forth in the preaching of the gospel, this way. —- ŇChrist stands in the gospel-ministry, at the door of menŐs hearts, and knocks and calls. Having the key of the house of David, he opens the heart by the power of his grace, and lets himself in. In this way, and by this means, the Spirit and his graces are received. Men are called both to grace and glory by the gospel.Ó
Eight Stubborn Statements
Here are eight, stubborn, irrefutable statements. They go right to the heart of true Christianity. You will either accept or reject these eight statements. There is no middle ground; and you will find it impossible to be indifferent regarding them. There is no room for compromise on any of these eight points.
1. Either the Bible is in its entirety the holy, inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God, or it is in its entirety a lie, by which the souls of men are eternally deceived and damned. If the Bible is not the Word of God, throw it away. But if it is, as it claims to be, GodŐs Holy Word, we will be wise to pay attention to it. It claims, as such, a total sway over our lives. It must be our only rule of faith and practice.
2. Either God almighty is absolutely sovereign, in total control of all things, at all times, or there is no God. Again, there is no middle ground between these two poles, between GodŐs absolute, total sovereignty and absolute, total atheism. To speak of a god who is not totally sovereign is utter nonsense. Atheism is far more sensible than Arminianism. If God is, he is sovereign!
3. Either man is totally depraved, utterly dead in trespasses and in sins, or there is nothing wrong with him, and he needs no Savior. There is no such thing as partial depravity or partial goodness before God. Either we are totally sinful and depraved, or we are totally righteous and good. There is no middle ground.
4. Either God chose to save some of AdamŐs fallen race to salvation and eternal life in Christ before the world began, as the Bible says he did, or no salvation is possible for any man. Salvation is GodŐs prerogative, not manŐs. Grace is GodŐs gift, not manŐs choice. If God does not choose to save and choose whom he will save, no sinner can ever be saved.
5. Either the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is altogether and alone the effectual Redeemer and Savior of his people, or he is a fraud and a failure. Again, there is no middle ground, no room for compromise. Either Christ did what he came to do, or he is a failure. If he is a failure, he is not God, and we have no Savior.
6. Either we are regenerated and called to life and faith in Christ by the irresistible power and omnipotent grace of God the Holy Ghost, or there is no such thing as salvation. The only hope for a dead sinner is free and sovereign grace, grace that asks for nothing and gives everything, grace that waits for nothing and does everything.
7. Either GodŐs people are entirely free from the law, as the Scriptures declare us to be, or we are yet under the bondage of the law and entirely obligated to keep it perfectly. There is no such thing as being partially under the law and partially free from it, not in biblical terms. The only way sinners can satisfy, fulfil, and establish the law is by faith in Christ (Romans 3:31).
8. Either every saved sinner shall persevere to the end, being preserved and kept by GodŐs infallible, immutable grace, or none shall. The perseverance of the saints is demanded by the purpose of God, the purchase of Christ, and the power of the Spirit.
The Grace Bulletin
September 1, 2019
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