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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
November 10, 2013
An unbelieving religious world is occupied with signs, identifying signs of the second coming, signs of the times, signs of the end, etc. — The Word of God teaches us to live upon the tiptoe of expectation, “looking for the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”
· Bro. David Eddmenson has accepted a call from Bible Baptist Church in Madisonville, Kentucky to be its pastor. May the God of all grace pour out His manifold blessing upon them as they labor together in the cause of Christ.
· I am scheduled to preach for Covenant of Grace Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro, NC Monday through Wednesday. Other preachers in the conference will be Rupert Rivenbark, Carroll Poole, and Linwood Campbell. Contact Pastor Linwood Campbell — Telephone: (336) 468-4339— Email: email@example.com.
· Bro. Matt Johnson, pastor of Rocky Ford Baptist Church in Liberty, Kentucky, will preach the Gospel to you on Tuesday night.
· We will have our quarterly fellowship dinner together today after the morning worship service. We hope everyone will be able to stay for a time of fellowship together. There will be no service this evening.
NURSERY DUTY: Today: Alexis Mason (AM) Tuesday: Stephanie Wall
Christ the Door — Don Fortner
(Tune: #118 — When I Survey — LM)
1. If you would God’s salvation gain
And be forgiven of all sin,
The Savior says, “I AM the Door!” —
Come, enter in, and stray no more.
2. No humbled sinner is denied,
Such are received, and none beside;
The blind, the maimed, the sick and poor
May enter in by Christ the Door.
3. Salvation’s free to all who come
To Christ and trust in Him alone!
With all your filth you now abhor,
Come, enter in by Christ the Door.
To all who on God’s Son believe!
Poor, trembling soul, approach this Door,
And enter to go out no more!
What sad consequences there are to sin! That horrible, heart-hatred of God, which resides in the hearts of Adam’s sons and daughters, works havoc in the earth and will bring us all down to hell in the end, unless God steps in to save. The only hope there is for fallen, depraved, helpless sinners is the omnipotent intervention of God’s irresistible grace.
Blessed be His name, God does intervene to save! He does not have to save. No mortal will ever seek salvation from Him until first he is sought of Him. But God has, in indescribable, infinite mercy, chosen to save a people for His own name’s sake; and save them He will.
Cain and Abel
Beginning with its opening chapters and throughout the pages of Inspiration, the Book of God is filled with pictures of our heavenly Father’s free, sovereign, saving grace. Adam had two sons: Cain and Abel. God passed by Cain and chose Abel. Abel is the one to whom God revealed Himself in Christ, evident by the fact that Abel brought God a blood sacrifice, which God provided, and thereby found acceptance with the holy Lord God. The only way sinful man can approach the holy Lord God is through the merits of Christ, the sin-atoning Substitute, who is both God and the substitutionary Sacrifice God has provided.
The only difference there is between the fallen sons of Adam is the difference God makes (1 Corinthians 4:7). The only thing that made Abel to differ from Cain was the fact that God chose Abel, revealed himself to Abel, and called Abel.
We see the distinction of grace in Enoch, too. “Enoch walked with God,” when few men did. He pleased God. And he escaped death because God took him. How did he walk with God? He walked with God the only way any sinner can walk with God — by faith in Christ. How did he please God? He pleased God the only way any sinner can please God — by faith in Christ. Walk with God by faith in Christ, and you, too, shall escape death (John 11:26; Revelation 20:6).
“Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” The whole world was lost. The whole world was corrupt. The whole of Adam’s race was degenerate and walked in wickedness, provoking the wrath of God. But God, in great pity, mercy, and compassion, showed Himself gracious to one man. — “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” God spared Noah. God saved Noah. Through him, God preserved his family, preserved our race, and thus preserved His elect for all generations to come!
“Grace! Tis a charming sound! Harmonious to the ear.
Heaven with the echo shall resound and all the earth shall hear!”
“I will remember My covenant.”
How wondrously our God displays Himself in grace. From among a race of rebels who deserve His wrath, He has chosen to save a people for the praise of the glory of His grace! He chose to save His own, loved by Him with an everlasting love in Christ. And from the very beginning, He has shown us the blessed good news of the Gospel (grace to sinners through a Substitute) in type, picture, and prophecy.
When God was about to destroy the whole human race (except for eight chosen souls), He provided an ark for the saving of His chosen. What a blessed picture of Christ our Savior and of our salvation in Him! It was an ark of God’s providing. God called Noah and his family into the ark, an ark built specifically for him. God shut them in! Then God poured out the fury of His wrath upon all the earth. All the wrath of the Almighty fell upon the ark. Yet, not one drop of the water of God’s terror fell upon Noah, his wife, his sons, or their wives. The ark absorbed it all.
That is what Christ, the Ark of our salvation, did for us. The holy Lord God prepared Him and sent Him specifically for the saving of His people (Matthew 1:21, Hebrews 10:10-14). He put us in Christ in electing grace before the world began (Ephesians 1:3-6). At Calvary, the holy Lord God poured out all the fury of His wrath and justice upon all His chosen to the full satisfaction of His justice, when He sacrificed His darling Son for us. But Christ bore all the hell of God’s wrath alone. Not so much as an angry look falls upon us, His redeemed.
When Noah came out of the ark, God put a rainbow in the clouds of the sky and promised never to destroy the earth by water again. God told Noah the bow would be a token of His covenant, and promised to remember His “everlasting covenant.” As it was God’s covenant with Noah that preserved the world from another flood, so it is God’s everlasting covenant (the bow encircling His throne — Revelation 4) that preserves the world for the salvation of His elect, because He is not willing that any chosen sinner for whom Christ died perish (2 Peter 3:9).
How we ought to rejoice in covenant love! Let us ever give thanks to our great God for His purpose of grace, His performance of grace, and His perseverance in grace toward His covenant people! Here is our comfort, encouragement, joy, and confidence in this world. God says, “I will remember My covenant.” Noah’s drunkenness would not make Him forget His covenant. Ham’s exposure of his father’s sin would not alter God’s purpose of grace toward that man who “found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Nimrod’s mighty rebellion and man’s proud attempt to build a fortress to protect himself from God’s wrath at Babel changed nothing. So it is to this day, God remembers His covenant and saves His own for the glory of His own great name.
The Grace Bulletin
November 10, 2013
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 236-8235 - 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
Television Broadcasts in Danville
Channel 6 - Sunday Morning 7:45 A.M.
Channel 6 - Wednesday Evening 6:00 P.M.
Channel 6 - Friday Evening 7:00 P.M.
Television Broadcasts in Harrodsburg
Channel 6 - Sunday Afternoon 3:00 P.M.
Channel 6 - Friday Evening 6:00 P.M.