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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
March 8, 2015
Show your faith by your works, as God the Holy Ghost teaches us to do (James 2:18); but don’t ever attempt show your faith to men. They can’t see it.
· We are delighted and honored to have Pastor Frank Tate and his wife Janet with us again today. Bro. Tate is pastor of Hurricane Road Grace Church in Ashland, KY. He will bring the messages here this morning and tonight. Our pastor is preaching for Fairmont Grace Church in Sylacauga, AL, where Bro. Larry Criss is pastor.
Happy Birthday! Debbie Bartley-13th
Nursery Duty this Week
Today: Shante’ Birchum (AM) — Ruth Wall (PM) — Tuesday: Mindy Peterson
Behold, the Wisdom of Our God! — Don Fortner
(Tune: #400 — Jesus, and Shall it Ever Be? —LM)
1. Faith all Jehovah’s works surveys,
With wonder, joy, and thankful praise;
But His salvation best proclaims
The pow’r and wisdom of His name.
2. In Jesus blood atonement see
The wisdom of the Sacred Three:
Now God the just can justify
The guilty soul for whom Christ died!
3. Behold that penetrating grace
That quickens all the chosen race,
Subdues the vile, imparts the good, —
This is the work of our great God!
4. To new create a soul like mine,
Demands wisdom and pow’r divine.
Saved by free grace through Jesus’ blood: —
Behold, the Wisdom of our God!
Chastity — What a rare word! When was the last time you heard anyone use it? It is a word that causes some to become enraged, because they have long ago thrown chastity away. It is a word others blush to use, because chastity is cherished by few, despised by most, and a thing commonly unknown. But God the Holy Ghost tells all mothers to teach their daughters to be “chaste” homemakers and obedient wives, loving their husbands and loving their children. Young ladies cherish, protect, and promote chastity. Virginity is a thing to be kept as a gift to your husband. Virginity is virtuous. Fornication is filthy. Chastity is character. Adultery is abominable.
The Manifold Wisdom of God
“God Only Wise”
Three times in the New Testament the Lord our God is called “the only wise God” (Romans 16:27; 1 Timothy 1:17; Jude 25). Wisdom is more than knowledge. It is the proper and best use of knowledge. And the Lord our God, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, possesses all wisdom. He is “the only wise God” (Job 12:12-13; Daniel 2:20-21).
Wisdom is the character of God. Like goodness, sovereignty, power, and holiness, wisdom is an attribute of God’s perfect, infinite Being. God is wise, perfectly wise, supremely wise, and consummately wise. His wisdom should inspire our hearts with confidence in him and praise to him.
God is exclusively wise. That is to say, in comparison with him, no one else possesses any wisdom at all. God the Father is wise. God the Son is the embodiment of wisdom. And God the Spirit is the Spirit of wisdom. But in comparison with the wisdom possessed by the infinite God, no one else has any wisdom at all. The holy angels, though they are wise and holy creatures by God’s design, when compared to him, are charged with folly (Job 4:18). And man, though he would be wise and thinks himself wise, is as “a wild ass’s colt” before God (Job 11:12).
We have very little wisdom in natural things and none in spiritual things, by nature. And if we attain any, it is by the gift of God. We are wise to do evil. But to do good, we have no knowledge. God alone is wise. Wisdom belongs to God exclusively.
God is all-wise. He possesses all wisdom regarding all things. And he is wise in all his glorious Being. Everything God is, is wise. And everything he does reflects his wisdom. There is no defect or lack of wisdom in him with respect to anything.
Men may be wise in some things and foolish in others. But God is wise in everything. No man is always wise. Sometimes the wisest of men say and do foolish things, but not God. Neither his Word nor his works can be charged with folly. There is not an unwise word in all the Volume of Inspiration. And there is not an unwise action in all his works. — “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all” (Psalm 104:24).
God is essentially wise. Wisdom is his nature and essence. Wisdom is what God is. As God is Love, as God is Spirit, as God is Goodness, so God is Wisdom. Without wisdom, he would not be God. God is wisdom essentially and eternally. His wisdom is underived. It is immutable wisdom. It never increases and never diminishes.
Moreover, God is the source and fountain of all wisdom. Whatever wisdom there is in the universe among angels and men it comes from God. He is the Author and Giver of wisdom. The angels of heaven get their wisdom from God. The great men of the earth get their wisdom from God. All the wisdom that Adam had in innocence, or his sons have in the earth, even all the wisdom that Solomon possessed is wisdom given, bestowed, and maintained by God.
Wisdom is the Gift of God (James 1:5). Be it mechanical wisdom, musical wisdom, scientific wisdom, mathematical wisdom, domestic wisdom, moral wisdom, political wisdom, economic wisdom, or spiritual wisdom, wisdom is given to fallen sinners by God, given to whom he will, and given by divine measure, as he will. Wisdom in the hidden part, the fear of God in your soul, is the gift of God. Whatever wisdom there is in any of us, God put it there.
The King’s Chambers
Song of Solomon 1:4
Pastor Frank Hall
Come and enter with me into the private chambers of our Lord and let us enjoy the rich, spiritual splendors of our Husband the King. Enter in child of God and marvel with me at the ornate, soul cheering luxuries of these gospel chambers. Are his heavenly furnishings, décor, curtains, and tapestries not the most extravagant beauties you have ever seen? They cost a king’s ransom; for the King purchased each one with his own precious blood. Look up, down, and all around and you will notice that every wall is white, seamless, spotless, and pure. Righteousness is the color of choice in these stately halls. The floors are firm, unshakeable, and clear as crystal—built from the sweat, blood, tears, and labor of the King himself. Do you see the stairs—how shimmering, brilliant, and bright? Each step was quarried from Mount Calvary and is an everlasting memorial to a journey once made by the King that he will never make again; for it was at Calvary that his people crucified him as the unwanted Jesus—“KING OF THE JEWS.” Look there in the corner—do you see that golden chest covered with love and encrusted with glory? That’s where the King keeps his most treasured possession, a precious book that his Father gave to him ages ago—The Lamb’s Book of Life. Long ago, before the earth, moon, and stars adorned the heavens the King’s Father took the sovereign pen of eternal election in his hand and inscribed in everlasting ink the names of a precious few. These are the names of the royal seed, the King’s precious children, those whom he loves, for whom he died, for whom he reigns as King over all. To these elect ones the King sends his Spirit. To them he gives the gift of faith that they too might be brought into these royal chambers and stately halls. These believing ones, like us, are brought here by the King. They come as we have come to refresh ourselves, to enjoy, to marvel, and to bask in the secret wonders of the King’s redeeming love, everlasting mercy, and immutable purpose of grace and salvation.
The Grace Bulletin
March 8, 2015
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
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