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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
March 15, 2015
The works by which Abraham and Rahab showed their faith (James 2:21-25) were works seen by no one except God. Even so, the works by which we show our faith are works seen by God alone. Others may benefit from them, but God alone sees them, and sees them as works of faith.
· I am scheduled to preach Tuesday – Thursday for the Sovereign Grace Fellowship in Wasilla, AK. Pastor Bruce Crabtree will preach the gospel here Tuesday night.
Happy Birthday! Shante’ Birchum-17th Eric Wall-17th Carla Henson-22nd
Nursery Duty this Week
Today: Jenny Bartley (AM) — Debbie Bartley (PM) — Tuesday: Ruth Wall
Sinners, Come to Christ Believing — Don Fortner
(Tune: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken #185 — 87.87.D)
1. Sinners, come to Christ believing;
He alone can save the lost.
He is able, He is willing,
Christ saves to the uttermost!
Without Jesus, you will perish,
You will suffer endless death;
Tremble now, offended justice,
Seeks to slay the child of wrath!
2. Yet, behold, the way is open!
See the Refuge for the lost —
Christ, with His own blood in heaven,
Pleads the merits of His cross:
“Father, here’s the price of ransom,
See the merits of My blood.
You can justly now forgive them
Who, believing, come to God.”
3. Come to God and sue for mercy
Through the merits of His Son;
Never has a sinner guilty
Not his suit for mercy won!
God the Father will receive you
Through the blood of Christ His Son,
As the Holy Spirit draws you,
Come to Christ, O sinner, come!
The Manifold Wisdom of God
“The Only Wise God”
1 Timothy 1:17
He who gives wisdom to the wise is the infinitely wise God. The wisdom of God is unsearchable. Its depth cannot be fathomed. It cannot be traced and found out to perfection (Romans 11:33; Job 11:6-9; 28:12-23). Though it cannot be found out to perfection, there are some glaring, bright, and shining, striking appearances of it which are edifying and comforting to behold.
The wisdom of God is manifest in his purposes and decrees which are his counsels of old (Isaiah 25:1). Usually, the wisest acts of men are the results of thoughtful deliberation and sober consultation. Therefore, God’s eternal decrees are called “his counsels of old.” God did not need to deliberate or consult with any about what he would do. But his decrees and purposes, being fixed by the highest wisdom, are called his “counsels.”
God, in his infinite understanding of all things, knew from eternity what is best to be done. And by wisdom he decreed it according to the good pleasure of his will. He appointed the end of all things and ordained the best means to accomplish that end. In predestination, he set the proper time for the accomplishment of all things and guarded his purpose against everything that might hinder its accomplishment.
The end for which God ordained all things is his own glory (Proverbs 16:4; Romans 11:36; Ephesians 1:3-14). The beneficiaries of God’s purposes and decrees are his own elect, whom he has predestinated to be conformed to the image of Christ in everlasting salvation (Ephesians 1:5-6, 11; Romans 9:23; 11:33-36). God’s eternal purpose of grace in election and predestination is revealed for the glorifying of his grace in saving sinners. His purpose, his decree, is sovereign. It is free and unconditional. It is immutable and sure.
In order to accomplish his eternal purpose of grace, God has wisely ordained the time, season, place, and end of all things under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11, 14, 17).
Though there are many devices formed to overthrow God’s purpose and thwart his decree, they are all vain. God not only disappoints the devices of the crafty, he uses their devices to accomplish his own wise designs (Psalm 76:10). His counsel will stand. And he will do all his pleasure (Isaiah 46:10). The thoughts of his heart, his decrees, shall be performed unto all generations. — Rejoice, O my soul! Our great God not only overthrows, but wisely and sovereignly uses the deeds of the wicked to accomplish his holy pleasure.
The wisdom of God is marvellously revealed in the covenant of grace (Hebrews 8:10-12: Jeremiah 31:31-34; 32:37-42). It was wisdom in God that devised such a covenant and moved him to make it, ordered in all things and made sure, for the glory of the divine persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and for the everlasting salvation of his elect. The covenant of grace is a covenant stored with all the promises and blessings of grace. It is a covenant made with Christ, our Surety. And every blessing of the covenant, as well as every condition of it, was placed in Christ and put upon him (Ephesians 1:3; 2 Timothy 1:9).
God’s wisdom is revealed for all to behold in his wondrous works of creation (Psalms 104:24; 136:3-5; 139:14-17; Proverbs 3:19-20; Jeremiah 10:12).
We behold the wisdom of our great God in his wise and adorable providence, too (Romans 8:28). God’s providential rule is universal in its scope, detailed in its exercise, and saving in its end.
But, above all else the wisdom of God is revealed in the redemption and salvation of sinners by Christ (Ephesians 1:7-8). Wisdom and prudence are displayed in other works of God. But all wisdom and prudence are displayed in the great works of grace by which we are saved. Behold the wisdom of God in...
The wisdom of God shines forth brilliantly in the gospel, the good news of salvation by Christ (1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 3:10). Christ is the Gospel; and Christ is the Wisdom of God (Proverbs 8:12-31; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Ephesians 3:8-21).
The Grace Bulletin
March 15, 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
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.