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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
July 12, 2015
“Christ is not one topic among many, but from cover to cover, start to finish, alpha to omega, the Holy Bible says one thing—‘Christ is all!’”
Pastor Frank Hall
· We are delighted to welcome Bro. Eric Wall into the fellowship of our assembly.
· I am scheduled to preach Friday night and Saturday morning for Buck Mountain Baptist Church in Roan Mountain, TN, where Bro. Gary Perkins is pastor.
· CONFERENCE OFFERING — Our Bible Conference is scheduled for September 4-6. We will receive an offering in preparation for the conference on August 2.
Happy Birthday! Diane Campbell-16th Cliff Hellar-18th Betty Burge-19th
Nursery Duty Today: Stephanie Wall
God’s Elect, Predestinated — Don Fortner
(Tune: #291 — Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah —87.87.87)
1 God’s elect, predestinated, by His purposes of grace,
Which can never be frustrated, shall be saved by sov’reign grace!
In His kingdom, all the chosen shall see Jesus face to face!
2 God’s elect, predestinated to a kingdom and a crown,
Shall by grace be new-created. God will send his Spirit down,
To regenerate and form them in the image of His Son!
3 God’s elect, predestinated, bought by Jesus’ precious blood,
Justly have their sins remitted and made righteous by their God,
Never can be separated from the love of Christ their God!
4 God’s elect, predestinated, chosen in eternal love,
Shall by God Himself be fitted for their mansions built above!
From the Potter’s hand who made them they shall never be removed!
5 Yes, we are predestinated, as asserted by our King!
With this precious truth elated, we will sov’reign mercy sing!
Home to Glory, home to Glory, Christ will all His ransomed bring!
“Although the great and ever-blessed God is a being absolutely simple and infinitely remote from all shadow of composition, he is, nevertheless, in condescension to our weak and contracted faculties, represented in Scripture as possessed of divers properties, or attributes, which, though seemingly different from his essence, are in reality essential to him, and constitutive of his very nature: His Eternal Wisdom and Foreknowledge _— The Absolute Freedom and Liberty of His Will — The Perpetuity and Unchangeableness both of Himself and His Decrees — His Omniscience — His Justice — His Mercy.”
— Jerome Zanchius (1516-1590)
“For the Ungodly”
For whom did Christ die? God the Holy Spirit gives us the answer. — “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” That blessed declaration Of Holy Scripture brings us immediately to the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. It sheds light on our former estate. It lets us see where we were and what we needed. Do we ask, “How did our Redeemer look upon us when he died for us?” The answer is clearly given. — “When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”
Diseased and Dead
Thus the human race is described as a sick man, whose disease is so far advanced that he is altogether without strength. No power remains in his system to throw off the mortal malady, nor does he desire to do so. He could not save himself from the disease if he would; and he would not if he could. Man’s condition is often set forth in the Scriptures under the picture of weakness, helplessness, and disease.
Perhaps Paul had pictures in his mind’s eye of the helpless infant described by Ezekiel. It was a new born infant, aborted, cast off, and deserted, corrupt, polluted, and dead. It was left unwashed, unclothed, unfed, a prey to certain death, under the most painful and cruel circumstances, abandoned without hope. The poor child died in the open field, died with the barbaric cruelty that only abortion brings, murdered by its mother’s own hands, with none to pity it!
Perhaps, he is here picturing our race as Isaiah had pictured the nation of Israel. Its whole head is sick and its whole heart faint. — “A people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children that are corrupters…From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds and bruises and putrifying sores: They have not been closed, neither bound up; neither mollified with ointment.”
Such is your condition before God if you are yet without Christ! You are lost, corrupt, cast off, and dead in trespasses and in sin!
But God the Holy Ghost brings glad tidings to poor, lost sinners. For while we were in just such a condition as I have described, the Lord Jesus Christ interposed himself for our salvation. — “When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” — “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us;” and that, “according to his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses and sins.” — “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins!”
The very essence of Paul’s message in this 5th chapter of Romans is to show the great, indescribable display and commendation of God’s love in the sacrifice of his darling Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He shows us that the reason for Christ’s dying was not man’s moral excellence, but his own everlasting love. — “Where sin abounded grace did much more abound!” The people for whom Jesus Christ died were seen by him as the very opposite of everything pure, good, and holy. He came into the world to save those who were guilty before God.
In the words of Holy Scripture, “Christ died for the ungodly.” Is there an ungodly soul reading these lines? Are you ungodly: dirty, helpless, vile, wretched, corrupt before God? I have got good news for you. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died to save such people as you are. Trust him for your eternal salvation.
O my soul, dwell much upon this blessed fact: When I was an enemy to God, a sinner, and an ungodly man, Christ died for me!
“Great God! When I approach Thy throne, and all Thy glory see;
This is my stay, and this alone, that Jesus died for me!
How can a soul condemned to die escape the just decree?
A vile, unworthy wretch am I, but Jesus died for me!
Burdened with sin’s oppressive chain, oh, how can I get free?
No peace can all my efforts gain, but Jesus died for me!
My course I could not safely steer, through life’s tempestuous sea,
Did not this truth relieve my fear, that Jesus died for me.
And, Lord, when I behold Thy face, this must be all my plea –
Save me by Thy Almighty grace, for Jesus died for me!”
God the Holy Spirit declares that while we were utterly helpless and lost in sin, the Lord Jesus Christ died, by divine appointment, to redeem us. — That’s grace! — That’s good news! — That’s the gospel!
Secret and Revealed
Without question, the will of God is one and unalterable. It is his sovereign and absolute purpose. Yet, Holy Scripture speaks of the will of God as both “secret” and “revealed.” It was clearly God’s revealed will that Pharaoh should let the Israelites go out of Egypt, that Abraham should sacrifice his son, and that Peter should not deny the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, as was proved by the event, it was his secret will that Pharaoh should not let Israel go (Exodus 4.21), that Abraham should not sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22.12), and that Peter should deny his Lord (Matthew 26.34).
The Grace Bulletin
July 12, 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.