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Grace Baptist Church of Danville
October 11, 2015
Only the irresistible call of God the Holy Ghost, by which faith is created in us, identifies God’s elect in this world.
· Bro. Larry Criss, pastor of Fairmont Grace Church in Sylacauga, Alabama will be bringing the messages here today. — Welcome home, Bro. Larry!
· Bro. Mark Daniel is preaching today for Buck Mountain Baptist Church in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, where Bro. Gary Perkins is pastor.
· Bro Todd Nibert, pastor of Todds Road Grace Church in Lexington, will be here to preach the gospel to you Tuesday night.
· I am preaching today for Robert Street Baptist Church in Dudley, England, where Bro. Norman Wheeler is pastor.
· I am scheduled to preach for the Sovereign Grace Fellowship in Ballymoney, North Ireland Monday and Tuesday.
· I am scheduled to preach Friday night and Saturday morning in the Bible conference at College Grove Grace Church in College Grove, Tennessee, where Bro. Chris Cunningham is pastor.
Happy Birthday! Kairi Guest-12th Doug Hacker-12th Mindy Peterson-13th
Nursery Duty this Week
Today: Shante’ Birchum (AM) — Elizabeth Peterson (PM) — Tuesday: Diane Campbell
Now, to the House of God We’ve Come — Don Fortner
(Tune: #497 — When I Can Read My Title Clear —CM)
1. Now, to the House of God we’ve come,
Where saints delight to meet;
We hope to see God’s darling Son,
And worship at His feet.
2. How sweet to gaze upon His face,
To feel his sov’reign love,
Receive supplies of special grace
And mercy from above!
3. Up to God’s throne we send our cries
And listen for His Word.
Whose boundless mercy well supplies: —
Our Christ, our God, our Lord
4. Lord, meet us here and feast our souls
Upon the Bread of Life!
Our sins, and fears, and foes control,
Turn darkness into light!
David, the man after God’s own heart, found great pleasure and satisfaction in daily prayer and meditation. Daily, private, personal worship was a characteristic of his life. With the rising of the morning sun, his heart was lifted up to God. Every morning he directed his prayer to the throne of grace and looked to his Lord with a heart of faith. Every evening he gave thanks to God and laid his head upon his pillow in the sweet rest of faith. That is the way to begin and end every day! Blessed are they who worship God in private. Let all who know and trust the living God worship him daily. Let all who follow Christ in the path of faith and obedience follow him also to the solitary place of private prayer. I would do everything within my power to promote and encourage private worship among the saints of God. Let every priest of God offer the daily sacrifices of prayer and praise to the Lord. But there is something even more important than private worship.
Does that last statement surprise you? I know that most people who are genuinely concerned for the glory of God and the worship of God rank personal, private worship above all things in the life of faith. But I am convinced that public worship, if it is true worship, is even more important than private worship.
David, the sweet singer of Israel, gave the highest possible regard to the matter of public worship. Without neglecting private worship, he said, “As for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.” He could not force others to worship God, and would not if he could. “But,” he says, “as for me, I will come into thy house.” That is to say, “I will come into the place of public worship in the assembly of God’s saints, to worship the Lord my God.”
Fear of Faith
And when he came into the place of worship with the saints of God, David was determined truly to worship the Lord. He says, “In thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.” David was resolved in his heart, at every appointed time, to come with God’s saints into the place of public worship, so that he might worship God in heaven, in the temple of his holiness, in the sweet fear of faith.
Multitude of Mercies
“I will come into thy house.” — The house of God is the congregation of the saints, wherever they gather in public assembly to worship God. “I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy.” — It is not enough merely to “go to church.” We must come into the house of God in faith, trusting the Lord’s mercy. And there are a multitude of mercies with God in Christ. Sinners need mercy. We must come to the place of public worship as sinners trusting God’s abundant mercy in Christ. If we do not come as sinners seeking mercy, we will not worship. But sinners looking to Christ for mercy always find a multitude of mercy in him (Luke 18:13-14). In him we find…
Truly, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not” (Lamentations 3:22), and every worshipper in God’s house finds it to be so.
“And in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.” — We must come to the house of God with reverence and godly fear to worship him; that is, to see him, to hear him, to adore him, to praise him, and to obey him. This was David’s resolve. May it ever be yours and mine. May God our Savor give us grace to make public worship our delight and to truly worship him in the assembly of his saints.
“Who is a God like unto Thee?”
My soul ! I hope that thou canst truly participate in the delightful thought that he that delighteth in mercy, will delight to “turn again” to his people. He will turn their hearts to himself, and then his returns to them will sweetly follow, to their apprehension, and to their joy. He will not only pardon their iniquity, but “he will subdue their iniquities;” not only take away the guilt of sin, but take away also the dominion of sin; not only cast their sins behind his back, but “cast them into the depths of the sea;” and so effectually shall they be lost, that if the sin of Judah be sought for, it shall not be found. The depths of the sea, that fountain which God hath opened in the Redeemer’s blood, shall more completely bury them than the congregated waters of the ocean cover any mountain or hill cast into them. Say now, my soul! Dost thou not look up to a God in Christ, and cry out, with the prophet, in the same holy rapture and astonishment, “Who is a God like unto thee?”
The Grace Bulletin
October 11, 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.