December 5, 2014
Sundays 7:00 am Channel 27 WKYT
It is requested that all children under the age of five stay in our nursery
so there will be no distractions during the preaching of the Gospel.
HYMN OF THE DAY
Sovereign grace o’er sin abounding!
Ransomed souls, the tidings swell
‘Tis a deep that knows no sounding
Who its breadth or length can tell?
Heirs of God, joint-heirs with Jesus!
Long ere time its race begun
To His name eternal praises
O What wonders love hath done!
Who from Christ our souls can sever
Bound by everlasting bands
Once in Him, in Him forever
None can pluck us from His hands.
O such love, my soul, still ponder
Love so greats, so rich, so free
Say, while lost in holy wonder
Why, O Lord, such love to me?
(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” p. 374)
We welcome everyone to our Grace Bible Conference. May the Lord Jesus Christ be exalted in our midst.
“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). The law of God which the Lord gave through Moses is true, but it is not the truth. How can that be? The law is true, but it does not give all the truth. It does not tell us how God saves by grace. The truth is the grace that came by Jesus Christ. Grace that secures to God all the glory in the salvation of the sinner, and secures the salvation of the sinner. That is the grace and truth that came by Jesus Christ.
THE SUBJECT OF THE FIRST BIBLE CONFERENCE
The closest thing we have to a Bible Conference in the New Testament is what took place in Acts 15. Some men from the church in Jerusalem came down to the churches in Galatia. Luke does not call them brethren, but “Certain men”. They came with this message to the Gentile believers, “Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.” Paul said of these same people, ‘There rose up a certain sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying that it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.” The apostles and elders came together to consider this matter. And what was the matter they were considering? How much of salvation is by grace? How eloquently Peter answered the question when he said to those who would bring works in, “Why tempt ye God, to put a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they” (Acts 15:10-11). Notice, Peter does not say that the Gentiles will be saved the same way the Jews will be saved. He says the Jews will be saved in the precise same way the Gentiles will be saved. The only way a Gentile can be saved is by 100% grace, even the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Electing, justifying, redeeming, life giving, preserving, glorifying grace. How much of salvation is by grace? All of it! This is the theme of every Grace Bible Conference.
DOCTRINES OF GRACE OR DOCTRINE OF GRACE?
If total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints make up what is called the doctrines of grace, they are just that: doctrines. It is not without significance that every time the word “doctrines” is used in Scripture, it always refers to false doctrine. Doctrines do not grip my soul. I may give assent to them and agree they are in the Bible. But, if I do not see them as necessary to my salvation, necessary to preach, and necessary to hear, this is a head knowledge of the Truth, without really believing it.
It is not the doctrines of grace but the Doctrine of grace. The only doctrine that excludes all others. The only doctrine that tells how a sinner can be saved. The only doctrine that gives God all the glory. It could just as easily be called the Doctrine of need. For me to be saved, I need what the Doctrine of grace declares, and I need to hear the Doctrine of grace preached. If I can be satisfied with anything else, I really do not understand the Doctrine of grace at all.
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
December 5 – 7, 2014
JOE TERRELL & PAUL MAHAN
DONNIE BELL & RUPERT RIVENBARK
CLAY CURTIS & DON FORTNER
DAVID PLEDGER & GREG ELMQUIST
Pizza will be served after the service Friday
night and lunch will be served Sunday afternoon.