December 10, 2017
Sundays 9:00 am WKYT Channel 27-2
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
‘Tis not that I did choose Thee, for Lord that could not be
This heart would still refuse Thee, hadst Thou not chosen me
Thou from the sin that stained me, hast cleansed and set me free
Of old Thou hast ordained me, that I should live to Thee.
Your love had no beginning, no cause in me was found
That you should choose to save me, a sinner strongly bond
But grace not earned or sought for, was purposed for my soul
For me, salvation wrought, for Christ paid the dreadful toll.
‘Twas sovereign mercy called me, and taught my opening mind
The world had else enthralled me, to heav’nly glories blind
My heart owns none before Thee, for Thy rich grace I thirst
This knowing if I loved Thee, Thou must have loved me first.
(Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation” p. 186)
We welcome everyone this morning as our Bible Conference concludes today with messages by Chris Cunningham, Pastor or the College Grove Grace Church in College Grove, TN and Donnie Bell, Pastor of the Lantana Grace Church in Lantana, TN. Everyone is invited to stay for lunch afterwards. There will be no service this evening.
Andy and Megan Davis will host a gathering for the adults at their home this Friday Dec. 15th at 7:00pm. Bring an appetizer or dessert.
14th – Christie Small 16th – Cindy Farmer
“Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” Proverbs 12:1
THE FIRST GRACE BIBLE CONFERENCE
The first Grace Bible Conference took place at the church in Jerusalem shortly after Paul’s first missionary journey. After Paul had preached the Gospel in these places certain men came behind them teaching another doctrine. They were from “The sect of the Pharisees which believed” (the fact they were still a part of that sect demonstrates why they were in this error). Their teaching was that along with faith in Christ is was, “needful for them to be circumcised and keep the law of Moses” (Acts 15:15). Paul and Barnabas had “no small dissension and disputation with them.” There was a vehement argument that took place. These men were trying to inject works along with grace. If you allow any work in grace, it is no more grace! (Romans 11:6). So there was a council held at Jerusalem. The issue? Works and Grace. Law and Gospel. How a sinner is saved. Peter rises with the answer. “Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (It is hypocrisy for us to put that yoke on the Gentiles) We believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they” (Acts 15:10-11). They will not be saved like us, we will be saved like them, by the free and sovereign grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. The issue then: How much of salvation is by grace? All of it! The electing, redeeming, justifying, regenerating, preserving, glorifying grace of the Lord Jesus Christ! The issue then continues to this day! This is the message that must be preached. This is the message that must be believed. This is the message that must be continued in. I pray that this has been the theme of this Bible Conference and will always be the theme of all our preaching.
The theme of our Bible Conference this weekend has been: What is the Gospel? There is no greater need in our day then having this question answered from the Scriptures. Whatever subject we are dealing with, this question must be answered! God uses the entire Bible to answer this question so there is not some simplistic formula or key words or phrases that need to be used for the Gospel to be declared. There are many doctrines that make the one doctrine of Christ. Oh, that we may here these words in the power of the Holy Spirit, “Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel” (I Cor. 15:1)
PROGRESSIVE SANCTIFICATION, FACT OR MYTH?
All men by nature (including every believer before they were given a new mind in the new birth) believe that it is man’s job to make himself good enough for God to save, then once saved, he is to gradually improve upon his goodness until he is holy enough to please God and enter heaven…. some into mansions, some into huts, depending on the level of holiness you attained here on earth. I cannot find one hint of this thinking in Scripture. Yes, believers grow in grace, in faith, and in love… but holiness is not on a sliding scale or an exponential curve. You either are or you are not – no in-between. You are either perfectly holy or perfectly sinful… and the amazing thing is, a believer is both! The old man, the flesh in you, is perfectly sinful. The new man, Christ in you, is perfectly holy. Two mutually exclusive natures in one body – one sinful, one holy.
Where natural man gets tripped up in this, is trying to gradually improve the condition of the old man to a state of holiness acceptable to God. Well, what happens if you are close to gaining the victory over a certain sin, but not quite there yet, and you die in your sleep? Will you wake up in heaven or hell? God requires perfection, and if a man is always striving to reach that holiness plateau up until the day he dies, and he never quite reaches it, he is not perfectly holy, and God cannot accept him.
Eternal sanctification is the holiness taught in Scripture. Elected by God the Father to be holy before time began (Ephesians 1:4). Redeemed and washed by God the Son on the tree, declaring His people holy (Ephesians 5:26, 27). Regenerated by God the Spirit in the new birth, making His people holy (II Thess. 2:13). Purposed, purchased, and performed by God alone on whom He chooses – affirming what Scripture plainly declares, that “Salvation (sanctification) is of the Lord!” - Brian DuFour
DISCERNING TRUE DOCTRINE
How may we know that any doctrine is of the true grace of God? I answer:
If it exalts the glory of the grace of God as the sole and entire cause of salvation.
If it humbles the creature and excludes all boasting.
If it provides for the honor of God’s holy law and justice.
If it is a solid and sure ground of strong consolation to the believers.
If it is according to holiness. – John Brine, 1750