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Sunday Morning, July 12, 2015



      Sunday Morning Bible Study      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10:00 AM

      Sunday Morning Worship           . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   11:00 AM

      Sunday Evening Worship            . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     6:30 PM

      Friday Night Bible  Study           . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  .    7:30 PM



   “O Come, Let Us Adore Him”                                           Page 82



     Psalm 106:1 - 20





   “There Is a Fountain”                                                       Page 196



     To be announced.      


Message Title

   “Things That Accompany Salvation”  (Hebrews 6:9) 



   “Jesus Saves”                                                                   Page 306


Discovering Christ In Hebrews (Hebrews 6:1 - 10)

“We Are Persuaded Better Things Of You”

     It is a sad fact, but a fact nonetheless, that many who begin the race well soon fall by the wayside.  Many, who run well for a season, in time, walk no more among us.  Tares are always sown among the wheat.  Goats will always be found amongst God’s sheep in this world.  Often, those who were once named among God’s saints and honored as brothers and sisters in Christ abandon Christ, his gospel, and his people.  Thereby proving that they never were truly one of us (1John 2:19).  Such apostates are described in Hebrews 6:1-6).

A Distinction Illustrated

     In Hebrews 6:7-8, the Holy Spirit illustrates the fact that the preaching of the gospel, like rain falling from heaven, has profoundly different results upon the people who hear it.  To some it is a savor of life unto life.  To others it is a savor of death unto death.

     When the gospel is blessed of God to the hearts of chosen, redeemed sinners, by the power of his almighty grace, it springs up unto life everlasting (Hebrews 6:7).  But those who hear the gospel and reject it as a thing to be despised, are themselves rejected of God, cursed forever, and shall be burned like useless weeds in hell (Hebrews 6:8).

     Let us lay these things to heart and soberly consider them.  May these warnings and examples ever cause us to run to Christ, lay hold on him with both hands, and hold him with a death grip.  However, the passage does not end with such terrifying warnings.  Lest any true believer be terrified with the fear that he may, after all perish, the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle to speak in Hebrews 6:9-10 of

A Persuasion Of Grace

   "But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."

     How sweet! How blessed! How encouraging! Though he solemnly warned these men and women, because he cared for their souls, of the danger of apostasy and the necessity of perseverance, he saw in them evident tokens of grace, “and things that accompany salvation.” 

Pastor Don Fortner


 “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you”

   “The apostle addresses the believing Hebrews, as ‘beloved’; being beloved by the Lord, not as the descendants of Abraham, but as the elect of God, and so as loved with an everlasting love; and which might be known to themselves, by its being shed abroad in their hearts, and by their being called by grace, and by their love to him, and to his people: and from hence they might conclude they should not fall away, as the apostates before spoken of; since, in consequence of being beloved by God, they were chosen in Christ unto salvation; Christ was given to die for them; they had the Spirit sent down into their hearts; they were justified, pardoned, and adopted; nor could they be separated from the love of God: and the apostle also so calls them, because they were beloved by him, not merely as being his countrymen, but as saints: and this he says to testify his affection to them; to show that what he said was not from hatred of them, or prejudice to them; and that his exhortations, cautions, and reproofs, might be better taken; and particularly that they might credit what he here says, that he was ‘persuaded better things’ of them, than what he had said of others in Hebrews 6:4 even such as are expressed in Hebrews 6:10 he was persuaded they had the true grace of God; whereas the above mentioned persons had only gifts, when in the height of their profession; and the least degree of grace is better than the greatest gifts men can be possessed of: grace makes a man a good man, not gifts; a man may have great gifts and not be a good man; grace is useful to a man's self, gifts are chiefly useful to others; grace makes men fruitful, when gifts leave them barren in the knowledge of Christ; grace is lasting, when gifts fail, and cease and vanish away; grace will abide the fire of persecution, when gifts will not; grace is saving, gifts are not: 

“And things that accompany salvation” 

     Which enter into salvation; are ingredients in it, and parts of it, and with which salvation is connected; such as faith, love, &c. or which mutually touch or follow one another in the chain of salvation; as to be predestinated, justified, called, adopted, sanctified, and, at last, glorified:.”

Excerpt from John Gill’s Commentary  (Heb.  6:9)



Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is scheduled for this evening commencing at 6:30 PM.

Our Friday Night Bible Study will reconvene this Friday commencing at 7:30 PM.

We will come to The Lord’s Table during our worship service next Sunday evening (DV).

 *****  Cleaning duty this week:   Gene & Judy Harmon  *****



Monday                          Wednesday                   Friday

Genesis 13                       Psalm 7                          Matthew 10

Genesis 14                       Psalm 8                          Matthew 11

Genesis 15                       Psalm 9                          Matthew 12

Acts 7                              Acts 8                             Acts 9



   “It’s amazing how history repeats itself! We seem to go around in a circle. During the days of the Reformation, when superstition,  tradition, and the human will reigned in religion, the reformers waged their battle for the glory of God and the true Gospel on three points. 

1.  The Scriptures Alone:  ‘Let God be true and every man a liar.’ We bow to the Word apart from visions, revelations or opinions of men. 

2.  Grace Alone:  Salvation only by free, sovereign, and full grace, apart from law, works, or any other contribution of any sort. 

3.  Christ Alone:  ‘By Himself purged our sins.’   His person and work effectually, totally, and eternally redeemed His elect.  This is where the battle rages today in America, where fundamentalism with its emotion, easy believism, free-will, and super programs seems to have captured the people.  It’s back to this three-fold foundation for every true preacher.

Pastor Henry Mahan

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Hebrews 6:1 - 12 

   “In the opening of this paragraph, we have those memorable verses of scripture, which, for want of due attention to divine teaching, by the perversion of some, and the mistaken apprehension of others, have given rise, to much anxiety, in weak minds, through the slenderness of their faith.  There can be no doubt, but that God the Holy Ghost is drawing the portrait of finished hypocrites; for there is not a single feature, in the whole of what is represented, of those falling away, which belongs to a child of God.  The persons here described, under such a flaming profession, never were in grace; and therefore impossible to have fallen from grace.  They fell from a profession only, and as such, it became impossible to renew them again to repentance. ..... For my own part, I am very fully convinced, that the passage, hath not one reference whatever to the Church of God: that the Lord the Holy Ghost is speaking of hypocrites, and the unregenerate only; and that the whole subject, if duly considered, is calculated more to comfort, than to distress the Lord’s people.” 

Excerpt from Robert Hawker’s Commentary   (Heb.  6:1  -  12)

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“My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.” – Proverbs 23:15-17

“Now, when Solomon penned these words, he directed them toward his own son whom he loved from the heart.  And what a reflection this is of the heart of our God toward those whom he calls his children!  God says, to each one, ‘My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.’  And he says, ‘Yea, my reins shall rejoice' '--(My innermost being will rejoice)--when thy lips speak right things.’  My friends, if the thought of God’s heart rejoicing has no effect on you, then you must not be his!  For the children of God are his, not only by profession, but in heart, and in spirit, and in truth!  If you have been washed in the blood of God’s Lamb, rejoice, because God now rejoices in you!  And ‘Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.’”                        

Michael Smith

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 “Things That Accompany Salvation”
--Hebrews 6:9--


    Those who teach that a chosen, blood-bought child of God can lose his salvation are nothing but self-righteous works religionists.  They do not know Jesus Christ!  Therefore, they do not know the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  If they did, they would not put the Son of God “.. to an open shame” (Heb. 6:9).  Not only is such sinful Christ-denying doctrine  contrary to the clear teachings of Holy Scripture; not only does it make the perfect life of Jesus Christ the God-man, and His sufferings, meaningless; not only does such false doctrine call Jesus Christ, who is the truth, a liar; it portrays our Sovereign, Omnipotent, Immutable, Triune God, who purposed the salvation of His elect, a failure.  Brethren, that sinful doctrine is nothing but hell-deserving blasphemy.  Our wonderful, merciful, Covenant God gives His promised children “Things That Accompany Salvation”.  He gives us His anointed ministers to preach His Glorious Gospel to us.  He sends the Spirit of His Son into our heart to guide us into all truth.  He gives us true saving faith by which we embrace Jesus Christ and His Gospel.  He gives us an enlightened mind that agrees with what God’s Holy Word says about our sinful, helpless, hopeless, hell-deserving condition.  He grants us repentance unto life.  He gives us persevering grace that keeps us looking to Jesus Christ.  He puts His love in our heart.  His love for us, and our love for Him, constrains us, compels us, to live for His glory.   God the Holy Spirit gives His redeemed children eternal life, promising us that we will never perish.  He gives us a true, sincere desire to continue in the faith; a sincere desire to assemble on a regular basis where the true Gospel of His Sovereign, Amazing Grace is preached.                                                                                    


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   “The idea of free-will will soon be destroyed in the heart of him who has had any spiritual dealing with Jesus Christ, as to the application of His merits, and the subjection to His righteousness.  Christ is every way too magnificent a Person for poor natural men to apprehend. Christ is so infinitely holy, nature dare not look at Him; so infinitely good, nature can never believe Him, when it lies under full sights of sin.  Christ is too high and glorious for nature so much as to touch. There must be a divine nature first put into the soul, to make it lay hold on Him Who lies so infinitely beyond its sight.”

                                                                                – Thomas Wilcox