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Bulletin, June 7, 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



   “Come, thou Fount of Every Blessing”                                Page 2



     Psalm 102  





   “Grace Greater than Our Sin”                                          Page 201



     To be announced.      


Message Title

   “The Throne of Grace”    



   “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”                                             Page 198


“Let Us” (Hebrews 4:1 - 16)

   “Hebrews four is a chapter about faith, the blessed rest of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, it is a chapter filled with exhortations and admonitions, giving us very clear instructions about our responsibilities.  Faith in Christ is not a passive, indifferent, or dormant thing.  It a vital, living principle of grace.

     When I was in college, my professor of homiletics and pastoral theology used to tell us something every preacher ought to always bear in mind.  He repeated it almost every time he talked to us about sermon preparation and preaching.  He said, ‘Men, where there is no summons there is no sermon.’   In other words, every sermon preached ought to call for action, not physical action, but moral, spiritual action.  If a sermon does not call for those who hear it to make some kind of response to it, it is not much of a sermon.  The same is true of written expositions.

     Four times in these sixteen verses we are given two words of admonition. Four times the writer admonishes us, with himself, to do something.  Look at them with me.

   1.Something to Fear.  Here is something for us to fear. "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it” (Heb. 4:1).  We ought to fear missing Christ.  Christ is the ‘one thing needful.’   We must have him.  If we have him, we have all. If we miss him, we miss all.  We must be washed in his blood, robed in his righteousness, born of his Spirit, saved by his grace, united to him by faith.

   2.Something to Do   Look at Heb. 4:11.  Here is something for us to do. ‘Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.’  Let us labor that we may cease from all labor. Faith is ceasing from our works.  To trust Christ is to quit trying to find acceptance with God by something we do.  It is to rely upon him alone for righteousness, finding complete and perfect justification, sanctification, and redemption in him.

   3.  Something to Hold.   Here is something for us to hold.  ‘Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession’ (Heb. 4:14).  This we must hold with a death grip, for life and death are the issues, eternal life and eternal death.  Whatever we do, we must hold Christ.

   4.Somewhere to Go.  Here is somewhere for us to go.  ‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.’  In every time of need, at all times, come to God your Father, who sits upon the throne of grace, come through the merits of Christ your Savior, the merits of his blood and righteousness, and get the mercy and grace you need by the power of his Spirit.”

Excerpt  from  Pastor  Don Fortner’s book: Discovering Christ In Hebrews


The Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16)

    WHAT IS THE THRONE OF GRACE?  It is a place where God Almighty sits as the Sovereign Monarch over this whole universe, bestowing His Sovereign Grace on His chosen, blood-bought children as it pleases Him.

    WHERE IS THE THRONE OF GRACE?  In Heaven’s Glory, where the risen Christ of God sits at the right hand of the Majesty on High as the Glorified God-man.  The Blessed Redeemer of His chosen people enables God to be just, and the Justifier of those who believe in Jesus Christ and His Gospel.  The perfect redeeming work of Jesus Christ is the very reason God bestows His grace on those sinners for whom Christ laid down His life.  Grace reigns because Jesus Christ reigns.  The throne of grace is also the new heart of every believer, which is Christ in us, the hope of glory.  Because Jesus Christ reigns, His grace reigns in all of His enlightened children.

    WHY IS IT CALLED THE THRONE OF GRACE?  To draw our attention  to God’s unmerited favor He is pleased to bestow on  His chosen people through the merits of Christ alone.  The salvation of God’s elect was purposed by God before this world was created for the glory of Jesus Christ, and the glory of His grace.

    WHO ARE ALLOWED TO APPROACH THE THRONE OF GRACE?  Not self-righteous works religionists.  Not those who are trusting in their free will, in their decision for Jesus.  Their foolish, sinful, religious beliefs absolutely destroys the meaning of the word “GRACE”.  Only those who believe that Jesus Christ by Himself purged the sins of His chosen people; only those who believe that Jesus Christ, by the sacrifice of Himself, obtained eternal redemption for them; only those who believe that Jesus Christ is the risen, exalted, glorified God-man who is seated on His Sovereign Throne in heaven AS LORD OF ALL can approach The Throne of Grace.  The “US” who are bidden to come boldly unto the throne of grace are those very people who believe God!

    WHY DO GOD’S CHILDREN COME TO THE THRONE OF GRACE?  To give our Majestic Triune God ALL THE GLORY for His unspeakable gift.  And to obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  Is there ever a moment in the life of a believer, can we take any step on our pilgrimage journey through this life, when we don’t need  God’s mercy and grace?  OH! how thankful we should be that God has provided  a Throne of Grace we can come to.




Our monthly Fellowship Dinner is scheduled for this afternoon, following this morning’s worship service.  Please join us.

Following our fellowship dinner, we will have an afternoon worship service.  During that service we will come to The Lord’s Table.

Our worship service for this evening has been cancelled.

Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is scheduled for next Sunday evening.

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



Monday                Wednesday                  Friday

Malachi 2               Job 34                            Revelation 17

Malachi 3               Job 35                            Revelation 18

Malachi 4               Job 36                            Revelation 19

Romans 8              Romans 9                       Romans 10



Our Refuge

"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation—my stronghold." Psalm 18:2

   “On every side are hosts of enemies ever invading our souls—trampling down every good thing in our hearts—accompanied by a flying troop of temptations, doubts, fears, guilt and bondage sweeping over our soul.  And we, as regards our own strength, are helpless against them.  But there is a refuge set before us in the gospel of the grace of God.  The Lord Jesus Christ, as King in Zion, is there held up before our eyes—as the Rock of our refuge—our strong Tower—our impregnable Fortress—and we are encouraged by every precious promise and every gospel invitation when we are overrun and distressed by these wandering, ravaging, plundering tribes—to flee unto and find a safe refuge in Him.

      Keep me safe, O God, for in You I take refuge. O Lord my God, I take refuge in You—save and deliver me from all who pursue me.” 

--J. C.  Philpot

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“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”
--1 Corinthians 2:4--

   “Have you ever considered how our lord rebuked the devil by declaring, as it is written”?   In Matthew chapter 4, His rebuke is clearly referring to the Old Testament writings.  We as men of God may stand before the people, declaring, and preaching, and bringing out certain points, but nothing is more powerful than “What Saith The Scriptures”.  You can not misunderstand Eph 2:1 through 2:9.  “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience : Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.”   There is more power in these few verses than any man could ever come up with from his own imagination!  May God be pleased to keep us aware, as we preach, or teach, or witness to those whom he brings across our paths, that the power lays within his word! Not ours!    WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE!

                                                                                             John Reeves

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“He that is of God heareth God’s words” (John 8:47).

   It isn’t just hearing the Gospel that makes the difference. Those unbelieving Jews heard the audible sound of our Lord’s voice. It’s hearing the Gospel, and it being made effectual by the power of Jesus Christ our Lord..  “He that is of God” are those the Gospel comes to, not in word only, but also in power (1 Thess. 1:4 - 5).                


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   “It is not a lawful use of the law to seek justification and acceptance with God by our obedience to it; because it is not appointed for this end, or capable of answering it in our circumstances.  The very attempt is a daring impeachment of the wisdom and goodness of God; for if righteousness could come by the law, then Christ has died in vain (Gal. 2:21, 3:21); so that such a hope is not only groundless, but sinful; and when persisted in under the light of the Gospel, is no less than a willful rejection of the grace of God.”

-- John Newton

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“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Colossians 2:13). 

   “God raised Christ from the dead, and God must raise us from the dead.  We were dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1 - 8).  Forgiveness of sin is not done piecemeal, but is done at once and includes all sin - past, present and future (1 John 1:7).

     When we savingly believe in Christ, we are at that moment united to Christ.  All that Christ did, suffered, or procured as our Head (whether in his life, death, burial, resurrection, or exaltation) is imputed to us by God, even to the right to all these benefits, given to us as if we had been personally present with him at those times and had done them all ourselves (Eph. 1:3; 2:6). 

Excerpt from Pastor Henry Mahan’s Bible  Class  Commentary (Col. 2:13)

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   “Now then, there is but one thing with which Almighty God is satisfied - entirely satisfied - and that is THE PERSON AND WORK OF HIS SON!  It is with Christ that we must be satisfied, not with ourselves, nor anything about us!  When we cease from ALL our labors, and ALL our righteousness, and ENTER INTO HIS REST, pardon and peace will come without delay.”

--Horatius Bonar