Missionary Cody Groover is in need of a new truck. Please give as the Lord enables you. We will send our gift at the end of this week.
You are invited to attend the wedding of Maggie Patterson and Don Martin on October 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Todds Road Grace Church in Lexington. There will be a casual reception following the ceremony. There is a discounted room rate at the Sleep Inn at 1920 Plaudit Place May our Lord be pleased to bless this young couple with a long, loving, and happy marriage and above all give them a union that reflects the loving union between Christ and His bride.
CHRIST’S BLOOD SPEAKS
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. - Hebrews 12:24
May God be pleased to give us faith that believes what Abel’s blood says to us and what Christ’s blood says to us. The blood of Abel says that I need a sacrifice that will put my sin away. The blood of Christ says that Christ is all I need. The blood of Abel cries of the guilt of sin. The blood of Christ cries that sin in forgiven and there is peace and reconciliation with God in the blood of Christ.
Man's mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain.
"Baptism - The Answer of a Good Conscience" - I Pet., 3:21
Peter makes it very plain that baptism does not save us. But baptism is the response of one who has been saved. Baptism is the public confession of Jesus Christ as our salvation. That by His life, death, burial and resurrection we are saved. It is the command of Christ to everyone that believeth, 'He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:16). And the Lord has no disobedient children. So all who believe must and shall be baptized. Their Lord demands it and their conscience demands it. They will not rest completely until they do so.
When Peter spoke to those saved at Pentecost, he told them to "Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (in confession of Him Who remits our sins), and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38). Now it was the Holy Ghost who moved upon these people and convicted them of their sin and caused them to bow to Christ. So what is this "gift of the Holy Ghost"?
Romans chapter 8 tells us that "as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." And it goes on to say, "The Spirit Itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the sons of God" (Rom. 8:14 -16). And Paul says in Ephesians chapter 1, "In Whom (Christ) also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise" (Eph. l:l3). I believe what this is teaching is this. There can be no peace of conscience for anyone who does not publicly confess the Lord Jesus Christ in baptism. But when they do, the Spirit settles their conscience and gives them more assurance of their interest in Christ. Not that they are being rewarded for obedience (that is works) but no child of God can have a settled conscience if they are disobedient to the revealed will of God
Again, baptism has no merit nor saving virtue. But the apostle said it is necessary to a "goodconscience." A good conscience says, I believe the word of God concerning myself am an unworthy sinner. I believe the word of God concerning himself. He is my Holy and Sovereign God. I believe the word of God concerning His Son. He is my only righteousness and by His blood my sins are punished. I believe the Word of God which tells me to confess His Son. Therefore in obedience to the command of my Lord and my God, I come confessing Christ in believer's baptism, that He is all my salvation. That is the answer of a conscience made good by God.
I am preaching this morning at Kingsport Sovereign Grace Church. The Lord willing Janet and I will return home this evening. We welcome our brother Andy Davis from Lexington, KY back to our pulpit this morning. Andy is a faithful and gifted...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Missionary Cody Groover is in need of a new truck. Please give as the Lord enables you. We will send our gift at the end of September. ***** All of our ladies are invited to a bridal shower for Maggie Patterson at the church on Thursday,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
We will have a special service tonight at 6 p.m. when missionary Cody Groover will preach for us. We will have a time of fellowship following the service. A sign up sheet for food is in the vestibule. ***** CHRIST DIED FOR THOSE GOD LOVES...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
***** Pastor Clay Curtis will bring the message Wednesday. Missionary Cody Groover will be here to preach for us in a special service on Sunday night, September 4th at 6:00 p.m. We will have a time of fellowship following the service. A sign...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Missionary Cody Groover will be here to preach for us in a special service on Sunday night, September 4th at 6:00 p.m. ***** REDEMPTION SENT Thank God for this blessed truth: “He sent redemption unto his people” (Psalm 111:9)....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Missionary Cody Groover is in need of a new truck. Please give as the Lord enables you. We will send the gift at the end of September. ***** Let us go to Calvary to learn how we may be forgiven; and then let us linger there to learn how we may...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
We rejoice with our brother Terry Watts who will confess his Savior in believer’s baptism following the message this morning. If anyone else desires to confess Christ please see me. ***** MADE HOLY Every believer has been made holy in...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Our sincere sympathy is extended to Sue Thacker in the recent death of her sister Lou Ann Gibson. ***** I am preaching this morning at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Princeton, NJ where Brother Clay Curtis is pastor. The Lord willing Janet...[ abbreviated | read entire ]