FREE AND SOVEREIGN GRACE Tune "THERE IS A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD" CM/DOUBLE Words by JIM BYRD
1. âTwas sovereign grace that fixed on us, To save a chosen race; The blessings that abound to us, To grace alone we trace. âTwas grace that brought the Savior forth, To be the Sacrifice; To satisfy the law of God, And pay our ransom price.
2. âTwas grace that nailed Him to the cross, To suffer in our stead; To bear the burden of our guilt, The dear Redeemer bled. âTwas grace that sent the Holy Ghost, To quicken us when dead; And by almighty, drawing grace, To Jesus we were led.
3. âTwas grace that brought us to the Lord, When we had gone astray; âTis grace that watches over us, And guides us day by day. âTwill not be long and we shall see Our Savior face to face; And then forever we will praise His free and sovereign grace.
"And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:15-16)
BAPTISM - A BELIEVERâS CONFESSION Baptism pictures the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior. By submitting to baptism, a sinner saved by grace confesses and acknowledges three things:
1. As Christ was not ashamed to be identified with His people by His death in our stead, in baptism the believer publicly aligns with the Savior and the true gospel of sovereign grace.
2. As the confessor is passive in the act of baptism, dependent on another to bring him up out of the water, so he was passive in the salvation of his soul. In baptism we acknowledge, "Salvation is of the LORD." The Lord chose, redeemed, regenerated, preserves and will glorify His people.
3. As the confessor rises up out of the water, he confesses that Christ was raised again because His justice-satisfying death forevermore put away our sins and established a justifying righteousness for all His people. âPastor Jim Byrd
PAULâS DETERMINATION "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2). The word Paul used to convey to the Corinthian church his resolve to preach the gospel of substitution is a highly instructive one. "Determined" is a forensic word that has to do with making a judgment. It presents the idea of issuing an informed opinion, rendering a verdict, or delivering a ruling after much deliberation. The apostle is saying that he had made a judgment as to the only subject that is of vital importance. He had considered the matter carefully and prayerfully. This had not been a hasty decision nor had his conclusion been reached without painstaking investigation into the Word of God. After a great deal of serious thought and thorough study, after making a complete investigation he arrived at a judgment or determination as to the only subject that he would declare. He deemed "Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" the only message worth preaching and the only knowledge worth knowing. He reached this verdict because this message glorified both the justice of God in punishing the sins of His people and the love of God which led to the death of Christ in the stead of His chosen ones. He believed this was the message that would be effectually used by God the Holy Spirit to bring Christâs lost sheep into the fold of salvation. This was that gospel of glad tidings that through "Jesus Christ, and Him crucified," the law had been satisfied, transgressions had been finished, sins had been made an end of, reconciliation had been made for iniquity, everlasting righteousness had been brought in, all the prophesies of the Old Testament concerning Messiah and His work of redemption had been fulfilled and every stipulation of the covenant of grace had been accomplished by the Surety and Mediator of that Covenant. This is the gospel that the guilty need to hear by which they learn how God can be just and justify the ungodly. He determined that this message would give believers peace and comfort in this life and enable them to face death and eternity with hope and confidence. After thorough investigation, he reached this verdict that with plainness of speech, his only subject would be the person and substitutionary work of Jesus Christ the Lord. âPastor Jim Byrd
We often pursue, with earnestness and anxiety, those things which, if we could obtain them, would greatly harm, if not destroy us. Often, too, with a rash and blind impatience, we struggle to avoid or escape those difficulties which God sees fit...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
PRAISE THE NAME OF JESUS Tune to "AT CALVARY" 126.96.36.199. W/CHORUS Words by JIM BYRD 1. Son of God, one of the trinity, Joined to man, O what a mystery; Came to earth by covenant decree. O praise His Name! Chorus: Jesus died for all His family,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
THANKFULNESS FOR GRACE Tune: "Am I a Soldier of the Cross?" CM Words by JIM BYRD 1. To Thee Almighty Lord of all, This joyous song I raise; âTis with a truly thankful heart, I sing Thy worthy praise. 2. Creation, what a wondrous work, Reveals...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
I FIND MY REST IN CHRIST TUNE: "SALVATION BY GRACE" SM/DOUBLE WORDS BY JIM BYRD 1. O what a mystery, Descending from His throne; The Son of God comes down to earth, To seek and save His own. âTwas not for righteous souls, That He a Man became;...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
BEHOLD THE GRACE OF GOD Tune to "THIS IS MY FATHERâS WORLD" SM/DOUBLE Words by JIM BYRD 1. How could a holy God, Whose glory we extol; Forgive and justify the lost, Rescue and make us whole? For sins against His law, Cannot unpunished go; But...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
PRAISE THE GOD OF GRACE Tune to: "DOXOLOGY" LM Words by: JIM BYRD 1. Praise ye the God of sovereign grace, Who chose a people from our race; Gave us to Christ our Surety, Way back in old eternity. 2. Prostrate yourself before the Lord, May He...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
PRAISE THE GREAT SAVIOR Tune to: "MORE ABOUT JESUS" Words by JIM BYRD 1. Praise the great Savior, praise His name, Jesus Who down from heaven came; God in His mercy sent His Son, Christ on this earth the Holy One. CHORUS: Praise, praise the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
WE BEGIN ANOTHER YEAR TUNE TO: FROM EVERY STORMY WIND LM WORDS BY JIM BYRD 1. With humble hearts we gather here, And so begin another year; Another year, to us obscure, Lord, by Thy grace we shall endure. 2. To us the future is unknown, But...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
I AM NOT... I am not what I might be, I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I wish to be, I am not what I hope to be; but thank God I am not what I once was, and I can say with the great apostle, âBy the grace of God I am what I amâ (John...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
HOW DEAR AND PRECIOUS IS THE NAME TUNE "I HEARD THE BELLS" LM WORDS BY JIM BYRD 1. How dear and precious is the Name Of Him Who down from heaven came; His Name above all names shall be, Now and through all eternity. 2. O lift your voices to...[ abbreviated | read entire ]