Grace Gospel Church
Physical Address: 423 E 6th Street
Apopka, FL 32703
Mailing Address: 195 Lake Seminary Circle
Maitland, FL 32751
Greg Elmquist, Pastor
December 16, 2018
“…we preach Christ crucified…”
1 Cor. 1:23a
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
10:00 A.M. Bible Study
10:45 A.M. Worship Service
7:00 P.M. Mid-week Service
Salvation is of the LORD. Jonah 2:9
“…Wisdom and spiritual understanding” Col. 1:8
Which comes first, understanding or believing? Most would assume you cannot believe that which you don't understand. This reasoning puts man as the standard of truth. He judges what is worthy to be believed by what he is able to understand. Adam’s fall in the garden was motivated by a temptation to be God. Nothing has changed. Men are still standing in judgment of God, putting their reason above God's revelation. God says; If you will not believe, you shall not “be established” (understand) Is. 7:9b. Truth is, nothing we believe can be fully understood. However, the understanding God gives us only comes after the heart is brought to bow in submission of faith. God’s prophets and preachers have never been called on by God to prove anything to men. They are called of God to preach, proclaim, herald, declare, "thus sayeth the Lord". God's sheep, when given a heart to believe, hear His voice and follow Him. The “potsherds” (shards of broken clay pots) of the earth will always strive with their Maker. Is. 45:9. The vessels of honor will always be pliable clay in the hands of the Potter. ~Greg
“It Is High Time to Awake Out of Sleep”
Sleep looks like death. A true Christian can look dead in trespasses and sins. The five virgins with the oil in their lamps slept and slumbered. On the outside they looked no different from the virgins without oil. How can a believer become like this? Too many reasons to list, but it is still a fact that they can. Wake up! Our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. We do not have much time left! There is absolutely no excuse for our letting ourselves get in such a condition. Where do I begin to wake up? Hear the Gospel again as you first heard it. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him” (Col. 2:6). ~Todd Nibert
I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not
fulfill the lust of the flesh. ~Galatians 5.16
No amount of goodness on the part of the unbeliever can unite him to God and His blessings, and no amount of sin on the part of a believer can separate the believer from God and His blessings. The natural man cannot receive this glorious truth taught by the Spirit of God, and, since it sounds like foolishness to him, he rejects it in favor of some legalistic system of self-produced righteousness. The legalist thinks that such a message will lead people to indulge their flesh in a flood of sinful activity. What he does not realize is that, while it would likely lead him to such a life, it would never lead a child of God to that sort of life.
In truth, it is exactly the opposite as the legalist believes: Concerning the one who has been born again by the Spirit of God, the more he is able to lay hold of the truth of God’s great grace toward him, the less he is likely to fulfill the lusts of the flesh, for believing the gospel of grace and approaching God on no other foundation other than His grace in Christ is exactly what it means to walk in the Spirit – to believe that our actions can neither help nor hinder our salvation for all has been accomplished by Jesus Christ. It is a miracle of grace that the more we are able to lay hold of the truth that, in Christ, our sin cannot harm us, and our righteousness cannot help us in any eternal sense, the less we will pursue a sinful course.
So, child of God, would you like to be less troubled by temptation and sinful failure? Then fully lay hold of the truth that, in Christ, you have no sin! ~Joe Terrell
Mark Your Calendars:
GGC 2019 Conference, January 18, 19 and 20.
Chris Cunningham, College Grove, TN;
Angus Fisher, Nowra, Australia; and
Todd Nibert, Lexington, KY
CALL TO WORSHIP
Did God become a man? Put on our mortal frame?
Are Jesus, born in Bethlehem, and God one and the same?
My soul is mystified, I cannot comprehend.
Such thoughts, alas, are much too high
For mortal thoughts and minds.
But it is solemn truth, that God in flesh has come,
And by His spirit God has shown that Jesus is that One.
His messengers have seen; His name is preached abroad;
And many in this sin cursed world
Have owned Christ as their God.
Jesus we cannot know, nor can we fully see,
How you possess created flesh and yet are Deity.
But in that sacred bond, God’s wisdom is displayed:
He who could never die has died
And, thus, our ransom paid.
Tune: Crown Him with Many Crowns, P.62
This Week 10:00 Savannah & Cindy 10:45 Rachel W. & Andrea
Next Week 10:00 Jen D. & Jill 10:45 Emily D. & Rachael C.
Week of Dec 16th Jane Riscinti and Rachael Riscinti
Week of Dec 23rd Dean & Star Mannino
Dec 22 Lauraine Hudson