Grace Gospel Church
Physical Address: 423 E 6th Street
Apopka, FL 32703
Mailing Address: 195 Lake Seminary Circle
Maitland, FL 32751
Greg Elmquist, Pastor
September 23, 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
A Bloody Warrior
“Who is this that cometh from Edom with dyed garments from Bozrah”? Is. 63:1
Bozrah (fortress) was a city in Edom. Edom was the land inhabited by the descendants of Esau. Esau is clearly a picture of everything which is at enmity with God. The Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to set the captives free. The gates of hell could not prevail against Him. He invaded the fortress of Satan to deliver His people.
Isaiah 63 is a glorious picture of a warrior coming home from battle. He is covered in His own blood, but He is not dragging His sword, exhausted or struggling to put one foot before the other. Oh no, He is declaring to His kinsmen, “It is finished”. I have single handedly defeated the enemy. Your warfare is accomplished. Your adversary has been conquered. The law has been fulfilled. Justice has been satisfied. The grave has lost its power. Death is swallowed up in victory. Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A true believer in Christ does not desire to know more than the Lord has revealed in His word. While many expend countless hours studying world events, trying to connect those events for a revelation concerning the second coming, the believer studies God’s Word which is the revelation of Jesus Christ. While the one trusting Christ is certainly watching expectantly for the return of his Lord, he is not taken up with the events surrounding that return. A believer is taken up only with the Christ Who is returning. ~Marvin Stalnaker
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” Proverbs 21:1
Election and Coming to Christ
In Matthew 11:27, the Savior made crystal clear the fact that no one can know God unless God reveals Himself to them. “No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him”
Everyone understands the Lord is saying that we are completely dependent on God to save us and reveal Himself to us.
Yet in no way does that mean we are not responsible to come to Christ. The very next words out of the Savior’s mouth were “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” What encouragement to come to Christ! The Savior commands us to come. Come to Christ begging that He save you and reveal the Father to you. ~Frank Tate
“Whosoever of you shall be chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mk 10:44-45.
Faith is trusting Christ. It is the end of the mystery and the beginning of simplicity; the giving up of all those idle feelings and believings that aught else can save the soul, and the reception of the one master thought, that Christ Jesus is exalted on high to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance and remission of sins. ~Charles Spurgeon
Any belief we have that is not founded on “It is written” will prove to be error. Any position we hold that is not held up by a “Thus saith the Lord” is a wrong position. Any doctrine we promote that does not arise from “What saith the Scripture” is false. God has given us the written revelation of Himself, the Bible! Can I prove the Bible is God’s inspired Word? No. But it claims to be, and I know it is. The Truth commends itself as the Truth. Only that which is less than the Truth needs proofs to hold it up. ~Todd Nibert
CALL TO WORSHIP
In Thy great name, O Lord, we come
To worship at Thy feet;
O pour Thy Holy Spirit down
On all that now shall meet.
We come to hear Jehovah speak,
To hear the Savior’s voice;
Thy face and favor, Lord, we seek;
Now make our hearts rejoice
Teach us to pray, and praise, and hear,
And understand Thy Word;
To feel Thy blissful presence near,
And trust our living Lord.
This house with grace and glory fill,
This congregation bless;
Thy great salvation now reveal,
Thy glorious righteousness.
(Tune: “O for A Thousand Tongues” p. 46)
This Week 10:00 Emily D & Deb 10:45 Olivia & Emily M.
Next Week 10:00 Bri & Jill 10:45 Bobbi & Lacie
Week of Sep 23rd Bert & Jennifer Dunbar
Week of Sep 30th Chris & Ruth Waesche
Sep 25th Olivia Dunbar
Sep 27th John Murray