Grace Gospel Church
Physical Address: 423 E 6th Street
Apopka, FL 32703
Mailing Address: 195 Lake Seminary Circle
Maitland, FL 32751
Greg Elmquist, Pastor
June 24, 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
Absolute or Progressive
Many believe salvation is progressive. They would say that no one can be sure if they are saved until it is too late. Very sadly, they keep hoping they have done enough. No, no, salvation is an absolute. Either you are, or you are not saved. And that has everything to do with whom you believe, not what you’ve done.
Others would say sanctification is progressive. They look at their lives and deceive themselves in believing they are getting better. They compare themselves to others and convince themselves they are ‘Holier than thou’. Or, they compare themselves to the law and take pride in thinking they are keeping it better than they used to. Like Salvation, sanctification is an absolute. Either one is holy in Christ, or they are still in their sins.
So, does the Bible teach us that any part of our faith is progressive? Yes, faith itself is progressive. “Lord, ‘INCREASE’ our faith.” Revelation is progressive. Love is progressive. Knowledge is progressive. “I pray that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in judgment” Phil. 1:9. Growth in grace (seeing more and more of our need for grace) and growth in the knowledge of Christ will progress until we see Him face to face and be made like Him. -Greg
“Sir, we would see Jesus”. Jn 12:21
May the Lord make this our constant prayer. If He does, it will be because He is pleased to answer it. If that happens, it will be to our everlasting joy. Oh, to see Jesus. To see Him in His Word. To see Him bearing our sins. To see Him rising from the dead. To see Him on His throne interceding for His church. To see Him coming again to establish His everlasting kingdom. O Lord, rend the heavens and open the eyes of our understanding that we might set our affection on things above where Christ is seated at thy right hand. -Greg
The Son of God, the Creator, the Sovereign of the universe, gives us this description of Himself. “I am meek and lowly in heart.” The God of glory, who has no peers, is meek and humble. How beautiful is humility! How ugly is its opposite: pride! God hates pride. God resists pride. Pride was the first sin and pride is the parent of every other sin. “By pride only cometh contention.” Humility has the promise of God’s grace. “He giveth grace to the lowly.” Humility is exalted by God Himself. “Whoever exalts himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” True humility is the product of holiness. A holy man is a humble man. If a man is not humble, he is not holy! -Todd Nibert
The carnal heart will always try to give itself the honor, glory, and praise for accepting God’s offer while others refused… but one truly born from above will have this one confession…”Salvation is of the Lord.” -Marvin Stalnaker
Lord, let me live this day as if it were my last day on earth, and let my words be so seasoned with grace that they would be fitting “last words”. -Scott Richardson
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. Psalm 10:4-7
We will not have Wednesday evening service on July 4th.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Great God! Thy glory and Thy love
Our humble songs employ;
In mercy from Thy throne above,
Look down and aid our joy.
Thy presence and Thy glory, Lord,
Fill all the realms of space;
O let Thy presence, by Thy word,
Divinely fill this place.
This hymn begins the solemn sound
Of holy worship here;
May ev’ry saint with joy abound,
And reverential fear.
Eternal Spirit! Heav’nly Dove!
Descend and fill this place;
Reveal the Saviour’s matchless love,
The wonders of His grace.
(Tune: “O For A Thousand Tongues”)