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Preaching God's Sovereign, Electing Grace   



 Sunday Morning, February 18, 2018



     Sunday Morning Bible Study      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   10:00 AM

     Sunday Morning Worship           . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   11:00 AM

     Sunday Evening Worship            . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     6:30 PM

     Friday Night Bible  Study           . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  .    7:30 PM



  "The Solid Rock"                                                          Page 404



    Psalm 72





    ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus"                                     Page 350



    To be announced.


Message Title

  "His Name Shall Be Called Counsellor"



   "All The Way My Saviour Leads Me"                           Page 460



"How that Christ died" (1 Corinthians 15:3). 

  "The one vital issue of the gospel is this: ‘How that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures’ (I Cor. 15:3).  The gospel is not a declaration of God’s love, which all men delight in. Neither is it a mere statement of the fact that Christ died upon the cross, which all men can understand.  The gospel reveals the justice of God and the effectual satisfaction of that justice in the sinner’s Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone knows that Christ died on the cross, but few know how he died.

    How did the Son of God come to die the painful, shameful, ignominious death of the cross?  Isaiah tells us that ‘It pleased the Lord to bruise him.’  Christ died according to the eternal purpose and decree of God.  Because he and his Father loved us, the Son of God voluntarily laid down his life for us, according to the will of God (John 10: 11, 17, 18; Heb. 10:5-14; 1 John 3:16; Acts 2:23).

    Why did the Lord of Glory endure such a death for sinners? When Christ died as the sinner’s Substitute, God made him to be sin and made his soul an offering for sin (2 Cor. 5:21; Isa. 53: 10). In order for God to save his elect people, whom he loved with an everlasting love, justice had to be satisfied.  And there was no way for justice to be satisfied without the substitutionary death of the incarnate God in our place (Rom. 3:24-26).

    What are the results of our Lord’s sin-atoning sacrifice?  Isaiah tells us that there are three things which are the sure results of Christ’s substitutionary death (Isa. 53: 10).  First, ‘He shall see his seed’.  He shall see all his seed, justified, sanctified and glorified. ‘He shall not fail’ (Isa. 42:4).  ‘He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied’ (Isa. 53:11).  In other words, all of those for whom he died shall live for ever with him in glory. Second, ‘He shall prolong his days.’  That is to say, though he died for our sins, he lives in glory to make intercession for his redeemed ones.  Third, ‘The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.’  That is to say, he must rule all things as the God-man, our Substitute in glory, to accomplish God’s eternal purpose of grace." 

Pastor Don Fortner


"He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:27). 


  "The two disciples on the road to Emmaus had a most profitable journey.  Their companion and teacher was the best of tutors; the interpreter one of a thousand, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  The Lord Jesus condescended to become a preacher of the gospel, and He was not ashamed to exercise His calling before an audience of two persons, neither does He now refuse to become the teacher of even one.  Let us court the company of so excellent an Instructor, for till He is made unto us wisdom we shall never be wise unto salvation.

    This unrivalled tutor used as His class-book the best of books.  Although able to reveal fresh truth, He preferred to expound the old.  He knew by His omniscience what was the most instructive way of teaching, and by turning at once to Moses and the prophets, He showed us that the surest road to wisdom is not speculation, reasoning, or reading human books, but meditation upon the Word of God.  The readiest way to be spiritually rich in heavenly knowledge is to dig in this mine of diamonds, to gather pearls from this heavenly sea.  When Jesus Himself sought to enrich others, He wrought in the quarry of Holy Scriptures.

    The favoured pair were led to consider the best of subjects, for Jesus sake of Jesus, and expounded the things concerning Himself.  Here the diamond cut the diamond, and what could be more admirable?  The Master of the House unlocked His own doors, conducted the guests to His table, and placed His own dainties upon it.  He who had the treasure in the field Himself guided the searchers to it.  Our Lord would naturally discourse upon the sweetest of topics, and he could find none sweeter than his own person and work: with an eye to these we should always search the Word.  O for grace to study the Bible with Jesus as both our teacher and our lesson!"

--C. H. Spurgeon



  • We will come to The Lord’s Table during our worship service this evening, Lord willing.
  • Pastor Rick Warta, and the saints at Yuba-Sutter Grace Church, 303 Second Street, Marysville, CA, will host their annual Sovereign Grace Conference Friday, March 9 - Sunday, March 11, 2018. Pastor Todd Nibert from Lexington, KY is their scheduled preacher.  Services start at 7:00 pm Friday; 4:00 pm Saturday; and 11:00 am Sunday.   Please pray for our Lord’s blessings on the preaching of His gospel during this week-end of meetings.


**** Cleaning duty this week: Daniel and Rebecca Lesher ****



Monday                           Wednesday                     Friday

Psalm 2                            Matthew 11                     James 1

Psalm 3                            Matthew 12                     James 2

Psalm 4                            Matthew 13                     James 3

Psalm 5                            Matthew 14                     James 4



 The prophet Isaiah says plainly that the Lord Jesus Christ ‘shall not fail’.  Whatever the Son of God undertakes to accomplish, he shall accomplish.  If he prays for a person’s salvation, that sinner must be saved.  If he dies to put away a person’s sin, that person’s sin must be put away.  If he seeks a sheep, the sheep must be found.  If he says to the dead, ‘Live’, the dead must live.  If he comes to save a sinner by the power of his grace, that sinner must be saved. -- ‘He shall not fail!’

Pastor Don Fortner



  "The Believer is a man who is living proof that the Son of God succeeded in His purpose of coming into this world."

--Martyn Lloyd Jones

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     "There are many soul damning lies being told about our Lord that are believed by most. There is, however, one big lie that is more unanimously believed than all the others.

It is that man has a free will. Men pride themselves in believing that they can override the power of God with this all powerful "free will". This lie claims that in the final analysis man decides the destiny of his own soul, and that God has made himself subject to this irresistible force.

    If by "free will" man believes that he is free, when given two or more options, to choose the one he wants, that is without dispute.  As a matter of fact, that is always the case.  We could even go so far as to say that it is impossible to select an option that is not your preference. When given an opportunity to select from among two or more possibilities we always choose the one for which we have the greatest desire.  ALWAYS!  Man's will is not free.  It is subject to, yes in bondage to, his natural inclinations.

    Therein lies the problem.  It is not in man's fallen, sinful nature to desire salvation God's way. "And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life" (John 5:40).  In choosing what he wants he always chooses against the light ‘And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil’ (John3:19). It is impossible for man to force his choice against his own will.  He is in desperate need of a new nature; one that is born from above.  One that has as its only inclination a desire for coming to the Christ of scripture. "Ye must be born again" (John3:19). Some will attempt to honor God by agreeing that He must give us a new heart, only to dethrone Him by saying that you must be willing to let Him. "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him" (John 6:44).   But doesn't the Bible say, 'whosoever will'...?  Yes.  But the problem is not with the whosoever, it is with the will."

Pastor Greg Elmquist 

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  "It is hard to say which is worst - the atheist who says, ‘There is no God’ or the religionist who maintains that God cannot do as He pleases."

--Brother Scott Richardson

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  "Only God the Holy Spirit can call dead men to life.  Only the Spirit of God can convict men and women of sin, of righteousness and judgment.  Only the Spirit of God can reveal Christ in you.  Yet, if HE CALLS, the dead shall live.  If HE CONVICTS, the heart will be convinced.  If HE REVEALS CHRIST, you will trust Christ.  His power is invincible.  His grace is irresistible.  His work is infallible."                                                   


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"My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee...then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord AND FIND THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD"

--(PROVERBS 2:1, 5)--

  ‘Search the word; study the word; weigh the words of all preachers BY THE WORD OF GOD. We must make a difference between God's word and the words of men. ‘Man's words are a sound which flies into the air and soon vanishes.’ But the word of God is eternal; it is greater than heaven and earth; it is greater than life or death; for it is the power and wisdom of God! It is ‘with the word of truth’ that He BEGETS us. It is ‘through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth that God has CHOSEN us to salvation’ (II Thess. 2:13). It is ‘by hearing the word’ that FAITH comes. ‘COMFORT one another with these words’, saith the Lord.  If there is any one thing that would please God's true preachers, it is that our hearers would ‘receive the word of God with all readiness of mind and SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES daily, whether those things were so’ (Acts 17:11).  Honor the words of God and honor the Lord's Spirit, who gave them, by trusting Him to give you light and understanding.  We preach and teach, but only our Lord can enlighten the hearts of men." 

Pastor Henry Mahan


"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16 - 17).