Central Grace Church "To The Praise Of The Glory Of His Grace"
--Ephesians 1:6

By: Central Grace Church | February 11, 2017


     Contending for the truth against the errors of modern religion is the duty of God's servants. I hope our spirit is one of genuine love to all the chosen of God; but today's rule of charity which requires us to keep silent on certain points in order to avoid controversy, I utterly despise. It is treason to the Lord Jesus to be silent on any point where He has spoken and the honor of His gospel is concerned. It is easy on the flesh to deal in generalities, to denounce hyper-this or hyper-that, and to claim to be a friend to all; but it is required of the loyal servant of King Jesus to maintain His crown-rights and to stand up for His gospel of glory and grace.  

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By: Central Grace Church | February 11, 2017

  --  “Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,

  that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might HOPE” – Romans 15:4

 

  THE message of Scripture is a message of HOPE to the believer; a message of salvation and deliverance from sin, death and hell.  Scripture says that Christ came to . . . “deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Heb.2:15).  The language of scripture is a language of HOPE for all the saints.  The disciples, worried about their friend Lazarus, who was sick unto death, were told by the Lord, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth.”  That eased their worries and fears.  God’s Word to His people is a language of HOPE, which dispels all fear of death and dying.  “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this?” (John 11:26).   None have ever perished who have trusted in God’s mercy, who have believed God’s Christ. NONE!  All who have fallen asleep in Jesus, are right now with Him where He is, beholding His glory, in eternal happiness and bliss.  They didn’t ‘go to the land of the dead’, as some say, but rather, left the land of the dead to go to the living God.  Believer,  HOPE THOU IN GOD!   Hope in His mercy, hope in His grace, hope in HIS SON . . . and it shall be well with thee, thou shalt never die!  You have God’s Word on it.

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By: Central Grace Church | February 11, 2017

 

  Most of the time this question is asked by those who do not believe the truth; those who do not believe that God is absolutely sovereign in salvation; those who care nothing for the truth of God nor the glory of God.  And most of the time our (my) response is to quickly qualify what is meant by a Calvinist and  quickly say, that, the doctrine did not originate with a man (Calvin), nor do we follow the teachings of a man, but the doctrine of scripture alone.  But I, for one, am tired of qualifying everything for the sake of rebels; I want to quit apologizing, as it were, to people who hate God and hate those who stand for the truth, namely John Calvin. 

  Our dear brother John Calvin was a man of God, sent by God, called by God to preach and write the Truth of God, and did so faithfully and truthfully in his generation.  While I may not agree with everything he said or wrote, I agree with him in the main, in the essentials of the faith and heartily endorse this man and love him in the Lord.  Brother John’s preaching and writings glorified the Lord, abased proud man, and pointed sinners to the Lord Jesus Christ, the sinners only hope. He laid down his life for the gospel and those to whom he preached.  For what my endorsement is worth, I stand with the man, behind the man, follow the man (as Paul told us to follow him as he followed the Lord), and would like to be just half the man that brother John Calvin was.   Put all the silly, foolish, ignorant,  modern day false preachers together and, like the Pharisees before Stephen, they would not stand for a moment before the knowledge of God’s Word, wisdom, understanding of human nature and zeal for the truth of God’s glory that our dear brother Calvin was given.  Brother Spurgeon once said: “Calvinism is the gospel and the gospel is Calvinism.”

   Am I a Calvinist?  Yes sir I am!  And don’t say anything more of my dear brother unless it is in love and appreciation for the dear man.  Brother Calvin is one,  of whom the world was not worthy.  I count it an honor to be associated with him and other men just like him. - p.m.

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By: Central Grace Church | February 11, 2017


By Terry Worthan, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Winston, Georgia

  

     The Church began in an upper room, waiting patiently for the promise of its Sovereign and Sacred Head.  That promise made immediately before His ascension – the promise had been of the Father, that He would send them the Holy Ghost.  That little assembly consisting of only one-hundred-twenty souls, what kind of church was it?  What was its character and disposition?  It was a living organism (not an organization) manifesting one spirit, one attitude, one ambition, and one life.  It lived only for its one single commitment--a commitment that could be expressed in three words, “Glory to Christ.”

     It sought only to exalt His honor; it would receive only His praise.  When the lame man at the temple would be healed at the word of Peter, the people rushed upon Peter with amazement, as though by his power this man was made whole.  Peter declared “The God of our Fathers hath glorified His Son Jesus,” and “In His name through faith in His name hath made this man strong.”

    That church was distinct in that its whole ambition was to spread the fame of Christ.  They went everywhere preaching the Word of the Gospel until the whole known world was turned upside down.  It was distinct in its absolute commitment to King Jesus, to the Gospel of His Kingdom, and yes, to each other, for they were together, and had all things common, devoted to that one common purpose of glorifying their Head.

  Therefore do not attempt to denominate it, or to distinguish it with the title ‘Christian’, for that name has been too deeply stained with the contamination of apostate religion.  Just say it was a blood-bought, sold-out society of people, who believed all the way down to the joints and marrow of their souls that Christ was the only thing worth living for, and if need be dying for.

 

And then – in the dawn I saw Him

He whom my heart loveth so.

I found Him, held Him and told Him

I never could let Him go.

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By: Central Grace Church | January 31, 2017


    Some Things Not Worth It By  Scott Richardson

 

       There are many ways to waste precious time other than by evil living. There are . . .

 


-  books not worth reading

-  television not worth watching

-  thoughts not worth thinking

-  places not worth going

-  games not worth playing

-  buildings not worth building

-  wars not worth fighting

-  victories not worth winning

-  friends not worth making

-  songs not worth singing

-  appointments not worth keeping

-  pain not worth causing

-  enemies not worth hating

-  prayers not worth praying

-  sermons not worth preaching

-  lessons not worth learning. 

 

  Thank God for eternity!

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