Bulletin Edition July 2019

The Truth of Thy Salvation
We come into the presence of God only according to the, “Truth of Thy 
Salvation” Ps. 69:13. So, what is the truth of God’s salvation? Perhaps 
the alliteration will give us some hooks on which to hang our thoughts.
1. God is SOVEREIGN in Salvation. I will have mercy on whom I will have 
mercy…Rom 9:15-16.
2. Christ is SUCCESSFUL in God’s Salvation. You shall call His name 
Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins. Matt. 1:21. It is 
finished. Jn. 19:30.
3. Christ is SUFFICIENT in God’s Salvation. He only is my Rock and my 
salvation; He is my defense… Ps. 62:2.
4. Christ is the SUBJECT of God’s Salvation. …the gospel of 
God…concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 1:1-3.
5. Christ is the SUBSTITUTE of God’s Salvation. God will provide Himself 
a Lamb. Gen. 22:8
6. Christ is God’s SATISFACTION in Salvation. He shall see the travail 
of His soul, and shall be satisfied. Is. 53:11a.
7. Christ is the SHINNING of God’s Salvation. For God who commanded the 
light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the 
light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 
II Cor. 4:6.
We bear these truths to be clearly set forth in the Word of God. Any 
attempt to approach God on a message of salvation contrary to these will 
surely fail. ~Greg

Galatians 1:11-12 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was 
preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, 
neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
No one has ever found the true interpretation of any passage of 
scripture until they have found in it somewhere a revelation of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. Christ is the message and the subject of all the 
scriptures. That is why we preach, ”Christ and Him crucified.” The 
Bible, God’s inspired Word is truly a “revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Pastor David Eddmenson


The Dying Thief – Luke.23:39-43

How near a person may be to hell and yet be saved! That thief was, as it 
were upon the very brink of hell. He had one foot in the pit. Hell was 
in his heart. Hell had been his life. Soon, hell must be his portion 
forever! He had done nothing but evil continually all the days of his 
life. In the very last hour of his life, he is heard blaspheming and 
railing against the Lord Jesus. Yet, he was plucked from the fire by 
omnipotent mercy! – Saved by the Son of God! He was just about to step 
into everlasting damnation when the omnipotent hand of the Son of God 
seized him and lifted him up to Paradise! Oh, what grace is here! What 
boundless love! What power to save! Who after this need despair? Truly 
our Lord Jesus Christ is mighty to save!
Pastor Don Fortner

Faith . . . is not life giving, but proof of life. Faith is not a work 
for salvation, but a work of salvation. Faith is not what saves us, but 
is certain proof God has saved us. Faith is not a condition we meet, but 
the condition God’s Spirit puts in us to “make us meet” (Col.1:12). Is 
all this important? Do we split theological hairs here? NO! NO! For the 
Glory of God is at stake! That other (false) gospel says faith is man’s 
work, man’s will. But no, faith is “not of yourselves, but the gift of 
God” (Eph.2:8). Faith is “according to the working of His mighty power” 
(Eph.1:19). Therefore, it is “to the praise of the glory of His grace” 
(Eph.1:6) . . . and not rather “to the praise of our faith.”
Pastor Paul Mahan


Genesis 6:8

Noah had many brothers and sisters, however, it is written, “Noah found 
grace in the eyes of the Lord.” God saves whom he will and passes by 
whom He will and is just in doing so. Salvation is not by family 
inheritance but by grace. There was nothing about Noah that was more 
commendable than the rest of his brothers and sisters; Noah’s salvation 
was all of grace. Noah was chosen by grace, called by grace, justified 
by grace, made righteous by grace, and kept by the grace of God through 
faith; by grace Noah believed God. Everything concerning Noah was owed 
to the grace of God. The same is said of all whom God saves in Christ. 
“O to grace how great a debtor I am daily constrained to be!”
Pastor John Chapman

What Wonderful News!

I was reading through the works of Thomas Brooks the other day when I 
came across a short paragraph that thrilled my soul. My heart said, 
“This is my gospel! This is my hope! This is the ONLY gospel (good news) 
for a sinner like me!”

Mr. Brooks said, “In this charter—the covenant of grace—the Lord 
declares that he will require no more than he gives, that he will give 
what he requires, and that he will accept what he gives; and what can 
God say more? And what can a gracious soul desire more?”

The Lord Jesus Christ is God’s appointed Federal Head, Representative, 
Substitute and Surety for His people, and He died and suffered for them 
all that the Holy God required of them. “For Christ also hath once 
suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to 
God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (I 
Peter 3:18). “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9). ~Maurice Montgomery

Who Gets All The Glory?
What men call worship in modern day “christianity” reminds me of the 
celebration a winning team has at the end of a sporting event. The star 
player is lifted up on the shoulders of his team members to receive the 
glory for the win. Then, when the media interviews that player he 
rightly deflect the glory to his team, knowing that there was no way he 
could have done it without them. It is an accurate illustration of the 
false gospel. Men hold up their jesus as the star player, but everybody 
knows he could not have gotten the victory all by himself. He needed the 
cooperative effort of his team.
This is not our Victor. Oh no; “Who being the brightness of his glory 
and the express image of his person, and upholdeth all things by the 
word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on 
the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Heb.1:3. “Thanks be to God which 
GIVETH us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”. 1 Cor.15:57. In a 
sporting event even the spectators take some glory for having cheered 
their team on to victory. We, on the other hand, “look upon him whom we 
have pierced”. Our voices are heard in the crowd; “crucify him”. The 
salvation of sinners is not a team sport. Our Lord gets ALL the glory.

The only thing that makes you differ

(Octavius Winslow, “Jesus, Full of Grace”)

“But by the grace of God I am what I am.”
1 Cor. 15:10

Christian! the only thing that makes you differ
from the vilest being that pollutes the earth, or
from the darkest fiend that gnaws his chains in
hell, is the free grace of God!

Oh to grace how great a debtor!

(Letters of John Newton)

“By the grace of God — I am what I am!” 1 Corinthians 15:10

It is a part of my daily habit to look back to my slavery in Africa, and 
to retrace the path by which the Lord has led me, for about forty-seven 
years, since He called me from infidelity and madness!

My astonishing unsought deliverance from the hopeless wickedness and 
misery into which I had plunged myself, taken in connection with what He 
has done for me since — make me say, with peculiar emphasis, “Oh to 
grace how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be!”

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come!
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home!

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine!

A meaningless gospel, a meaningless god, and a meaningless savior!
(Don Fortner)
“You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their 
sins!” Matthew 1:21
The angel’s message to Joseph was a message of grace, redemption, and 
salvation to sinners. By God’s command, He was named, “JESUS,” Savior, 
because He was sent by God to save His people from their sins. What He 
is called, that He is — Jesus, our Savior.
The Lord Jesus came into the world to save “His people” from their sins. 
Those He came to save were His people before He came to save them, His 
by eternal election. There are some people in this world, an elect 
multitude, chosen in Him before the world began, who are peculiarly and 
distinctively His people, the objects of His everlasting love, chosen in 
Him unto salvation (Ephesians 1:2-6; 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
The Lord Jesus Christ is an almighty, effectual Savior! He saves His 
people from . . .
the penalty of their sins — by His blood atonement,
the dominion of their sins — by His regenerating Spirit,
the being of their sins — when He takes them out of this world,
all the evil consequences of their sins — in resurrection glory!
Universal love, universal grace, and universal redemption — is 
meaningless love, meaningless grace, and meaningless redemption. To 
preach such, is to preach a meaningless gospel, a meaningless god, and a 
meaningless savior!
“You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their 

The cross has not become obsolete!

(Horatius Bonar, “The Surety’s Cross”)

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing; 
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

The whole world looked with contempt—indignant at the audacity of a few 
humble Christians, thus . . .
affronting and defying the “public opinion” of nations and ages;
assailing the religions of earth with the cross as their only sword;
striking down their idols with this as their only hammer; and
with this, as their one lever, proposing to turn the world upside down!
 From that day the cross became “a power” in the earth; a power which 
went forth, like the light—noiselessly yet irresistibly—smiting down all 
religions alike, all shrines alike, all altars alike—sparing no 
superstition nor philosophy.

This power remains—in its mystery, its silence, its influence, it 
remains. The cross has not become obsolete! The preaching of the cross 
has not ceased to be powerful and effectual!

There are those who would persuade us that, in this modern age—the cross 
is out of date and out of fashion, time-worn. But this does not shake 
us. It only leads us to clasp the cross more fervently, and to study it 
more profoundly, as embodying in itself that gospel which is at once the 
wisdom and the power of God.

Yet the cross is not without its mysteries:

It illuminates—yet it darkens.

It is life—yet it is death.

It is honor—yet it is shame.

It is wisdom—but also foolishness.

The cross is . . .
both pardon, and condemnation;
both strength, and weakness;
both joy, and sorrow;
both love, and hatred;
both medicine, and poison;
both hope, and despair.

The cross is Christ’s humiliation—yet it is His exaltation!

The cross is Satan’s victory—yet it is Satan’s defeat!

The cross is the gate of Heaven—and the gate of Hell!

The cross is the key . . .
to God’s character,
to God’s Word,
to God’s ways,
to God’s purposes.

The cross is the summary of all the Bible—the epitome of Scripture 

Holy and humble Christian love

Jonathan Edwards, “Charity and its Fruit”

Holy and humble Christian love, is a principle
of wonderful power to give ineffable quietness
and tranquility to the soul. It banishes all
disturbance, and sweetly composes and brings
rest to the spirit, and makes all divinely calm
and sweet and happy. In that soul where divine
love reigns and is in lively exercise, nothing can
cause a storm, or even gather threatening clouds.

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