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We Affirm the Sovereignty of God in Salvation

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GBC DISTINCTIVE SERIES | EPHESIANS 1:3–14 | MAY 13, 2018

We don’t completely understand everything about God’s plan; as Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God.”  However, we do know that His sovereign purposes include the realm of salvation, because Jesus Christ was “delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God” according to Acts 2:23.  The question Ephesians 1 answers is just how detailed God’s sovereign reign over salvation is, and we’re going to highlight just a few points from there this morning.

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We began a series last week to define what makes us distinctive as a church.  There are several purposes this can serve, such as informing others what we believe.  The most important purpose, though, is that we get to think through what Scripture says about these issues together, hopefully providing clarification on biblical doctrines and practices.  We may tweak some of the points as we proceed, but you can see t…

SERMON: We Must Uphold Scripture Above All

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We Must Uphold Scripture Above All
GBC DISTINCTIVE SERIES
May 6, 2018

Starting this week, while we are thinking and praying about our next steps in ministry together, we’re starting a series on the distinctive qualities of Grace Bible Church.  We’re going to see what Scripture says about church polity—issues such as membership, elders, and church discipline.   We’re going to see what Scripture says Christian living—issues ranging from spiritual gifts to divorce and remarriage.  We’re going to see what Scripture says about the sovereignty of God in all things.

As we study these points, not necessarily in that order, we rest upon the importance of allowing the Bible to direct all our faith and practice.  If we claim to be a Bible church, we want to be a church upholding the Word of God in our worship and in our lives.  That is what we are going to discuss today.

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Manuscript: We’ve been experiencing what Charles Spurgeon called a “down grade” in otherwise solid churches.  For tho…

Greatness in Kingdom Service | Mark 10:35–45

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Greatness in Kingdom Service | Mark 10:35–45
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | April 28, 2018

It seems odd that Jesus would be interrupted at this point, especially with what seems to be an unrelated request.  Even so, Jesus takes this opportunity to teach the disciples about their role in the kingdom, and that role is service.  They must understand the error in their approach to Christian service and the proper model for their service. We who want to be great in the kingdom need to learn this lesson: we must rid ourselves of double-mindedness and domineering ways, and in turn, find greatness in Christ.

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We mentioned last time that Jesus and the others have finally started on the road to Jerusalem (v. 32).We saw Him as Christ in control.He boldly led the way, knowing what was going to happen.In case you weren’t sure what He knew ahead of time, He then gave a detailed eight-point prophecy of His death and resurrection in vv. 33–34.We all …

Jesus in Control | Mark 10:32–34

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Jesus in Control | Mark 10:32–34
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | April 22, 2018

Our Lord Jesus Christ could do more than any of us could, even if we have faith.  He knew more while walking this earth than any Christian would.  And in this short passage, we see His boldness despite understanding the depths of danger awaiting Him.  He even reveals these future events to His disciples so they will be prepared and recognize what we will this morning: Jesus is in control.

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Manuscript: Some think that the crucifixion was outside of Christ’s control.There are those who say Jesus was a great teacher, but somehow, events got away from Him.If He had only played politics better, made concessions, softened His principles to gain support, He might have become something more.These would be those who would also deny much, if not all, the supernatural elements in Christ’s ministry, that God had a plan in the crucifixion, or that it had significant meaning for you…