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Come and Worship with us at

8256 Promise Land Road

Mountain Home, Arkansas  72653

 Our Worship Schedule is

Sunday Bible Study - 9:45am
Sunday Worship - 11:00am
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting - 6:00pm
Wednesday Night Bible Study - 7:00pm
 

 

Today's Memory Verse

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one."

ROMANS 3:10-12

 

Quote of the Day        

"The evangelist who preaches for eternity is never great on numbers. He is not apt to count hundreds of converts where there is no restitution, no confession, and no glad cry which proclaims, ‘The lost is found, the dead is made alive again!' "

E. M. BOUNDS


QUESTIONS & OBJECTIONS

"Adam didn't die the day God said he would!"

He certainly did-he died spiritually. The moment he sinned, he became "dead in trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1). Ezekiel 18:4 says, "The soul that sins, it shall die." Ian Thomas explained it this way: "We are born dead in trespasses and sins, alienated, cut off, detached from the life of God. The day that man believed the devil's lie (which is sin), he forfeited the life that distinguished him from the animal kingdom-the life of God. When sin came in, the life went out."
It is because we are born spiritually dead that Jesus came to give us spiritual life (John 5:40; 10:10; 14:6; etc.). This is why Jesus told us that we must be born again (John 3:3). When we repent of our sins and place our trust in the Savior, the Bible tells us that we "pass from death to life" (John 5:24; Romans 6:13; 1 John 3:14).

Cameron, K., & Comfort, R. (2004). The school of biblical evangelism: 101 lessons: how to share your faith simply, effectively, biblically-the way Jesus did (pp. 161-162). Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

 

Day by Day by Grace

Righteousness through Christ in Sanctification

For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:3-4)

How wonderful it is to be "justified freely by His grace" (Romans 3:24). Yet, what disappointment and discouragement awaits us, if we do not learn that God desires to sanctify us freely by His grace as well. This plan of God, as we should expect, hinges upon the work of Jesus Christ, as we depend upon Him.

In matters of justification, as well as sanctification, the law has a weakness. This weakness is that man, by natural human resources (the flesh), cannot live up to the standards of God. Thus, to accomplish what the law could never accomplish, the Father sent His Son. "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son."

Jesus came as a man and died on the cross to eradicate the consequences of sin. This death of Christ certainly provided justification for all who would believe in the Lord Jesus. Yet, the next verse reveals that through His sacrificial death practical sanctification is available day by day through faith in the Lord. "That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit."

The word "walk" makes Romans 8:4 a verse on progressive sanctification, not justification. Justification takes place with the first moment of faith in Christ. Sanctification continues step by step, day by day, throughout the life of a believer.

Think of this grand truth. God's grace provides a way "that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us." Remember, the heavenly demand is "be holy," be like Christ. This transformation of life takes place daily in the life of any believer who does "not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." If we renounce the natural resources of man and trust in the Lord Jesus step by step through life, His Holy Spirit accomplishes His sanctifying work in us by the grace of God.

O Lord of compassion and generosity, what bountiful grace You offer to us; grace that justifies and grace that sanctifies. How foolish and unnecessary have been my futile attempts to fulfill the lofty requirements of Your holy law by my own feeble efforts. Father, how thrilling and encouraging to see that You have provided a gracious and effective way for me to grow in Christlikeness. This day I place my hope for godly progress in the irreplaceable work of Your Holy Spirit in me, in Jesus' name, Amen.

 

Famous Last Words: Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), the seventh President of the U.S., loved to read the Bible, and heaven was near and dear to him. Shortly before he died, he gathered his family and servants to his bedside and told them:

"I have suffered much bodily pain, but my sufferings are but as nothing compared with that which our blessed Redeemer endured upon the accursed cross, that all might be saved who put their trust in Him."

 

Here at Promise Land Bible Church

We don't change the message, the message changes us.


Here at Promise Land Bible Church, we are honored that you are visiting our web site at www.plbcmh.com

It is our hope at Promise Land Bible Church that you will be encouraged by the preaching and teaching of God's Word presented here. For it is our desire to teach the whole council of God, so that the body can be edified and above all that God may be glorified.

For it is our passion and desire to share the Gospel message with everyone who will hear, in obedience to God's word.

Welcome to our site here at www.plbcmh.com

The fellowship of believers who call Promise Land Bible Church home would like to welcome you to our website. We believe that salvation is by grace alone, thru faith alone, in Christ alone, and that the Holy Scripture is our sole source of authority for what we do and how we live, and that everything we do, should be done for the glory of God. This is commonly called the 5 Solas of the Reformed Faith.

So here is our invitation to you;

If you are looking for a church that affirms the sole authority of the Holy Scriptures for all of faith and practice, the pre-eminence of the preaching of the Word of God, the glorious truths of salvation called the Doctrines of Grace, the necessity and responsibility of evangelism and a serious approach to the joyful worship of God, then we warmly invite you to come and visit us.

Join us as we look to the truth of scripture and Worship the Lord.

At www.plbcmh.com we do our best to present the truth of the gospel.

Today's Grace Gem

Salvation from Hell--or from sin?

(Charles Spurgeon)

"You shall call His name Jesus--for He will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

The mere professor loves a salvation from Hell.

The true Christian loves a salvation from sin.

Everyone desires to be saved from the bottomless pit--but only a child of God pants to be saved from every false way. We love the Gospel because it saves us . . . from selfishness, from pride, from lust, from worldliness, from bitterness, from malice, and from sloth.

"Because I consider all Your precepts to be right, I hate every wrong path." Psalm 119:128

 

Point to Ponder

A true story was told of a young soldier in the Civil War. After an explosion left him seriously injured, he lay on the battlefield covered in blood. A male nurse sat beside the helpless trooper, holding his thumb on the man's neck to stop the bleeding.
In the heat of battle, a doctor came alongside the two men. He looked closely at the wound and told the soldier that he was very fortunate. The damage was very close to a main artery, and if that had been severed he would have died almost immediately.
The doctor carefully stitched the small veins over which the nurse had applied pressure.
A few minutes later, he was called back. The terrified nurse was holding his thumb over a main artery, which had suddenly burst. The good doctor explained that he could now do nothing for the soldier. As soon as the nurse removed his thumb, blood would gush out rapidly, and there was no way he could contain its flow.
Over the next three hours, the brave young soldier thanked the nurse for what he had done for him, wrote farewells to his loved ones, put his affairs in order, then told the nurse to remove his thumb. The horrified nurse turned his face away from the young warrior as he removed his thumb; the soldier was dead within minutes.
Whether we are enlightened to understand it or not, the eternal God of creation holds our life in His hands. When the preserving presence of His hand is removed, we die. We are but mortal human beings, and "in Him we live and move and have our being." Every breath we take, and every heartbeat that follows, comes only because He keeps His gracious hand upon our lives.
He alone is the origin of human life, the One who sustains our very existence.

Word of the Day

January 18

Blameless

amōmos

Here is a word that provides us with a practical feature of what "holy living" means. Eph_1:4 declares, "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." In light of our last three studies (especially January 15), the reason God saves us is to make us holy, and the best way to test ourselves is see if we are "without blame," that is, blameless.

The Greek amōmos (G299) is derived from the root mōmos (G3470), "spot, blemish," and the prefix a (G1), the "alpha-negative" (see April 1) that means "without." It, therefore, means "without blemish; spotless; free from faultiness." In Classical Greek, it means that nothing is amiss in a sacrifice that would render it unworthy. Likewise, it's used in the Septuagint to show that a sacrificial animal was to have no spot or blemish (e.g., Lev_22:21). That, then, is how we are to live-pure in attitude and action. The word shows that a Christian lives above reproach; that is, no one can look at his life and see an unholy, ungodly life.

That is the force of 1Pe_1:16: "Be ye holy; for I am holy." Yes, that is a tall order. Quoting Lev_11:44-45, Peter commands that we be holy just as God is holy. Why did God choose us in Christ before the foundation of the world? So we could be and would be holy in position and practice.

We're reminded of those nowadays who preach the false Gospel of " easy-believism" without an emphasis on sin. But sin is the issue. The point of salvation is to make us holy.

Why must we live holy? Because our whole lives are lived before God; we are an open book "before Him," which is the Greek katenōpion autou, which literally means "to see down in." This pictures the searching, penetrating gaze of the Spirit of God into our lives. But that is not so much negative as it is positive. Its greatest significance is the intended closeness and intimacy with the Father that He desires for us to have. So, God not only has made us holy; He has also given us the capacity to live holy. He does not expect us to do it in the flesh; rather He empowers us to live out holiness by the Spirit.

Scriptures for Study: In Eph_5:27, what do the words "without blemish" (amōmos) refer to in the future? (See also 1Th_3:13 and Jud_1:24). How does that motivate you to holiness? In Rev_14:1-5, who are those who are "without fault?"

 

 

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Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Solus Christus (Christ Alone), Soli Deo Gloria (For the Glory of God Alone).