Sovereign Grace Baptist Church

Free Grace Media

Of Princeton, New Jersey


Author Various
TitleWeekly Bulletin 9-12-2021
Bible TextVarious
Article Type Bulletin

September 12, 2021

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Proverbs 16:33: The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.



He that SEETH the Son and believes on Him hath everlasting life; and I will raise him up again at the last day” (John 6:30).

SEEING THE SON in the covenant of mercy, incarnate, on the cross, risen and exalted at the right hand of God, and believing Him is the whole of saving faith. Paul said in Heb.12:2, it is “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” You may read a dozen books on faith, hear a hundred sermons on faith, and memorize all of the definitions of faith, and it will all come down to THIS ONE THING, “He that SEETH THE SON and be­lieves on Him, hath everlasting life!” Look to Christ, not to your faith; look to Christ, not to your works, either good or bad; look to Christ, not to your feelings and experiences; look to Christ, not to your brethren, either the best of them or the worst of them. Look to Christ NOW, look to Christ ANEW, look to Christ ALONE, and look to Christ ALWAYS.                                                            Henry Mahan


When our Lord was upon earth, and conversed with His disciples, their eyes and hearts were fixed upon Him. In danger, He was their defender; their guide, when in perplexity; and to Him they looked for the solution of all their doubts and the supply of all their wants. He is, now, withdrawn from our eyes, but faith sets Him, still, before us for the same purposes and, according to its degree, with the same effects, as if we actually saw Him. His spiritual presence, apprehended by faith, is a restraint from evil, an encouragement to every service, and affords a present refuge and help in every time of trouble.                     John Newton


God alone!  Oh! that is a word to be learned, to be learned by experience, and most assuredly none will ever know it unless they are taught by the Holy Ghost. I do not think we often learn it till we hear it in the thunder of divine power, when the deep-throated tempest within the soul mutters- “God alone! God alone!” In fair weather we are for mixing our trust, but when the whirlwind is abroad none but God will serve our turn. O my brother man, if thou wilt set one foot upon the rock of divine faithfulness, and the other foot upon the sand of human confidence, thou wilt go down with a great fall. Both feet on the Rock! Mind that. Your whole confidence must be fixed upon your Lord. Hang only upon that sure nail upon which hangs the whole universe and hang nowhere else. What says David? “My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from him.” Beware of setting up a rival in the temple of thy trust. Who is it that thou wouldst yoke with God? What helper is there that thou wouldst put side by side with him? If thou couldst depend upon an angel—does it not make thee smile at thy folly to think of saying, “I trust in God and an angel?” Why there is no pairing such disparities. The infinite Creator of all is not to be yoked even with the most glorious of his creatures, and yet thou wouldst put thy fellowman into the yoke with God, and trust in these two. Go, yoke an angel with an emmet if thou wilt, but never think of joining God with man, and making the two thy confidence, when God is all in all. Oh to be cut clear of all visible supports, and props, and holdfasts! You have seen a balloon well filled, struggling to rise: what kept it down? It longed to mount above the clouds into the calm serene, and yet it lingered. What hindered it? The ropes which bound it to earth. Cut clear the ropes, and then see how it mounts! With a spring it leaps upward while we are gazing into the open sky. O for such a clearance and such a mounting for our spirits! Alas, we are hindered and hampered! What are the bonds which detain us? Are they not our visible supports and reliance’s? O my soul, thy human confidences have been to thee like the iron chain which binds the captive eagle to the rock; but if that confidence of thine were gone—if that chain on which thou dost doat so much were broken, even though it were with a rough blacksmith’s hammer—then thou couldst stretch thy wings, and be a child of the sun, and dwell aloft amid the eternal light. Oftentimes the thing which we most dread proves to be our grand necessity: by being deprived of earthly comforts we are cut clear of everything except our God. The Lord bring us into this state of high spiritual emancipation.

    Charles Spurgeon


SELF OR CHRIST: The religious world and the world have very much in common; SELF. They glory in self and their accomplishments. They proclaim themselves and the power of their will. Self is promoted –bragged on and they are absorbed with self. It is always saying “look at me.” Self can be described as self-indulgent, self-interested and self-exalted. Then of course there is self-analysis. These who know and trust the Lord Jesus, glory in Him and His accomplishment! They proclaim Him and the power of His will. They promote Christ, the gospel and cry out to souls to look to Christ alone. The believer abhors SELF and says as Paul, “O wretched man that I am”. I am the least of all the saints, though I be nothing.  

–Donnie Bell



1 Corinthians 2:1: And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2: For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3: And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4: And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

In order for a man to preach or even read a passage of scripture in demonstration of the Spirit and of power two things must be done in the man by God.  1) The Spirit must first make the man see himself as the chief of sinners laid utterly in the dust by the very word he intends to deliver.  Of all flesh that God declares worthless grass, the very word he intends to deliver must first make him know that in his flesh he is the worst of the worthless grass.  2) The Spirit must make the man know that Christ alone is his righteousness concerning every word he intends to speak.  The passage must resonate in his spirit revealing to him that every word has its light from Christ and redounds to Christ’s glory so that Christ is his only perfection and acceptance in every word, and that, only by the free gift of God’s grace.

    This causes in him weakness, fear and much trembling.  Anything less will leave him speaking down to his hearers in a demonstration of vanity.