Sovereign GraceTruth Baptist Church (GraceTruth Church) is really a people, not a place and certainly not in any way a program. There is nothing to say about what we ‘offer’ or ‘provide’ by way of interest groups, associations, or activities. From our beginnings several years ago we have always agreed upon several core values by which we would live and interact as a family. One of those is a commitment to Expositional Preaching of the Scriptures. The reason is that we know that the Word of God is supremely authoritative as God’s self-revelation (Logos) thereby making all Grace sufficient for every good work only through the written Word.  In the next few weeks, we will embark on our first journey through one of the Gospels. In this journey as the church, we will see first hand the power of God’s word in our lives, as we’ve already seen, and we’ll see the face of Jesus Christ clearly through the writing of John, which was recorded for the purpose of seeing and believing in Jesus Christ as the ETERNAL LIFE!

For the sake of undergirding the preached word on Sundays, we will soon begin a Sunday afternoon gathering to invest time in some of the doctrines found in John’s gospel. In conjunction with our journey through this gospel, we are also beginning our Tuesday evening study in Romans toward the end of May 2017. We will not exposit verse-by-verse but will do a theological reading of the letter and engage all of its primary doctrine and theology.

Thursday afternoons we are beginning our Theology Thursday studies and our Grace School of Theology and Pastor’s Seminary courses. This first course, which can be audited for free, will be a graduate level study of the primary theological systems of God, His Work, Jesus Christ and The Doctrine of Redemption. Enrollment for that course is currently open for the School of Theology, Pastoral candidates need an invitation for this current provision.

Peruse TheologyAnswers.com in your spare time and be ready to engage with a large supply of apologetic and biblical studies material centered on Christian doctrine, Life, and the Local Church. A podcast with Dr. Edward Dalcour and Pastor James Tippins will begin in a few weeks relating doctrinal and biblical studies to the pastoral ministry of the church. These will commence every Friday and will be live call-in as available.

If you’re interested in these teaching & learning opportunities, please let us know.

The decrees of God relate to all future things without exception; whatever is done in time, was foreordained before time began. God’s purpose was concerned with everything, whether great or small, whether good or evil. But with reference to the latter we must be careful to state that while God is the Orderer and Controller of sin, He is not the Author of it in the same way that He is the Author of good. Sin could not proceed from a Holy God by positive and direct creation, but only by decretive permission and negative action. God’s decree, as comprehensive as His government, extends to all creatures and events. It was concerned about our life and death; about our state in time, and our state in eternity. As God works all things after the counsel of His own will, we learn from His works what His counsel is (was), as we judge an architect’s plan by inspecting the building erected under his direction.

Arthur Walkington Pink, The Nature of God

For those who are studying with us on Tuesday evenings, we are coming to a close. Here is a good version of Pink’s Attributes of God. This is a PDF very well formatted by Chapel Library.

To download a epub go here

For the mobi go here

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In just a few weeks we will begin a new series on Tuesdays at 7PM looking at the essence of God’s character and how the attributes of God are all essential, equal and self-existent.  Join us. This course will be some good preparation for our “FREE” School of Ministry and Theology that will launch this Fall. Enrollment will begin in May.

 

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Tuesday throughout the month’s of February and March we will take time to learn the basic principles of interpretation and understanding of the biblical text. For many, the need to learn the bible is not a priority but for every Christian, a lack of desire to grow in biblical understanding and knowledge is a very dangerous sign of a deeper spiritual problem; maybe even deadly. For others, it is a fearful venture. With these few weeks we will help you understand how to understand the bible and most importantly help you see what difference it makes to know. Join us 7PM on Tuesdays.

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“How do I conquer sin?”  This is surely a question that many of us have asked often.  Join us Tuesdays in December (Starts December 9th 7PM) as we look into the Word of God for the answer on how to deal with those deep seated habitual sins that just keep coming back.  You may just be surprised at the answer.  Join us and/or listen below.

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This past week we had a very good question and answer time on Tuesday.  Some of the discussion centered on Ishmael which led us to clarify a few things that Paul deals with in Galatians on the matter.  In an attempt to provide some good clear teaching on the subject, few do it so well and succinctly as Spurgeon.  Below is his sermon on the subject.

A Sermon
(No. 69)
Delivered on Sabbath Morning, March 2, 1856, by the
REV. C. H. Spurgeon
At New Park Street Chapel, Southwark.

“These are the two covenants.”—Galatians 4:24.

THERE cannot be a greater difference in the world between two things than there is between law and grace. And yet, strange to say, while the things are diametrically opposed and essentially different from each other, the human mind is so depraved, and the intellect, even when blessed by the Spirit, has become so turned aside from right judgment, that one of the most difficult things in the world is to discriminate properly between law and grace. Continue reading “Allegory of Sarah and Hagar in Galatians 4”

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We are in the days where prayer for most Christians is a passing thought and for so many more, prayer seems ineffective, incomplete or exhausting.  It has for so long and for so many been a labor of fruitless wishes or crossed fingers.  Well, scripture teaches that prayer is the foundational evidence of faith in the character and promise of God; therefore, praying must be done in the manner taught in scripture, not taught by practice, culture and history.  Join us as we take a look at the biblical truths on prayer and be equipped to become prayer warriors in a dark world.

April 26th from 9 to NOON Cost: $Free 99 Register Here.

 

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February 15th at 9AM until Noon, join us on a journey through the prophetic teaching of “End Times”.  During this FREE class you will learn what the bible actually teaches about this topic and how to answer your most difficult questions.  You will also be instructed on the many popular views and how they relate to the Word of God so that you can be informed.  Register on our Facebook page here.

In the Statesboro area we have studies for individuals who have:

  1. A desire to grow in their understanding of scripture and in turn, become maturing followers of Christ and more intimate worshippers of the Lord God.
  2. A desire to see the scripture effect real change in their lives and who will be committed to being a people for God’s glory in fellowship and purpose.
  3. A desire to understand deeper truths of the grace of God than ever before as “His mercies are new every day.”
  4. A desire to grip the reality of the gospel in a powerful way and see God work mightily through His word to effect an expansion of the gospel for the salvation of souls.

If you are interested, or think you may want more information, then please let us know and join us. We try to meet weekly at each location, but some locations are monthly and scheduled. Please connect as to the current schedule.

Screenshot 2014-01-10 13.30.06Here is the listing of verses we will use for scripture memory.  They are taken from the Fighter Verses website and apps, cards and literature are available for download and purchase for all who desire.  If you click on the verse, it should show it to you and take you to the ESVonline.com site.

Set Order ESV Reference Category Bible Order
1:01 Deuteronomy 7:9 Faithfulness (of God) 4
1:02 Deuteronomy 10:12-13 Obeying God 5
1:03 John 1:12-13 Salvation 133
1:04 Romans 11:33-36 Sovereignty of God 164
1:05 Romans 12:1-2 Sanctification 165
1:06 Psalm 56:3-4 Fear, Battling 38
1:07 Psalm 62:5-7 [8] Trusting God 39
1:08 Romans 8:1 Work of Christ 155
1:09 1 John 2:15-17 Sin, Battling 253
1:10 Philippians 2:5-7 Humility of Christ 207
1:11 Philippians 2:8-9 Humility of Christ 208
1:12 Philippians 2:10-11 Supremacy of Jesus 209
1:13 Philippians 2:12-13 Sanctification 210
1:14 James 1:2-3 Endurance 236
1:15 James 1:4-5 Endurance 237
1:16 Psalm 1:1-2 Word of the Lord 8
1:17 Psalm 1:3-4 Word of the Lord 9
1:18 Psalm 1:5-6 Word of the Lord 10
1:19 Colossians 3:1-3 Life in Christ 218
1:20 Ephesians 4:26 Anger, Battling 198
1:21 Isaiah 40:28-29 Sovereignty of God 104
1:22 Isaiah 40:30-31 Waiting on God 105
1:23 Psalm 86:5-7 Faithfulness (of God) 44
1:24 1 Timothy 2:5 Supremacy of Jesus 224
1:25 1 Peter 1:3-5 Salvation 245
1:26 Ephesians 6:10-11 Spiritual Warfare 201
1:27 Ephesians 6:12-13 Spiritual Warfare 202
1:28 Ephesians 6:14-15 Spiritual Warfare 203
1:29 Ephesians 6:16-17 [18] Spiritual Warfare 204
1:30 Philippians 1:6 Security in God 205
1:31 Matthew 10:28 Fear, Battling 127
1:32 Romans 1:16 [17] Gospel 149
1:33 Matthew 11:28-30 Depending on Christ 128
1:34 Psalm 20:6-7 [8] Trusting God 16
1:35 James 1:12 Endurance 238
1:36 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Generosity 185
1:37 2 Corinthians 9:8 Generosity 186
1:38 2 Corinthians 12:9 [10] Depending on Christ 187
1:39 Isaiah 64:4 Waiting on God 113
1:40 Titus 3:4-6 Work of Christ 228
1:41 Isaiah 46:9-10 [11] Sovereignty of God 110
1:42 Proverbs 1:10 Sin, Battling 85
1:43 Proverbs 3:5-6 [7] Trusting God 86
1:44 Proverbs 19:11 Anger, Battling 97
1:45 John 15:5 Life in Christ 144
1:46 John 14:2-3 Eternity 142
1:47 Psalm 125:1-2 Trusting God 73
1:48 Psalm 141:3-4 Speech 84
1:49 1 John 1:8-9 Sin, Battling 252
1:50 Psalm 23:1-2 Guidance (of God) 17
1:51 Psalm 23:3-4 Guidance (of God) 18
1:52 Psalm 23:5-6 Presence (of God) 19