As you might expect from a church on the move…we’re moving. God has so graciously answered our prayers to move into Chillicothe. We trusted the Lord to supply our need for a building to meet in inside Chillicothe and He wonderfully met that need. We will begin on Sunday Evening June 8th joining together for worship at 43 South Paint Street, Chillicothe, Ohio. We are right next door to Renick’s Family Restaurant. What we plan to do is on June 1st during our cookout in the park is to gather everyone together and drive to the new location for a time of corporate prayer asking God to bring folks into the Kingdom through Grace Reformed Fellowship. May He receive glory in all things. Pray that Jesus Christ would be lifted up and that He will draw all people to Himself (John 12;31).
The Character of Faith Pt. 2
James 2:14-26 (ESV)
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?  So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!  Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?  You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;  and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”— and he was called a friend of God.  You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.  And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?  For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
This genuine saving faith that is centered in and has laid hold of Christ, as we learned last week, is a faith that will show itself in obedience to Christ.
Many have claimed that these verses in James’ letter contradict what Paul taught in his writings. Even the great reformer, Martin Luther struggled with this epistle. So, before we begin it’s vital to the understanding of these verses to realize a couple of things. Continue Reading
The Character of Faith Pt. 1
James 2:1-13 (ESV)
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.  For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,  and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,”  have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?  Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?  But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?  Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.  But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.  For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.  For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.  So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.  For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
We lived in Southern Kentucky while attending Bible College. For the first Continue Reading
Putting on Righteousness
Matthew 5:20 (ESV)
For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
What did Jesus have in mind when He spoke these words? What was He getting at?
The Pharisees had a very elaborate system developed. It was a system of works. They thought that if they did all the right stuff God would somehow be obligated to show them His goodness and ultimately take them to heaven.
Jesus was not at all impressed. Jesus was ready to forgive sinners. Jesus had no forgiveness for those who were unrepentant and self righteous. Continue Reading