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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
OCTOBER 7  2018
FLOYD PIERCE
OCTOBER 14 , 2018
TIM VAN RYN
OCTOBER 21, 2018
RICK PETRONE
OCTOBER 28, 2018
RICHARD COOLEY
NOVEMBER 4, 2018
P
HILIP DOSSETT
SPEAKERS IN OCTOBER
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and
many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto
life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt. 7:13, 14)

When you look out at the religious world today, you see numerous religions, denominations and cults.
And yet basically there are only two religions, as suggested in today’s text. On the one hand there is the
wide gate and the broad, well-traveled way that leads to destruction. On the other is the strait gate and
sparsely traveled, narrow way that leads to life. All religions can be classified under one or the other. The
feature that distinguishes the two is this: one religion tells what man must do to earn or deserve
salvation; the other tells what God has done to provide salvation for man.

The true Christian faith is unique in that it calls on men to receive eternal life as a gift by faith. All other
religions tell men that they must earn their salvation by works or by character. The Gospel tells how
Christ finished the work necessary for our redemption. All other systems tell men what they must do to
redeem themselves. It is the difference between DOING and DONE.

The popular idea is that good people go to heaven and bad people go to hell. But the Bible teaches that
there are no good people, and that the only ones who go to heaven are sinners saved by God’s grace.
The Christian Gospel eliminates boasting; it tells man that there are no meritorious deeds he can do to
win God’s favor because he is dead in trespasses and sins. All other religions cater to man’s pride by
implying that there is something he can do to save himself or to assist in his salvation.

All false religions are “the way that seems right unto a man” but are also the way which ends in death
(Prov. 14:12). Salvation by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ seems “too easy” to men but this is the
way that leads to life. In false religions Christ is nothing or only something. In the true Christian faith
Christ is everything.

In other religions there can be no real assurance of salvation because a person never knows whether he
has done enough good works or the right kind. The believer in Christ can know he is saved because it
isn’t a question of his works but rather of Christ’s work for him.

Only two religions—one of law, the other of grace. One of works, the other of faith. One of doing, the
other of believing. One of trying, the other of trusting. The first leads to condemnation and death, the
second to justification and life.
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Rick Petrone will be our speaker at the Family
Bible Hour on O
ctober 21, 2018. Rick is a
retired engineer from IDOT. He and his wife
Susan have fellowshipped at Grace Bible
Chapel for many years. During this time they
raised four daughters and have eight
grandchildren. Rick is one of our elders and
shares teaching with others at our adult
Sunday School class, currently studying the
G
ospel of John.