History of Oak Grove Community Church
The Oak Grove Community Church is so-called because of its location, surrounded by a beautiful grove of oak trees. The Church is located in rural Madison County next to the Roseman Covered Bridge on the of the Middle River near Winterset, Iowa. Oak Grove Community Church is the oldest active Church in Madison County. The present Church building was built in 1889, however, the Church originated in the mid-1840's, and met in various schoolhouses and homes until the present building was constructed.
Pastor Terry & wife Pam
This Weeks Message
We had to cancel services today because of snowstorm so I am Posting a classic old sermon by Billy Sunday called: The Blood of Jesus Christ
The Blood of Jesus Christ
by Billy Sunday
"For if the blood of bulls and of
goats and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to
the purifying of the flesh" - Paul argued in his letter to the Hebrews
"how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit
offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works
to serve the living God." (Heb. 9:13-14)
of this turtle-dove business, no more offering the blood of bullocks and
heifers to cleanse from sin.
The atoning blood of Jesus Christ
- that is the thing about which all else centers. I believe that more logical,
illogical, idiotic, religious and irreligious arguments have been fought
over this than all others. Now and then when a man gets a new idea of it,
he goes out and starts a new denomination. He has a perfect right to do
this under the thirteenth amendment, but he doesn't stop here. He makes
war on all of the other denominations that do not interpret as he does.
Our denominations have multiplied by this method until it would give one
brain fever to try to count them all.
The atoning blood! And as I think
it over I am reminded of a man who goes to England and advertises that
he will throw pictures on the screen of the Atlantic coast of America.
So he gets a crowd and throws pictures on the screen of high bluffs and
rocky coasts and waves dashing against them, until a man comes out of the
audience and brands him a liar and says that he is obtaining money under
false pretense, as he has seen America and the Atlantic coast and what
the other man is showing is not America at all. The men almost come to
blows and then the other man says that, if the people will come tomorrow,
he will show them real pictures of the coast. So the audience comes back
to see what he will show, and he flashes on the screen pictures of a low
coast line, with palmetto trees and banana trees and tropical foliage and
he apologizes to the audience, but says these are the pictures of America.
The first man calls him a liar and the people don't know which to believe.
What was the matter with them?
They were both right and they
were both wrong, paradoxical as it may seem. They were both right as far
as they went, but neither went far enough. The first showed the coast line
from New England to Cape Hatteras, while the second showed the coast line
from Hatteras to Yucatan. They neither could show it all in one panoramic
view, for it is so varied it could not be taken in one picture.
God never intended to give you
a picture of the world in one panoramic view. From the time of Adam and
Eve down to the time Jesus Christ hung on the cross he was unfolding his
views. When I see Moses leading the people out of bondage where they for
years had bared their backs to the taskmaster's lash; when I see the lowing
herds and the high priest standing before the altar severing the jugular
vein of the rams and the bullocks; on until Christ cried out from the cross,
"It is finished," (John 19:30) God was preparing the picture for the consummation
of it in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.
A sinner has no standing with
God. He forfeits his standing when he commits sin and the only way he can
get back is to repent and accept the atoning blood of Jesus Christ.
I have sometimes thought that
Adam and Eve didn't understand as fully as we do when the Lord said; "Eat
and you shall surely die." (Gen. 2:17) They had never seen any one die.
They might have thought it simply meant a separation from God. But no sooner
had they eaten and seen their nakedness than they sought to cover themselves,
and it is the same today. When man sees himself in his sins, uncovered,
he tries to cover himself in philosophy or some fake. But God looked through
the fig leaves and the foliage and God walked out in the field and slew
the beasts and took their skins and wrapped them around Adam and Eve, and
from that day to this when a man has been a sinner and has covered himself,
it has been by and through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Every
Jew covered his sins and received pardon through the blood of the rams
and bullocks and the doves.
An old infidel said to me once,
"But I don't believe in atonement by blood. It doesn't come up to my ideas
of what is right."
I said, "To perdition with your
ideas of what is right. Do you think God is coming down here to consult
you with your great intellect and wonderful brain, and find out what you
think is right before he does it? " My, but you make me sick. You think
that because you don't believe it that it isn't true.
I have read a great deal - not
everything, mind you, for a man would go crazy if he tried to read everything
- but I have read a great deal that has been written against the atonement
from the infidel standpoint - Voltaire, Huxley, Spencer, Diderot, Bradlaugh,
Paine, on down to Bob Ingersoll - and I have never found an argument that
would stand the test of common sense and common reasoning. And if anyone
tells me he has tossed on the scrap heap the plan of atonement by blood,
I say, "What have you to offer that is better?" and until he can show me
something that is better I'll nail my hopes to the cross.
Suffering for the Guilty
You say you don't believe in
the innocent suffering for the guilty. Then I say to you, you haven't seen
life as I have seen it up and down the country. The innocent suffer with
the guilty, by the guilty and for the guilty. Look at that old mother waiting
with trembling heart for the son she has brought into the world. And see
him come staggering in and reeling and staggering to bed while his mother
prays and weeps and soaks the pillow with her tears over her godless boy.
Who suffers most? The mother or that godless, maudlin [drunk] bum? You
have only to be the mother of a boy like that to know who suffers most.
Then you won't say anything about the plan of redemption and of Jesus Christ
suffering for the guilty.
Look at that young wife, waiting
for the man whose name she bears, and whose face is woven in the fiber
of her heart, the man she loves. She waits for him in fright and when he
comes, reeking from the stench of the breaking of his marriage vows, from
the arms of infamy, who suffers most? That poor, dirty, triple extract
of vice and sin? You have only to be the wife of a husband like that to
know whether the innocent suffers for the guilty or not. I have the sympathy
of those who know right now.
This happened in Chicago in a
police court. A letter was introduced as evidence for a criminal there
for vagrancy. It read, "I hope you won't have to hunt long to find work.
Tom is sick and baby is sick. Lucy has no shoes and we have no money for
the doctor or to buy any clothes. I manage to make a little taking in washing,
but we are living in one room in a basement. I hope you won't have to look
long for work," and so on, just the kind of a letter a wife would write
to her husband. And before it was finished men cried and policemen with
hearts of adamant were crying and fled from the room. The judge wiped the
tears from his eyes and said: "You see, no man lives to himself alone.
If he sins others suffer. I have no alternative. I sympathize with them,
as does every one of you, but I have no alternative. I must send this man
to Bridewell [house of correction]." Who suffers most, that woman manicuring
her nails over a washboard to keep the little brood together or that drunken
bum in Bridewell getting his just deserts from his acts? You have only
to be the wife of a man like that to know whether or not the innocent suffer
with the guilty.
So when you don't like the plan
of redemption because the innocent suffer with the guilty, I say you don't
know what is going on. It's the plan of life everywhere.
From the fall of Adam and Eve
till now it has always been the rule that the innocent suffer with the
guilty. It's the plan of all and unless you are an idiot, an imbecile and
a jackass, and gross flatterer at that, you'll see it.
Jesus' Atoning Blood
Jesus gave his life on the cross
for any who will believe. We're not redeemed by silver or gold. Jesus paid
for it with his blood (1 Peter 1:18). When some one tells you that your
religion is a bloody religion and the Bible is a bloody book, tell them
yes, Christianity is a bloody religion; the gospel is a bloody gospel;
the Bible is a bloody book; the plan of redemption is bloody. It is. You
take the blood of Jesus Christ out of Christianity and that book isn't
worth the paper it is written on. It would be worth no more than your body
with the blood taken out. Take the blood of Jesus Christ out and it would
be a meaningless jargon and jumble of words.
If it weren't for the atoning
blood you might as well rip the roofs off the churches and burn them down.
They aren't worth anything. But as long as the blood is on the mercy seat
(Lev. 16:14), the sinner can return, and by no other way. There is nothing
else. It stands for the redemption. You are not redeemed by silver or gold,
but by the blood of Jesus Christ. Though a man says to read good books,
do good deeds, live a good life and you'll be saved, you'll be damned.
That's what you will. All the books in the world won't keep you out of
hell without the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. It's Jesus Christ or
nothing for every sinner on God's earth.
Without it not a sinner will
ever be saved. Jesus has paid for your sins with his blood. The doctrine
of universal salvation is a lie. I wish every one would be saved, but they
won't. You will never be saved if you reject the blood.
I remember when I was in the
Y.M.C.A. in Chicago I was going down Madison Street and had just crossed
Dearborn Street when I saw a newsboy with a young sparrow in his hand.
I said: "Let that little bird go."
He said, "Aw, g'wan with you,
you big mutt."
I said, "I'll give you a penny
for it," and he answered, "Not on your tintype."
"I'll give you a nickel for it,"
and he answered, "Boss, I'm from Missouri; come across with the dough."
I offered it to him, but he said,
"Give it to that guy there," and I gave it to the boy he indicated and
took the sparrow.
I held it for a moment and then
it fluttered and struggled and finally reached the window ledge in a second
story across the street. And other birds fluttered around over my head
and seemed to say in bird language, "Thank you, Bill."
The kid looked at me in wonder
and said: "Say, boss, why didn't you chuck that nickel in the sewer?"
I told him that he was just like
that bird. He was in the grip of the devil, and the devil was too strong
for him just as he was too strong for the sparrow, and just as I could
do with the sparrow what I wanted to, after I had paid for it, because
it was mine. God paid a price for him far greater than I had for the sparrow,
for he had paid it with the blood of his Son, and he wanted to set him
No Argument Against Sin
So, my friend, if I had paid
for some property from you with a price, I could command you, and if you
wouldn't give it to me I could go into court and make you yield. Why do
you want to be a sinner and refuse to yield? You are withholding from God
what he paid for on the cross. When you refuse you are not giving God a
I'll tell you another. It stands
for God's hatred of sin. Sin is something you can't deny. You can't argue
against sin. A skillful man can frame an argument against the validity of
religion, but he can't frame an argument against sin. I'll tell you something
that may surprise you. If I hadn't had four years of instruction in the
Bible from Genesis to Revelation, before I saw Bob Ingersoll's book, and
I don't want to take any credit from that big intelligent brain of his,
I would be preaching infidelity instead of Christianity. Thank the Lord
I saw the Bible first. I have taken his lectures and placed them by the
side of the Bible, and said, "You didn't say it from your knowledge of
the Bible." And I have never considered him honest, for he could not have
been so wise in other things and such a fool about the plan of redemption.
So I say I don't think he was entirely honest.
But you can't argue against the
existence of sin, simply because it is an open fact, the word of God. You
can argue against Jesus being the Son of God. You can argue about there
being a heaven and a hell, but you can't argue against sin. It is in the
world and men and women are blighted and mildewed by it.
Some years ago I turned a corner
in Chicago and stood in front of a police station. As I stood there a patrol
dashed up and three women were taken from some drunken debauch, and they
were dirty and blear-eyed, and as they were taken out they started a flood
of profanity that seemed to turn the very air blue. I said, "There is sin."
And as I stood there up dashed another patrol and out of it they took four
men, drunken and ragged and bloated, and I said, "There is sin." You can't
argue against the fact of sin. It is in the world and blights men and women.
But Jesus came to the world to save all who accept him.
"How Long, O God?"
It was out in the Y.M.C.A. in
Chicago. "What is your name and what do you want?" I asked. "I'm from Cork, Ireland," said
he, "and my name is James O'Toole." Here is a letter of introduction."
I read it and it said he was a good Christian young man and an energetic
I said, "Well, Jim, my name is
Mr. Sunday. I'll tell you where there are some good Christian boarding
houses and you let me know which one you pick out." He told me afterwards
that he had one on the North Side. I sent him an invitation to a meeting
to be held at the Y.M.C.A., and he had it when he and some companions went
bathing in Lake Michigan. He dived from the pier just as the water receded
unexpectedly and he struck the bottom and broke his neck. He was taken
to the morgue and the police found my letter in his clothes, and told me
to come and claim it or it would be sent to a medical college. I went and
they had the body on a slab, but I told them I would send a cablegram to
his folks and asked them to hold it. They put it in a glass case and turned
on the cold air, by which they freeze bodies by chemical processes, as
they freeze ice, and said they would save it for two months, and if I wanted
it longer they would stretch the rules a little and keep it three.
I was just thinking of what sorrow
that cablegram would cause his old mother in Cork when they brought in
the body of a woman. She would have been a fit model of Phidias [ancient
Greek sculptor], she had such symmetry of form. Her fingers were manicured.
She was dressed in the height of fashion and her hands were covered with
jewels and as I looked at her, the water trickling down her face, I saw
the mute evidence of illicit affection. I did not say lust, I did not say
passion, I did not say brute instincts. I said, "Sin." Sin had caused her
to throw herself from that bridge and seek repose in a suicide's grave.
And as I looked, from the saloon, the fantan rooms, the gambling hells,
the opium dens, the red lights, there arose one endless cry of "How long,
O God, how long shall hell prevail?" (Psa. 74:10)
You can't argue against sin.
It's here. Then listen to me as I try to help you.
When the Standard Oil Company
was trying to refine petroleum there was a substance that they couldn't
dispose of. It was a dark, black, sticky substance and they couldn't bury
it, couldn't burn it because it made such a stench; they couldn't run it
in the river because it killed the fish, so they offered a big reward to
any chemist who would solve the problem. Chemists took it and worked long
over the problem, and one day there walked into the office of John D. Rockefeller,
a chemist and laid down a pure white substance which we since know as paraffine
You can be as black as that substance
and yet Jesus Christ can make you white as snow. "Though your sins be as
scarlet they shall be as white as snow." (Isa. 1:18)
Billy Sunday was
a colorful and powerful preacher who preached to hundreds of thousands
at the turn of the 20th century. He got his start in preaching by
helping J. Wilbur Chapman (see his bio below) in his revival campaigns.
Chapman schooled him in doctrine and homiletics. In 1898, he set out on
his own to preach. His crusades became regional events, with thousands
turning out to hear him. He became as well known as any man in America,
including the president. He had been a baseball player before his
conversion, and was known in his early ministry as "the baseball evangelist."
His preaching against "booze" was one of the main influences for prohibition.
He was a conservative and a fundamentalist. Because he was direct
in his style and often uncouth, he was accused of being somewhat of a buffoon.
Though he used homey illustrations and backyard metaphors, his preaching
was filled with the Bible. Many old line preachers despised his aggressiveness
and his know-it-all demeanor. It was easy to take shots at a man
like Sunday, but no one could gainsay the thousands who accepted Christ
after his preaching.
Have a wonderful and Christ filled week,
Pastor Terry Kerr
THE WAY OF SALVATION
Romans 10:8-10(NIV)That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Today, if you don't have the assurance of Salvation, the assurance of going to Heaven when you die, than just know that God wants you to have that assurance. The above verse tells us how we do that. We do it by coming to Jesus asking for forgiveness for our sins and then giving Jesus Lordship (supremacy) over our life, believing in and on Him and Him alone for our salvation.
If the Holy Spirit has touched your heart today then I would encourage you to Yield your heart to Him right now and pray this simple prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner as my sins are always before me. Lord, I am sorry for my sin and ask You to forgive me of all my sins. I now surrender my heart, my life to you and invite You into my heart to be the Lord and Savior of my life. I thank you Lord for now saving me. Amen.
If you have just prayed this prayer than I encourage you to share your decision with a friend or relative (confess with your mouth) and find a Church fellowship to become involved in, and most importantly, commit yourself to daily prayerfully reading the Word of God asking Him to reveal Himself more fully to you.
SPREADING THE GOSPEL
Our most important duty as a Christian is spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our world. Oak Grove Community Church is a Missions minded Church that supports Missionaries in various countries and the USA.
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