Saving Grace Bible Church

Verse-by-verse exposition of the Scriptures, elder rule by a plurality of godly men, and a dependence upon the Word to make believers complete in Christ

SGBC exists to exalt God, exposit the Scriptures, equip the saints, and evangelize the lost.

We currently have 2 locations:

North Campus (Main Service 10:45 am, Sunday School 9am)
235 N. Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

South Campus (Main Service 9am, Sunday School 10:45am)
2550 Englewood Rd.
Englewood, FL 34223

Mission: Presenting everyone complete in Christ: Through the exaltation of God, the exposition of the Scriptures, the edifying of the saints, and the evangelization of the lost.

[05/01/19]   “When sin is promising a reward now, it is promising pleasure now, and God is going to reward us in the future, it is in these moments that we trust that following God is greater than seeking the pleasure that sin is offering.”

- Pastor Marc Wragg

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[04/21/19]   “The cross of Christ only triumphs in the breast of believers over the devil and the flesh, sin and sinners, when their eyes are directed to the power of His Resurrection.”

- John Calvin

[04/21/19]   "The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is one of the best attested facts on record. There were so many witnesses to behold it, that if we do in the least degree receive the credibility of men’s testimonies, we cannot and we dare not doubt that Jesus rose from the dead. It is all very easy for infidels to say that these persons were deceived, but it is equally foolish, for these persons could not every one of them have been so positively deceived as to say that they had seen this man, whom they knew to have been dead, afterwards alive; they could not all, surely, have agreed together to help on this imposture: if they did, it is the most marvellous thing we have on record, that not one of them ever broke faith with the others, but that the whole mass of them remained firm. We believe it to be quite impossible that so many rogues should have agreed for ever. They were men who had nothing to gain by it; they subjected themselves to persecution by affirming the very fact; they were ready to die for it, and did die for it. Five hundred or a thousand persons who had seen him at different times, declared that they did see him, and that he rose from the dead; the fact of his death having been attested beforehand. How, then, dare any man say that the Christian religion is not true, when we know for a certainty that Christ died and rose again from the dead? And knowing that, who shall deny the divinity of the Savior? Who shall say that he is not mighty to save? Our faith hath a solid basis, for it hath all these witnesses on which to rest, and the more sure witness of the Holy Spirit witnessing in our hearts."

- Charles Spurgeon

“Without the resurrection, Christianity would be so much wishful thinking, taking its place alongside all other human philosophy and religious speculation.” - John MacArthur

[04/20/19]   "So the Cross does not merely tell us that God forgives, it tells us that that is God’s way of making forgiveness possible. It is the way in which we understand how God forgives. I will go further: How can God forgive and still remain God? – That is the question. The Cross is the vindication of God. The Cross is the vindication of the character of God. The Cross not only shows the love of God more gloriously than anything else, it shows His righteousness, His justice, His holiness, and all the glory of His eternal attributes. They are all to be seen shining together there. If you do not see them all you have not seen the Cross."

- Martyn Lloyd-Jones

[04/19/19]   "Here is why all the central truths of the gospel focus on the cross: It reveals how heinous our sin is. It shows the intensity of God’s wrath against sin. It reveals the great love of God in paying such a high price for redemption. But it also serves as a fitting metaphor for the cost of following Christ. Jesus himself spoke repeatedly of the cross in those terms."

- John MacArthur

[04/19/19]   "When you look at the Cross, what do you see? You see God’s awesome faithfulness. Nothing – not even the instinct to spare His own Son – will turn him back from keeping His word."

– Sinclair Ferguson

[04/19/19]   "The cross is not a nebulous, indefinable symbol of self-giving love; on the contrary, the cross is the monumental display of how God can be just and still pardon guilty sinners. At the cross, God, having imputed the sins of His people to Christ, pronounces judgment upon His Son as the representative of His people. There on the cross God pours out the vials of His wrath unmixed with mercy until His Son cries out, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46)."

- Albert Martin

[04/19/19]   "Was He scourged? It was that “through His stripes we might be healed.” Was He condemned, though innocent? It was that we might be acquitted though guilty. Did He wear a crown of thorns? It was that we might wear the crown of glory. Was He stripped of His clothing? It was that we might be clothed in everlasting righteousness. Was He mocked and reviled? It was that we might be honored and blessed. Was He reckoned a malefactor, and numbered among transgressors? It was that we might be reckoned innocent, and justified from all sin. Was He declared unable to save Himself? It was that He might be able to save others to the uttermost. Did He die at last, and that the most painful and disgraceful of deaths? It was that we might live for evermore, and be exalted to the highest glory.

- JC Ryle

[04/19/19]   "See you here the foundational truth of Christianity, the rock on which our hopes are built. It is the only hope of a sinner, and the only true joy of the Christian – the great transaction, the great substitution, the great lifting of sin from the sinner to the sinner's Surety; the punishment of the Surety instead of the sinner, the pouring out of the vials of wrath, which were due to the transgressor, upon the head of his Substitute; the grandest transaction which ever took place on earth; the most wonderful sight that even hell ever beheld, and the most stupendous marvel that heaven itself ever executed – Jesus Christ, made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him! You scarcely need that I should explain the words when the sense is so plain. A spotless Savior stands in the room of guilty sinners. God lays upon the spotless Savior the sin of the guilty, so that He becomes, in the expressive language of the text, sin. Then He takes off from the innocent Savior His righteousness, and puts that to the account of the once-guilty sinners, so that the sinners become righteousness – righteousness of the highest and divinest source, the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus."

- Charles Spurgeon

[04/19/19]   "We took our sins and drove them like nails through his hands and feet. We lifted him high up on the cross of our transgressions, and then we pierced his heart through with the spear of our unbelief."

- Charles Spurgeon

Believing himself to be basically good, the rich young ruler asked Jesus what righteous work he could do to secure eternal life. Jesus cited God’s perfect standard in the law, and still the young man failed to see his plight. When Jesus told him to abandon his wealth, the young man's idolatrous heart was fully exposed as he walked away. Can you possess great wealth and still follow Christ? Of course. But you can’t follow Christ if your wealth possesses you.

https://www.sgbcvenice.org/sermons/sermon/2019-04-14/the-impossible-price-of-salvation-part-1

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Dr. Marc Wragg, Pastor of Saving Grace Bible Church, just received his dissertation in bound form! What a reward after so much work!

Here is the link for his sermon series "Forgiveness: The Paradigm Shift" which he preached on while writing his dissertation.

https://www.sgbcvenice.org/sermons/series/the-forgiveness-paradigm

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No one would want God to treat them as they deserve. Everyone cries out for the justice they believe is their due, but what we really need is the Lord’s mercy and compassion. Our sin against God shackled us to an infinite debt that we could never repay, yet in Christ God has freely forgiven it all. Bear this in mind when someone sins against you. When you live in the reality of how much you have been forgiven by God, surely there can be no sin against you too great for you to humbly forgive.

https://www.sgbcvenice.org/sermons/sermon/2019-03-10/the-unforgiving-servant-part-2

Forgiveness is hard. Peter understood this as he approached the Lord Jesus asking Him how many times we should forgive someone who has repeatedly sinned against us. The disciple likely thought that forgiving seven times was a lavish demonstration of grace, but the Lord shattered that conceit by explaining that we must always forgive- even if someone continually sins against us. If we love little, this may seem outrageous to us, perhaps even dangerous. But if we love much, we know that we must forgive. In view of all that God has forgiven us, how can we do otherwise?

https://www.sgbcvenice.org/sermons/sermon/2019-03-03/the-unforgiving-servant-part-1

It is the responsibility of every Christian to protect the local church by confronting sin. This is how straying believers are restored and unrepentant sinners are exposed, and the Scriptures lay out four stages for this process. The first two stages are a private meeting where we discreetly and lovingly confront our brother in hope that he will listen, and then bringing others in to confirm the offense if he refuses to hear. The goal is never to harm or humiliate, but to see Christ honored and our brother rescued from the dangers of unrepentant sin.

https://www.sgbcvenice.org/sermons/sermon/2019-02-10/church-restoration-part-1

God’s original design for marriage is for a man and his wife to be united for life. While God never commands divorce, He does allow it under certain circumstances as an act of mercy toward the innocent party when an unrepentant spouse has hardened their heart in unbelief. How can you protect your marriage from the dangers of divorce? Guard your relationship to the Lord. Divorce is always the result of sin in one or both partners. No heart ever defected from commitment to the marriage without first growing cold in its commitment to Christ.

https://www.sgbcvenice.org/sermons/sermon/2019-03-24/dealing-with-divorce-part-2

We must have a high view of marriage because God has a high view of marriage. While the Pharisees sought to test Christ on His view of marriage, Jesus explains the design for marriage by pointing to the Scriptures. He shows us the pattern of marriage, that marriage entails a ceremony transferring authority, and that marriage is permanent. While the topic of divorce and remarriage are difficult, we must navigate the issue from God’s Word.

https://www.sgbcvenice.org/sermons/sermon/2019-03-17/dealing-with-divorce-part-1

[03/11/19]   “It is a melancholy fact that there are few Christian duties so little practiced as that of forgiveness: it is sad to see how much bitterness, unmercifulness, spite, hardness, and unkindness there is among men.”

- J.C. Ryle

[03/09/19]   "You can be faithful because God is faithful."

- John MacArthur, #shepcon

[03/09/19]   "Don't overestimate your spiritual strength. You're not strong enough to take your freedom to the edge . . . pursue holiness."

- John MacArthur, #shepcon

[03/08/19]   "The Judge doesn't merely drop the charges against us. He reconciles us so that we have access to our Father."

- Mike Riccardi, #shepcon

[03/08/19]   "We cannot be faithful in evangelism unless we get the doctrine right. Yet, if we get it right and don't preach it, we are the most reprehensible hypocrites on earth."

- Mike Riccardi, #shepcon

[03/08/19]   “It is God’s sovereign, holy plan to feed His people through the preaching of His Word.”

- Al Mohler, #shepcon

[03/08/19]   “The safest place in the world is in the will of God. But the safe place may not be in God's will. It's our job to just sign up for service."

- H.B. Charles Jr., #shepcon

[03/07/19]   "You will be known more by your reactions [regarding criticism] than by your actions."

- Joel Beeke, #shepcon

[03/07/19]   "Helpful criticism is like good medicine, although it may be hard to swallow."

- Joel Beeke, #shepcon

[03/07/19]   "Worship must be formed and filled with the Word. The only way to fill a worship service with God is to form it with the Word."

- Ligon Duncan, #shepcon

[03/07/19]   “Biblical love is not found in the object loved, but in the will of the one loving, as God loves."

- Tom Pennington, #shepcon

[03/06/19]   "By the power of God, I love the gospel more than my own life."

- Voddie Baucham, #shepcon

[03/06/19]   "Persecution can be avoided. All you have to do is compromise."

- Voddie Baucham, #shepcon

[03/06/19]   "If you're not regularly helping people to follow Jesus, I'm not sure what you mean when you say you follow Jesus."

- Mark Dever, #shepcon

[03/05/19]   “The blood of Jesus is the only solvent to our ensnarements."

- Sinclair Ferguson

[03/05/19]   "The Lord's judgment is the only judgment that will matter, or be accurate, on a man's ministry."

- John MacArthur, #shepcon

[02/24/19]   “When the church moves away from the commands of God, she becomes a mistress to the world.”

- Pastor Marc Wragg

We are not to cause God’s people to stumble. The Father is deeply concerned for His children as we see the work of the Shepherd in seeking, rescuing, and protecting them. He has left us an example to follow. And we should seek to show God’s care for others by protecting them from our own sin and loving them to repentance and restoration.

https://www.sgbcvenice.org/sermons/sermon/2019-02-03/the-lost-sheep

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[02/09/19]   “Worldliness hinders your ability to understand the Scriptures.” - Jon Anderson, Ekklesia

[02/09/19]   “We need to have more confidence in the power of God’s Word to penetrate a heart.”
- Phil Johnson, Ekklesia

[02/07/19]   "A preacher can either be popular in the eyes of the world or faithful in the eyes of God." - Matt Waymeyer, Courageous Churchmen

[02/07/19]   “It amazes me that someone can stand behind the pulpit and think that what he has to say is more important than what God has said.” - Matt Waymeyer, Courageous Churchmen

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