Sovereign Grace Church is a gathering of Christian believers meeting in Great Falls, Montana.
We worship on Wednesdays and Sundays and warmly welcome visitors who seek to honor God.
We are centrally located just a few blocks from 10th Avenue South, the main route through town. Need a map? Check out Google maps below.
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Sunday Worship 10:30 am Mountain Time (5:30 pm BST)
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The love of God is the highest, most exalted thought ever to enter the human mind. Of all the perfect attributes of the eternal, infinite Being revealed to mankind what is more wonderful than God’s love? What greater privilege than to receive it? What fuller joy than to experience it?
The love of God amazed the prophets and thrilled the apostles. Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah and David all speak of God’s love in glorious terms. Peter, John and Paul describe divine love in the finest language. All testify of its transcendent nature and unequalled blessedness. To know, to taste the love of God is to possess the fulness of divine grace and the promise of heavenly glory, for the love of God is the companion of all spiritual gifts.
The scriptures speak of God’s love in the most emphatic terms. It is great love. It is everlasting love. Love so characteristic of the very nature of God that John declares, ‘God is love’. As God is unchangeable so His love is unchangeable. Those loved by God are loved eternally and God’s eternal love is the source and vehicle of all spiritual blessings bestowed upon those loved before time.
It is distinguishing love. God’s love is individual and personal as all true love must be. General love or universal love is neither Biblical nor meaningful. God’s elective purpose and sovereign grace is grounded in His particular love.
He declares to His chosen people, ‘Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine … Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life’ (Isaiah 43:1, 4).
Furthermore, the love of God is unconditional. God does not love based on man’s goodness, faith, or obedience. His love was settled upon His people before ever they drew breath. He declares, ‘I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion’. He acts towards His people in love, bestowing blessing upon blessing because He loved us.
And God’s love is effectual love. God loved His people with great love and desired they be with Him in holy union. He binds us to Himself with bands of effectual love. He settled a covenant of peace, determined a plan of salvation, performed every condition necessary to secure the redemption from sin of His dearly beloved bride. It is God’s effectual love we see demonstrated in the coming and dying of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul says, ‘God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8). John says, ‘Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us’ (1 John 3:16 ). And continues, ‘Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins’ (1 John 4:10).
In the sacrifice and death of the Lord Jesus we see the highest demonstration of God’s love. It is in Christ God’s love is seen, received and experienced. Outside of Christ there is no love of God, nor any grace, or blessing from God. Our Saviour’s atoning sacrifice declares and enables God’s love to poor fallen sinners.
Do not the people of God find this love inspiring? It is not law, duty, or obligation motivates God’s people to worship but love. We are constrained by the love of Christ. We love Him because He first loved us. We love one another as Christ has loved us.
There is a lovely little phrase at the end of Jude’s powerful epistle. He says, ‘Keep yourselves in the love of God’. These words do not imply God’s love can be lost. It cannot. But our enjoyment of God’s love ebbs and flows. God’s love does not change but His people are fickle and may lose sight of it by taking their eyes from their Savior.
We keep ourselves in the love of God by looking unto Jesus, by attending to the gospel of peace, and by continuing in Christ’s word by which His people receive ‘the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life’.
Preachers from the congregation are responsible for services at the Rescue Mission here in town on the second Saturday and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. Please support these men with your presence, if possible, and prayers. It is an important responsibility and a great privilege to preach the gospel of saving grace to sinners wherever they may be found.
We are sometimes asked what makes Sovereign Grace Church different from other churches. Well, the answer to that is in our name. We believe in Sovereign Grace. Let me explain ...
Sovereign Grace Church is purposefully and plainly a sovereign grace congregation. We seek at every service to uphold, explain, promote and preach the message of God’s free grace in Christ and the absolute necessity of divine power to initiate, apply and secure the salvation of sinners. We do not look to man to save himself for we know he cannot. We do not appeal to men to save themselves for we know they cannot. We believe God’s grace alone can save a soul, and we try to say it clearly.
This means we have no time for the teaching that man has a freewill with which to accept or reject God’s offer of salvation. We do not believe God has saving love for everyone, nor a will to save everyone. We do not hold there is grace from God for everyone. The nature of our sovereign almighty God and the existence of hell and judgment preclude such ideas. We do not believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for everyone on the cross nor that His death was ever intended to redeem and atone for any but those called in scripture God’s elect from every nation, from before the foundation of the world.
We believe all men and women have sinned and are enemies of God by nature. We believe, nevertheless, God the Father in eternity chose a people to justify and recover from their lost state.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, came into the world to save those chosen individuals and effectually did so by His death on the cross. We believe God the Holy Spirit quickens and converts those for whom Christ shed His blood through the preaching of saving grace and divine mercy in the gospel. We believe, having been saved, those blessed individuals never will be, never can be, lost and will most certainly spend eternity in heaven in the presence and company of their God and Saviour.
We believe God in His three persons has done everything necessary for the salvation of His chosen people and there remains nothing for them to do. Beyond Christ’s sacrifice there are no works of obedience required, either to make the elect eligible for salvation, or to enable them to keep their salvation. Grace is not of works, otherwise grace is no more grace. Everything necessary for salvation is a good gift, a perfect gift and it comes from the sovereign God.
These beliefs separate us from a large part of today’s Christian church who seem neither to understand the nature of God nor the nature of man. They preach of common grace flowing from universal love, and of a frustrated desire on God’s part to save everyone. They believe Christ’s blood redeemed everyone but fails actually to save anyone. They believe in a Holy Spirit who courts the wicked with offers of mercy, but ultimately bows to man’s will and withdraws defeated. We have no sympathy with this message and we can have no fellowship with its promoters.
The essence of the gospel is good news. Good because salvation is a sovereign work of grace. Good because the Lord Jesus Christ actually achieved and accomplished all our peace with God as our substitute on the cross. Good because no part of our deliverance is dependent upon our weak, wayward flesh. This is where we stand. This is what we believe. This is the heart of our message. This is the gospel of sovereign grace.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).
Faith is precious. The Bible tells us so. Yet, not the bare existence of faith. In that sense, faith, in and of itself, is meaningless. I doubt there is a person on the face of this earth who does not claim to have faith in something or other, even if it is simply their own opinion.
Similarly, the term ‘people of faith’ has become an all-purpose description to gather together every flavour of religion and all manner of weird and wonderful notions. Christians, Jews, Muslims and flat-earthers are part of the ‘faith community’ but they are not all going to heaven.
The Bible says the just shall live by faith and the faith by which the just live is called by Paul the faith of God’s elect. There is natural faith and there is the faith of Christ. There is faith borne of human wisdom and faith from above that is spiritual and created by God the Holy Spirit. Thus when the Lord Jesus Christ says, “Thy faith hath saved thee, go in peace”, it is the faith of Christ graciously gifted, the faith of God’s elect that is in view, exercised in humble worship and reliance upon the Saviour.
James Wells, a London preacher of the nineteenth century, once said, “For myself, I believe that the substituting of mere mental and moral conversion—this mere natural faith for the faith of God’s elect—I believe that there are more souls deceived by this doctrine than by any other found in all Protestant Christendom”.1.
Wells is speaking of the great error of manmade religion. Hell will be populated by damned souls who earnestly followed their creed or confession, obeyed their preacher’s teachings and with his (or her) connivance imagined themselves fit for heaven. In their heads they believed, by their conduct they observed all the norms of custom and practice their church required, and yet they are not saved. What confusion will follow those words of Christ in that day, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”
The faith of God’s elect is belief in the being of God, and trust in His promises as revealed to the church in the person and redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ. JEHOVAH, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, has revealed Himself as “forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin” and giving eternal life to the church in Christ Jesus. Faith is giving credit to this Divine testimony, and relying upon God’s faithfulness for the fulfilment of it.
Not the glory and wonder of the promise; but the glory, wonder, and faithfulness of the Promiser is the proper object of faith. To believe, and rest in the almighty Promiser and His assurances in Christ, the Godman, is faith. “Acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness” is faith.
The possession of the faith of God’s elect and the exercise of it in this world is the gift of God. “Unto you,” says Paul, “it is given to believe” (Philippians 1:29). And every truly awakened and regenerated believer finds reason, to cry out, as the apostle did to Christ, “Lord, increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).
1. James Wells (1803-1872). A number of James Wells’ sermons and tracts can be found at www.surreytabernaclepulpit.com
Sovereign Grace Church is a fellowship of Bible-believing Christians. We use the King James Version of the Bible, and employ traditional worship with prayer and hymn-singing in our services.
We preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and the sovereign grace of God in salvation.
We welcome new faces, so feel free to join us Wednesday nights or Sunday mornings.
Our congregation comprises all ages from children to oldies.