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For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found... Luke 15:24

(sinners without hope apart from Christ)

(sanctified sinners with a lively hope in Christ)

Plan of Salvation

Know that we are a sinner:
Romans 3:10 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Know that the penalty for our sin is death:
Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death;"
But it doesn’t stop there, the rest of that verse says: "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Know who paid the penalty for our sin:
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Know how to receive this gift:
John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Know that after we are saved, we become a new person:
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”


Monthly Devotional

“God is known in her palaces for a refuge.” - Psalm 48:3

James Ireland was born in Scotland and lived a turbulent life in his youth. He moved to Virginia and eventually took up residence near New Market, Shenandoah County, Virginia, where he worked as a schoolteacher. After a long period of conviction of sin and efforts through others to find relief for his soul, he came to trust the Lord Jesus Christ by faith alone, and was saved by God’s grace.

He became a fearless and courageous proclaimer of the Gospel message and was followed with great persecution. On one occasion in Culpeper County, while he was praying after a preaching service, he was seized by the collar by two men and given the ultimatum of promising not to preach there any longer or going to jail. He chose the latter, and after a few days was arrested and put in jail in Culpeper.

Through the jail bars he preached in spite of all the efforts to silence him and disturb his listeners. The detractors would run riding horses through town at a gallop, attempt to blow him up with gunpowder, and endeavored to suffocate him by burning brimstone and Indian pepper under the floor of his cell. A doctor and his jailer conspired to poison him. He was dunked in water and threatened with public whippings. Drunken rowdies were placed in his cell to harass him, but he led many of them to Christ.

During this time, he wrote many letters to individuals and churches which he headed, “From my Palace in Culpeper.” This too resulted in the salvation of many who heard his letters read as well as those who heard him preach. He wrote, “My prison then was a place in which I enjoyed much of God’s presence; a day seldom passed without some signal and manifestation of His divine goodness toward me.”

Even while he preached out of prison, he continued to be threatened with beatings and dunkings. On one occasion two women conspired to poison his family, which nearly resulted in Ireland’s own death and did cause the death of one of his eight children. He bore the burden of ill health as a result of this maltreatment until his death May 5, 1806.

At Berryville Baptist Church, a monument is erected in the churchyard: “In memory of James Ireland, Minister of the Gospel. Born in Edinburg, Scotland, converted in Frederick County, Virginia . . . Imprisoned in Culpeper, Virginia for preaching the Gospel, organizer of Baptist churches, pastor of Buck Marsh Church from 1788 to 1806. His body lies in Buck Marsh Cemetery near here.
“In gratitude for the blessings of spiritual religion and freedom of conscience won in part through his suffering, this memorial is erected by the Baptists of Virginia.”

All of us today need to be aware of these forgotten heroes of the faith who established our Baptist heritage and religious liberty throughout our country. Amen?
-Adapted from This Day in Baptist History