Welcome to Rescue Baptist Church

                                       

                                 Pastor John Reeves

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                       email: www.rescuebaptist232@gmail.com

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 3, 2021

JOHN 16:12-13

I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH

“Sinners are welcome at this church. We are a local body of the Lord Jesus Christ. As you spend time with us, you’ll soon discover we’re an imperfect church, with an imperfect pastor, yet by God’s undeserved grace, we preach, believe, and know the perfect gospel of our never-failing Lord Jesus Christ. We call His name Jesus for He shall, (not might, not maybe) but shall save His people from their sins, and every sinner that trusts in Christ is complete in Him, saved to the uttermost” HEBREWS 7:25                                                 (copied)


                                                                            SCHEDULED MEETINGS

Sunday Morning Bible Study                                              10:00 AM

Sunday Morning Worship                                                   11:00 AM

Friday Night Bible Study                                                        7:30 PM


 OPENING HYMN     CROWN HIM WITH MANY CROWNS   PAGE 234 
SCRIPTURE READING                                                               PSALMS 98 
WORSHIP HYMN      WHAT A WONDERFUL SAVIOUR       PAGE 81 
MESSAGE 
CLOSING HYMN                      REDEEMED                              PAGE 521


“It doesn't make a bit of sense for anyone to expect a reward for something he didn't have anything to do with.  Faith is the gift of God, and everything is the gift of grace from start to finish.  All good works are of God.  From God's eternal purpose all the way to eternal glory, it is all God's grace in Christ. You can count your dung if you want to, but it sure smells bad.”                                                         

                                                                 Brother Jack Shanks (Excerpt)


Under The Blood, But Written In The Book

The sins of Gods saints are all under the blood of Christ, entirely forgiven by God. Yet, the most glaring sins of Gods most eminent servants are plainly written in the Bible for all men to read. Noah, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord, was found in a drunken stupor. Abraham, the friend of God, fearing he would be slain by the king, was willing to give his wife to Abimelech. Lot, Gods righteous servant, was reduced to incest in his drunkenness. David, the man after Gods own heart, committed adultery and murder. Peter, the bold defender of the faith, trembled and denied the Lord for fear before a little maiden. The list could go on at great length.

Why were these things written? They were not written merely to mar the reputations of good men. They were not written to excuse sin. These sad events in the lives of Gods beloved saints have been recorded in the Word of God to teach us two things: First, That which is born of the flesh is flesh (John 3:6). And second, Salvation is of the Lord (Jonah 2:9).

The best of men are only men at best. We have no righteousness of our own. The only righteousness we have is that which God gives us in Christ. Thank God, he does not impute sin, but only righteousness to his own elect.

                                                                                Pastor Don Fortner


The Blood

  “The Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed blood atonement.  He said the blood has been shed.  It was God's blood . . . holy blood, precious blood . . . it was divinely sent blood . . . saving blood . . . redeeming blood.  The blood atonement means the life laid down, it means the offering up of the Lord of glory!  And He said this was the only basis on which a Holy God could deal with sinful men.  Not upon your goodness, but upon the basis of His life laid down . . . that's how God deals with sinners.”

                                                                          Rolfe Barnard, 1904-1969


THE FOUNDATION OF GOD STANDETH SURE

--2 Timothy 2:15 - 21—

  “Paul speaks of two men who proved themselves wicked, Hymenaeus and Philetus. Scripture speaks of others: Phygellus and Hermogenes. False doctrine and the devilish spirit in which errors are preached must be regarded as a cancer and we are to shun them like we would a cancer—“Shun profane and vain babblings.”

    Yet, do not be shaken by such things. It is nothing new. The first family had a Cain. Noah’s family had a Ham. Abraham had an Ishmael. Isaac had an Esau. The church in the wilderness had their Korah, Dathan, Abiram. In a great house there are vessels to honor and some to dishonor, so it is in God’s house. ‘If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.’

    Still, remember, as heretics rise and fall throughout the ages, God’s church stands unmoved and unmovable on the church’s one foundation, Christ Jesus our Lord.  Christ is the foundation on which this whole world is founded and by his covenant word upheld. (Heb 1: 3)  Hymaneus’ and Philetus’ of this world may try to point us to other foundations but fact is ‘other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ’ (1 Cor 3: 11)  This is the foundation God our Father laid in eternity when he chose Christ to bring his elect to him without spot or blemish. Therefore, God our Father shall keep us believing only Christ and keep us hearing his gospel together with his saints (Is. 28: 16).  This is why our foundation is sure.  Christ entered covenant with the Father to save this people and present them faultless to the Father. ‘The word of his power’ is Christ’s covenant promise to the Father to lose none whom the Father entrusted to him.  Our foundation is immoveable because Christ fulfilled the justice of God. God’s justice owes Christ our Redeemer every chosen child for whom he died and Christ shall have them. Our foundation is not temporary. The things that are seen are temporal.  Our foundation is only seen with the eye of faith.  It is not ice or earth or brick or stone. It is Christ Jesus and the Lord knoweth them that are his. This world and all the works thereof shall dissolve with a fervent heat but not before Christ calls all his people to repentance.  Not one living stone upon this sure foundation shall be moved out of place. The Lord knoweth them that are his.  Therefore our foundation is sure because Christ shall not and cannot fail!”

                                                                                                    Pastor Clay Curtis


ANNOUNCEMENTS

·       Fellowship Dinner is scheduled for this afternoon following this morning’s worship service

·       During our afternoon worship service, following our fellowship, we will come to The Lord’s Table

·       Our condolences to the family of Lyndsay Campbell



Do You Love Him?

Peter was grieved when the Lord asked him the third time, “Lovest

thou me?” It has been suggested that the Lord asked this question

three times because Peter denied Him three times. I’m sure that the

memory of that incident added to Peter’s grief that the Lord should

keep repeating this same question. Peter appealed to the Lord’s

complete knowledge of all things, of all hearts and thoughts, and

replied, “Lord, thou knowest all things, thou knowest that I love

thee” (John 21:15-17).

 

This is the VITAL ISSUE for all professed Christians; “Do you love

Christ?” It is not, do you love the sovereignty of God, the doctrine,

the Bible, the church, or even the people of God (though you

certainly, will love all these if you love Christ). But DO YOU LOVE

HIM? This is where life and hope and grace are born, love for Christ

(1 Cor. 16:22).                           Pastor Henry T. Mahan (bulletin 1987)
 


“Thy People”

  “Deliverance from the power and bondage of sin pertains to God alone.  A believer has no expectation of saving himself and has no confidence in the power of his flesh.  This is a blessing that comes only from the Lord and is said to be, ‘upon thy people.’  What a sweet word of comfort to every regenerated sinner made to see something of his desperate need and desire to be named, ‘Thy People’--His people in creation, in electing grace, in redemption by the blood of Christ, and by their willingness to come to him, casting all their hope upon him, in the day of his power.  What a glorious blessing and name -- ‘Thy People’.”

                                                                            Pastor Marvin Stalnaker


“Faith is necessary for salvation.  But we do not look to our faith to save us; rather, in faith, we look to Christ.  Repentance is necessary for salvation.  But we do not look to our repentance to save us; rather, in repentance, we turn to Christ.  There are graces, which God works in us as He saves us.  But these graces are never to be the object of our trust, confidence or hopeful gaze.  All the graces God gives us in salvation are to be used to look to, turn to, appreciate, and lay hold of Christ, who is our Salvation!”                                    

                                                                                       Pastor Joe Terrell



 “The Gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus is not a thing to be proved, but truth to be believed.  It is not submitted to our reasoning powers as a subject for critical examination.  The Gospel is a MESSAGE FROM GOD, addressed to the conscience, feelings, and affections.  For this reason, men fond of argument and proving everything by strictly logical deduction generally make very poor preachers.  In the Scriptures, God does not argue, He proclaims!”

                                                                                                 J. C. Philpot


 “Of old, God complained to Israel, ‘Thou thoughtest that I was altogether as thyself’ (Psalm 50:21).  Such must NOW be his indictment against an apostate Christendom.  Men imagine that the Most High is moved by sentiment, rather than actuated by principle.  They suppose that His omnipotency is such an idle fiction that Satan is thwarting His designs on every side.  They think that if He has formed a plan or purpose at all, then it must be like ours, constantly subject to change.  They declare that whatever power He possesses must be restricted, lest he invade the citadel of man’s ‘free will’ and reduce him to a ‘machine’.  They lower the all-efficacious Atonement, which has redeemed everyone for whom it was made, to a mere ‘remedy’, which sin-sick souls may use if they feel disposed to; and they enervate the invincible work of the Holy Spirit to an ‘offer’ of the gospel.”

                                                                                                   A. W. Pink


 “Christ on the cross guarantees peace of conscience, while Christ on the throne gives peace of heart.  His death cancels our condemnation, and His life guarantees our access to the very presence of God.                                                          

                                                              W.  G.  Thomas


“As Far as the East is from the West”

  “God’s people confidently declare in Psalm 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

    It is significant that the psalmist spoke of the distance from the west to the east, not from the north to the south.  On Earth, the distance from the west to the east is – unlike the distance from the north to the south – immeasurable. This is because Earth is a sphere with magnetic extremities at its north and south poles, but having no magnetic poles identifying its eastern and western extremities.

    To measure the distance from the north to the south on Earth, go to the North Pole, where your compass points only southward regardless of which direction you face. Then go southward until your compass points only northward regardless of which direction you face, which means you have reached the South Pole. The distance between these two poles is the distance from the north to the south on Earth.

    But if you go to a place on Earth between those two poles and follow your compass either eastward or westward in order to measure the distance between the east and the west, you will do so forever!

    Believer, So far has God removed our transgressions from us!”

                                                                              Missionary Daniel Parks


If we believe that Jesus Christ has entered into heaven itself, there to appear in the presence of God for us (Heb. 9:24), we have absolutely nothing to fear.  Christ our Saviour is not only every believer’s Heavenly Representative, He is the omnipotent, glorified God-man.  All power in heaven and earth belongs to Him (Matthew 28:18), and we’re kept by His power through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5).              

                                                                                            Gene Harmon


“Jesus Christ is no security against storms, but He is a perfect security in storms.  He has never promised you an easy passage, only a safe landing.  Peace rules the day when Christ rules the soul.”

                                                                                          William Romaine


SUNDAY October 10, 2021

PSALMS 107:8 

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

 

WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH

“Sinners are welcome at this church. We are a local body of the Lord Jesus Christ. As you spend time with us, you’ll soon discover we’re an imperfect church, with an imperfect pastor, yet by God’s undeserved grace, we preach, believe, and know the perfect gospel of our never-failing Lord Jesus Christ. We call His name Jesus for He shall, (not might, not maybe) but shall save His people from their sins, and every sinner that trusts in Christ is complete in Him, saved

to the uttermost” HEBREWS 7:25                                           (copied)

 

SCHEDULED MEETINGS

      Sunday Morning Bible Study                                     10:00 AM

      Sunday Morning Worship                                          11:00 AM

      Friday Night Bible Study                                               7:30 PM

OPENING HYMN                HIS NAME IS WONDERFUL            PAGE 101
SCRIPTURE READING                                                                  PSALMS 99
WORSHIP HYMN                    LEAD ME TO CALVARY              PAGE 176
                                                          MESSAGE
CLOSING HYMN                   I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR          PAGE 428

 

“…we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

                                        (1 John 5:20)

ANNOUNCEMENT

·        Next Sunday Oct. 17th we will come to the Lord’s Table

·        Pastor Norm Wells will be preaching Oct. 23 & 24
 


WHY

When God’s people meet together, there are many reasons involved: First and foremost is the Glory of God.  That is the most important motive for our meeting.  Secondly, the heart is taken up with the worship of Christ the Lord.  Thirdly, is to be instructed in the truths of God’s word, in the blessed doctrine of Christ.  Fourthly, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17).  Fifthly, when the Lord’s people meet, it is to encourage and edify one another.

       When someone fails to come to the worship services, they miss more than “just a church service.”  The most troubling thing to consider is this:  “Why isn’t God working in my heart that I want to be with the Lord’s people when they meet”?  “Why does God allow me to miss the worship service – is He leaving me to my own will and way?”  “Is He not stirring in my heart?”  “Why hasn’t the Lord given me a hunger and thirst for righteousness?”

       David cried out, “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me” (Ps. 51:11).  There are two questions for those who do not take the meeting of the Lord’s people together seriously: “Do I fear God?”  “Do I know and love Christ Jesus?”                                                 

                                                                                         Pastor Don Bell



GOD WILL PROVIDE

                                                                                  (GENESIS 22:8)

“AND ABRAHAM SAID, MY SON, GOD WILL PROVIDE HIMSELF A LAMB FOR A BURNT OFFERING: SO THEY WENT BOTH OF THEM TOGETHER.”

What beauty is found in the words of faith that Abraham expressed to his beloved and only son Isaac, who God commanded him to sacrifice. “God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” What a picture of “Divine Substitution.” God not only provides for us a sacrifice, but Christ, who is God, is the perfect Sacrifice and Substitute for chosen and elect sinners. God will provide Himself!

                                                                 Pastor David Eddmenson


SUNDAY OCTOBER 17, 2021

Ephesians 2:4-6 

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

 

WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH

“Sinners are welcome at this church. We are a local body of the Lord Jesus Christ. As you spend time with us, you’ll soon discover we’re an imperfect church, with an imperfect pastor, yet by God’s undeserved grace, we preach, believe, and know the perfect gospel of our never-failing Lord Jesus Christ. We call His name Jesus for He shall, (not might, not maybe) but shall save His people from their sins, and every sinner that trusts in Christ is complete in Him, saved to the uttermost” HEBREWS 7:25                                                                         (copied)

SCHEDULED MEETINGS

      Sunday Morning Bible Study                                     10:00 AM

      Sunday Morning Worship                                          11:00 AM

      Friday Night Bible Study                                               7:30 PM


 

OPENING HYMN                        HE TOUCHED ME                    PAGE 504

 
SCRIPTURE READING                                                                   PSALMS 100

 
WORSHIP HIM                              FACE TO FACE                      PAGE 549

 
                                                          MESSAGE

 
CLOSING HYMN                     HOLY, HOLY, HOLY                     PAGE 262
 

This is so true of the world. To watch it happen and to understand this is all been prophesied to all that have no hope in God. But to us to whom God Himself takes special interest in; He says...Philippians 4:8 KJV

    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Jesus Christ fits all of that and He's easy on the sadness.

                                                                                              Elder Bill Silva

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

·        We will come to the Lord’s Table immediately following our morning service

·        Join us this Saturday Oct. 23 & Sunday Oct. 24 special guest speaker, Pastor Norm Wells.

·        Our dear brother Geoffrey Schuster has gone home to be with our Lord. October 11, 2021
 

THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN

       Happiness, contentment, joy, rest and peace surely are sweet words, and things which all men and women desire and seek after to some degree.  It is amazing how Satan, through the deceitfulness of sin, keeps men and women pursuing vanities and lies in their quest for these coveted qualities of life; and thinking them to always lie just ahead…a few more years…just a little longer now, etc.

       Many young folk expect to find this quality of life merely by growing up and becoming their own bosses.  Many parents expect to find it when their children are grown up, settled, and provided for.  Many businessmen expect to find it when they can retire and travel, fish, hunt, etc.  The inordinately ambitious man expects to find it when he has gained power and reputation.  The covetous man expects to find it by gaining enough money to satisfy his greed.  The lover of pleasures expects to find it when he has experienced his fill of earthly games and entertainments.  The sickly man expects to find it when his health improves.  The student expects to find it when he has acquired more diplomas.  The religious man expects to find it in his own righteousness.  It is just ahead…just around the next corner…I’ll be there soon…but they never make it!   

       The believing sinner, regardless of vocation, social status, or circumstances, has found the only source of true and lasting contentment, rest, peace, joy and happiness.  Personal faith in the Sovereign Redeemer is the only source.  Augustine said long ago, “The soul of man will never rest till it comes to rest in Him who made it.”  Our Lord said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”; meaning houses, land, food, clothing, etc. (See Matthew 6:25-34).

                                                                  Pastor Maurice Montgomery


SATURDAY OCTOBER 23, 2021

ACTS 2:36-39

Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH

“Sinners are welcome at this church. We are a local body of the Lord Jesus Christ. As you spend time with us, you’ll soon discover we’re an imperfect church, with an imperfect pastor, yet by God’s undeserved grace, we preach, believe, and know the perfect gospel of our never-failing Lord Jesus Christ. We call His name Jesus for He shall, (not might, not maybe) but shall save His people from their sins, and every sinner that trusts in Christ is complete in Him, saved to the uttermost” HEBREWS 7:25

                                                                                                                  (copied)

SCRIPTURE READING

OPENING HYMN                   HE KEEPS ME SINGING                     PAGE 488

 
                                           MIKE LOVESS SPECIAL MUSIC

 
                                                PASTOR NORM WELLS

 
CLOSING HYMN            ARE YOU WASHED IN THE  BLOOD         PAGE 190

 
Following this evening message our brother James Looper in obedience to our master’s command will come to the waters of Baptism

Physical or Spiritual?

 

For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) Hebrews 12:18-21

What an experience is recorded here, yet all this was physical. The mountain, the law, the tabernacle, the priests, and the sacrifices were all physical. We see all the blood of all the animals, blood on the hands of the priests, blood on the clothes of the priests, blood on the feet of the priests, yet all was physical. Not one person was ever saved by all this physical activity, physical religion, or by all the spilled blood of animals. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (Hebrews 10:4) We are never brought to a physical religious experience for our salvation. Most religious experiences begin with “I”; “I” is in the middle; and “I” is at the conclusion.

 “But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:22-24

When the Lord is pleased to cause His lost sheep to hear the glorious gospel of the Son of God, and the Spirit is pleased to regenerate them, they are brought to a spiritual place—Mt. Zion, to Christ. Not one of these items listed can be taken physically. They are all spiritual, intangible to the flesh, understood only in the Spirit. They are not seen by physical eyes, but by spiritual eyes; not heard with the physical ears but heard with spiritual ears; not by the natural heart we are born with, but with a new heart given by the Spirit. Not to a physical law, but the spiritual — written on our hearts. Not by a physical experience, but a new birth from the Spirit of God. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:8

The elect are not brought to a physical form or formality, but to a Spiritual God. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) They are not brought to a fleshly experience, but to a spiritual birth. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63) The testimony of a believer, one whom God has blessed with the new birth, is “It was all of Him!”

                                                                                     Pastor Norm Wells


SUNDAY OCTOBER 24, 2021

ROMANS 1:16-17

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH

“Sinners are welcome at this church. We are a local body of the Lord Jesus Christ. As you spend time with us, you’ll soon discover we’re an imperfect church, with an imperfect pastor, yet by God’s undeserved grace, we preach, believe, and know the perfect gospel of our never-failing Lord Jesus Christ. We call His name Jesus for He shall, (not might, not maybe) but shall save His people from their sins, and every sinner that trusts in Christ is complete in Him, saved to the uttermost” HEBREWS 7:25

                             (copied)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

OPENING HYMN                  THERE IS A FOUNTAIN         PAGE 196

SCRIPTURE READING                                                          PSALMS 101

MIKE LOVELESS SPECIAL MUSIC


                                           PASTOR NORM WELLS


CLOSING HYMN     THE CHURCH IS ON FOUNDATION     PAGE 277

 

“Children of God, the paths of our lives are well ordered; for they are ordered by our heavenly Father, who is too wise to err, too strong to fail, and too good to do wrong.”                 

                                                                                                 Don Fortner   


       “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the Book widens and deepens with our years.”

                                                                                   Charles H Spurgeon


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF GOD’S SON?

     In a very short time for some of us, not very long for any of us, and it could be today for all of us! We are going to be called to stand before our great Creator, Sustainer, Benefactor, and holy Judge, the God of the Bible.  I assure you that in that solemn hour those things which men and women hold dearest to their hearts will be of no importance to them whatsoever!  In that solemn hour of judgment, it will not matter whether one has black or white skin, whether one is educated or uneducated, whether one is a king or a slave, rich or poor.  Whether one is accepted or rejected of God, whether one spends eternity in heaven or hell, that will be the only thing that matters in that dreadful hour; and that hinges upon one thing and one thing only – WHAT ONE THINKS OF GOD’S SON, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!  What do you think of the Lord Jesus Christ?  What is HE to YOU?  What is HE to YOU, right now? Unless the Lord Jesus is everything to you now, He will be nothing to you in that day.  Unless He, to you, is a sovereign, sufficient, suitable, successful, satisfied Savior, then you have missed Him!  You have no Savior! Modern religion’s would-be, trying-to-be, hope-to-be savior is no savior at all!  He is merely a figment of carnal man’s sinful imagination!  They have created a little pigmy Jesus who is subject to their supposed free wills, so they can glory in what they LET him do for them.      

     True believers joyfully and thankfully acknowledge and publicly confess that “Salvation is of the Lord.”  They love the truth of the following verse:  “But OF GOD are ye in Christ Jesus, who OF GOD is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption; that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the LORD” (I Corinthians 1:30, 31).  The apostle Paul said of believers, “We are the circumcision which worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). Believers say, “God quickened me, called me, converted me, and keeps me by His almighty grace.  All of my faith, trust, confidence and hope are OF HIM, and IN HIM!”  My “Salvation,” first to last, “is of the Lord.”

                                                                                         Maurice Montgomery


The sovereignty of God is the stumbling block on which thousands fall and perish; and if we go contending with God about His sovereignty it will be our eternal ruin. It is absolutely necessary that we should submit to God as an absolute Sovereign, and the Sovereign of our souls; as One who may have mercy on whom He will have mercy and harden whom He will.   
                                                                                  Jonathan Edwards