WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, April 9, 2017
Sunday Morning Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 AM
Sunday Morning Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 AM
Sunday Evening Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 PM
Friday Night Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 PM
“Now I Belong To Jesus” Page 511
“One Day” Page 170
To be announced.
“Jesus, Our Great Deliverer ”
“When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” Page 543
‘That I may know him...’ (Philippians 3:10).
“This was the object of Paul’s life, that for which he sacrificed everything: country, kindred, honor, liberty and life itself. Notice that this was not Paul’s prayer as an unconverted man that he might know Christ and be saved. This is the desire of a saved man, one who enjoyed the full assurance that his sins were pardoned and that he was ‘accepted in the Beloved’. This is the desire of a regenerate soul, ‘that I may know him’.
I am afraid that there are many very religious people who are content to live without knowing Christ. They can say with Paul, ‘that I may win him and be found in him’. That they desire. But this higher aspiration has never stirred their hearts: ‘that I may know him’. They are content to know the history of Christ’s life, the doctrine he taught and the signs of his coming kingdom. These things are all good in their place. But the one thing needful is that we know Christ himself. This is my soul’s desire. I hope that it is yours also, ‘that I may know him’.
- I want to know the glory of Christ’s person, by a personal acquaintance with him.
- I want to know the virtue of Christ’s blood, by experiencing its efficacy.
- I want to know the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings by entering into the suffering of my Substitute with him.
- I want to know the power of Christ’s resurrection, by being raised by him to the newness of life.
- 1 want to know the fullness of Christ’s love, by experiencing and reflecting that love.
- 1 want to know the peace of Christ’s presence, by resting in his love, relying upon his promise and confidently trusting his faithfulness.
- I want to know Christ himself! This is a knowledge that is given to them that believe. It is a spiritual knowledge of Christ that we desire (2Cor. 5:16). The more we know him, the more we see how little we know him. But this I know, to know him is to love him. And soon, we shall see him as he is. Then, oh blessed thought, then, we shall know him!”
Pastor Don Fortner
“He shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.”
“There are times when all the promises and doctrines of the Bible are of no avail, unless a gracious hand shall apply them to us. We are thirsty, but too faint to crawl to the water- brook. When a soldier is wounded in battle it is of little use for him to know that there are those at the hospital who can bind up his wounds, and medicines there to ease all the pains which he now suffers: what he needs is to be carried thither, and to have the remedies applied. It is thus with our souls, and to meet this need there is one, even the Spirit of truth, who takes of the things of Jesus, and applies them to us. Think not that Christ hath placed his joys on heavenly shelves that we may climb up to them for ourselves, but he draws near, and sheds his peace abroad in our hearts. O Christian, if thou art to-night labouring under deep distresses, thy Father does not give thee promises and then leave thee to draw them up from the Word like buckets from a well, but the promises he has written in the Word he will write anew on your heart. He will manifest his love to you, and by his blessed Spirit, dispel your cares and troubles. Be it known unto thee, O mourner, that it is God’s prerogative to wipe every tear from the eye of his people. The good Samaritan did not say, “Here is the wine, and here is the oil for you”; he actually poured in the oil and the wine. So Jesus not only gives you the sweet wine of the promise, but holds the golden chalice to your lips, and pours the life-blood into your mouth. The poor, sick, way-worn pilgrim is not merely strengthened to walk, but he is borne on eagles’ wings. Glorious gospel! which provides everything for the helpless, which draws nigh to us when we cannot reach after it-brings us grace before we seek for grace! Here is as much glory in the giving as in the gift. Happy people who have the Holy Ghost to bring Jesus to them.
--C. H. Spurgeon
- Following this morning’s gospel message, Angie Lesher will get baptized, making a public profession of her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is scheduled for this evening.
- During our worship service next Sunday evening, we will come to The Lord’s Table (DV).
*** Cleaning duty this week: Trevor Garlock and Anna Jayne ***
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
1 Kings 13 Jeremiah 19 Mark 15
1 Kings 14 Jeremiah 20 Mark 16
1 Kings 15 Jeremiah 21 Luke 1
1 Kings 16 Jeremiah 22 Luke 2
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Our Lord Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28). But He also said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44). Those two verses do not contradict each other. There are no contradictions in God’s Holy Word. Under the preaching of the true gospel of God’s grace, when a sinner comes to Jesus Christ in true saving faith, he has experienced the miracle of the new birth. No man, not even the sinner himself, can induce labour. That’s the work of God! Under Holy Spirit conviction, the regenerated sinner is made aware of his sinful condition. It is then that he is heavy laden, and begins to labour within himself, asking the age-old question: “How can man be just with God?” God the Holy Spirit will give the Biblical answer to that question by revealing Jesus Christ as God our Creator who became a man so that He could take care of the sin-debt of His people. By the supreme sacrifice of Himself, Jesus Christ satisfied God’s Holy Justice, enabling God our Father to be just and Justifier of all who believe in the perfect redeeming work of His Darling Son. Reader, have you felt the burden of sin? Have you struggled within yourself, seeking a way to be forgiven of your sins? You will not come to Christ until you feel genuine remorse over your sins. If God has begun that good work in you, nothing can keep you from coming to Christ by God-given faith. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE WORD OF GOD TEACHES!
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“When God chose Jacob and Esau it was before the two had done any good or evil. This is to show us that God electing some to salvation, and God passing by others, is not based on anything in us. It is purely by the free and sovereign grace of God alone that God chooses whom he will. But make no mistake, Jacob’s salvation and Esau’s damnation were each based on a work. Jacob’s salvation was due to Christ’s finished work on Jacob’s behalf. Esau’s damnation was due to the work of Esau who chose a bowl of beans over Christ and the birthright. Election is not by works. But salvation and damnation is. Salvation is a gift to the sinner through Christ’s work. Damnation is a wage earned by the sinner through his own. How do we know this is so? By the word of God, ‘For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ (Romans 6:23).”
Pastor Clay Curtis
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HIS BLOOD ALONE!
“The vital thing to understand about the blood of Christ is this: IT IS ENOUGH! Nothing else is needed to accomplish the salvation of all for whom His blood was shed. Not His blood plus my works; not His blood plus my ‘decision’, not His blood plus the ordinances; not His blood plus church membership; not even His blood plus my faith - His blood purchased my faith. HIS BLOOD ALONE paid the price required by his justice, and His blood alone can make a sinner clean. ‘By His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having OBTAINED (not made possible) eternal redemption for us’ (Hebrews 9:12).”
Pastor Don Bell
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“We are partakers of the heavenly calling because it is from heaven that we are called to Christ, and it is to heaven that we are called.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
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“God, by the wondrous work of his grace, has made heaven-born souls ‘partakers of the divine nature’ (2 Peter 1:4), putting a new nature in us, a new man, ‘created in righteousness and true holiness’ (Ephesians 4:24), that cannot sin, a new man that can do nothing but righteousness (1 John 3:9); and that new man is ‘Christ in you the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:27).”
Pastor Don Fortner
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THE GRACE OF GOD
“Many professing Christians seem to believe that the term ‘by God’s grace’ merely means that God made something available to them, which they by natural wisdom and ability took advantage of; but this is far from the truth. The grace of God, as Arthur Pink once said, ‘is an almighty power, an invincible dynamic, a principle victorious over all resistance.’ When the apostle Paul said, ‘By the grace of God I am what I am’, he did not mean that God merely opened unto him certain avenues of spiritual progression and advancement, which he wisely took advantage of; but rather, he meant that God through His powerful and efficacious grace had changed him from what he was formerly into what he was presently. The grace of God did not merely provide salvation and preach salvation to Saul of Tarsus (later Paul), but brought salvation to him. God stopped his wild, rebellious, religious career of murder (Acts 9:1-8); that’s the grace of God! Paul said, ‘God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ’ (II Cor. 4:6). That’s the grace of God! And wonder of wonders! ALL that God did for Paul was in direct contrast to what he so justly deserved. This is grace indeed—sovereign, amazing triumphant grace.”
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
--Brother Maurice Montgomery
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WHAT THE TRUE CHRISTIAN KNOWS
“The Christian thus learns that if he stands, God must hold him up; if he knows anything aright, God must teach him; if he walks in the way to heaven, God must first put, and afterwards keep him in it; if he has anything, God must give it to him; and that if he does anything, God must work it in him. He now ‘through the law’- that is, through his experience of its killing sentence - ‘is become dead to the law, that he may live unto God.’ He can no longer take a killing letter for a living rule, but is deeply conscious that it is only by being ‘married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that he can bring forth fruit unto God (Romans 7:4). Thus by the presence of God going with him, he becomes separated ‘from all the people that are upon the face of the earth’ (Ex33:16).”
-- J. C. Philpot