WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, August 2, 2015
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
“His Name Is Wonderful” Page 101
Psalm 107:23 - 43
“A Shelter In The Time Of Storm” Page 353
“From Every Stormy Wind That Blows” Duet by
Donna Anderson and Shirley Jukich - Judy Harmon, Pianist
“The Bringing In Of A Better Hope”
“The Solid Rock” Page 404
“The Bringing In of a Better Hope”
There is no hope in the law, because the law provides no perfection. There is no peace in the law, because the law can only condemn. But the gospel gives us a better hope than could ever be found in the law. That hope is “a good hope’, – “a blessed hope”, – a hope that “maketh not ashamed”, because that hope is Christ! Blessed is that person who has learned to look to Christ alone for the whole of God’s salvation, the whole of his acceptance with the holy Lord God.
The whole of our acceptance with God is in Christ. It is the Person and work of Christ alone, which makes us acceptable and accepted with the thrice holy Lord God.
The whole of our assurance before God is in Christ. Be sure you understand this. Our relationship with God does, in great measure, determine what we do; but what we do does not in any way, or to any degree, affect our relationship with our God.
The whole of our security in grace is in Christ. We are in Christ. We are accepted, because Christ is accepted. We are secure, because Christ is secure. We are holy, because he is holy. We have no sin, because he has no sin. He put away our sins. Therefore, God will not charge his elect with sin, at any time, or for any reason (Rom. 8:33).
“Near, so very near to God, Nearer I cannot be,
For in the person of His Son I am as near as He.
Dear, so very dear to God, Dearer I cannot be,
For in the person of His Son I am as dear as He!”
Excerpt from Pastor Don Fortner’s Book, Discovering Christ In Hebrews
“There is therefore now no condemnation.”
“Come, my soul, think thou of this. Believing in Jesus, thou art actually and effectually cleared from guilt; thou art led out of thy prison. Thou art no more in fetters as a bond-slave; thou art delivered now from the bondage of the law; thou art freed from sin, and canst walk at large as a freeman; thy Saviour’s blood has procured thy full discharge. Thou hast a right now to approach thy Father’s throne. No flames of vengeance are there to scare thee now; no fiery sword; justice cannot smite the innocent. Thy disabilities are taken away: thou wast once unable to see thy Father’s face: thou canst see it now. Thou couldst not speak with him: but now thou hast access with boldness. Once there was a fear of hell upon thee; but thou hast no fear of it now, for how can there be punishment for the guiltless? He who believeth is not condemned, and cannot be punished. And more than all, the privileges thou mightst have enjoyed, if thou hadst never sinned, are thine now that thou art justified. All the blessings which thou wouldst have had if thou hadst kept the law, and more, are thine, because Christ has kept it for thee. All the love and the acceptance which perfect obedience could have obtained of God, belong to thee, because Christ was perfectly obedient on thy behalf, and hath imputed all his merits to thy account, that thou mightst be exceeding rich through him, who for thy sake became exceeding poor. Oh! how great the debt of love and gratitude thou owest to thy Saviour!”
‘A debtor to mercy alone,
Of covenant mercy I sing;
Nor fear with thy righteousness on,
My person and offerings to bring:
The terrors of law and of God,
With me can have nothing to do;
My Saviour’s obedience and blood
Hide all my transgressions from view.’
--C. H. Spurgeon
- Our monthly Fellowship Dinner is scheduled for this afternoon following our morning worship service. Please join us.
- During our afternoon worship service, following our fellowship dinner, we will come to The Lord’s Table (DV).
- Our worship service for this evening has been cancelled.
- Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is scheduled for next Sunday evening.
***** Cleaning duty this week: Don and Shirley Jukich
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Genesis 22 Psalm 16 Matthew 19
Genesis 23 Psalm 17 Matthew 20
Genesis 24 Psalm 18 Matthew 21
Acts 16 Acts 17 Acts 18
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“We read in verse 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”. But who are these that receive, who are these that believe? They are, as it states, the ones who are “given”. All of Gods children will receive Him, and will believe on his name, for we are GIVEN the power to become the sons of God. We were of God before the foundation of the world in Christ, but our wicked and rebellious hearts would not receive him, nor would our unregenerate heart believe on his name. Those who are of God are given a new heart, they are born again in the day of His power. With this new heart comes the power from God to become sons of God. So we read in verse 13, “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” It is either all of GOD, or not of GOD at all.”
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“The Scriptures plainly say, ‘He that believeth on the Son of God hath eternal life.’ I plan to leave it right there--adding nothing and taking nothing away. Jesus Christ is the all-sufficient Saviour, and he that believes on Him is not condemned. I also add that this matter of justification by faith is the article by which a church, a minister, or a professor of Christianity stands or falls. There is no bridge between MERIT and MERCY. They are as far apart as the poles and never the twain shall meet.
Pastor Henry Mahan
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“When you as a truly convicted sinner come to the God of all grace for salvation, you must bring nothing but Christ. You must plead His shed blood and imputed righteousness as your one and only ground of grace and mercy. Any ingredients, previous qualifications, or preparations will corrupt faith and cancel true repentance. God the Holy Spirit brings sinners to God with nothing else to plead but Christ and Him crucified.”
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NO OTHER SAVIOUR
“There is no other SAVIOUR but CHRIST to look to, no other MEDIATOR between God and men to make use of, no other PHYSICIAN of value for diseased and sin-sick souls to apply unto, no other FOUNTAIN but His blood for polluted souls to wash in and be cleansed, no other CITY OF REFUGE or stronghold for souls sensible of danger to flee unto and be safe, no other to come to as BREAD OF LIFE where hungry souls may be fed, no other PLACE OF REST for those that are weary and heavy laden, nor is there ANY OTHER where there is plenty of all grace and security from every enemy, as in HIM; and therefore, to who can they recourse, BUT TO HIM?”
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“A man will arrive at right doctrine through the knowledge of Christ; but it is possible for him to know orthodox doctrine and yet not know Christ. The gospel is not a collection of dry doctrines; but is the revelation of a living, merciful and ever-present Lord.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
SALVATION IS RECEIVED – NOT BOUGHT, EARNED, OR MERITED
“If you buy something, you purchased it. If you earn something, you worked for it. If you deserve something, then you merited it. But when you receive something, it was a free gift. Our free gift is grace and faith in Christ, even the salvation of our souls.”
Pastor David Eddmenson
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“God's righteousness is received by trusting in His Son. It is not a righteousness which we earn but a righteousness which we receive as a gift. The means of receiving it is faith, which is a gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"). God imputes that righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ to every person who trusts in His Son. Therefore, as far as God is concerned, that person who believes in His Son is perfect in that He has imputed to him the righteousness of the Lord Jesus. This is what salvation really is. It is not just escaping hell's heat and going to heaven. It is being made perfect in the eyes and presence of God through faith in His Son, Who lived a perfect life and died a substitutionary death. He alone bore the penalty of our sins; therefore, we will not bear it.”
Brother Scott Richardson
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“I have no doubt that self-righteousness is the greatest problem we have. It is not our sin that keeps us from Christ. It is our righteousness. This is the most deceptive of all sins! The deceit of this sin is so subtle, that we can even commit a sin, and comfort ourselves by thinking, ‘At least that is not as bad as self-righteousness’, thus making our sin a ground of righteousness! The sin of self-righteousness will attack us from every angle!”
Pastor Todd Nibert