WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, August 30, 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
“Praise Him! Praise Him! Page 106
“Holy, Holy, Holy” Page 262
To be announced.
“The Judgment of God Upon Israel”
Message by Michael Smith
“To God Be The Glory” Page 66
‘How shall they believe in him of whom they leave not heard?’ --Romans 10:14--
“A few months ago, I listened very carefully to one of America’s most well known fundamentalist preachers. On his nationwide television broadcast he was talking about his ‘salvation experience’, and this is what he said: ‘When I got saved, I did not know anything at all about the Bible, I could not quote one verse of Scripture, and I did not know anything at all about the lordship of Christ; I simply believed that there was somebody in heaven who loved me and would forgive me of my sins.’ His testimony, I am sure, was true to his experience. It reflects the essence of ‘easy-believism’ and ‘decisionism’.
But in the text quoted above, and in the whole context of Romans chapter 10, Paul tells us that true faith and true salvation come as the result of knowledge. Do not misunderstand me, I do not suggest that you must become a theologian to be saved, or that you can obtain salvation by your own mental powers, but I do say that where there is no knowledge of the gospel there is no true saving faith.
It is not enough simply to believe; you must believe what God reveals in his Word. In order to believe on Christ, you must know something about Christ. You must know who he is. He is the God-man, the Lord of glory. Salvation begins with a knowledge of Christ’s lordship. Everywhere in the New Testament men and women sought mercy from the hands of the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not possible for me to trust Christ as the all-sufficient Savior of my everlasting soul until I know who he is, the Lord Jesus Christ. And you must know what the Lord Jesus Christ has done. Being both God and man, by his one great sacrifice, through the shedding of his blood unto death, the Lord Jesus Christ has put away all the sins of all who trust him, and now the risen exalted Christ reigns in heaven to save sinners. This saving knowledge that produces faith comes by divine revelation through the preaching of the gospel. Anyone who is totally ignorant of the gospel cannot believe the gospel.”
Excerpt from Pastor Don Fortner’s devotional book, “Grace For Today”
“Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee.” --Isaiah 41:9--
“If we have received the grace of God in our hearts, its practical effect has been to make us God’s servants. We may be unfaithful servants, we certainly are unprofitable ones, but yet, blessed be his name, we are his servants, wearing his livery, feeding at his table, and obeying his commands. We were once the servants of sin, but he who made us free has now taken us into his family and taught us obedience to his will. We do not serve our Master perfectly, but we would if we could. As we hear God’s voice saying unto us, ‘Thou art my servant’, we can answer with David, ‘I am thy servant; thou hast loosed my bonds’. But the Lord calls us not only his servants, but his chosen ones—‘I have chosen thee’. We have not chosen him first, but he hath chosen us. If we be God’s servants, we were not always so; to sovereign grace the change must be ascribed. The eye of sovereignty singled us out, and the voice of unchanging grace declared, ‘I have loved thee with an everlasting love.’ Long ere time began or space was created God had written upon his heart the names of his elect people, had predestinated them to be conformed unto the image of his Son, and ordained them heirs of all the fulness of his love, his grace, and his glory. What comfort is here! Has the Lord loved us so long, and will he yet cast us away? He knew how stiffnecked we should be; he understood that our hearts were evil, and yet he made the choice. Ah! our Saviour is no fickle lover. He doth not feel enchanted for awhile with some gleams of beauty from his church’s eye, and then afterwards cast her off because of her unfaithfulness. Nay, he married her in old eternity; and it is written of Jehovah, ‘He hateth putting away.’ The eternal choice is a bond upon our gratitude and upon his faithfulness which neither can disown.”
--C. H. Spurgeon
- Our pastor and his wife are on an extended trip to Tennessee and Kentucky. Please pray that our Lord Jesus might be pleased to give them journey mercies as they travel. Brother Michael Smith will be preaching in our pastor’s absence. Please keep him in your prayers as well.
- Until our pastor and his wife return from their trip, our Sunday evening worship services, and our Friday Night Bible studies, have been cancelled.
***** Cleaning duty this week: Don and Shirley Jukich *****
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Genesis 34 Psalm 28 Mark 3
Genesis 35 Psalm 29 Mark 4
Genesis 36 Psalm 30 Mark 5
Acts 28 Romans 1 Romans 2
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“A discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).
God our Father has committed ALL JUDGMENT unto His Son, Jesus Christ the exalted God-man. All of us MUST appear before His judgment seat. And all the judgments of Jesus Christ, who is the true and living God, are true and righteous (Rev. 16:7). Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Saviour, knows what we really believe because He is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. He knows if our faith and our trust is only in Him, or if we believe that we have done something, coupled with what He has done, that has earned God‘s favor.
Brethren, there is no condemnation (no judgment) to them which are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:10. Those who are in Christ receive a full pardon from God the Father because Jesus Christ, by the supreme sacrifice of Himself, obtained eternal redemption for them (Heb. 9:12; 10:14; Eph. 4:32). When God the Holy Spirit enlightens the minds of His chosen, blood-bought children to the truths of His Glorious Gospel, we renounce all works of the flesh, and trust only in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us. Pastor
“It is not possible to overstate anything revealed in Holy Scripture. When the Bible says “God has mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth,” that is what it means. When God says “Christ was made sin,” that is what he means. When the Book of God declares “We are made the righteousness of God in Christ,” that is what it means. — These blessed Gospel revelations cannot be overstated. Rather, they are only perverted when understated or altered to mean something else.”
Pastor Don Fortner
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“Some people love the doctrine of universal atonement because, they say, “It is so beautiful. It is a lovely idea that Christ should die for all people on the earth.” They say, “Universal atonement commends itself to the instincts of human nature; there is something in it that is beautiful.” I admit there are some times when beauty may be associated with error; but while natural men admire the doctrine of universal atonement, I will show you what such a supposition involves.
- If Christ on the cross intended to save every person by His death, then He intended to save people who were already dead and in eternal condemnation; for there were myriads already cast away because of their sins for which (you say) He died.
- If it were our Lord’s intention to save all people, how deplorably has He been disappointed; for we have His own testimony, ‘Broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and MANY THERE BE WHICH GO IN THERE AT.’
- To imagine for a moment that our Lord was the substitute for the sins of all men and that God, the Father, having poured out His wrath on their substitute, afterwards will punish the sinners themselves for the same sins for which Christ died, seems to conflict with ideas of divine justice. In fact, to hold that Christ offered an atonement and satisfaction for the sins of all men, and that some of those people will be condemned for those same sins, appears to be monstrous inequity! God forbid that we should attribute such conduct to our just and wise God!”
--C. H. Spurgeon
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"The righteousness of God," i.e., a righteousness of God's completing, a righteousness of God's bestowing, a righteousness that God gives unto and puts upon all them that believe, a righteousness that stands in the works of Christ and that is imputed both by the grace and justice of God. This righteousness by which we stand just before God, from the curse, was performed long ago by the person of Christ
-- John Bunyan
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WE ARE WHAT WE ARE
“We are not desirous of honor, esteem and applause from men, for we are what we are by the grace of God. God can take away what we have as easily as He gave it. We do not despise and provoke one another with our piety; nor do we want to appear wiser, richer in grace, nor more gifted than others; for we are less than the least of the saints. Nor do we envy the gifts, abilities, or grace of another. God will enlighten us, equip us, and bless us as He sees fit to use us.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
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If we admit that God absolutely governs all things according to the counsel of His own will, then we admit that He has determined what shall and what shall not transpire in time and eternity. To deny His universal control of all things, is to deny His eternal power and Godhead. If He has the power and wisdom to determine all events then He can cause all things to work together for good to those who love Him.
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In Psalm 71:17, David spoke these words, "Forsake me not till I have showed thy strength unto this generation and thy power to every one that is to come." Though we can look at these words as spoken concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, yet they were spoken of David and every saint of God. When John Newton was too old and weak to walk up into his pulpit, they carried him. His friends told him he should quit preaching because of his weakness, but he said, "What? Shall the old African blasphemer ever leave off preaching the grace of his Master as long as there is breath in his body? No, never."
Pastor Milton Howard