WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, January 10, 2016
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
“The Church’s One Foundation” Page 277
To be announced.
“The Testimony of a True Believer”
“Calvary Covers It All” Page 189
‘How can I please and honor God?’
“Every believer is concerned about this question. I do not think it is beyond reason or revelation to say that this is the heart and desire of every child of God. While we live in this world, we want to please and honor the God of all grace. Is there any clear, biblical answer to this question: ‘How can I please and honor God?'
Many tell us that in order to please God we must physically separate ourselves from the world. Every believer understands that God’s children are to be separate and distinct from the unbelieving world. We live by principles, motives and desires that the world can never comprehend. But if all it takes to please God is to alter our dress code, change our outward habits and live in seclusion from the world then anyone can please him. It takes only self-discipline, not grace. Moralists and monks have been doing these things for centuries.
Others tell us that to honor God we must live by the law of God. It is true, if anyone could live by the law, God would be pleased with him, for that man would live in sinlessness and righteousness. He would be a perfect man. But God can never be pleased with a mere attempt to live by the law, no matter how sincere that man may be who tries to do so.
Some tell us that the way to please and honor God is to live a holy life. That would be a great thing. But who can do it? Of course, everyone has his own standards of holiness. Some even think they really do live in holiness. But the only true standard of holiness is God himself’. When holiness is understood, we see the utter futility of trying to perform holiness for ourselves.
We do not need to search for an answer to this question: ‘How can I please and honor God?’ We need not be confused by the confused opinions of men. The Lord has not left us in darkness. We please God and honor God by faith. All who believe Christ, trusting his righteousness, his blood, his providence, his grace and his intercession please and honor God, for God is pleased with his Son.”
From Pastor Don Fortner’s Book, “Grace For Today”
A Good Reason to Believe
Come; for all things are now ready. —Luke 14:17
“Why should you come to Christ for salvation? Why should you forsake all of your religion righteousness, personal merit, supposed goodness, and trust Christ alone for all of your acceptance with God? I will give you one, very strong, compelling reason to believe on God’s Son—a reason with which you cannot argue, one that will render you a thousand times more inexcusable than you already are. Come to Christ. Why? Because all things are now ready! There is nothing left for you to do! Christ has done it all! ALL THINGS are now ready! Not some things! Not most things! But all things necessary for your everlasting salvation has been graciously prepared and freely provided by God in Christ Jesus the Lord! Is that good news or what? God almighty is not looking for men to add to his finished salvation. He is not asking men to do anything or bring anything to the table. He is tenderly calling us to stop doing, to sit down at the Gospel Table, and gratefully receive what he has freely prepared. My friend, hear what God is saying to you. Stop slaving in the kitchen of religion! Stop steaming your own righteousness! Stop stirring Esau’s pottage! Salvation is not a potluck! Everyone does not bring their own dish. If we would be saved, we must recognize that all things are now ready! If all things are now ready, then what can we possibly bring to the table? There is no room on God’s table for tainted dishes made by men. The Lord Jesus has taken care of everything. He obeyed God in the stead of guilty men—that’s the only righteousness men need! He put away sin by the sacrifice of himself—that’s the only atonement that sinners need! He died that sinners might live—that’s all the satisfaction that God requires! Come, my fellow sinner, and dine with me by faith at God’s table of Grace; for all things are now ready.”
Pastor Frank Hall
“.. We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do” (Luke 17:10).
WHY? Why are we still unprofitable servants if we have done that which was our duty to do? Because it is not what the sinner has done that earns him favor with God, but what Jesus Christ has done for the sinner. True saving faith rests only in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
- Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is scheduled for this evening, commencing at 6:30 PM.
- A Work Day is scheduled for next Saturday commencing at 9:00 AM.
- We will come to The Lord’s Table during our worship service next Sunday evening (DV).
**** Cleaning duty this week: Russ Davis and Michael Smith ***
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Exodus 32 Psalm 76 John 11
Exodus 33 Psalm 77 John 12
Exodus 34 Psalm 78 John 13
Galatians 3 Galatians 4 Galatians 5
God’s children are not ordained to eternal life because they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in Him, and embrace His glorious Gospel, because God Himself ordained us to eternal life (Acts 13:48).
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Delighting God’s Will”
“I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalms 40:8)
“When God does a work of grace in a chosen sinner’s heart they will delight to do His will. You won’t have to entice them to come to worship faithfully…they will come! You will not have to beg them to give and support the gospel…they will give! You will not have to preach message after message on loving one another…they will love! God’s people find God’s will a delight because God has written His law within their hearts.”
Pastor David Eddmenson
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“It is faith that muzzles the mouth of death, and takes away the power of the sepulcher. If any man, who had not been a believer, had been translated as Enoch was, we should have been able to point to a great feat accomplished apart from faith. It has never been so; for this, which was one of the greatest things that was ever done, — to leap from this life into another, and to overleap the grave altogether, — was only achieved by faith.”
- C. H. Spurgeon
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“Who being past feeling have given themselves over . . .” (Eph. 4:19)
“What a horrible state to be in . . . past feeling, incapable of feeling, without any emotion, indifferent and unmoved by the Word of God. All believers get into a bad state; all go through spiritual drought and coldness. But to remain lukewarm, to reach a state of being past feeling is to be reprobate and apostate.
The Word of God is heavenly music to the ears of those given ears to hear. It is at times a joyful sound which causes them to dance with joy, and at other times a mournful tune, which causes them to lament (Matt.11:17). It is a savour of life to life, that is, those who are alive respond to it. But alas, it is also a savour of death to death, that is, those who are spiritually dead do not respond to it. And the sad thing is, the one who is past feeling does not know it, nor will they mourn over it and call upon God to deliver them from it.
If you find yourself cold, unmoved, without emotion when the Word of God is preached . . . if you feel cold and feel dead . . . there is still hope. Where there is feeling, there is life! You are not yet past feeling. We are certainly not saved by feelings, nor should our feelings be our assurance or lack of it, but as living flesh has its sense of feeling, so does the living spirit of the believer. It is that new creature, that babe, which causes him to cry, laugh, mourn and rejoice when the quickening (enlivening) Word of God is preached. So. . . if and when we find ourselves without response to the life giving sound of God’s Word, CRY unto God to quicken you, to break your heart again, to warm your spirit, to restore unto you the joy of His salvation. How terrible to be past feeling!”
Pastor Paul Mahan
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Heb. 11:5. Enoch was caught up to heaven, not temporarily as Paul, but like Elijah, there to continue. He was changed from mortality to immortality without dying. Several things are seen here:
- The close relationship between this life and glory. He walked with God on earth, and one day he didn't return. God took him to glory (Philip. 1:21-23; 2Cor. 5:1-8).
- Old Testament believers knew, expected, and enjoyed eternal life through faith, just as we do (Rom. 4:3).
- He went to heaven as some shall at the coming of Christ, without dying (1Cor. 15:51 - 52).
- The resurrection of all believers is shown. He went to glory body and soul! (1Thess 4:13 - 18; 1Cor. 15:42 - 44.)
Enoch walked with God in faith! It is faith that pleases God (John 6:28 - 29). Excerpt From Pastor Henry Mahan’s
Bible Class Commentary on Hebrews
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The Testimony of a True Believer
Because they do not have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in them, unregenerate men and women CANNOT give any testimony pleases God. WHY? Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). Enoch had this testimony, he pleased God (Heb. 11:5). Our Lord Jesus is the one who created true saving faith in Enoch. That was God’s doings, and any thing God does pleases Him! Enoch’s testimony did not draw attention to himself, nor to anything he had done in the flesh. That would not have been a true testimony, and that would not have pleased God.
So it is with every true believer. We echo the words of Paul the apostle: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: ..” (Rom. 7:18). “.. by the grace of God I am what I am: ..” (1 Cor. 15:10). The Testimony of a True Believer will always give a true confession of our spiritually dead, helpless and hopeless, lost condition before we experienced the miracle of the new birth. With unspeakable joy we praise our Heavenly Father for choosing us in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:3 - 4); praise Jesus Christ our Saviour for obtaining eternal redemption for us by the supreme sacrifice of Himself; praise God the Holy Spirit for giving us eternal life under the preaching of His Gospel. We confess those truths in believer’s baptism. And, for the glory of our Lord Jesus, we confess our faith to others as we have the opportunity.