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WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH

Sunday Morning, January 24, 2016

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SCHEDULED MEETINGS

     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

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OPENING HYMN

   “His Name Is Wonderful”                                                Page 101

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SCRIPTURE READING

     Psalm 122

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OFFERTORY

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WORSHIP HYMN

   “All That Thrills My Soul Is Jesus”                                 Page 526

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SPECIAL MUSIC

     To be announced.      

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Message Title

    Constrained by His Love

Message by Brother Michael Smith

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CLOSING HYMN

   “Under His Wings”                                                         Page 356

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‘Salvation is of the Lord!’
--Jonah 2:9--

   “To say that salvation is of the Lord is to say that salvation is in no way dependent upon or determined by man’s works and man’s will.

     Salvation is not the work of man, nor is it a co-operative effort between God and God doing his part and man doing his part. Salvation is the work of God alone. It is altogether the work of his grace. Human works and human merit do not even enter into the picture. It is all of grace — not grace plus baptism, not grace plus church membership, not grace plus works. Grace alone accomplishes salvation. Grace plus anything ceases to be grace. ‘If by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work’ (Romans 11:6). Man’s works can never merit salvation.

     And it is not man’s will that determines who will be saved. Your salvation is not dependent upon your sinful will; it is dependent upon God’s sovereign will. God alone determines whom he will save. He does not even consult, or ask the opinion of man. You are subject to God’s will. God is not subject to your will. He says, ‘I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.   So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy’ (Romans 9:15 - 16). If God has determined to save you by his matchless grace in Christ, you will be saved. He will give you a new heart, a new nature and a new will. You will delightfully come to Christ in true faith in the day of his gracious, saving power. If God has not determined to save you, if he does not send his Spirit to quicken you, give you truth and bring you to Christ, you will never come to Christ, because you will never desire him. My friend, ‘salvation is of the Lord.’  He can be gracious to you, or he can pass you by. He can save you, or he can damn you. It is entirely up to him. You have no claim upon God and you have no control over him.”

From Pastor Don Fortner’s daily devotional book, Grace For Today

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“Yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant.”
--2 Samuel 23:5--

   “This covenant is divine in its origin. ‘He hath made with me an everlasting covenant.’ Oh that great word He! Stop, my soul. God, the everlasting Father, has positively made a covenant with thee; yes, that God who spake the world into existence by a word; he, stooping from his majesty, takes hold of thy hand and makes a covenant with thee. Is it not a deed, the stupendous condescension of which might ravish our hearts forever if we could really understand it? ‘HE hath made with me a covenant.’ A king has not made a covenant with me—that were somewhat; but the Prince of the kings of the earth, Shaddai, the Lord All-sufficient, the Jehovah of ages, the everlasting Elohim, ‘He hath made with ME an everlasting covenant.’ But notice, it is particular in its application. ‘Yet hath he made with ME an everlasting covenant.’ Here lies the sweetness of it to each believer. It is nought for me that he made peace for the world; I want to know whether he made peace for ME!   It is little that he hath made a covenant, I want to know whether he has made a covenant WITH ME. Blessed is the assurance that he hath made a covenant WITH ME! If God the Holy Ghost gives me assurance of this, then his salvation is mine, his heart is mine, he himself is mine—HE IS MY GOD.

     This covenant is everlasting in its duration. An everlasting covenant means a covenant which had no beginning, and which shall never, never end. How sweet amidst all the uncertainties of life, to know that ‘the foundation of the Lord standeth sure’, and to have God’s own promise, ‘My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips’ (Psalm 89:34). Like dying David, I will sing of this, even though my house be not so with God as my heart desireth.”

--C. H. Spurgeon

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • In honor of January Birthday Celebrants, birthday cake will be served in the fellowship hall following this morning’s worship service. Please join us.
  • Our worship service for this evening has been cancelled.
  • Our 25th Annual Sovereign Grace Winter Conference is scheduled to begin this next Friday, Jan. 29, at 7:00 PM.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Friday Evening

   7:00 PM   -   Pastor Rick Warta

   8:00 PM   -   Pastor Don Fortner

Saturday Morning

   11:00 AM   -   Pastor Gene Harmon

Saturday Evening

   6:30 PM   -   Brother John Reeves

   7:30 PM   -   Pastor Don Fortner

Sunday Morning

   10:00 AM   -   Brother Michael Smith

   11:00 AM   -   Pastor Don Fortner

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SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK

Monday                                      Wednesday                           Friday

Exodus 39                         Psalm 82                         John 17

Exodus 40                         Psalm 83                         John 18

Leviticus 1                         Psalm 84                         John 19

Ephesians 3                       Ephesians 4                     Ephesians 5

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

   “When the water was made wine at the marriage feast, the water was not made to look like wine, the water was not made to taste like wine, the water was not treated as though it were wine, and they didn’t put post-it notes on the water pots saying ‘Wine.’ — ‘The water was made wine!’ And when the Son of God was made sin for us, he was not made to look like sin, treated as though he were sin, or merely have sin pasted on him. — He was “made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”       

                     Brother Scott Richardson

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BELIEVERS DO NOT SIT UNDER A FALSE GOSPEL

   “It is a compromise of the gospel and a belittling of the power of the Lord’s hand to save for a man to say that there are believers among those who sit under a false gospel. Not one place in Scripture do we find the Lord saving a person and leaving them under the power and influence of lies. The fact is Scripture declares that Christ brings his sheep out from among the unclean when he calls them by name; they hear his voice and follow him. On the other hand, it is Satan’s mode of operation to sow tares among the wheat; it is wolves who creep in among the sheep unawares; never the other way around.”

Pastor Clay Curtis

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When asked of the ground of hope that the false professor has of salvation, he looks back to some act or experience or inward to some imagined goodness for hope. But the believer only looks outward and upward by faith to Christ and His effectual sacrifice!

- -Copied

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“To bring in everlasting righteousness” (Daniel 9.24)

   “Consider this single accomplishment of the Lord Jesus and you will find a sufficient cause for rest in your hearts, compelling motivation for praise in your heart, and a firm foundation for the hope of life everlasting.

     How hard we have tried, and how useless our efforts have been in creating and maintaining our own righteousness. Truly, our flesh, like all other flesh, is as the grass and flower of the field: no sooner do we manufacture something that looks like righteousness than the winds blow upon it and it withers and dies. What a wearisome task to maintain even the appearance of righteousness, much less the reality of it. But of the several things that were included in the Lord’s triumphant cry, ‘It is finished’, this is the foundation: He has done for eternity what we cannot do for a moment: brought in righteousness. We can rest, for all that is required of us by God has been done for us by the Son of God.”

Pastor Joe Terrell

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“Faith in Christ is NOT TO WORK but to cease from our labor and to rest in Him for all things. Faith in Christ is NOT TO DO ANYTHING, but to believe and own that ALL IS DONE in Him, by Him, and is imputed to us so fully that we are rewarded as if we did it ourselves!”

Pastor Henry Mahan

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“The king hath brought me into His chambers.”
--Song of Solomon 1:4--

   “Come and enter with me into the private chambers of our Lord and let us enjoy the rich, spiritual splendors of our Husband the King. Enter in, child of God, and marvel with me at the ornate, soul cheering luxuries of these gospel chambers. Are his heavenly furnishings, décor, curtains, and tapestries not the most extravagant beauties you have ever seen? They cost a king’s ransom; for the King purchased each one with his own precious blood. Look up, down, and all around, and you will notice that every wall is white, seamless, spotless, and pure. Righteousness is the color of choice in these stately halls. The floors are firm, unshakeable, and clear as crystal — built from the sweat, blood, tears, and labor of the King himself. Do you see the stairs — how shimmering, brilliant, and bright? Each step was quarried from Mount Calvary and is an everlasting memorial to a journey once made by the King that he will never make again; for it was at Calvary that his people crucified him as the unwanted Jesus — ‘KING OF THE JEWS.’ Look there in the corner — do you see that golden chest covered with love and encrusted with glory? That’s where the King keeps his most treasured possession, a precious book that his Father gave to him ages ago — The Lamb’s Book of Life. Long ago, before the earth, moon, and stars adorned the heavens the King’s Father took the sovereign pen of eternal election in his hand and inscribed in everlasting ink the names of a precious few. These are the names of the royal seed, the King’s precious children, those whom he loves, for whom he died, for whom he reigns as King over all. To these elect ones the King sends his Spirit. To them he gives the gift of faith that they too might be brought into these royal chambers and stately halls.”

Pastor Frank Hall