WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, January 3, 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
“I Will Praise Him” Page 525
Psalm 119:161 - 176
“There Is A Fountain” Page 196
To be announced.
“A More Excellent Sacrifice”
“I Will Sing Of My Redeemer” Page 506
An Act of Faith
“Abel’s sacrifice was superior to Cain’s because Abel’s sacrifice was a sacrifice of faith looking to Christ. He offered the kind of sacrifice God required and because he offered his blood sacrifice upon the altar of God as an act of faith. Abel looked through his sacrifice to the sacrifice of Christ. -- Cain, in his sacrifice, looked only to himself and his works. Abel’s sacrifice was a lamb, a type of Christ, the Lamb of God. Abel offered the Lord a firstling of the flock, a picture of Christ who is the firstborn of every creature. He also offered the fat of the lamb, or one of the fattest of his flock, which speaks of the excellence of Christ. His sacrifice was offered up, ‘in the process of time’ (at the end of days), as Christ came ‘in due time’, ‘when the fulness of time was come’, in the end of the world, ‘to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.’ The Lord God accepted Abel’s sacrifice, ‘had respect’ to it, and rejected Cain’s sacrifice.
Abel’s sacrifice of faith was the response of his heart to the Word of God. Faith in Christ presupposes divine revelation. I said, we must not infer, because Adam is not mentioned in this chapter, that he was an unbeliever. There are many reasons for believing otherwise. One reason is this: ‘Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God’ (Rom. 10:17). Abel learned the gospel from someone. He did not come up with the idea of blood atonement by a whim of his mind. Abel learned how to worship God from his father. The Word of God is always operative in the conversion of sinners, in the worship of God, and in faith. Faith is the response of the heart to the Word of God (Rom. 1:15 - 17; 1 Cor. 1:21 - 23; Heb. 4:12; James 1:18; 1Peter 1:23 - 25).
The Lord God revealed four specific things to Adam and Eve in the garden that are clearly manifest in Abel’s worship (Gen. 3:15 - 21). (1.) In order for a sinner to stand accepted before the thrice holy God he must have a covering. – The Righteousness of Christ! (2.) That which is of human manufacture (fig leaves) is worthless before the Lord. (3.) God himself must provide the covering (righteousness) for us. The sinner’s only righteousness before God is the righteousness God gives by imputation. (4.) The covering God requires can only be obtained by death. -- By Blood-Shedding. – The Blood Of An Innocent Victim!”
Discovering Christ in Hebrews by Pastor Don Fortner (Excerpt)
“A More Excellent Sacrifice” (Hebrews 11:4).
THERE CANNOT BE “A More Excellent Sacrifice” than Jesus Christ. By His supreme sacrifice,, Jesus Christ, by Himself, purged the sins of His promised children from God’s sight forever (Heb. 1:3; 10:14 - 17). By the shedding of His own precious blood, Jesus Christ “obtained eternal redemption” for His own chosen people (Heb. 9:12; Eph. 1:3 - 7). And that’s what Abel’s offering typified. In the sacrificial lamb he offered to God, Abel, through the eye of God-given faith, saw the promised Messiah that was to come. He saw Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who would take away the sins of His people by the supreme sacrifice of Himself.
Abel’s faith was not blind faith; not a leap in the dark. “.. faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17). God Himself taught Adam the truths of the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. As God’s ordained instrument, Adam taught both Cain and Abel that the only way a sinner could approach God was through the death of a sacrificial lamb. And faith to see Jesus Christ, God’s Lamb, typified in that bloody sacrifice. “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.”
Cain heard the same Gospel message that his brother, Abel, heard. But it did not profit him because what he heard was not mixed with faith (Heb. 4:2). When Cain tried to approach God with the sinful works of his own hands, he was manifesting sinful hatred for God, and sinful hatred for Jesus Christ, God’s sacrificial Lamb that was to come.
Cain typifies all false religionists who try to approach God by the sinful works of their own hands. They deceive themselves into thinking God will accept them because they have been baptized; or because they meet on Saturday; or because they belong to a certain religious organization; or because they have made a decision for Jesus. Like Cain, they have no faith to believe God; to believe that the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ sanctified and perfected for ever those He laid down His life for (Heb. 10:9 - 14).
Abel typifies every believer, all who receive the gift of faith under the preaching of the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. Grace makes the difference. All who are saved by God’s Sovereign Grace look to Jesus Christ, and only to Jesus Christ, for acceptance before God. Once again, THERE CANNOT BE “A More Excellent Sacrifice” than Jesus Christ because God our Father accepted that sacrifice. And when He did, God accepted His people who were in Him (Eph. 1:6).
- Our Fellowship Dinner, that was scheduled for today, has been cancelled.
- We will come to The Lord’s Table during our worship service this afternoon, after a time of fellowship following this morning’s worship service.
- Our worship service for this evening has been cancelled.
- Our Friday Night Bible Study will reconvene this Friday night commencing at 7:30 PM.
- Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is scheduled for next Sunday evening.
- In preparation for our winter conference, a Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16, commencing at 9:00 AM.
**** Cleaning duty this week: Trevor Garlock and Anna Jayne ****
Our 25th Annual Winter Conference is almost here.
Friday, January 29
7:00 PM Pastor Rick Warta
8:00 PM Pastor Don Fortner
Saturday, January 30
11:00 AM Pastor Gene Harmon
6:30 PM Brother John Reeves
7:30 PM Pastor Don Fortner
Sunday, January 31
10:00 AM Brother Michael Smith
11:00 AM Pastor Don Fortner
“Grace does not require cooperation from the sinner. Grace creates cooperation in the sinner.”
Pastor Don Fortner
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“As long as you live, beware of a religion in which there is not much of the cross. We live in a time when the warning is sadly needful. Beware; I say again, of a religion without the death of Christ, the blood of Christ, the vital doctrine of the atonement of Christ, this is a false religion.
Pastor Terry Worthan
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“By faith Abel offeered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain” (Hebrews 11:4).
“The superior excellency of Abel's sacrifice to Cain's, lay both in the matter, and in the manner of it; the one was offered heartily to the Lord, the other only in show; the one was offered in faith, the other not; Abel looked through his sacrifice to the sacrifice of Christ, not so Cain. Abel's sacrifice was a lamb, a type of Christ, the Lamb of God; a firstling, a figure of him who is the firstborn of every creature; one of the fattest of his flock, expressive of the excellency of Christ; and this was offered up at the end of days, as Christ at the end of the world; and the superior excellency of the sacrifice of the one to that of the other, appears from God's regard to the one, and not to the other, (Gen. 4:3); from whence it may be observed, that sacrifices were of divine institution, and were very early types of Christ; and that there always were two sorts of worshippers, spiritual and carnal ones, whom God can distinguish, for he seeth not as man seeth; that the acceptance of persons is in Christ, and is previous to their offerings; that whatsoever works do not spring from faith are unacceptable to God; that no dependence is to be had on birth privileges, or outward actions; and that electing and distinguishing grace very early took place, and appeared. “
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# “In Gen. 3:15; Gen. 3:21 we have the first Gospel sermon which was ever preached on this earth, and that, by the Lord Himself. Life must come out of death. Cain and Abel, and the whole human race, sinned in Adam (Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:18 - 19), and the wages of sin is death, penal death. Either I must pay those wages and suffer that death, or another — an innocent one, on whom death has no claim — must pay those wages in my stead. And in order to my receiving the benefit of that Substitute’s compassion, there must be a link of contact between me and him. Faith it is which unites to Christ. Saving faith, then, in its simplest form, is the placing of a Substitute between my guilty self and a sin-hating God.”
– A. W. Pink
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God said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy. ... So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy” (Romans 9:15 - 16).
“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”
“Abel offered the sacrifice of blood because he believed God! Abel, by nature, was not more excellent than Cain; but his sacrifice was because it typified and pointed to Christ. It was a lamb, the firstling of the flock; it died and shed its blood. Cain's offering was one of works which had no reference to Christ at all. Abel was not righteous by nature, nor by his faith, but by Christ to whom his offering looked.
He received the witness of this acceptance in his conscience by the Spirit of God. He is dead, but his faith and example are yet spoken of. In these two men the world's two religions are pictured –salvation by Christ or salvation by human works! (Genesis 4:3 - 5.).”
Except from Pastor Henry Mahan’s Bible Class Commentary on Hebrews
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“... The Lord had respect unto Abel, and his offering: but unto Cain, and to his offering he had not respect (Gen. 4:3; Gen. 4:5). Now we should not have known, with that clearness we now do, through divine teaching, what made the vast difference in those men, and the Lord’s different acceptance of their Persons and offerings; but from God the Spirit’s teaching, in this holy scripture. But when the Lord saith, that it was by faith Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, we discover the reason. Abel had an eye, by faith, to Christ, the Promised Seed. Abel knew himself to be a sinner, sprung from the fallen race of Adam, and therefore came with the firstlings of his flock, in token of his conscious sin, and that he looked wholly for acceptance in the blood of Christ. Cain in his offering, had respect only to God as a Creator, neither confessing himself as a sinner, or as one needing a Redeemer; and, therefore, was the first Deist the world ever knew. Hence the Lord had respect to Abel and his offering; but to Cain, he had not respect. Hence also, the blessed testimony here given, by the Holy Ghost to Abel, and the rejection of Cain. And though so many ages have passed since those events took place, yet are they still in relation before us. Abel, though dead, yet speaketh.”