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WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH

Sunday Morning, July 26, 2015

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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

   “My Savior’s Love”  (Verses 1, 2, 4 & 5)                        Page 512

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SCRIPTURE READING

     Psalm 107:1 - 22

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OFFERTORY

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WORSHIP HYMN

   “Beneath The Cross of Jesus”                                          Page 183

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SPECIAL MUSIC

     To be announced.      

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Message Title

   “Heirs of Promise” 

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CLOSING HYMN

   “Now I Belong To Jesus”                                                 Page 511

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‘I ... glory ... in the cross’
--Galatians 6:14--

   “With the apostle Paul, I have made it my solemn determination ‘not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified’.  I say, ‘God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ To glory in the cross is to trust the crucified Christ alone as my Savior. To glory in the cross is to live by the cross and for the cross. And to glory in the cross is to proclaim it boldly and constantly. That which is in the eyes of men most offensive and most repugnant, I take to be my glory. The cross of Christ is my one message. I glory in that message with good reason.

1. The cross of Christ is a covenant respected. Before the world began God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit chose a people and agreed to save them upon the condition that a suitable ransom would be found, a ransom that could fully satisfy divine justice. That ransom was found in the voluntary agreement of the Lord Jesus Christ to assume our nature and die in our stead at Calvary.

2. The cross of Christ is a conquest realized. Our Lord did not die at Calvary as the helpless victim of circumstances. He laid down his life as a mighty, conquering King. As he was bringing the death-blow to his enemies and ours he cried, ‘It is finished!’ And by his mighty act of redemption he obtained a mighty conquest. He crushed the serpent’s head, breaking the power of the old dragon’s usurped dominion. He took the sword of justice and swallowed it up in his own heart. He took the enormous load of our sin and made an end of it, establishing everlasting righteousness for us. All of this Christ did for us in our stead. He obtained the victory as our Substitute.

3. The cross of Christ is a compassion revealed. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took our sins upon himself and died in our place upon the cursed tree, because of his great love for us: ‘Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us!’ My heart is constrained by the love of Christ to glory in the cross. I cannot do otherwise.” 

‘Grace For Today’, written by Pastor Don Fortner (Excerpt)

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 “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise”
--Galatians 4:26--

   Isaac was already in the mind and purpose of God when our Lord Jesus promised him to Abraham.  Ishmael, Abraham‘s first son, was also in the mind and purpose of God, but he was not a child of promise.  He was nothing but a product of the flesh, and is used in the Holy Word of God as an illustration of all free-will works religionists, who are nothing but products of the flesh, screaming Ismaels, who mock and persecute God‘s promised children.

   Our Sovereign God, who cannot lie, fulfilled His promise to Abraham.  Sarah conceived and gave birth to Isaac at God‘s appointed time, according to the time of life (Gen. 18:14).  It was virtually impossible, humanly speaking, for Sarah to have a child.  Being ninety years old, Sarah had ceased to be after the manner of women.  Her womb was dead.  This was purposed by our Lord Jesus to make His power known, and to show His promised children that with God all things are possible.

   Gal. 4:28 tells us that we, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.  God our Father promised us to Jesus Christ in the eternal covenant of grace before time began. His elect were in the mind and purpose of God from the foundation of the world.  In our unregenerate state, we were just as dead, spiritually speaking, as Sarah’s womb.  Humanly speaking, it was virtually impossible for us to raise ourselves from that state of spiritual death.  But with God, all things are possible.  He did not break His promise to Abraham, and He will not break His promise to His Darling Son.  Jesus Christ, the Saviour of His people, met all the conditions of the eternal covenant of grace.  He paid the ransom price in full for the sins of all of His promised children. All of us, in our natural state, are dead in trespasses and sins. Every time one of God’s elect is raised from that state of spiritual death, God the Father is fulfilling the promise He made to His Darling Son.  Brethren,  we, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.   Isaac was the heir to all of Abraham’s estate.  As  children of promise, we’re heirs and joint-heirs with Christ.  If we’re in Christ, all things that are His belong to us.  We, as children of promise, have a full inheritance, reserved by God Himself, waiting for us when we get to glory.  What a glorious day to look forward to.  

Pastor

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our monthly Fellowship Dinner is scheduled for next Sunday following our morning worship service.

We will come to The Lord’s Table during our afternoon worship service next Sunday, following our fellowship dinner, Lord willing.

*** Cleaning duty this week:  Russ Davis and Michael Smith  ****

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SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK

Monday                           Wednesday                   Friday

Genesis 19                       Psalm 13                        Matthew 16

Genesis 20                       Psalm 14                        Matthew 17

Genesis 21                       Psalm 15                        Matthew 18

Acts 13                            Acts 14                           Acts 15

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

   A Far-reaching, All-inclusive Work

   “The salvation of a single sinner is a far-reaching, all-inclusive work of the Triune God.  To single out any particular part fails to do justice to the whole miraculous work of grace.

     For example, there is no salvation without election, redemption, calling, hearing, conversion and perseverance.  Sovereign grace is God providentially working all things together for good to those who love God.  Someone asked, What does it take to bring a sinner to Christ?’  The answer is, everything.  Absolutely everything in time and in eternity is what it takes to bring one soul to Christ.  Every action, every word, every previous event has been directed towards that one precise instant of time.  It is a greater work than perhaps any of us yet realize (John 14:12).

     The work of the Holy Spirit in accomplishing the elective purpose of the Father, and applying the redemption blessings of the Son ought not to be overlooked.  Salvation, daily deliverance from sin and security in Christ, is the work of the Holy Spirit just as surely as it is the work of the Father and the Son.” 

Pastor Peter Meney

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 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life (I John 5:11-12).

      “This is the record” declared the apostle John; this is the sum and substance of all that is written and preached.  God out of His pure free grace is pleased to give unto us eternal life.  This life is the spiritual life lost in the fall, life forever free from sin, sorrow and death.  This life is in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  This life is not only purposed in Him, promised through Him, and purchased by Him, but He is that life!  (Colossians 3:4).

     He that has the redeeming Christ, the interceding Christ, the indwelling Christ, has life!” 

Pastor Henry Mahan

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Deliver Him

“Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.”
--Job 33:24--

      “Webster’s dictionary defines the word ‘ransom’ as, ‘a sum of money or other payment demanded or paid for the release of a prisoner’.  It was God that found the Ransom (who is Christ) and it was the Ransom (Christ) that found the child of God.

      The believer rejoices to know that GOD PAID, WHAT GOD DEMANDED, and the sinner was delivered from going down to the pit.  God demanded a ransom and God provided the Ransom that He demanded, and according to the first words of the text, it was all by grace.”

Pastor David Edmondson

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   “The religious man needs to be entertained and impressed by spiritual surroundings. The simpler the service and the more preaching (of Christ), the better the believer likes it; for it is Christ he has come to hear about and worship.”

Pastor Henry Mahan

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Ye WILL NOT come unto me… (John 5:40); 

   “It has already been proved beyond all controversy that free-will is nonsense. . .I will go as far as Martin Luther, in that strong assertion of his, where he says, ‘If any man doth ascribe aught of salvation, even the very least, to the free-will of man, he knoweth nothing of grace, and he hath not learnt Jesus Christ aright.’  It may seem a harsh sentiment; but he who in his soul believes that man does of his own free-will turn to God, cannot have been taught of God, for that is one of the first principles taught us when God begins with us, that we have neither will nor power, but that he gives both; that he is "Alpha and Omega" in the salvation of men.”

--C.  H. Spurgeon

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   “The believer’s object is Christ.  ‘For to me to live is Christ.’  Paul had but one object, ‘Whether we live, we live unto the Lord, and whether we die, we die unto the Lord.’  It is a man’s object (that to which his actions, thoughts, and feelings are directed), not his position, that gives him character, peace, confidence, and standing.  Many people (preachers included) clamor for recognition, praise, and position: and that is natural for one who does not have anything better.  But the believer is -              

                                  ‘Content with beholding His face

                                    My all to His pleasure resigned;

                                    No changes of season or place

                                    Would make any change in my mind

                                    While blest with a sense of His love,

                                    A palace a toy would appear,

                                    And prisons would palaces prove

                                     If Christ would dwell with me there.’

     The more we are in the presence of Him Whom our souls love, the less we can bear to be out of it.”               

--Brother Scott Richardson

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     Let us get our texts, our messages, our words from God.  It is not great talent, great oratory, or great programs that God blesses, but HIS WORD.   A word spoken by you in the power of the Lord; a word from HIS WORD is worth ten thousand words spoken in the energy of the flesh and the wisdom of the flesh.  O, for a message from God in these days!”                                                    

Pastor Henry Mahan