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Sunday Morning, May 8, 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



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



     Psalm 135





   “Who Is On The Lord’s Side?”                                        Page 484



    “It Is Well With My Soul”

     Rescue Baptist Church Ladies Group    -   Judy Harmon, Pianist


Message Title

   “The Reproach of Christ” 



   “Hallelujah, What a Savior!”                                           Page 175


“How that Christ died”
 --1 Corinthians 15:3--

   “The one vital issue of the gospel is this: ‘How that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures’ (1Cor. 15:3).  The gospel is not a declaration of God’s love, which all men delight in.  Neither is it a mere statement of the fact that Christ died upon the cross, which all men can understand.  The gospel reveals the justice of God and the effectual satisfaction of that justice in the sinner’s Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Everyone knows that Christ died on the cross, but few know how he died.

     How did the Son of God come to die the painful, shameful, ignominious death of the cross?  Isaiah tells us that ‘It pleased the Lord to bruise him.’  Christ died according to the eternal purpose and decree of God.  Because he and his Father loved us, the Son of God voluntarily laid down his life for us, according to the will of God (John 10:11; John 10:17-18; Heb. 10:5-14; 1John 3:16; Acts 2:23).

     Why did the Lord of Glory endure such a death for sinners?  When Christ died as the sinner’s Substitute, God made him to be sin and made his soul an offering for sin (2Cor. 5:21; Isa. 53:10).  In order for God to save his elect people, whom he loved with an everlasting love, justice had to be satisfied.  And there was no way for justice to be satisfied without the substitutionary death of the incarnate God in our place (Rom. 3:24-26).

     What are the results of our Lord’s sin-atoning sacrifice?  Isaiah tells us that there are three things which are the sure results of Christ’s substitutionary death (Isa. 53:10).  First, ‘He shall see his seed’.   He shall see all his seed, justified, sanctified and glorified. ‘He shall not fail’ (Isa. 42:4).  ‘He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied’ (Isa. 53:11).  In other words, all of those for whom he died shall live for ever with him in glory.  Second, ‘He shall prolong his days.’ That is to say, though he died for our sins, he lives in glory to make intercession for his redeemed ones.  Third, ‘The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.’  That is to say, he must rule all things as the God-man, our Substitute in glory, to accomplish God’s eternal purpose of grace.”

 Pastor Don Fortner


 “... The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.”
--Romans 15:3--

   “The reproaches which the Lord Jesus had in contemplation when he thus expressed himself, no doubt, in the first, and principal sense, had respect to Jehovah; and which Christ, by the humiliation of himself, and his sacrifice on the cross, came on earth to do away.  The Church of God, as well as the whole of mankind, in the Adam - nature of a fallen state, had reproached God, His holy name, his attributes, his law, his sanctuary; all had been blasphemed, and polluted.  When, therefore, Jesus came to do away sin by the sacrifice of himself; these reproaches were charged upon Christ, as the Church’s representative and surety (Isa. 53:6).  And, it was in the view of this blasphemy and prophanation of the Lord in the temple, which gave occasion for Christ to manifest his zeal for his Father’s honor, when he drave the buyers and sellers before him; and brought to mind to the Apostles this very Scripture(John 2:15 - 17).  But God the Father was also reproached, as well as Christ’s own Person, when He, whom God had declared by a voice from heaven, to be his beloved Son, was charged with blasphemy, a glutton, a winebibber, the friend of publicans and sinners, and as having a devil God was reproached in the first instance in all these, and the reproaches fell also upon Christ.  And all the reproaches of Christ’s people, in their sins and iniquities, which justly became their reproach, fell on Christ; that is, were put upon Christ. He, as the head of his body the Church, bore the whole in his own body on the tree, when he died the just for the unjust to bring us unto God (1Peter 3:18).  Then it was, as the Almighty Speaker said, in the sweet Psalm before quoted; I restored that which I took not away (Psalm 69:4).  Reader! all these precious things, and no doubt much more are included, in what Paul hath here noticed, of the reproaches which fell on Christ. Judge you then, with what a fullness of propriety, might he recommend the strong in faith, to accommodate themselves to their weaker brethren; when this strong One, this Gheber of his Church, endured such a contradiction of sinners against himself that his redeemed should not be wearied nor faint in their minds (Psalm 89:19; Jer. 31:22; Heb. 12:3).

--Robert Hawker




Our worship service for this evening has been cancelled.

Our monthly Music & Testimony Night has been postponed to next Sunday evening.

****** Cleaning duty this week:  Gene and Judy Harmon  ******



Monday                            Wednesday                      Friday

Numbers 14                       Psalm 119:81-  96             Romans 10

Numbers 15                       Psalm 119: 97 - 112          Romans 11

Numbers 16                       Psalm 119:113 - 128         Romans 12

Hebrews 9                          Hebrews 11                       Hebrews 12


 Brethren, our friends and loved ones who believe in a free-will works religion are lost and on their way to eternal torment.  We’re doing them a grave injustice if we give them any reason to think that we think they’re Christians.




     In this day where ninety-nine percent of preaching is mixed with the disannulling poison of works, when it is like finding an oasis in the dessert to find where Christ and him crucified is the only message preached, if anyone or anything can keep a professing believer from where God is sending forth the truth of his Son then there is a problem in the heart. The heart in which the Spirit of Truth dwells despises and cannot continue under the man-exalting dung which dishonors the one who laid down his life for his people. That is fact!  Excuses for rejecting the gospel are only failed attempts at cloaking the real issue. Failed, because Christ said, ‘If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin’ (John 15: 22).”                                                    

Pastor Clay Curtis

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     “The plan today is to make the church as much like the world as possible, so that unregenerate people will not feel uncomfortable and will be attracted to its ministry!  Turn the church into a theater; worship into a musical display; ministers into actors and clowns to amuse and entertain; sermons into political, patriotic, or philosophical essays; and the living God into a good buddy whose attributes are adjustable to any culture or creed.  This will attract the flesh and successfully quench the Spirit.”

--Brother Scott Richardson

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     “The old saying above is true concerning the salvation of sinners.  Sinners are saved by ‘seeing’ the Lord Jesus Christ with the eye of faith.  His faith comes through the hearing of God’s Word, the testimony of God concerning His Son, the Lord Jesus.  Therefore, since seeing is by faith; since faith comes through hearing; since hearing comes by way of the Word of God (Romans 10:17)…..What then?  Let us hear attentively and earnestly.  Let us hear at every opportunity.  Let us hear prayerfully.  Let us hear for our very lives.  ‘Hear and your soul shall live’ (Isaiah 55:1-6).  ‘BEHOLD the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’ (John 1:29).”

--Brother Maurice Montgomery

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     “There is nothing more comforting to believers than God’s sovereignty over all things. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials, we believe that God has ordained our afflictions, that God overrules them, and that God will sanctify them for our good and His glory. There is nothing for which we ought to contend more earnestly than the truth of God’s rule and reign over all things, all creatures, and all their actions. The throne of God, His right to sit on that throne, and His right to do with His own what He will is what we believe and what we preach. Let us be accused of over-emphasizing the majesty and power of the living God, but never let it be said that we underestimate His glory.”     

Pastor Henry Mahan

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 When God looks upon His elect 

   “When we look upon ourselves, we often see ourselves—the most stupid—the most ignorant—the most vile—the most unworthy—the most earthly and sensual wretches that God can permit to live! At least, that is the view we take of ourselves when we are really humbled in our own eyes. But when God looks upon His elect, He does not look upon them as they often look upon themselves—but as they stand in Christ—accepted in the beloved—without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing! He does not see His people as they often see themselves—full of wounds, and bruises and putrefying sores; but clothed in the perfection, beauty, and loveliness of their Head and Husband.”

--J. C.  Philpot

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   “Every soul has a beloved--something or someone in which to glory, rejoice, and enjoy.  With some it is THE WORLD (its vanity, materialism, and honors).  With others it is THE FLESH.  They love to entertain the flesh, to satisfy the flesh, and to pamper the flesh.  With others it is THE FAMILY.  Close and distant relatives, family trees, family reunions make up their past, present, and future.  With others it is RELIGION and works of righteousness.  Their religion is not a PERSON; it is a CAUSE to which they are devoted in hope of a suitable reward.  And with some it is SELF, pure and simple; what can we do for me?

     To a believer, IT IS CHRIST!  He worships, loves, rejoices, and glories in the Lord Jesus above all things.  Christ is my Beloved and ‘my beloved is mine and I am His.’  Christ (His fellowship, His love, and His approval) is preferred above persons, possessions, pleasures, or pursuits.  Could ONE so illustrious and supreme deserve any less?  ‘Whom have I in heaven but Thee?  And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee!’ (Psalm 73:25).”

Pastor Henry Mahan

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     What a happy condition the Church and members of Christ are in! (1) Interested in the same love as the Head. (2) Under the same decree of election with the Head. (3) Allied to the same relations, interested in the same riches, and assured by membership of the same life and immortality in the world to come: "Because I live, ye shall live also." 

--Benjamin Keach