WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, November 15, 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
“Redeemed” Page 520
Psalm 119:49 - 64
“One Day” Page 170
To be announced.
“The Believer‘s Profession of Faith”
“Jesus Paid It All” Page 210
Christ our Surety
--Hebrews 7:22; Genesis 43:8 - 9--
“A surety is, according to Webster, ‘a person who makes himself responsible for another; one who makes himself liable for another’s debts, defaults, or obligations’. This is just what our Lord Jesus Christ did in the covenant of grace. God the Father gave his elect people to Christ. He entrusted them to the care of his Son. And the Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily agreed to become responsible for their eternal welfare. By his own willful choice, the Son of God agreed to become liable to God’s holy law for the debts and obligations of his elect. He became the Surety of his people.
Therefore, in the fulness of time, he came into this world as a man, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law. Our blessed Surety lived in this world as the Representative of his people, fulfilling their obligations to God’s law, establishing in their stead a perfect righteousness. Then he laid down his life as their Substitute at Calvary, paying in full the debt we owed to God’s holy law and justice, by reason of our sin.
And now our Surety reigns on the right hand of the Majesty on high over all flesh for the purpose of giving eternal life to all who were given to him in the covenant of grace and redeemed by him at Calvary. It is his responsibility, as the Surety, to find his sheep, save his sheep, bring his sheep home, and to present every one of his sheep faultless and blameless before the presence of the divine glory. This he will do. Our Surety cannot fail. In the last day the Lord Jesus Christ will stand before his Father and say, ‘Lo, I and the children whom thou hast given me; of them which thou gavest me have I lost none’. The number of those presented in perfect holiness before the throne of God will exactly tally with the number of those given to Christ as the Surety of the covenant in eternal election. He will open the Lamb’s book of life, which was written before the world began, and pointing to their names one by one, he will say, ‘Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost’.”
From Pastor Don Fortner’s daily devotional book, Grace For Today
“... NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH” (Philppians 3:3)
The believer’s profession of faith IS NOT Jesus Christ plus my baptism; IS NOT Jesus Christ plus my church affiliation; IS NOT Jesus Christ plus my meeting on Saturday; IS NOT Jesus Christ plus my free-will, IS NOT Jesus Christ PLUS ANYTHING! The believer’s profession of faith is Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone. Jesus Christ is either ALL IN ALL to us, or He is NOTHING AT ALL to us. If your profession of faith is in Jesus Christ plus something you have done, IT IS A FALSE PROFESSION that will lead you to eternal torment. If you are clinging to anything other than Jesus Christ and His perfect redeeming work for you, GET RID OF THAT SINFUL FALSE HOPE YOU’RE CLINGING TO AS FAST AS YOU CAN!
Ponder these four points that characterize The Believer’s Profession of Faith, and ask yourself if this is your profession of faith:
- I was CHOSEN in Christ before the foundation of the world by God the Father.
- I was CLEANSED by Christ from all my sins and iniquities by the precious blood of God the Son.
- I was CALLED to Christ by God the Holy Spirit under the preaching of His Glorious Gospel.
- By His Sovereign, Persevering Grace, I will CLING to Jesus Christ alone Who will keep my by His power through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Romans 11:5 - 6 says: “... at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it 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.” The Believer’s Profession of Faith is salvation by the sovereign grace of God through Jesus Christ, Who, by the supreme sacrifice of Himself, sanctified and perfected forever His elect, those who were given to Him by God the Father in the eternal covenant of grace before the world began (Heb. 10:10; 14; John 6:37 - 40). Answer honestly, is your profession of faith all of grace, or are you allowing something that has to do with the flesh enter into your profession of faith?
We will come to The Lord’s Table during our worship service this evening (DV).
**** Cleaning duty this week: Russ Davis and Michael Smith ****
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Exodus 11 Psalm 55 Luke 14
Exodus 12 Psalm 56 Luke 15
Exodus 13 Psalm 57 Luke 16
1 Corinthians 11 1 Corinthians 12 1 Corinthians 13
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“We live in a day where sinners are made to believe that coming to Christ is a trip that one makes down the aisle to the front of the church building. Religion calls it an ‘altar call’. I cannot find in God’s Word where any such thing was ever taught, encouraged or practiced. Sinners come to Christ without moving a muscle. I know that is so because the Lord Jesus Himself tells us that ‘No man CAN come.’ No man has the ABILITY to come. Why? Like Mephibosheth, the sinner is lame on both feet due to a great fall. If we come to Christ for life, then we are going to have to be brought. We are going to have to be fetched like the crippled son of Jonathan was.
Since we do not have the ability to come, who is going to bring us to God? There is only One who can. There is only One who is qualified. There is only One who can stand before a Holy God and live. Who is it? It is God Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ. God the Son is the only One who can appease and satisfy God’s Holy Justice against the offending sinner. Being the good Shepherd that He is, He finds His wandering sheep, puts them on His shoulder and BRINGS them home. ‘For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.’ (1 Peter 3:18).”
Pastor David Eddmenson
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“He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30).
“As the years pass, I come to a greater and greater realization of how much I must depend upon the grace of God for my salvation. My righteousness appears less and less acceptable in my sight: and if it looks poor in my sight, how awful it must appear in God’s sight! My will and determination do not appear half so strong as they once did, and I feel a greater need to rely upon the unchangeable will of God if I am to persevere. This business of growing in grace is not at all what I once thought it would be. Rather than growing stronger, it seems I am growing weaker. Rather than growing more self-sufficient, it appears that I am growing more Christ – dependent. My utter dependence on Christ for all things is more evident to me now than before. I suppose this is why Peter united growing in grace with growing in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus. So, if your desire is to grow in grace, then prepare yourself to diminish; prepare yourself to reduce in the flesh, for growth in grace is a growth in ‘Christ being formed in you’, which always follows the old pattern ‘He must increase, I must decrease.’.”
Pastor Joe Terrell
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“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;”
“.. an anchor is used for the securing of a ship, particularly in times of storm, to prevent it from drifting. It is an invisible thing, sinking down beneath the waters and gripping firmly the ground beneath. The winds may roar and the waves lash the ship, but it rides them steadily, being held fast by something outside itself. Surely the figure is plain. The ‘anchor’ is Christ Himself, sustaining His people down here in this world, in the midst of the wicked, who are likened unto ‘the troubled sea, when it cannot rest’ (Isaiah 57:20). Did he not declare, ‘Neither shall any pluck them out of My hand’ (John 10:28)? Certainly there is nothing in us ‘both sure and steadfast’: it is the love (John 13:1), power (Matt. 28:18, 20), and faithfulness (Heb. 7:25) of Christ which is in view. “
--A. W. Pink
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WHO NEEDS A PREACHER?
“Christ says, ‘They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick.’ Churches today use every marketing gimmick under the sun to try to fill pews and keep them filled. Can you imagine emergency rooms using the same gimmicks to entice folks to come to the emergency room! They do not have to because sick people know their need of a physician. Christ’s true people — true chosen, redeemed, regenerated believers made so by God—know their need of Christ. Therefore, the preaching of Christ crucified is more needful to them than their everyday bread. But the reason so few come to hear Christ speak in the gospel is that most think they are whole, righteous, with no need. But will you hear Christ? He said, ‘I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance’.”
Pastor Clay Curtis
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“Our message is not to propose terms of peace, nor to beg sinners to make peace, but rather to proclaim that peace has been made between God and His people. ‘Having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself’ (Colossians. 1:20).”
Pastor Tom Harding
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Our Lord Jesus said, “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division” (Luke 12:51). Like the good Shepherd that He is, Jesus Christ separates His sheep from the goats. He does this under the preaching of His Glorious Gospel. When the Holy Spirit calls one of His lost sheep out of darkness, giving that chosen, blood-bought child of God faith to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, God does flood the entire being of that quickened sinner with peace that passes all understanding. But that person, who has been delivered from the power of darkness, has also been set apart from those who are still in spiritual darkness. We will not have to ask them to remove us from their social list. They’ll readily do that without checking with us. Unregenerate sinners have no more of a desire to be intimate with God’s enlightened children than we have to be with them. That’s the Lord’s doings, and it’s marvelous in our eyes.