WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, November 22, 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
“We Have Come Into His House” Page 588
Psalm 119:65 - 80
“O Worship the King” Page 10
“It Will Be Worth It All” - Duet by Donna Anderson
and Shirley Jukich - Judy Harmon, Pianist
“The Assembling of Ourselves Together”
“Rejoice The Lord Is King” Page 228
‘Where is Christ now?’ (Hebrews 10:12 - 13).
Christ Jesus is making intercession as our High Priest before God. ‘He ever liveth to make intercession’ (Heb. 7:25). We bow to no earthly priest. We worship at no earthly altar. We have but one Priest. He is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He prays for us, for our eternal salvation, for our forgiveness, for our preservation in grace and for our spiritual, eternal welfare. And his prayers are always effectual. God will do for us all that his Son desires of him, because he pleads on our behalf his own blood and righteousness. Satan will not prevail over us, sin will not be charged to us, temptation will not reign over us and trials will not destroy us because Christ, our High Priest, makes intercession for us.
The Lord Jesus Christ is sovereignly ruling the affairs of this world for the salvation of God’s elect. God has given him power (authority and dominion) over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as God has given him (John 17:2). Christ is the sovereign Ruler of the universe. He governs all things, according to God’s eternal purpose to this end: that he might give eternal life to all God’s elect who were redeemed by his blood. Because all things are under the dominion of Christ, it is certain that ‘He shall see of’ the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied’ (Isaiah 53:11).
And the Lord Jesus Christ is saving all who come to God by him. ‘This man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them’ (Heb. 7:24-25). Yes, Christ Jesus is able (and willing too) to save every sinner who comes to God by him. He is an all-sufficient Savior. His blood is sufficient to satisfy God’s justice and wrath against you. His righteousness is sufficient to cover you and make you accepted before a holy God. Come to God by Christ, simply trusting his blood and his righteousness, and he will save you. ‘For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’ (Romans 10:13). Call upon him now, in simple faith, and you will be saved.
From Pastor Don Fortner’s daily devotional book, “Grace For Today”
The Assembling of Ourselves Together (Heb. 10:25)
One does not have to be a Theologian to know who the Holy Spirit is referring to when He uses the word “ourselves” in the above verse of Holy Scripture. We know He isn’t referring to self-righteous religionists who foolishly and sinfully think they have earned favor with God by something they have done. Many professing Christians have been deceived by false preachers who teach salvation by Jesus Christ, plus something the sinner contributes to what Jesus Christ has done. Absolutely NOTHING can be added to what Jesus Christ accomplished for His chosen people. He is either our Savior who obtained eternal redemption for us by the supreme sacrifice of Himself, or He isn’t. We’re not to assemble with false religionists who are clinging to any works of the flesh, even if it is their so-called free will. To the contrary! God’s Holy Word tells us to come out from amongst them, and be separate 2 Cor. 6:14 - 18; Heb. 13:12 - 13).
The Assembling of Ourselves Together has reference to those who were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:3 - 6; those who were sanctified and perfected forever by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:9 - 10; 14); those who were called out of darkness, under the preaching of the Glorious Gospel of God‘s Sovereign Grace, by God the Holy Spirit to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 1:12 - 14; 2 Thess. 2:13 - 14).
God’s enlightened children, whom He has gifted with true saving faith to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as He is plainly set forth on the pages of Holy Scripture, are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is. We come together at the appointed times of public worship on a regular basis to worship Jesus Christ, the true and living God, in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We assemble together expecting to hear a Word from God Himself through the message He has laid on the heart of His ordained preacher.
When we assemble together, we have the promise from Jesus Christ that He is in our midst. Our Sovereign Lord and Saviour has reserved special blessings for His saints who assemble together in His name to worship Him. When we absent ourselves from the gathering of the saints, we rob ourselves of those special blessings reserved for His enlightened children who assemble together for public worship. I can’t imagine why any saint of God would deliberately and willfully forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.
Brother John Reeves is scheduled to bring the Gospel Message during our worship service this evening.
Our Friday Night Bible Study for this week has been cancelled.
Please be in prayer for those who will be traveling during this holiday season.
******* HAPPY THANKSGIVING *******
****** Cleaning duty this week: Gene and Judy Harmon ******
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Exodus 14 Psalm 58 Luke 17
Exodus 15 Psalm 59 Luke 18
Exodus 16 Psalm 60 Luke 19
1 Corinthians 14 1 Corinthians 15 1 Corinthians 16
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Evil is present with me” (Romans 7:21)
Speaking in reference to himself, the Apostle Paul wrote the above words after he had faithfully served the Lord Jesus Christ for many years. He truthfully declared that nothing good dwelt in him, that is, in his flesh (Rom. 7:18).
All of God’s enlightened children confess those very same truths. It is our sincere desire to do good for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. But in our best efforts, our holiest moments, our most sincere prayers, EVIL IS STILL PRESENT WITH US! And evil will continue to be with us until our Lord Jesus delivers us from this sinful body of death (Rom. 7:24 - 25).
How do we deal with this ongoing problem? By keeping ourselves under the preaching of the Glorious Gospel of God’s Sovereign Grace. Under the preaching of His Gospel, the true eye of faith looks away from self, and looks to Christ alone for acceptance with God. The more we look to Christ, the more we will be able to put on the new man. The more we put on the new man, the more we’ll be able to put off the old man (Eph. 4:17 - 24). If we walk in the Spirit, we shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh (Gal. 5:16). We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13).
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THY GOD REIGNETH!
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isaiah 52:7)
“How many preachers can you listen to and hear of a sovereign, reigning God? And is any news good news to an old guilty sinner which does not have its foundation in such a God? No, absolutely not. Nothing can speak peace to the heart of a Holy Spirit made sinner unless it comes from the God of sovereign purpose and sovereign grace. Such a sinner has ‘no confidence in the flesh’. He is fearful of himself and distrusts himself; and needs to hear of a salvation which is planned, provided and carried out to its final, eternal consummation by a faithful God Who cannot and will not fail. He is too much like old Peter and must often hear his Master say, ‘I have prayed for you that your faith fail not.’ What he is in himself would soon turn his hope into despair, but he rests his sinful soul in the ‘SURE MERCIES OF DAVID.’ And as his own unfaithfulness looms up before him, he says with David of old, ‘YET God has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and SURE: and this is all my salvation and all my desire.’ Only the salvation of a sovereign, reigning God can speak peace to this sinner’s heart. ‘THY GOD REIGNETH!’ is good news to me.”
Pastor Maurice Montgomery
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CHRIST IS ALL
There are not three more precious words. Christ is all that God is. Christ is all in the Scriptures. Christ is all in every doctrine of Scripture. Christ is all as the object of our faith. Most especially, Christ is all we have! We have nothing to plead but Christ before the Father. He who all he has is Christ, has all! He who has everything but Christ, has nothing.
Pastor Todd Nibert
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“I ask no sign, no vision, no evidence without nor feeling within on which to rest my confidence. God has given us His Word and confirmed it in His blessed Son; and there my confidence, faith and trust shall rest.”
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CHOSEN WITNESSES (ACTS 10:41)
“As it is written in verse 40, Him (speaking of Christ) GOD raised up the third day, and showed him (Christ) openly. What this means is he showed him (Christ) as he was, with the pierce marks in his hands and feet, the pierce mark from the sword that pierced his side. But as we see in the beginning of verse 41, Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God. Only those that had been chosen before the world was, chosen by God, witnessed this resurrected Christ!
Peter was speaking of those who lived in that day, but it also applies to all of His chosen before and since! We may not see him with our physical eyes, but we do see him with the eye of faith! The gift of faith (Ephesians 2:8).
When God the Father comes to his elect, his chosen people, and reveals the crucified Son in his word, HE SHOWS US OPENLY this one who stood as our substitute! This one who is God in the flesh! This one who willingly laid down his life for his sheep! This one who paid the price in full for all my sins! This one who is raised from the dead, sitting on His throne in heaven, ruling over everything that is! This one who cannot fail! This one who is LORD OF ALL!
As a witness to these things that are pronounced throughout God’s Holy Scriptures, I declare unto you - SALVATION IS OF THE LORD!”
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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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“Jesus Christ is no security against storms, but He is a perfect security in storms. He has never promised you an easy passage, only a safe landing. Peace rules the day when Christ rules the soul.”