WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, November 29, 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
OPENING HYMN - DOXOLOGY
“Revive Us Again” Page 295
Psalm 119:81 - 96
“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” Page 8
To be announced.
“From Dead Works To Good Works”
“O That Will Be Glory” Page 539
Privilege and duty
“It is both our highest privilege and greatest duty in this world to assemble with God’s saints for public worship Our heavenly Father has appointed it and approves of it. His glory is concerned in it. And his gospel is advanced by it. Both we and our brethren need it, that we may be revived, refreshed, comforted, instructed, edified, and enabled to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:17 - 18). The unconverted need our faithfulness in worship as well. We ought to maintain the worship of God for their sake, as well as our own, that they may be convinced of the gospel, converted by the grace of God, and brought to the knowledge and faith of Christ.
John Gill wrote, This ’assembling together ought not to be forsaken, for it is a forsaking God, and our own mercies, and such are like to be forsaken of God; nor is it known what is lost hereby; and it is the first outward visible step to apostasy, and often issues in it.’
The manner of Some
’As the manner of some is’. As in those early days, so in our day, it is the practice of many who profess faith in Christ to absent themselves from the house of God, showing by their neglect an utter contempt for Christ; his church and the gospel of the grace of God. I know that is strong language, but that is the language of this passage.
Rather than abandoning one another, let us exhort and encourage one another to prayer, to attend the worship of God, to adhere to Christ, and the faith we have professed. Let us ever encourage one another to consider Christ and cling to him. It is in this way that we most effectually serve, comfort and edify one another. Here we share (in conversation, prayer, preaching and praise) our experiences of grace, the doctrine of Christ, and the things of God. Here, in the house of God, we put one another in remembrance of God’s faithfulness, his promises, and responsibilities, and of our Lord’s coming. ’And so much the more, as ye see the day approaching’. Do you see the day approaching? The day of death? The day of Christ’s advent? The day of judgment?”
Excerpt from Pastor Don Fortner’s book, Discovering Christ in Hebrews
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (Hebrews 10:24).
The first word in the above verse of Holy Scripture is “And”. That means verse 24 is a continuation of what has already been written in the previous verses. God’s enlightened children are taught by God the Holy Spirit that Jesus Christ, by the supreme sacrifice of Himself, “sanctified” and “Perfected forever” all those He laid down His life for (verses 10; 14). And verses 9 & 10 plainly states that the sanctification and perfection of a particular people was according to the will of God our Father. Verses 19 - 22 tells us that God’s blood-bought children have boldness to approach our Heavenly Father, who is so holy that He can’t even look upon sin, by the blood of Jesus, who is the one and only anointed High Priest over the house of God.
Our text, Verse 24, tells us to consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Those we are to consider are members of the body of Christ who have made a profession of faith, those who believe that Jesus Christ ransomed His chosen people, took care of their sin-debt in full, when He purchased us with His own precious blood.
The unregenerate, self-righteous works religionists cannot be provoked unto love and good works. They have nothing but enmity in their hearts for God, for His Christ, for His people, and for His Gospel (Romans 8:7 - 8). They have not been given the gift of faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Therefore, what they do is an abomination to God.
True followers of Jesus Christ are motivated by faith which worketh by love (Galatians 5:6). This is how we’re to provoke one another. We’re to remind one another of God’s love for us when He sent His Darling Son to endure His unmitigated wrath as our suffering Substitute. We love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Whatever we do, in word or in deed, our service to God must be in the name of Jesus Christ for His honor, and for His glory. Any other motive is just wrong.
We can’t provoke one another unto love and to good works if we forsake the assembling of ourselves together. May God the Holy Spirit keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus who is faithful to us.
Our worship service for this evening has been cancelled.
Our annual Church Family Christmas Dinner is scheduled for next Sunday afternoon following our morning worship service.
We will come to The Lord’s Table during our afternoon worship service next Sunday, God willing.
****** Cleaning duty this week: John and Kathy Reeves ******
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Exodus 17 Psalm 61 Luke 20
Exodus 18 Psalm 62 Luke 21
Exodus 19 Psalm 63 Luke 22
2 Corinthians 1 2 Corinthians 2 2Corinthians 3
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
One unmingled scene of happiness & pleasure
"In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." John 14:2
“O that we could lift our eyes to those blessed abodes—those mansions of heavenly bliss where no sorrow intrudes, where sin is unknown, where tears are wiped from off all faces, where there is no languishing body, no wasting sickness, no pining soul, no doubt, no fear, no darkness, no distress—but one unmingled scene of happiness and pleasure—and the whole soul and body are engaged in singing the praises of the Lamb!
And what crowns the whole—there is the eternal enjoyment of those pleasures which are at the right hand of God forevermore!
But how lost are we in the contemplation of these things—and though our imagination may seem to stretch itself beyond the utmost conception of the mind, into the countless ages of a never ending eternity, yet are we baffled with the thought—though faith embraces the blessed truth. But in that happy land, the immortal soul and the immortal body will combine their powers and faculties to enjoy to the uttermost all that God has prepared for those who love Him.
--J. C Philpot
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By the Prophets
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets . . .” (Hebrews 1:1).
“The word prophet in the Old Testament means, ‘spokesman’, and is from a root word which means ‘to speak under divine influence’. Interesting that this root word would come to be used for God’s spokesmen and it is because if a sinner is going to speak for God, God must bless that sinner and specially enable him to do so. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”(2 Peter 1:21). In Hebrews 1:1 the prophets are mentioned, but it is God Who spoke. We see this same wording in Luke 1:68 - 70: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began.”
No man has ever truly spoken for God, then or now, that has not had a message directly from God, and it has always been the same message. Everyone who is not preaching Christ and Him crucified is just pretending to speak for God. If the Holy Ghost has anything to do with it, it will be Christ alone. Let religious zealots speak of ‘a message for our day’, all they want. There has never been but one message for any day, and that is Christ Jesus, the sovereign, effectual Redeemer of sinners. While others are ‘sharing’ sensationalism under the misnomer of ‘end time prophecy’, and rambling about what sinners need to do for God, His spokesmen will be doing what our Lord Himself did while He was here: ‘And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself’ (Luke 24:27).”
Pastor Chris Cunningham
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“God is as He has been and shall always be as He is. He cannot be better than He is; He cannot be wiser, or more powerful than He is. If God changes one iota He could not be God to begin with.”
Pastor Donnie Bell
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Does this offend you?
“Let me say it and say it again, that man is a dead depraved child and can no more save himself than a demon in Hell could! The Holy Spirit must quicken him and awaken him and bring him to see his lost condition. Then the Holy Spirit reveals the Lord Jesus to that sinner as his Lord and Saviour. And when this takes place, bless God, you won't have to pull him down an aisle. He'll confess openly the Lord Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. ‘Salvation is of the Lord!’ We need to hear the truth about ourselves today! It will offend this flesh, but the only alternative to the truth is a lie. People are so helplessly bound in their self-righteousness that they are offended when the truth says they are ‘dead in trespasses and sin.’ But the truth must be told. Does this offend you?”
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“The man who knows the grace of God and the gift of life, does not glory in what he has done for God or for what he’s done for others. He never brags or boasts about what he’s done for God, or for what he’s done for others in the name of God. Any man who glories in what he has done for God or for anyone else in the name of God knows nothing about grace.
Oh, he may use the word but he’s never experienced it. He may speak of the doctrine, but he’s never entered into it. Grace humbles the heart. Grace humbles the spirit. Grace exalts and magnifies THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. Grace ascribes all that I am, and all that I have to the goodness of God and not of me.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
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‘THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH!’ “We all deserve death, eternal death in hell. It is our just due. It is the proper wage of our sin. ‘BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE!’ This is grace, pure, free, sovereign, effectual grace! God has given to us eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. He who is our Savior shall have all the glory and praise of his salvation.”
Pastor Don Fortner