WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, November 8, 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
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” Page 435
Psalm 119:33 - 48
“All That Thrills My Soul” Page 526
To be announced.
“A New and Living Way”
“Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting” Page 503
“A New and Living Way” (Hebrews 10:11-22).
“Everything relating to this gospel age, everything relating to the worship of God in this age, everything relating to the believer’s life in Christ in this gospel age is described as ‘new’ and ‘living’.
We are partakers of a new covenant. We come into the kingdom of God by a new birth (John 3:3 - 7). We are new creatures in Christ (2Cor.5:17). We have been given a new name (1John 3:1 - 3). We live under the rule of a new commandment (1John 3:23). We are citizens of the New Jerusalem. We sing a new song. We look for a new heavens and a new earth.
As all things in Christ are new, so, too, all things in the kingdom of God are living. Our hope in Christ is a living hope (1Peter 1:3). We drink from the fountain of Living Water. We eat that Living Bread which came down from heaven. We are built upon Christ as living stones upon the Living Stone, the Living Foundation.
In other words, everything relating to the knowledge, worship, and service of God is spiritual, not carnal. ‘True worshippers worship the Father in spirit…God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth’ (John 4:23 - 24). – ‘The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost’ (Romans 14:17). – ‘We are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh’ (Philip. 3:3).
True worship is a matter of the heart, altogether spiritual. -- We worship God by faith in Christ, upon the grounds of justice satisfied. – Heb. 10:11-25 describes both the foundation and the exercise of grace.
We worship the Lord our God, trusting his Son, drawing near to him upon the basis of redemption accomplished by Christ (Heb. 10:11 - 14). We come to God, confident of acceptance with him because of the complete remission of sins by his grace through the redemption Christ accomplished at Calvary (Heb. 10:15 - 18). This freedom in worship, this freedom in drawing near to God arises from the blessedness and realization of our complete, perfect reconciliation to God by and in Christ (Heb.10:19 - 22). This is what Paul declares in 2 Cor. 5:17. We are reconciled to God, perfectly, completely, and immutably!”
Discovering Christ in Hebrews by Pastor Don Fortner (Excerpt)
GOD OUR SAVIOUR
“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared” Titus 3:4
“Three times in this epistle to Titus the Lord Jesus Christ is called, ‘God our Saviour.’ Paul believed in and preached a divine Saviour, not just a mere man, but rather the Saviour, who is Almighty God. His name is Jesus, Saviour (Matt. 1:21), who shall save His people from their sin; that declares His office. But let us not forget that His name is also, Emmanuel (Matt. 1:23) God with us; that declares His nature.
If you take away the Deity of Jesus Christ you have no gospel, no good news to preach, no salvation. It is not that just some good man died for sinners, but rather He who died in the room and stead of His people is God Almighty (1 Tim. 3:16, John 1:14 Acts 20:28). He could not be our Prophet, Priest and Potentate unless He is, ‘God our Saviour.’ He could not be our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, unless He is, ‘God our Saviour’ (1 Cor. 1:30). He could not be our all-important Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5), unless He is, ‘God our Saviour.’ He could not be our only Advocate with the Father, unless He is, ‘God our Saviour’ (1 John 2:1). He could not be our all-powerful Surety, unless He is, ‘God our Saviour’ (Heb. 7:22). He could not be our all sufficient Substitute and Sacrifice, unless He is, ‘God our Saviour’ (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 9:12).
Remember the words of Simeon, ‘Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation’ (Luke 2:29-30).
Remember the words of Thomas, ‘My Lord and my God’ (John 20:28).
Now, I don't know what the Lord Jesus Christ is to you. But I know beyond all doubt what Jesus Christ is to me; He is ‘God my Saviour!’ (Isa. 45:21 - 22)
Pastor Tom Harding
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“Am I to bring no works, no faith (not even faith)? NO – your faith brings you. Faith leaves all works behind. It relies on God’s gracious promises. It pleads God’s rich mercy in Christ, to poor perishing sinners.
Flyers for our January, 2016 Winter Conference are on the table in the church foyer.
Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is scheduled for this evening commencing a6 6:30 PM.
We will come to The Lord’s Table during our evening worship service next Sunday, Lord willing.
**** Cleaning duty for this week: John and Kathy Reeves ****
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
THE GRACE OF GOD
“Many professing Christians seem to believe that the term ‘by God’s grace’ merely means that God made something available to them, which they by natural wisdom and ability took advantage of; but this is far from the truth. The grace of God, as Arthur Pink once said, ‘is an almighty power, an invincible dynamic, a principle victorious over all resistance.’ When the apostle Paul said, ‘By the grace of God I am what I am’, he did not mean that God merely opened unto him certain avenues of spiritual progression and advancement, which he wisely took advantage of; but rather, he meant that God through His powerful and efficacious grace had changed him from what he was formerly into what he was presently. The grace of God did not merely provide salvation and preach salvation to Saul of Tarsus (later Paul), but brought salvation to him. God stopped his wild, rebellious, religious career of murder (Acts 9:1-8); that’s ‘the grace of God!’ Paul said, ‘God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”’(II Cor. 4:6); that’s ‘the grace of God!’ And wonder of wonders! ALL that God did for Paul was in direct contrast to what he so justly deserved. This is grace indeed—sovereign, amazing triumphant grace.”
‘Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me…’
Pastor Maurice Montgomery
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"You are not your own" 1 Corinthians 6:19).
“Remember that you must belong to someone. If God is not your master—the devil will be. If grace does not rule—sin will reign. If Christ is not your all in all—the world will be. We must have a master of one kind or another. Which is better—a bounteous benevolent Benefactor—a merciful, loving, and tender Parent—a kind, forgiving Father and Friend—a tender-hearted, compassionate Redeemer? or a cruel devil, a miserable world, and a wicked, vile, abominable heart? Which is better—to live under the sweet constraints of the dying love of a dear Redeemer— under gospel influences—gospel principles—gospel promises— and gospel encouragements? or to live with sin in our heart, binding us in iron chains to the judgment of the great day?
Even taking the 'present life'—there is more real pleasure, satisfac-
tion, and solid happiness in half an hour with God—in reading his Word with a believing heart, in finding access to His sacred presence, in knowing something of His favor and mercy—than in all the delights of sin, all the lusts of the flesh, all the pride of life, and all the amusements that the world has ever devised to kill time and cheat self—thinking, by a deathbed repentance, at last to cheat the devil.
--J. C. Philpot
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“To be justified before God is to be justified by FAITH, this is experiential justification. To argue for justification from the standpoint of God’s eternal decree and to argue time and eternal aspect upon it is futile. The scripture only speaks of the matter in its particular light, “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom.5:1). The publican, in our Lord’s parable in Luke 18:9-14, “went down to his house (from the temple) justified.” Therefore he must have gone up to the temple unjustified.”
Pastor William Worthington
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“Though all of the reprobates will certainly be punished, none will be punished because they are reprobate. Punishment is not a matter of sovereignty, but a matter of justice. Sinners are punished by God because of their crimes, not because they are non-elect.”
Pastor Frank Hall
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“Come to the cross of our Lord Jesus and bring the doctrine of election and free grace with you; and remember that the reason Christ gave his life to be a ransom for his sheep was because he loved them, not because they loved him; was because it pleased God to bruise him, to put him to grief, to make his soul an offering for sin, to number him with transgressors, and to justify many because he bore their iniquities.”
— C. H. Spurgeon
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Grace and Mercy Defined
“By this word, grace, we are to understand God’s free, sovereign, good pleasure, whereby he acteth in Christ towards his people. Grace and mercy therefore, are terms that have their distinct significations. Mercy signifies pitifulness, or a running over of infinite love to objects in a miserable and helpless condition. But grace signifies that God still acts in this as a free agent; not being wrought upon by the misery of the creature, as a procuring cause, but of his own princely mind.”
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Recipients of God’s grace and God’s mercy have no problem believing the truths of the Glorious Gospel that gives Jesus Christ all the glory. WHY? Because God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts to be our teacher; to guide us into all truth (John 6:45; 16:13).
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“Christ came to the earth in the flesh as the surety of God’s eternal covenant, obeyed the law, and died for all our sins in order that the holy God might be just and justifier of all who believe. He is ‘a just God and Saviour’ (Isaiah 45:21 - 22). This, dear friends, is the very heart of the gospel of God’s glory; for it manifests and magnifies every attribute of our holy God. In Christ, our substitute, ‘mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other’ (Psalm 85:10).”
Excerpt from Pastor Henry Mahan’s book “With New Testament Eyes”