WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, October 18, 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 118:15 - 29
“At The Cross” Page 188
To be announced.
“Why Was Jesus Christ Crucified?”
“Hallelujah, What A Savior!” Page 175
‘He appeared to put away sin’
“In his life of obedience to the law of God Christ established righteousness for us. But that righteousness is not sufficient, in and of itself, to make us acceptable to God. Sin must be punished. Justice must be satisfied. Every guilty sinner must be put to death. The only way God could both punish us for sin and save us from sin was by the infinitely meritorious, voluntary and efficacious death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Substitute. For the accomplishment of our salvation Christ became ‘obedient unto death, even the death of the cross’.
God made his Son to be sin for us. Christ had no sin of his own. He had no original sin and no actual sin. He was ‘holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sin.’ Yet he was made sin. By divine imputation, all the sin of all God’s elect was laid upon Christ our Substitute. Christ ‘his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree’. This transfer of sin from us to our Substitute was so real and complete that the Son of God became sin for us! He even claimed our sin as his own, willingly assuming all responsibility for the sins of his people.
God the Son, being made sin, died as our Substitute. When God found sin on his Son, he cried out to his own holy law and inflexible justice: ‘Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow... smite the shepherd!’ Then and there all the sin of all God’s elect was slain, annihilated forever and taken away. Justice, being fully satisfied, forever sheathed its dreadful sword. Wrath, being completely spent upon Christ, is altogether absorbed in Christ for all his people. In so far as God’s law and justice are concerned, all of God’s elect have died. We died in Christ our Substitute.
In Christ all who believe are completely justified. His precious blood has forever washed away our sins, so that we are justly pardoned and forgiven. His life of righteousness has been imputed to us, so that we are perfectly holy in God’s sight. In Christ we have all that God in his law demands for our acceptance, complete satisfaction for sin and perfect righteousness.”
Pastor Don Fortner
“Without shedding of blood is no remission”
“This is the voice of unalterable truth. In none of the Jewish ceremonies were sins, even typically, removed without blood-shedding. In no case, by no means can sin be pardoned without atonement. It is clear, then, that there is no hope for me out of Christ; for there is no other blood-shedding which is worth a thought as an atonement for sin. Am I, then, believing in Him? Is the blood of His atonement truly applied to my soul? All men are on a level as to their need of Him. If we be never so moral, generous, amiable, or patriotic, the rule will not be altered to make an exception for us. Sin will yield to nothing less potent than the blood of Him whom God hath set forth as a propitiation. What a blessing that there is the one way of pardon! Why should we seek another?
Persons of merely formal religion cannot understand how we can rejoice that all our sins are forgiven us for Christ’s sake. Their works, and prayers, and ceremonies, give them very poor comfort; and well may they be uneasy, for they are neglecting the one great salvation, and endeavouring to get remission without blood. My soul, sit down, and behold the justice of God as bound to punish sin; see that punishment all executed upon thy Lord Jesus, and fall down in humble joy, and kiss the dear feet of Him whose blood has made atonement for thee. It is in vain when conscience is aroused to fly to feelings and evidences for comfort: this is a habit which we learned in the Egypt of our legal bondage. The only restorative for a guilty conscience is a sight of Jesus suffering on the cross. ‘The blood is the life thereof’, says the Levitical law, and let us rest assured that it is the life of faith and joy and every other holy grace.
“Oh! how sweet to view the flowing
Of my Saviour’s precious blood
With divine assurance knowing
He has made my peace with God.”
--C. H. Spurgeon
We will come to The Lord’s Tale during our worship service this evening, Lord willing.
The dates for our 25th Annual Sovereign Grace Winter Conference have been set for Friday, Jan. 29 - Sunday, Jan. 31.
****** Cleaning duty this week: John and Kathy Reeves ******
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Exodus 5 Psalm 49 Luke 8
Exodus 6 Psalm 50 Luke 9
Exodus 7 Psalm 51 Luke 10
1 Corinthians 5 1 Corinthians 6 1 Corinthians 7
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Nothing can be more satisfactory than the conviction, that Christ, as our great Covenant Head and Surety, hath passed into heaven itself, and is there as our Representative. So that in fact, we are there with him. So saith the Holy Ghost by Paul (Eph. 2:5-6). And this entrance into heaven, and sitting down on the right hand of the Majesty on High, not only manifests the everlasting safety of his people, but also proves the perfection of his obedience and sacrifice. He needed not as those high priests, a remembrance again of sin every year. Christ’s one offering of himself once offered, hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. And it is this which every regenerated child of God is to plead before the throne continually; for it answers the whole demand of the law, silenceth all the accusations of Satan; is a satisfying reply to the alarms of conscience; and forms a full receipt to all the claims of justice. And what a blessed conclusion is made of the whole chapter (Heb. 9:28). As death is the just sentence pronounced by the Lord on sin; and all men must partake of it naturally; so Christ by his death, took away the penal effects of death, in the spiritual and everlasting dominion of it, for all his people, and to them that look for him by faith in the full assurance of his salvation; he will assuredly appear again to call home his redeemed to himself; when he will personally come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all that believe!
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Live in Liberty
“Paul in Galatians 3:22-30 uses the allegory of the two sons of Abraham. Ishmael is a picture of those that are under the bondage of the law, while Isaac pictures those that are saved by the grace of God. As Ishmael was thrown out and not to remain with Isaac, even so law or works cannot live with grace. Paul says that if election, which is unto salvation, is of “grace then it is no more of works, otherwise grace is no more grace.” Let us who have been saved by grace, live in the ‘liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.’ How does one live in the liberty of Christ so not to be entangled with the yoke of bondage? — Only through the Spirit. It is by the Spirit of God that we are born again and have this life and faith in Christ, and it is only by the power of the Spirit that we will continue in the grace of God.”
Pastor Fred Evans
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A Nail In A Sure Place
“Isaiah describes the Savior as ‘a nail in a sure place’ (Is. 22:23). This clearly teaches us that all of salvation hangs upon the Lord Jesus Christ. God has hung all of the responsibility of salvation upon His Son. What good news that none of my salvation depends upon me, but all of my salvation hangs upon the person of Christ. God has hung all the glory of salvation upon His Son. There is no reason for any glory in my sinful flesh, but how I glory in the person of Christ and the finished work of Christ my Savior (I Cor. 1:31). May God be pleased to grant faith that hangs all of salvation upon Christ.”
Pastor Frank Tate
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A people hungering after righteousness and a preacher anxious to feed their souls will act in sweet harmony with each other when their common subject is Jesus Christ the Lord. --Brother Scott Richardson
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Free-Will, False Religion Confronted
“Never was there a time in which a bold stand for the distinguishing doctrines of grace was more needed than now; for while Popery is rapidly spreading, and infidelity growing, what is called “the religious world” is contenting itself with the shell of Christianity, to the almost entire neglect of the kernel; yea, in instances, not a few, to the despising of the kernel, as if it were a dangerous, if not a poisonous thing. Proud free will is enthroned – creature capability is extolled – and external show of literature, ceremonies, and splendid buildings are become the idols of the multitude. It is, therefore, imperative that the few veterans, who know and love the truth of God, should confront the traitor free will, with the boldest statements of God’s free grace; war with the deception of man’s capabilities by insisting upon the helplessness of fallen man, and the efficiency of the Holy Spirit’s operations, exalting Christ alone as the salvation of God, freely given in covenant love – fully accomplished by atoning blood, and fixed immovably in the heart of every elect vessel of mercy by the invincible power of the Holy Ghost.
These are the only weapons that are “mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” Popery and infidelity laugh at the meagre Christianity of the great bulk of professing Protestants . . . but no Cardinal nor Priest dare meet the truth of God, nor a man of truth.”
Joseph Irons, England (1785-1852)
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“I know my sins, but I rejoice in His grace. I know my weakness, but I rest in His strength. I know my emptiness, but I am complete in Him. ‘O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear’, all because we do not cast our sins, our souls on Christ and LEAVE THEM THERE!”
Pastor Henry Mahan
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“Most religious people fit the worship of God into their lives when it is convenient. — God’s people arrange their lives around the worship of God.”
Pastor Don Fortner