WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, September 13, 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
“More About Jesus” Page 389
“The Church’s One Foundation” Page 277
To be announced.
“The Final Restoration of God’s Church”
Message by Michael Smith
“The Solid Rock” Page 404
The Purchase of God
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28)
“The church of God is that which God purchased with his own blood. Yes, he who died upon the cursed tree is himself our God.
Atonement and Deity - Atonement for sin stands or falls with the deity of Christ. All who deny our Savior’s deity deny the atonement. What value or merit can there be in the blood of a mere man? And all who deny the efficacy of his atonement, that is to say, all who deny that all for whom the Savior died shall be saved by the grace and power of his Spirit, deny his deity. They make his most important work, his most stupendous task, and that upon which the triune God hangs his glory as God a failure, asserting that he fails to accomplish his purpose in dying, that he shall never see of the travail of his soul with satisfaction. Such doctrine denies atonement altogether. Such doctrine leaves sinners with no atoning sacrifice for sin and no hope.
Glory Revealed - The gospel of God is the revelation of the glory of God in the face of his crucified Son. When, with the eye of faith, we see the doing and dying of the Son of God, when we see Immanuel obeying the law, rendering by his obedience and death complete satisfaction to the violated justice of the Most High, offering a sin-atoning sacrifice to God for sin, then we see how the holy God can be ‘a just God and a Savior.’ In the face of the crucified Lamb of God we see such glory, merit, and efficacy breathing through every thought, word, and action of our all-glorious Christ, that we embrace him, all that he is, all that he has accomplished, and all that he has, with every desire and affection of our heaven born souls.
All Our Hope - Christ crucified is all our hope and the whole of our religion. All God given faith, hope, and love flow unto, and are fixed and concentrated in Jesus Christ and him crucified. Nothing else can save and sanctify. Nothing else can clear the conscience of guilt, speak pardon to the soul, support us in life, comfort us in death, and make us fit for eternity. When the Lord Jesus Christ is thus revealed to us and in us by the omnipotent mercy of God the Holy Spirit, when he is brought near, we see, with the eye of faith, his pure and perfect humanity and his eternal deity. And these two distinct natures we see combined, but not intermingled, in one glorious Person, Immanuel, God with us. Until thus favored of God, a person may see the deity of Christ taught in the Scriptures and believe it as a point of doctrine; but he does not have that faith that appropriates the doing and dying of the God-man to himself, saying with Thomas, ‘My Lord and my God’.”
Pastor Don Fortner
“The exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead.”
--Ephesians 1:19 & 20--
“In the resurrection of Christ, as in our salvation, there was put forth nothing short of a divine power. What shall we say of those who think that conversion is wrought by the free will of man, and is due to his own betterness of disposition? When we shall see the dead rise from the grave by their own power, then may we expect to see ungodly sinners of their own free will turning to Christ. It is not the word preached, nor the word read in itself; all quickening power proceeds from the Holy Ghost. This power was irresistible. All the soldiers and the high priests could not keep the body of Christ in the tomb; Death himself could not hold Jesus in his bonds: even thus irresistible is the power put forth in the believer when he is raised to newness of life. No sin, no corruption, no devils in hell nor sinners upon earth, can stay the hand of God’s grace when it intends to convert a man. If God omnipotently says, ‘Thou shalt’, man shall not say, ‘I will not.’ Observe that the power which raised Christ from the dead was glorious. It reflected honour upon God and wrought dismay in the hosts of evil. So there is great glory to God in the conversion of every sinner. It was everlasting power. ‘Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.’ So we, being raised from the dead, go not back to our dead works nor to our old corruptions, but we live unto God. ‘Because he lives we live also.’ ‘For we are dead, and our life is hid with Christ in God.’ ‘Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.’ Lastly, in the text mark the union of the new life to Jesus. The same power which raised the Head works life in the members. What a blessing to be quickened together with Christ!”
--C. H. Spurgeon
Our dear brother, Michael Smith, will be preaching the Gospel message this morning in our pastor’s absence.
Gene and Judy are due back from their trip the latter part of this week. Please pray that our Lord Jesus will give them a safe trip back to their home, and reunite them to the fellowship of the saints here in Rescue.
**** Cleaning duty this week: Russ Davis and Michael Smith ****
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Genesis 40 Psalm 34 Mark 9
Genesis 41 Psalm 35 Mark 10
Genesis 42 Psalm 36 Mark 11
Romans 6 Romans 7 Romans 8
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18)
“What is the meaning of our Lord’s statement — ‘Upon this rock I will build my Church?’ Without question, the papists’ fabrication that Peter was to be the foundation of the church is ludicrous. To speak of a fallen, sinful, depraved son of Adam as the foundation upon which God’s holy temple is built is contrary to Scripture. Such an exaltation of Peter above the rest of the Apostles would have been contrary to the plainest teachings of our Lord (Matt. 20:1-28). The rock upon which the Church of God is built is Peter’s confession, not Peter (Eph. 2:20-22; 1Cor. 3:11). Christ himself is the Rock God has laid in Zion (Isa. 28:16). Peter himself, writing by divine inspiration, tells us this (1Peter 2:6 - 8). When the Lord Jesus said, ‘Upon this rock will I build my church’, he was, obviously, referring to himself. He is the Rock upon whom Peter and all true believers are built by God’s saving grace (1Peter 2:5). Being built on him, we are safe and secure. Hell itself can do us no harm.”
Pastor Don Fortner
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“Jesus Christ is not a way to God. He is the ONLY WAY any hell-deserving sinner can come to God (John 14:6). Brethren, Substitution is not a take it or leave it gospel. SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL! As the God-man, Jesus Christ walked on this earth in perfect obedience to the will of God the Father, establishing a perfect righteousness for His chosen people. As the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ satisfied the Holy Justice of God for His elect by laying down His life for them. As God’s risen, glorified, exalted King, Jesus Christ now lives to give eternal life to all who were given to Him by God the Father (John 17:1 - 3). Jesus Christ is the sinner’s only hope, who has already entered within the veil, there to appear in the presence of God for those He purchased with His own precious blood. Flee to Him for refuge, and lay hold upon the only sure hope for sinners (Hebrews 6:17 - 20).
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THIS MOST PRECIOUS & SUITABLE SAVIOR!
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15).
“What a mercy it is to have a faithful and gracious compassionate High Priest who can sympathize with His poor, tried, tempted family – so that however low they may sink, His pitiful eye can see them in their low estate – His gracious ear hears their cries – His loving heart melts over them – and His strong arm plucks them from their destructions! Oh what would we do without such a gracious and most suitable Saviour as the blessed Jesus! How He seems to rise more and more in our estimation – in our thoughts – in our desires – in our affections – as we see and feel what a wreck and ruin we are, what dreadful havoc sin has made with both body and soul, what miserable outcasts we are by nature. But oh how needful it is, friend, to be brought down in our soul to be the chief of sinners, viler than the vilest, and worse than the worst–that we may really and truly believe in, and cleave unto, this most precious and suitable Saviour!”
--J. C. Philpot
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“Christ is the desire of nations, the joy of angels, the delight of the Father; what solace then must that soul be filled with that hath the possession of him to all eternity?”
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“Our Lord said, ‘Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven’ (Matt. 10:32). What is it to confess Christ?
- It is to have an understanding in the mind of WHO Christ is, WHAT Christ did, and WHERE Christ is. ‘The Son of God has come and given us an understanding...’ 1John 5:20).
- It is to believe Christ in the heart (Rom. 10: 9-10), to receive Christ with a sincere and genuine heart love, and committal as Lord and Saviour, Prophet, Priest, and King.
- It is to confess Christ openly and publicly in believer's baptism. ‘He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.’ Baptism does not save nor add anything to the Saviour's work; but it is a confession of, identification with, and testimony of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord, and our own death to sin and resurrection TO WALK WITH HIM.
- It is identification with the church of our Lord Jesus, the people who love Him, and the preachers who preach His gospel of free and sovereign grace. Paul said to Timothy, ‘Be not ashamed of the testimony (gospel) of our God, nor of me His servant, but be ready yourself to partake (be identified) of the afflictions of the gospel.’ Where the gospel is preached, where the true people of God meet to worship, where the name of Christ is worshipped and exalted, THERE I WANT TO BE! And if I truly love Christ and confess Christ, THERE I WILL BE!
- It is to speak of Christ daily in conversation, prayer, and as a faithful witness.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
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“That having to make our peace with God when we die is a poor business. I do not like the expression. I like far better the language of a poor bricklayer who fell from a scaffold, and was so injured that he was ready to die. The clergyman of the parish came, and said, ‘My dear man, I am afraid you will die. You had better make your peace with God.’ To the joy of the clergyman the man said, ‘Make my peace with God, sir? That was made for me upon Calvary’s cross eighteen hundred years ago; and I know it.’ Ah! that is it — to have a peace that was made by the blood of Christ all those years ago — a peace that never can be broken.”
--C. H. Spurgeon