t                   oPastor John and wife Kathy  


Preaching God's Sovereign, Electing Grace   



10 am Sunday Bible Study

September 6, 2020


PO Box 232, Rescue, CA 95672 Phone (530) 677-1710

Pastor John Reeves

Email - rescuebaptist232@gmail.com
Website - www.rescuebaptistchurch.com

Hebrews 10:23 - 25
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”


Sunday Morning Bible Study 10:00 AM Simon Peter an Apsotle of Christ (pt 71)
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Friday Night Bible Study 7:30 PM








Sunday Titus Monday Num 17-20 Tuesday 1Chr 25-29
Wednesday Ps 108-110 Thursday Prov 23-24
Friday Amos 1-4 Saturday John 16-18

‘He calleth his own sheep by name’ (John 10:3).
“There are many examples of this divine call in the Word of God. You who are saved will bear me witness that it was a personal call which brought you to Christ. It was some sermon, anointed of God, which led you to feel that you were, without question, the person for whom the sermon was intended. Perhaps the text was ‘Thou, God, seest me.’ And the preacher laid such particular stress on the word ‘me’, that you thought God’s eye was fixed particularly on you. Before the sermon was finished, you could almost see God opening the books to condemn you. Your heart whispered, ‘Can any hide himself in the secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord.’ You may have been seated in a packed auditorium, but you had a solemn conviction that God spoke directly to you by the voice of his servant.
God does not call his people in masses, but one by one. God does not call his people in general, but in particular. God’s call is personal, particular and distinguishing. You know that this is the doctrine of the Bible. There were many crowding the Jericho road, but our Lord came to a certain place and said to a certain man, ‘Zacchaeus, make haste and come down.’ ‘Jesus saith unto her, Mary; and she turned unto him and said unto him, Master.’ Jesus saw Peter and John fishing by the lake, and he said unto them, ‘Follow me.’ And they followed him. He saw Matthew sitting at the receipt of custom and he said unto him, ‘Arise, and follow me.’ And Matthew arose and followed him.
When the Holy Spirit comes home to a man, God’s arrows do more than merely graze his helmet, or make some little scratch upon his armor they penetrate between the joints and harness, entering the marrow of his soul and the deep recesses of his heart. Have you received this personal, particular, distinguishing call of divine grace? Arise, then and come to Christ, saying,
Let me at the throne of mercy Find a sweet relief, kneeling there in deep contrition, Help my unbelief.”
Pastor Don Fortner

“I believe men will argue about the new nature up until the time that they have one, and then they will just be grateful to the God of all grace, who makes all things new.
Pastor Chris Cunningham

Absolutely no one will cry out for God’s mercy until the Holy Spirit makes them see that they are spiritually bankrupt! Then, and only then, are they ready to receive Jesus Christ as their only hope; as their Savior; as their Sovereign Lord; AS THEIR ALL IN ALL!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not ‘God has done His part, now the rest is up to you.’ The Gospel is not what the sinner can do for God, but what Jesus Christ has done for the sinner. “Christ ... hath suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18). When Jesus Christ died, He, by Himself, purged our sins (Heb. 1:3); He reconciled us to God (Rom. 5:10). Our Savior was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:25). Christ suffered and died for our sins THAT HE MIGHT BRING US TO GOD! The risen, exalted Christ of God is not trying to find His lost sheep. In the Person of God, the Holy Spirit, our sovereign Lord will seek and save all those He suffered and bled and died for. He MUST bring them to Himself. They MUST hear His voice. He said so (John 10:16). God the Father has put all things under the feet of His glorified Son and has given Him power over all flesh. By the quickening power of our risen Savior, He gives eternal life to as many as His Father gave Him (John 17:2). He gives us a new heart to come to Him by faith, a heart that rejoices in His glorious Gospel. Sinners have not come to God if they have not bowed down to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. They have not come to God if they’re trusting in something they have done to try and merit God’s grace, including their so-called free will. We come to God when we come to the Christ of Holy Scripture; when we believe that He suffered for our sins that He might bring us to God; when we believe that being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Sinners come to God when we, by His gift of true saving faith, bow down to the risen, glorified Son of God, confessing Him as our Sovereign Lord and Saviour. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. But absolutely no one will call upon the name of Jesus Christ until they hear and believe the true Gospel of God‘s sovereign, amazing grace.. Brethren, God the Holy Spirit is the one who sends His preachers to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in those areas where His lost sheep are (Rom. 10:13 - 15). Under the preaching of the Christ of Holy Scripture, the sovereign power of the risen, glorified Son of God is manifested for the glory of God the Father when He delivers His chosen, redeemed children from the prison-house of unbelief, bringing them into a living union with Himself.
Pastor Gene Harmon

• Join us for our FELLOWSHIP DINNER concluding this morning service.
• We will come to THE LORD’S TABLE during our afternoon worship service, Lord willing

“If you would ask me the clearest evidence of a truly convened person, I would say it would be concerning his attitude toward the Gospel. When God calls a person by the Gospel, he falls in love with Christ and can't get enough of hearing Him preached from that day forward. Of all the persons I have witnessed over the years that seem to be genuine believers, their love for the hearing of the Gospel has never diminished. They are just as enthused about it and moved by it now as they were when they first heard it. They do not look for excuses to miss it but are looking for opportunities to attend it. If these are your feelings about Gospel preaching, THANK GOD!
If you would ask me the clearest evidence of an unconverted state or apostasy, I would say it concerns the same thing; it would be that person's attitude toward hearing the Gospel. Indifference, poor attendance, lack of joy, and rejoicing upon hearing the Gospel, and constantly looking for excuses to miss it are clear signs to me that a person is not in love with Jesus Christ. If you really love someone, you want to be with him, never get enough of hearing about him or talking about him, and love those who are most like him. If you find the hearing of the Gospel to be a burden to you rather than a pleasure and do not experience any real joy upon hearing it, ask God to help you, speak to you, make His word burn within you until it catches your heart afire. If you are not concerned, may God have mercy upon you.”
Pastor Paul Mahan

“Sovereign Grace is God’s grace. And God’s grace is Sovereign Grace. If it is not Sovereign Grace, it is not saving grace. Sovereign Grace is the truth. Sovereign Grace is the message that declares the electing love of the Father, the redeeming love of the Son, and the invincible love of the Holy Spirit. Sovereign Grace is the Gospel. Any message that does not declare the Sovereign Grace of God in Christ Jesus is ‘another gospel!’ Sovereign Grace is saving grace!”
Pastor Todd Nibert

“I introduced a Sunday morning sermon with an excellent question asked by a friend, ‘If a person is truly saved by the grace of God in Christ, will he love, rejoice, give, share, forgive and endeavor to glorify Christ in his life or MUST HE BE TAUGHT THESE THINGS?’ My answer: ‘Yes he will and yes, he must.’
The principles of grace and truth are in the heart by regeneration, as is the love of Christ and love for others; but children must be taught, reminded, corrected and even chastised. ‘Go ye and make disciples, TEACHING THEM to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you’ (Matthew 28:20). The very fact that our Lord gave us The Lord’s Table to ‘do in remembrance of Me’ is proof enough that we need to be taught and reminded of spiritual truth.”
                                                                          Pastor Henry Mahan

“We worship that gloriously unique God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and son of Mary. He is the Messenger and the Message, our Priest and our Sacrifice, the sum and substance of our Theology, that divine truth we know and love. What we call ‘Calvinism’ or ‘The Doctrines of Grace’ are embodied IN HIM. One may be familiar with these doctrines and not know Him, but one cannot know Him and have any lasting problems with these doctrines, because ...... they emanate from Him, being of the very essence of His glorious Person and work. True faith (the gift of God wrought in the soul through the Word; (Romans 10:17), cannot conceive of HIM as being anything less than absolutely sovereign, and OF HIS WORK for and in the sinner, as being anything other than absolutely free and effectual. Thus, PRAISE HIS NAME! He is a real and sure hope for real sinners.”                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pastor Maurice Montgomery

“When the gospel is preached, there are two things always taking place (even though most are unaware of it); some are being prepared for glory, others are being hardened. Some are being brought to the light, some are left sitting in darkness. Some see Christ and His glory, others see no beauty about Him. Some who hear the gospel have their hearts made tender towards sin; others have their hearts hardened in sin. No wonder we say, ‘Who is sufficient for these things?” The question we should all be asking is, ‘How is the preaching of the gospel affecting me’?”
Pastor Donnie Bell

“Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called” (Jude, verse 1).

“... Blessed forever be God our Father, for sanctifying, setting apart, choosing, and electing the Church in Christ, before all worlds, that it should be holy and without blame before Him in love! Blessed for ever be God the Son, for uniting the Church to Himself, in a oneness and union, preserving her before all time, and preserving through all time, his Church as His own, and redeeming her to Himself, for His social spouse and companion, to whom He might impart all communicable grace here, and glory for ever. And blessed for ever be God the Holy Ghost, for calling the Church with an holy calling, and by His regenerating grace, quickening her, when dead in trespasses and sins, and bringing her into a new and spiritual life in Christ Jesus! Blessed by the Holy Three in One, for all our mercies in time, and to all eternity.”
                                                                                             Robert Hawker

The Lord Will Provide

“Faith rests all of its hope in Gods promised redeemer. Isaac represents all of Gods elect as they are ‘children of the promise’ (Romans 9: 7-8). That which is begotten of God finds itself on the altar of God in a just and righteous condemnation; but the hand of God is stayed because the lamb of God’s provision has been found to take his place. Abraham could raise the sacrificial knife and plunge it into the heart of his dear son because he believed that God would provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering. Even if Isaac dies he must be raised from the dead because God, who cannot lie, has promised him ‘that in Isaac shall thy seed be called’ (Genesis 21: 12, Romans 9: 7, Hebrews 11: 18). Both the man of faith and all he can produce are willingly laid on the altar. But what God will have this man of faith to see is that what God demands of him will be accomplished by another. All that God requires of faith He provides in his substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
               Pastor Darvin Pruitt

Sunday September 13, 2020

1 John 3:1 – 2

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 



Sunday Morning Bible Study       10:00 AM Simon Peter an Apostle of Christ (pt 72)

Sunday Morning Worship              11:00 AM

Friday Night Bible Study                   7:30 PM


OPENING HYMN            PAGE 345










CLOSING HYMN           PAGE 493



Sunday Philemon      Monday Num 21:24      Tuesday 2Chr 1-5

Wednesday Ps 111-113           Thursday Prov 25

Friday Amos 5-9       Saturday John 19-21

‘A broken spirit’

Psalm 51:17

 “I am convinced that no man has ever experienced the grace of God in salvation until his heart is thoroughly broken before a holy God as he has revealed himself in the Lord Jesus Christ.  If ever a man finds out who he is, who God is, who the Lord Jesus Christ is and what he has done for sinners - if a man ever really learns these things, he will be a broken man.  When Job stood in the presence of his three miserable friends, he vindicated himself and even cursed his day.   He said, ‘Why did I not perish from the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?’ But when he stood in the presence of God, he was a broken man and he spoke as a broken man. He saw himself in all the hideousness of his sin and he saw God in all the holiness of his majesty.  Then he said, ‘Behold, I am vile.’ ‘I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes’ (Job 40:4; 42:5-6).  There is no pride and egotism here, no haughtiness, no self-vindication. Once Job had seen the Lord, he was broken. He loathed himself and blamed himself. Once Job had seen the Lord, he honored God and vindicated him.  The truly broken heart will always vindicate God, no matter the cost.

    This brokenness can only be produced in our stubbornly sinful hearts by a saving revelation of Christ in our hearts.  Brokenness is found at the cross.  The Lord God declares that when he pours upon the hearts of his elect the Spirit of grace, then ‘They shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn’ (Zech. 12: 10).  Have you been to the cross?  Have you had the crucified Christ revealed in your heart?  Has your heart been broken by the knowledge of the Lord?  O Lord, evermore break our hearts before thee!  Amen.”

                                                                            Pastor Don Fortner


ISAIAH 33:2 

 O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. 



Sunday Morning Bible Study        10:00 AM Simon Peter an Apostle of Christ (pt 73)

Sunday Morning Worship              11:00 AM

Friday Night Bible Study                 7:30 PM

OPENING HYMN               PAGE 353




WORSHIP HYMN              PAGE 234





CLOSING HYMN                PAGE 81




Sunday Heb 1-4     Monday Num 25-28     Tuesday 2Chr 6-10

Wednesday Ps 114-116           Thursday Prov 26-27

                      Friday Obadiah                Saturday Acts 1-2

We read these words in Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord;  though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”.   Was our Lord trying to reason with men and women who do not have His Holy Spirit dwelling in them?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!  Unregenerate sinners are unreasonable!  ALL OF THEM (2 Thess. 3:2) Human reason and human logic have absolutely nothing to do with salvation.  It is the Spirit that quickened; The flesh profited nothing … (John 6:63).  To portray our Lord as One Who is trying to reason with a spiritually dead sinner is to imply that He might fail.  Brethren, Jesus Christ is THE ALMIGHTY GOD!  HE CANNOT FAIL!  Our Lord Jesus reasons with those who have been convicted by God the Holy Spirit.  Those who know they are polluted in their own blood.  Those who know their sins are as scarlet.  Those who have a sincere desire to be clothed in a perfect righteousness that will make them as white as snow in the sight of a Thrice Holy God; God Who cannot even look upon sin.  God gives us His Holy Spirit so “... that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God (1 Cor. 2:12).  When we experience the miracle of the new birth, we hear these words: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28).  Those are the sinners our Lord reasons with.  Those who feel the burden of sin.  Those who labor, seeking God’s forgiving grace.  And all of His enlightened sheep will have Jesus Christ revealed to them as their perfect Saviour.  By God-given faith, we believe Jesus Christ has made us perfectly righteous before God by His perfect obedience to His Father’s will.  We believe the precious blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed us from every spot and stain.  We rejoice with heartfelt praise to God our Saviour, knowing that “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, … (Romans 8:1).

                                                                                          Gene Harmon

     There is nothing more discouraging to a believer than to witness the frail attempt of his heart to faithfully pray to the God of all grace but nothing more encouraging than to know that the Lord Jesus, as the Great High Priest of His people, offers those prayers in the incense of His merit before the throne of God and for His sake, those prayers are acceptably heard.  
                                                               Marvin Stalnaker    



Rev 22:17

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”



Sunday Morning Bible Study    10:00 AM Simon Peter an Apostle of Christ (pt 74)

Sunday Morning Worship           1:00 AM

Friday Night Bible Study               7:30 PM


OPENING HYMN               PAGE 267




WORSHIP HYMN                 PAGE 405




 The Old, Old Story

CLOSING HYMN                   PAGE 106




Sunday Heb 5-7     Monday N 29-32     Tuesday 2Chr 11-15

Wednesday Ps 117-118           Thursday Prov 28

                      Friday Jonah                Saturday Acts 3-4


 Next Sunday we will have our FELLOWSHIP DINNER

 Lord willing, we will come to the LORD’S TABLE (DV) after a short message following our fellowship dinner


“Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.” (Psalm 135:6)


          In heaven’s glory we shall forever adore and praise our great God for the wondrous mystery of his grace, by which we are saved.  Everything in the great work of salvation sets forth the splendor of the grace of the Most High God.  What do we see in election, predestination, redemption, regeneration and preservation, but His grace?  The whole work of salvation displays God’s rich, free, almighty, irresistible, sovereign, saving grace in Christ.  In salvation, as well as in creation, all things are of God, all things are by God, and all things are for God.  He works all our works in us, and in Him alone all praise must be forever!          

                                                                             Maurice Montgomery

The Gospel preacher must be obsessed with one thing – Christ crucified!  Once a preacher becomes obsessed with anything else, the Gospel of God always takes a back seat to make room for his obsession and those who hear him are robbed of the Bread of Heaven.                                                                          

                                                                                          Don Fortner

There is one true evidence of a work of grace, and regeneration in men and women: Love. That one who truly believes, who is born of God, loves God who begat him, and loves all those begotten of Him. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He who loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (I John 4:7-8).

                                                                                              Darvin Pruitt