WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, September 27, 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
“At The Cross” Page 188
“Redeemed” Page 520
To be announced.
“Eternal Redemption Obtained”
“Jesus Paid It All” Page 210
‘By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12).
“The death of Jesus Christ in the place of sinners was much more than a mere hopeful act on his part. Our Savior did not die to make redemption a possibility for all of Adam’s race. He died as the Substitute and Surety of his people and obtained eternal redemption for us. I want to share with you four blessed truths about our redemption by Christ.
- Redemption by Christ was appointed by God in eternity. This was an act of loving sovereignty. God was not in any way obliged to redeem fallen sinners. And he had nothing to gain by doing so. Yet, by divine statute, our Lord was set up in eternity as ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’. And, in the fullness of time, he was ‘delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God’. Before the world began, God gave his Son to die for the objects of his love. Christ agreed to bear our sins in his own body upon the tree.
- Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption at Calvary. We have, by faith, been to Calvary and beheld the Son of God dying in our place. We hear the expiring Immanuel cry, ‘It is finished!’ And we know the great transaction is done. At that time our sins were put away; our souls were pardoned. Nothing could be added to it and nothing taken from it. It is the work of the God-man, and it is for ever.
- God Almighty accepted our redemption by the blood of Christ. The resurrection of Christ and his ascension into heaven are proof positive that God has accepted the finished work of his Son as our Redeemer and accepted us in him. The exalted God-man declares that justice is satisfied and God is reconciled to all who are represented in him.
- This redemption by Christ is effectually applied by the Holy Spirit. He graciously sprinkles our hearts with the blood of Christ and reconciles us to God. By faith we receive justification and the forgiveness of sin.”
Pastor Don Fortner
“... by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:12).
This passage of Holy Scripture plainly declares that Jesus Christ obtained (past tense) eternal redemption for someone. Please consider the following questions and the answers that are given, and ask yourself, “Is this what I believe? Have I, by faith, embraced these God-honoring truths?”
- Who is it that obtained eternal redemption? The writer of Hebrews is referring to Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Triune God. “.. when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4 - 5).
- Who did Jesus Christ obtain eternal redemption for? “For us!” For His chosen people (Ephesians 1:3 - 7). Please pay attention to the word “US” in verse 3; verse 4; verse 5; verse 6; and the word “WE” in verse 7. They all refer to the same particular people we read about in Romans 8:32 & 33, which says: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for US all, how shall he not with him also freely give US all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of GOD’S ELECT? It is God that justifieth.”
- How did Jesus Christ obtain eternal redemption for US? By his own blood. By the supreme sacrifice of Himself. Hebrews 1:3 says: “.. when he had (also past tense) by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Hebrews 10:10 tells us that Jesus Christ, through the offering of His body, sanctified (also past tense) His people. Moreover, Hebrews 10:14 plainly states that Jesus Christ, by the supreme sacrifice of himself, hath perfected for ever (also past tense) them that are sanctified.
- How do hell-deserving spiritually dead sinners receive these God-honoring truths concerning eternal redemption? By the life-giving miracle of the new birth (John 3:3 - 8); by God’s sovereign grace through His gift of faith to us (Ephesians 2:8 - 9); when God calls His chosen people out of darkness under the preaching of His glorious gospel to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:13 - 14).
Brethren, Jesus Christ obtained eternal redemption for us, for His chosen people. And when He entered into the holy place, when he entered into heaven itself, there to appear in the presence of God for US, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, denoting a finished work. That is positive proof that God accepted the perfect redeeming work of His Darling Son. And the Scripture tells us that we were made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 2:6). Once again, ask yourself, “Is this what I believe? Have I, by faith, embraced these God-honoring truths?”
Following this morning’s worship service, Birthday Cake will be served in the fellowship hall in honor of September Birthday Celebrants.
Our monthly Fellowship Dinner is scheduled for next Sunday afternoon following our morning worship service.
We will come to The Lord’s Table during our worship service next Sunday afternoon, Lord willing.
******* Cleaning duty this week: John & Kathy Reeves *******
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Genesis 46 Psalm 40 Mark 15
Genesis 47 Psalm 41 Mark 16
Genesis 48 Psalm 42 Luke 1
Romans 12 Romans 13 Romans 14
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Jesus Christ “.. bare our sins in his own body on the tree ...” (1 Peter 2:24). Is that a true statement? Did our Saviour really bare our sins in His own body? Was the Person of Jesus Christ really made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21)? Did Jehovah God really lay all our iniquities on the Person, the man, Christ Jesus (Isaiah 53:9)? Or do those Biblical statements, as some interpret them, just have some sort of a symbolic meaning? Consider these questions, and compare them to the above questions: Did the Person of Jesus Christ really suffer when He was scourged? Was He, in His Person, in real pain when His hands were pierced with those cruel nails? Was His body really in excruciating pain when He hung there on that cruel cross? Did God the Father really bruise His Darling Son? Did He really pour out His unmitigated wrath on the Person of Christ our Saviour? Did Jesus Christ really suffer in His Person when He cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mt. 27:46). Or was all that pain just symbolical?
Were God’s elect really healed by the stripes that were laid on the back of the Person of Jesus Christ? Were we really cleansed by His precious blood? Were God’s chosen people really redeemed by the blood of Christ our Saviour? When He was made sin for us, were we really made the righteousness of God in Him?
Brethren, what is true of the Person of Christ who was made sin for us, is just as true in respect to the persons for whom He represented. We were really made righteous by the perfect redeeming work of Jesus Christ our Saviour. He really did save us, His chosen people!
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“A believer is so confident of Christ our Savior, that he is very willing to leave this world. We do not look forward to the process of the death of the body, but we do long to go be with our Lord. A believer has been born again into a new citizenship in glory and our new heart looks forward to going home to be with our Savior.
When a child of God dies, we who are left behind mourn the loss of companionship and friendship. However, we rejoice to know that the very moment a child of God closed his eyes in death, he opened them in glory, looking into the face of our Lord Jesus Christ! (Luke 23:43).
That is why we can say that the day a believer dies is the best day of his life. The day of the death of a believer is far better than the day of his birth (Eccl. 7:1), because that is the day we finally see our Savior face to face.
Pastor Frank Tate
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BE YE FOLLOWERS OF GOD (Ephesians 5: 1)
“Believers are not left to themselves to devise a life style or customize their old one. Neither are they put in a mold and turned out so that they all act, talk, dress, and sound alike. In Ephesians 5: 1, Gods' apostle gives the church an outline for their walk in this world.
The believers walk is preceded by a work of grace in their heart. The Father has made us meet (able) to be partakers of the inheritance of enlightened saints. (see Colossians 1: 12) Ignorant, deceived, and superstitious idolaters have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light. (see I Peter 2:9) They have been quickened from their spiritual death and shown the exceeding riches of His grace .
Not long after a baby is born he takes his first step; yet that step is owing to a marvelous work which God does in the womb of his mother. We don't look at a baby's walk as an abnormal or unnatural thing but perfectly normal. Even so, when men and women are born of God, their walk is the result of their nature. (I Peter 2: 1-9; Hebrews 10: 33-39; Titus 3: 3-8).
Pastor Darvin Pruitt
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“God’s servants are not men who serve themselves by the people of God, but men who serve the people of God by the sacrifice of themselves, gladly devoting their lives to the cause of Christ.”
Pastor Don Fortner
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“A. W. Pink said, ‘when the sovereignty of God is denied, there will be no awe of Him.’ How true, for it is only before an Almighty, Holy, and Sovereign God that men will bow down and WORSHIP! It is only in the purpose and will of our sovereign, all-wise Father that we can find PEACE. It is only through the blood and righteousness of a Redeemer WHO CANNOT FAIL, that we have a GOOD HOPE of eternal life.
Pastor Henry Mahan
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“The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up, nay, you have to cut every step with an ice axe; only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress; you need a guide to help you, and you are not safe unless you are fastened to the guide, for you may slip into a crevasse. Nobody ever slides up, but if great care be not taken they will slide down, slide back, or in other words backslide. This is very easily done. If you want to know how to backslide, the answer is leave off going forward and you will slide backward, cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity, for stand still you never can.”
--C. H. Spurgeon
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Why does our Lord Jesus, in His Word, command His children to do all things without murmurings? (Phil. 2:14). Because, when we murmur, we are saying that God isn’t working all things after the counsel of his own will (Eph. 1:11); we’re denying Rom. 8:28 which tells us that all things work together for our good; we are doubting the wisdom of God who purposed all the events of this life before time began (Isa. 46:9 - 11; Dan. 4:35). Wrong views of God will cause a person to have a very low opinion of God. Brethren, God was on His throne when Adam fell; when Cain slew Abel; when the flood waters during Noah’s day came; when Joseph was sold into slavery; when Israel went into Egyptian bondage; when Pharaoh hardened his heart; when Israel was delivered from Egyptian bondage; when the majority of the Israelites perished in the wilderness because of unbelief. He was on His throne when Jesus Christ was crucified, and when He was raised from the dead (Acts 2:23 - 24). Jesus Christ, as a man, was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. He is now the exalted God-man who is on His Sovereign Throne of Power, ruling over this whole universe, and everything in it (Phil 2:8 - 11). He, by His Sovereign Power, is giving eternal life to His chosen people (John 17:1 - 3). And we’re kept by that same power, through faith (1 Peter 1:5). Our Lord tells us in His Word that He is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory (Jude, verse 24). The next time we experience something that upsets us, remember that our Lord Jesus has a divine purpose for what He allows, AND DON’T MURMUR AGAINST HIM!