SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2021
1 JOHN 2:1
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
“Sinners are welcome at this church. We are a local body of the Lord Jesus Christ. As you spend time with us, you’ll soon discover we’re an imperfect church, with an imperfect pastor, yet by God’s undeserved grace, we preach, believe, and know the perfect gospel of our never-failing Lord Jesus Christ. We call His name Jesus for He shall, (not might, not maybe) but shall save His people from their sins, and every sinner that trusts in Christ is complete in Him, saved
to the uttermost” HEBREWS 7:25 (copied)
Sunday Morning Bible Study 10:00 AM
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Friday Night Bible Study 7:30 PM
OPENING HYMN IT TOOK A MIRICAL PAGE 524
WORSHIP HYMN I AM THINE, OH LORD PAGE 358
CLOSING HYMN I AM HIS AND HE IS MINE PAGE 490
I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. Psalm 78:2-4
2 Timothy 3:10
Here are three vital truths revealed in the Word of God. I say that these truths are vital, because those who are in error, concerning these three truths have not yet learned the gospel.
1. God will by no means clear the guilty. He said that he would not in Exodus 34:7. ‘The soul that sinneth, it shall die’ (Ezekiel 18:20). There is no means whereby a holy, righteous, just and true God can clear guilty men and women. God demands holiness, absolute perfection. Any deviation, in thought, word, or deed, from perfect holiness God will not accept. A holy God must punish sin. A just God cannot clear the guilty. God will not clear the guilty upon the basis of their repentance. God will not clear the guilty upon the basis of their sacrifices. God will not clear the guilty upon the basis of their moral reformation. Be sure you know and understand this truth. A holy God cannot and will not clear the guilty.
2. Now be sure that you understand this also: You are guilty (Romans 3:10-12; Romans 3:19; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:18 - 19). Every son of Adam, by nature, is guilty before God. You are guilty. You are guilty of Adam’s sin. You are guilty of inward sin. You are guilty of outward sin. Judgment is passed. God declares that you are guilty. God will by no means clear the guilty; and you are guilty.
3. Yet, there is hope because God has found a way to make the guilty not guilty. Through the substitutionary sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, in the place of sinners upon the cross, God makes the guilty not guilty. God made his Son to be sin for all who believe on him, imputing our sins to his Son. And God made every believer to be righteous, innocent, not guilty, imputing the righteousness of his Son to us. ‘He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him’ (2Cor. 5:21). This is the vital truth of the gospel.”
Excerpt from Pastor Don Fortner’s
devotional book, “Grace For Today ”
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).” (Ephesians 2:4-5).
“What an honor our Great Triune God has bestowed upon us in allowing us this great privilege of assembling together to worship Him. Not only has He provided this church house where we meet, not only has He appointed our times of worship, He has given us a new heart that earnestly desires to be where His chosen, blood-bought children assemble. Brethren, please don’t take this lightly. Just look around you at all the worldly people in this area alone who have no time for God. Their black, stony hearts seek after the things of this world and they will fulfill the lusts of the flesh any day of the week. Why? That’s where their treasure is, and that’s where their heart is (Mt. 6:21; 31 - 33). Romans 8:7 tells us that “.. the carnal mind is enmity against God.” In 1 John 2:15 we read: “.. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Worldly people don’t love God. To the contrary, THEY HATE HIM! And then there are those who faithfully attend religious services, many who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, who don’t have the foggiest idea who Jesus Christ is, nor His perfect work of redemption that saved His chosen people. AND WE WERE JUST LIKE THEM until our Lord Jesus, in the Person of God the Holy Spirit, delivered us from the darkness our old unregenerate heart loved. Once again, please don’t take this honor and this privilege of publicly worshipping our Great Triune God lightly. If it wasn’t for His Sovereign Electing Grace that chose us in Christ, that redeemed us by Christ, and His sovereign, irresistible drawing power that brought us to Christ - WHERE WOULD WE BE? Either living it up in worldly pleasure every time we have the opportunity, or sitting in some pagan congregation, bowing down to a god that doesn’t even exist. Both are an abomination to our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s enlightened children assemble together to worship God in spirit and in truth, and love to do so. We lay these words to heart: “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking 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” (Heb. 10:24 - 25).”
“If the Lord had not first loved me, I never should have loved Him;
and if there is any good thing in men whatsoever, it must have been
implanted there by the Holy Spirit. If salvation be of works, then I can
never have it; and if it be the reward of natural goodness, then I shall
never have it. I feel that it must be of grace, and of grace alone.”
· Join us for our FELLOWSHIP DINNER
· Following our Dinner, we will have short message then come to the LORDS TABLE
“It is not merely that the sinner cannot come to Christ, but he will not come to Christ that he may have life; it is not merely that he cannot see the truth, but that he loves darkness rather than light, and does not want to see. Sinners are not willing to see. The natural will itself is in bondage. It takes the divine will of God to overcome the wicked will of man by creating life where there was no life. This blindness is more than blindness of the natural eye. It is blindness of heart, blindness of will, blindness of conscience, blindness of understanding, blindness of all things spiritual. You who are yet blind may raise your objections to my gospel, but you are as unqualified to express an opinion about something you have never seen as a blind man is to argue with you about the color of an object.”
Pastor Clay Curtis
One day soon, whether willingly or unwillingly, whether through physical death or the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are all going to leave this world. At that time every mere earthly relationship and association will be severed and lost to us forever. Will this be the end of all your treasures and pleasures, joys and dreams? Dear soul, it will be unless you are NOW dying to this world and this world is NOW dying to you, and you are living on Christ and him crucified (Gal. 6:14).
To true believers, leaving this present, evil world is not looked upon as loss, but as a great, a precious, and an eternal gain (Phil. 1:21). It is that “deliverance” which they have longed for (Rom. 7:24). It will be the first time since they have known the Lord Jesus Christ, that One who washed them from their sins in His own blood (Rev. 1:5; 5:9), that they will be able to do that which they “would” (Rom. 7:15-25; Gal. 5:17), that which they desire. They shall see Him, and know Him, and love Him, and worship Him perfectly; that is, without sin. Now they shall dwell in that “better country,” that “heavenly country” (Heb. 11:8-16). Now their faith is swallowed up in glorious sight. Now they see Him as He is, and are made like Him (I John 3:1, 2). Now they are “satisfied.” (Psalm 17:15). All of God! All of grace! All in and by and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor Maurice Montgomery
The End is Greater than the Means
The ultimate end or goal of redemption is not the happiness, well-being, or even conversion of sinners, BUT THE GLORY OF GOD (Eph. 1:6,12,14). Man’s comfort and safety is not the supreme goal of God’s glorious gospel. The supreme goal of our gospel is the glory of God, the establishment of His rule and reign over a kingdom of peace and righteousness, the exaltation and manifestation of His character, and the preeminence of His beloved Son. Our salvation will serve that purpose (Phil. 2:6-11).
Everything in covenant mercies, in salvation, and in God’s purpose for the sons of men (past, present, and future) turns upon the will of God in Christ. This makes CHRIST THE PRINCIPAL FIGURE in our gospel, our goals, and our glory. But, if you have salvation and God’s purpose waiting upon the freewill of the creature, then MAN is the principal figure in your landscape and will lead you to compromise divine truth in order to win man’s approval.
The attitude that we must get men converted at any cost and compromise usually winds up costing the very character and truth of God, which is a price too high to pay. Conversions are never more important than truth. Truth is always more important than results. “Let God be true and every man a liar!”
Pastor Henry T. Mahan (bulletin 1987)
“Have you heard His calls?”
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice,
and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) [Beloved] He knocks at the door of our heart. And how is this done? Oh! who shall count over, or sum up, all the love-calls of Christ. By His word, by His ordinances, by His means of grace, by afflictions, wants, sicknesses, sorrows, bereaving providences in our friends, the near prospect, as it should seem, of death to ourselves; the Lord knocks, and knocks again and again, and rings loud peals through all the chambers of our consciences; all which we totally disregard, hear, but turn from: neither can the Lord, by soothing or by threatening, by judgments or by mercies, have the least effect upon our stony hearts, until He himself put in His hand by the hole of the door, opened to His own entrance, and caused our [hearts] to be moved for Him. So said the Church of old! And so, blessed be God, I know (Song of Songs 5:2-4). Reader! what saith your heart to these things? Have you known JESUS at the door? Have you heard His calls? Hath He made you willing in the day of His power? (Psalm 110:3).
A few days ago I came across a card entitled, “Heaven’s Checklist.” I knew that it was left by someone who thought they were “witnessing for the Lord.”
The card had nine boxes to be checked thereby telling everyone that would stop and read that when these nine things were done, eternal life would be secure…they would be as sure for heaven as if they were already there. The nine boxes were as follows…“do good things, be baptized, go to church, keep the ten commandments, love others, give to charity, receive communion, say prayers and read the Bible”…but no mention of Christ…nothing concerning His work, His will, His pleasure, His Gospel, His purpose, His glory or His sovereignty.
The Gospel of Christ doesn’t set forth rules and regulations for men to heed and do… “ Not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5). The Scripture declares one glorious message to needy sinners, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John. 3:18).
Pastor Marvin Stalnaker
HE SHALL NOT FAIL
Beloved, rejoice, our God and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ
“shall save his people from their sins”…“He shall not fail!” (Matthew 1:21, Isaiah 42:4) Pastor Joseph D Murphy
For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations. Psalm 22: 28:
Think on this, brethren. Our Substitute who put away our sin by the sacrifice of himself, our Advocate who ever lives to make intercession for us, our Judge who declares we are completely innocent of all guilt before his holy judgment seat, is also our Governor constantly governing with equity all our interest in this present evil world. For each of his own, our Governor will execute judgment and do only what is best for us. He will not deny his governing hand to those he has washed in his blood. And that is not all. “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” (Ps 9:9) Who will enter this Stronghold? “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee” (Ps 9: 10).
Pastor Clay Curtis