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WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH

Sunday Morning, September 6, 2015

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SCHEDULED MEETINGS

     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

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OPENING HYMN

   “Hallelujah, What a Savior!”                                          Page 175

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SCRIPTURE READING

     Psalm 112

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OFFERTORY

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WORSHIP HYMN

   “A Shelter In The Time Of Storm”                                 Page 353

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SPECIAL MUSIC

     To be announced.      

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Message Title

   “Mercy In The Midst of Judgment      Message by Michael Smith

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CLOSING HYMN

   “I Will Sing Of My Redeemer”                                        Page 506

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‘My doctrine’ --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”

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“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” --Isaiah 53:6--

   “Here is a confession of sin common to all the elect people of God. They have all fallen, and therefore, in common chorus, they all say, from the first who entered heaven to the last who shall enter there, ‘All we like sheep have gone astray.’ The confession, while thus unanimous, is also special and particular: ‘We have turned every one to his own way.’ There is a peculiar sinfulness about every one of the individuals; all are sinful, but each one with some special aggravation not found in his fellow. It is the mark of genuine repentance that while it naturally associates itself with other penitents, it also takes up a position of loneliness. ‘We have turned every one to his own way’, is a confession that each man had sinned against light peculiar to himself, or sinned with an aggravation which he could not perceive in others. This confession is unreserved; there is not a word to detract from its force, nor a syllable by way of excuse. The confession is a giving up of all pleas of self-righteousness. It is the declaration of men who are consciously guilty—guilty with aggravations, guilty without excuse: they stand with their weapons of rebellion broken in pieces, and cry, ‘All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.’ Yet we hear no dolorous wailings attending this confession of sin; for the next sentence makes it almost a song. ‘The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ It is the most grievous sentence of the three, but it overflows with comfort. Strange is it that where misery was concentrated mercy reigned; where sorrow reached her climax weary souls find rest. The Saviour bruised is the healing of bruised hearts. See how the lowliest penitence gives place to assured confidence through simply gazing at Christ on the cross!”

C. H. Spurgeon

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Our pastor, and his wife, are attending the annual Sovereign Grace Conference hosted by Pastor Don Fortner and the saints at Grace Baptist Church in Danville, Kentucky this week-end. Please continue to pray for them.
  • Brother Michael Smith will be preaching this morning’s Gospel message in our pastor’s absence.

*****  Cleaning duty this week: John and Kathy Reeves   ******

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SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK

Monday                           Wednesday                   Friday

Genesis 37                       Psalm 31                       Mark 6

Genesis 38                       Psalm 32                       Mark 7

Genesis 39                       Psalm 33                       Mark 8

Romans 3                        Romans 4                      Romans 5

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING CHRIST --Philippians 3:1 - 11--

   “I know that there are some things that are important to us; there are some people that are important to us. However, in light of our great need of Christ nothing else is that important. We need Him. As the woman with the issue of blood said, ‘If I can but touch the hem of his garment, I shall be made whole.’ Without Him we are lost, undone, and unaccepted by the Father. There is no material thing or human relationship that can supply my spiritual need; however, in Christ we are complete. In Christ we have all that we need to stand in God’s presence accepted. I cannot express how important it is to know Christ; all material things will burn up, and all fleshly relationships will be dissolved. However, our relationship with Christ will never be dissolved nor diminished, and it will only grow sweeter. Judge the importance of everything in light of Him.”

Pastor John Chapman

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“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).

Religion And Eternal Life - The Difference

   “Religion is to know biblical facts; life is to know God 1 John 5:20).   Religion is to know what I believe; life is to know Whom I believe (2 Timothy 1:12). Religion is to be baptized into the church; life is to be baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3). Religion is to be reformed, life is to be regenerated (John 3:3). Religion is to be a new convert; life is to be a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

     A man was asked, ‘And what is your religious persuasion?’ He replied, ‘I am persuaded that nothing can separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Romans 8:38 - 39).”

Pastor Henry Mahan

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“It shall be well with the righteous” (Isaiah 3:10).

   In spiritual things all your temptations, all your darkness, all your wanderings God will overrule. It shall be well with you. There shall never be a night, but that morning shall come; there shall never be a day of trouble, but a day of prosperity shall follow; there shall never be an emptying, but there shall be a filling; there shall never be a bringing down, but that He will raise you up again. Let it be either darkness or light, sorrow or grief, night or day, life or death, time or eternity, “it shall be well with the righteous.”

Brother Scott Richardson

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Spiritual Blindness

   “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

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“God’s elect worship and serve Him with willing hearts. We willingly believe, willingly worship, willingly give, and willingly do what we can for the glory of God. It is God Who, by effectual grace, makes us willing; but we are willing servants of the Most High God! Any worship, service, or gifts offered to God that is not done with a willing heart is an abomination to Him.”

--Brother Scott Richardson

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   “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).”                                                                            

   Pastor