JANUARY 17, 2021
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
OPENING HYMN PAGE 495
HEAVEN CAME DOWN
WORSHIP HYMN PAGE 338
Faithfull Brethren in Christ
CLOSING HYMN PAGE 511
NOW I BELONG TO JESUS
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
· A sincere “THANK YOU” to all who were able to contribute to yesterday’s Workday. The fellowship was good as was your labor of love, much was accomplished. Once again, THANK YOU!
· Immediately following our Morning Worship, we will come to the Lord’s Table.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).
“There are only two kinds of people in the world--the righteous and the wicked. Interestingly, the righteous believe themselves to be wicked. That is why they need the Gospel. The wicked believe themselves to be righteous. That is why they do not need the Gospel.”
Pastor Todd Nibert
Philippians 3:20 For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
I love the present tense assertion here that we believers are already, right now, no longer truly citizens of this world, but of Heaven itself, and from here we look for Him. Being here, but being citizens there, we look for Him to come and get us from where we don't belong (John 15:19), from this place where we are strangers and pilgrims (Hebrews 11:13), from this world we are dead to, and it to us (Galatians 6:14), and bring us home, to be in His glorious presence forever. And as the verse says, to be like Him. He will wipe away the last tear from our eyes, that we will ever shed. And we will have a glorious body like Him, that no enemy or disease can ever touch. With Him and like Him. That's Heaven. That's glory. O how we look for Him. Even so come quickly, Lord Jesus.
Chris Cunningham **************************************
30th ANNUAL SOVEREIGN GRACE WINTER CONFERENCE
JANUARY 31, 2021
SUNDAY MORNING CONFERENCE
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:
WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
30th ANNUAL SOVEREIGN GRACE WINTER CONFERENCE
Sunday Morning Bible Study 10:00 AM
Friday Night Bible Study 7:30 PM
OPENING HYMN HEAVEN CAME DOWN PAGE 495
HYMN GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SIN PAGE 201
Pastor Norm Wells
HYMN I WILL PRAISE HIM PAGE 525
Pastor Clay Curtis
CLOSING HYMN IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL PAGE 493
"WAITING FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST"
"WHAT A HEART-WARMING, EXCITING TRUTH TO MEDITATE UPON! The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The wicked may make ugly, blasphemous remarks in hateful mockery about the return of our Saviour, but those who love the Lord Jesus Christ long for His promised return with joyful anticipation. He Himself said, "I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am ye may be also" (John 14:3). True faith delights in the God-given hope of eternal bliss with the true and living God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
But how do God's children conduct themselves while waiting for that glorious, bright day when Christ Jesus shall return? Do we stand around gazing up into heaven? No! The early disciples of Christ were gently rebuked for this (Acts 1:9-11). Do we sell our personal property and foolishly robe our-selves in white garments, and on a certain day that some religionist foolishly predicted, place ourselves in some elevated position (roof tops; high mountains; etc.)? Many have been sadly disappointed by aligning themselves with those false deceivers. So much so, that many committed suicide afterwards.
While waiting for the inevitable return of our Majestic King, we should live each day as if it is our last and make plans as if we had another one hundred years before Christ comes again. We are laborers together with God: we are God's husbandry; we are God's building. We should be about our Father's business! The songwriter expressed this God-honoring truth with these words: "Living for Jesus, a life that is true Striving to please Him, in all that I do, yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free This is the pathway, of blessing for me."
Brethren, this is how we should conduct ourselves while "Waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." By living for the honor and glory of the One who loved us and gave Himself for us. By proving the sincerity of our love by delighting ourselves in continual, cheerful obedience to our Lord's commands. By being filled with praise and adoration to Jesus Christ our Lord, the One who will present us FAULTLESS before Himself when He returns.
Pastor Gene Harmon
When studying Ezra chapter nine, we see that Ezra had much to say in his prayer. He details his concern for the folks that had married people of the land. Those who married the land’s inhabitants, really were saying that the worship of God was equal, and just as beneficial, as the worship of the religions of the land.
The scripture says, Ezra was “astonied.” (Ezra 9:3-4) That means he was “appalled,” “awestruck,” or “stunned.” His prayer is a confession of his sins, the people’s sins, the priest’s sins, the prophet’s sins, the king’s sins, and these sins are “since the days of our fathers.” This sinful nature can be traced back to the Garden and Adam’s sin. We are all ruined by the fall. (Ezra 9:6-7)
Ezra knew the only solution—the gospel—and describes the very elements of the gospel in his prayer. (Ezra 9:8-9)
Ezra speaks of grace, and the grace of God is given to this earth for such a short time, compared to eternity. Grace was made known when God dealt with Adam and Eve by covering them with the coats of skins. They deserved not only spiritual death, but also physical. Grace! Grace will be extended for a very short time. When the last, lost sheep is saved, grace shall be finished. The benefits of grace are eternal to the church, but the earth day of grace is coming to an end. (2 Peter 3:8-10)
Ezra spoke of election—a remnant. “A remnant according to the election of grace.” (Romans 11:5) There would be no hope without Got being the first cause, without God taking an interest before the foundation of the world, without God writing names down in the Lamb’s book of life, without God giving a gift of the elect to the Son. Without the “old eternity” activity of God, not one person would have been saved, as the fall caused each one to have no interest in God at all.
Ezra spoke of a gospel that made the recipients of grace, secure in Christ. He is our “nail in His holy place.” By nature we are on slippery places, (Psalm 73:18), but in Christ, we are anchored to Him. He is our “anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast. (Hebrews 6:19)
Ezra spoke of the grace of God to “lighten our eyes,” lightening our eyes, or revealing this grace. Again, it’s a miracle of God and His grace. No one can produce it. Blind eyes will not see without a miracle. Regeneration—the new birth—is a gift of God with which we have nothing to do. We have as much to do with our first birth, as we have to do with the new birth. This new sight changes our view of God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, sin, heaven, hell, the gospel, grace, election, predestination, purpose of grace, and all things spiritual.
Ezra spoke of the grace of God that gave “us a reviving.” This is new life in Christ; spiritual life we never had by nature. God’s people are raised to spiritual life, yet he did nothing for the flesh. We are thankful that our Savior restrains our flesh, but it will not be until the Lord returns for His elect, that we will get a new body, totally apart from sin. Thanks be unto God for His all-sufficient Savior who has a Salvation that actually Saves.
Ezra knew this great God, His great Savior, and His great Salvation, and that is what he preached.
Pastor Norm Wells
· Our FELLOWSHIP DINNER will be following this morning service.
· A sincere “THANK YOU” to all who contributed to this year’s winter conference. And words cannot express our appreciation to the labor of love God’s servants put into the preparation and the preaching of His glorious gospel. May He be pleased to make that gospel effectual for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour
· Our Friday Night Bible Study this week is canceled
· Our February Fellowship Dinner is canceled
· February 7th we will come to the Lord’s Table following the morning message.
Joy and Peace Through Believing
“I think that very often unbelievers sit under the preaching of the gospel, waiting and hoping for some kind of experience or feeling of peace and joy before believing the testimony of God concerning His Son (1 John 5:9 - 13; John 3:21 - 36, 8:24). If you are doing this, then you have, to use an old proverb, ‘Put the cart before the horse’, and are actually looking to yourself rather than to Christ for your soul’s salvation! Believing is the key which opens the door (Christ) through which sinners enter in ‘rejoicing’. Thus, the great apostle to the Gentiles writes, we obtain ‘joy and peace through believing’.”
Pastor Maurice Montgomery
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
“The carnal heart is a fortification of resentment against the God of all hope. If left to himself, the natural man will gladly go to hell rather than bow to the goodness of the Judge of the universe. For there to be a change in the natural course of a rebel’s path of opposition, God Himself must intervene. God must (by His own power and purpose) remove that heart of rebellion and put back a new heart. This new heart is one that loves the Word of God (Christ). It longs to bow to the Son as He is set forth in the Scriptures and seeks to serve Him in ALL THINGS. This miraculous change is wrought by that which is all living, all powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword ... Christ the Redeemer (the Word of God Himself).”
Pastor Marvin Stalnaker
Christ’s Glory in Gospel Preaching
Acts 16: 6: Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7: After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to
go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
Eventually, the Lord would send the gospel to these places but not at this time. They were forbidden OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO PREACH THE WORD. Do you remember who received the glory for sending Paul with the gospel on his first missionary journey? Acts 13: 4: So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. Now the Holy Spirit forbids them to preach the word. This tells us clearly that if we have heard the word of Christ preached unto us according to the scriptures--IN TRUTH-it is because Christ, through the Holy Spirit, guided his messenger to you to preach his word.
The same that descended to work judgment and justice in the earth is now ascended and gives his messengers to preach in truth (Eph 4: 9-13.) The thing that differentiates Christ's messengers from the false prophets (which is so clearly pointed out in scripture) is Christ's messengers declare that salvation is entirely, totally, only in Christ Jesus the Lord. God put us in Christ. And God through the Spirit makes Christ unto us Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification and Redemption (I Cor 1: 30, 31.) Those who say that man has a part in making Christ any of these or in making himself these things is anti-christ--plain and simple--they have taken away the daily sacrifice (Christ) and replaced him with the abomination that maketh desolate (man.) Those who preach that Christ is All are sent by Christ because he will receive the glory for filling all in all as well as for all spiritual blessings given us by God in him. In other words, Christ receives all the glory as our Surety, our Substitute and our Prophet, Priest and King. The latter includes the fact that he sends his vessels through whom Christ teaches his children his word in truth.
Pastor Clay Curtis
"NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD."
(1 John 3:2)
When may it be said of the Lord’s people, "now are we the sons of God?" At all times and under all circumstances, in trials, in difficulties, in disappointments, in losses, in crosses, in adversities, in temptations, in persecutions, "now are we the sons of God." Nothing can alter this love. "Though we believe not, He abideth faithful; He cannot deny Himself." Were He to deny the objects of His love, He would deny Himself; for they are one with Him, "bone of His bone and flesh and His flesh." "Now are we the sons of God." It was "now" when the apostle wrote his epistle, it was "now" in eternity past, and it will be "now" in eternity to come.
From a sermon preached September 19, 1827 by
Great Things He Hath Done!
I recently read a quote from a famous preacher of the 1800's. He said that the world has not seen what God could do with one man completely devoted to Him. I thought, "Well, I know what God can do with a rebellious and angry prophet (Jonah): bring an entire pagan city (Nineveh) to its knees in repentance." On the one hand, I understand the value of a devoted heart. On the other hand, I do not want to give the impression that God is helped by us - that He is in need of something we provide. Our dedication to God must arise, not from hope of doing great things for God, but from a realization of what great things He has already done for us.
Pastor Joe Terrell
Faith a Work of God
My faith is not a part of the righteousness in which I am justified any more than my mouth is a part of the food which sustains my body. Faith is God's gift (Eph. 2:8). It is the fruit of the Spirit in me, whereby I see, feed upon, and glory in Christ as He is revealed to me and in me. Faith is not a work performed by us in order to be justified; but it is a work of God in us by which we apprehend and glory in our justification.