WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
August 12, 2012
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
“Revive Us Again” Page 295
Psalm 119:1 - 16
“I Will Sing The Wondrous Story” Page 508
To be announced.
“God Is Not Angry With His People”
“No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus” Page 528
CHRIST OUR SURETY
--Hebrews 7:22; Genesis 43:8 & 9--
“A surety is, according to Webster, ‘a person who makes himself responsible for another; one who makes himself liable for another’s debts, defaults, or obligations’. This is just what our Lord Jesus Christ did in the covenant of grace. God the Father gave his elect people to Christ. He entrusted them to the care of his Son. And the Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily agreed to become responsible for their eternal welfare. By his own wilful choice, the Son of God agreed to become liable to God’s holy law for the debts and obligations of his elect. He became the Surety of his people.
Therefore, in the fulness of time, he came into this world as a man, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law. Our blessed Surety lived in this world as the Representative of his people, fulfilling their obligations to God’s law, establishing in their stead a perfect righteousness. Then he laid down his life as their Substitute at Calvary, paying in full the debt we owed to God’s holy law and justice, by reason of our sin.
And now our Surety reigns on the right had of the Majesty on high over all flesh for the purpose of giving eternal life to all who were given to him in the covenant of grace and redeemed by him at Calvary. It is his responsibility, as the Surety, to find his sheep, save his sheep, bring his sheep home, and to present every one of his sheep faultless and blameless before the presence of the divine glory. This he will do. Our Surety cannot fail. In the last day the Lord Jesus Christ will stand before his Father and say, ‘Lo, I and the children whom thou hast given me, of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.’ The number of those presented in perfect holiness before the throne of God will exactly tally with the number of those given to Christ as the Surety of the covenant in eternal election. He will open the Lamb’s book of life, which was written before the world began, and pointing to their names one by one, he will say, ‘Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost’.”
Pastor Don Fortner
God Is Not Angry With His People (Romans 5:8 - 11)
God’s preachers are to comfort God’s people (Isaiah 40:1 - 2). In our preaching, we must tell our hearers that all of us have sinned against God. We cannot hide the fact that God MUST PUNISH EVERY SINNER! Either the sinner himself, in eternal torment. Or in Jesus Christ, the sinner’s Substitute. The true Gospel declares that all the iniquities of God’s chosen people were laid on Christ by our Heavenly Father, and our dying Savior paid the ransom price in full for every one of them (Isaiah 53:6; 2 Cor. 5:21; Acts 13:38 - 39; Heb. 1:3; 9:12). God our Father set His love upon a particular people before time began (Jer. 31:3). We were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:3 - 4). Our Lord Jesus often made reference to a people who were given to Him by God the Father (John 6:37; 6:39; 10:27 - 29; 17:1; 17:6; 17:9; 17:11 - 12; 17:24). God our Father loves His chosen people as much as He loves His Darling Son (John 17:23). He proved His love by sending His Son to be the propitiation (sin atoning sacrifice) for our sins (1 John 4:10). “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life” (Rom. 5:8 - 10). This is the way God’s enlightened children are comforted. By hearing that God is not angry with us. He has forgiven us for Christ’s sake (Eph. 4:32). God sees His blood-bought children in Christ, just as holy and pure as Christ Himself. Brethren, rejoice in this blessed truth: because of the perfect redeeming work of Jesus Christ, absolutely NOTHING can be laid to the charge of His elect. God has justified us through Christ our Savior (Rom. 8:33).
God is angry with the wicked every day (Psalm 7:11). He is angry with those who are trusting in the works of their own hands; those who are trying to earn their own salvation by the deeds of the flesh; those who think their own free-will has gained them favor with God. I warn you, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psalm 2:12).
ð Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is scheduled for this evening.
ð We will come to The Lord’s Table during our worship service next Sunday evening, (DV).
ð Cleaning duty this week: Ray Bennetts & Russ Davis
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Psalm 37 Psalm 38 Psalm 39
Exodus 2 Exodus 3 Exodus 4
Revelation 13 Revelation 14 Revelation 15
2 Corinthians 8 2 Corinthians 9 2 Corinthians 10
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Christ Made Sin
“For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“John Trapp commenting on Psalm 40:12 wrote that our Lord Jesus Christ was “maximus peccatorum, the greatest of sinners by imputation (2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 53:6), for our sins (which here He calleth His) He suffered. And here His bitter agony in the garden is graphically described. Neither is it absurd to say, that as He bore our sins in His own body upon the tree, He was first redeemed by Himself, and afterwards we.”
Martin Luther said essentially the same thing. — “Christ took our flesh upon Him, that He might take our sins upon Him. He was, maximus peccator, the greatest sinner, having the weight of the sins of [God’s elect throughout] the whole world lying upon Him. He took our flesh that He might take our sins, and so appease God’s wrath.”
So obvious and blessed is this revelation of the Gospel that saved sinners throughout the world and throughout the ages rejoice to know it, rest in it, and proclaim it. None can understand it or explain it; but all give thanks for it.”
Pastor Don Fortner
“God who is just and cannot lie cannot impute sin where there is no guilt (Proverbs 17:15). Adam’s sin was imputed to all men because all were guilty. The sins of God’s elect were imputed to our dear Savior because He was made sin for us.”
Pastor Don Fortner
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“When King David determined to adopt Mephibosheth as his own son, restore unto him all that he had lost in his father, and allow him to sit at the King’s table, he did not send a message inviting Mephibosheth to come to him. The scripture says, “Then King David sent and FETCHED him’ (11 Sam. 9:5). David sent his servant with a command to come; and Mephibosheth being a cripple, David sent his carriage to convey him to the palace. ‘The command and the carriage go together’, says one long ago. Much more is this true of God and His Gospel. His word and His Spirit go together when He determined to save His sheep. ‘God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the SPIRIT and belief of the TRUTH (the word).’ The command to believe and the will to believe go together! No blind and lame Mephibosheth is commanded nor expected to arise and come to Christ apart from the Spirit’s power to do so! ‘Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power’ (Psalm 110:3).”
Pastor Henry Mahan
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YEA, AND AMEN
"For the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." (2 Corinthians 2:20).
“Our God has given many promises to His believing children. These promises are all IN CHRIST JESUS, since only He existed when they were made and since only He can and has fulfilled all conditions by His obedience and death. Therefore, these promises are all ‘YES in Him and in Him AMEN’, or ‘So be it’ ‘unto the glory of God by us’. His promises, Christ fulfilling them, our preaching Him, and your believing are all for the glory of God.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
“No man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:29).
“Here we have final perseverance, and not just the perseverance of the Holy Trinity; it is the final perseverance of the Holy Ghost in opening the ears of the sheep; it is the perseverance of the Son in receiving all whose ears are thus opened. And it is the perseverance of the Father in keeping, through His own name, the blood-bought flock in the hollow of His everlasting hand. Salvation is of the Lord. From first to last it reaches down to where the sinner is, in all his guilt and ruin, and bears him up to where God is in all His holiness, truth, and righteousness; and it endures forever with God the Father as its source, God the Son as its channel, and God the Spirit as the power of application and enjoyment.”
--Brother Scott Richardson
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“If God is sovereign, and He is (Daniel 4:35); if we are begotten of God according to His own will, and we are (James 1:18); if the New Birth is not a result of the will of man, and it most certainly is not (John 1:18); then what is being preached from most pulpits is not from God. Brethren, listen to the message that is being preached and if it contradicts God’s Word, COME AWAY FROM IT! Irreverence to the inspired Word of God breeds irreverence to God Himself.”
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“Faith is necessare for salvation. But we do not look to our faith to save us; rather, in faith, we look to Christ. Repentance is necessary for salvation. But we do not look to our repentance to save us; rather, in repentance, we turn to Christ. There are graces, which God works in us as He saves us. But these graces are never to be the object of our trust, confidence or hopeful gaze. All the graces God gives us in salvation are to be used to look to, turn to, appreciate, and lay hold of Christ, who is our Salvation!”
Pastor Joe Terrell