WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
July 1, 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
“What A Wonderful Savior!” Page 81
“I Will Sing The Wondrous Story” Page 508
To be announced.
“His Name Is Wonderful”
“His Name Is Wonderful” Page 101
"His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful!" (Isaiah 9:6).
“Hours upon hours could and should be spent tracing out and meditating upon the wonders of our Savior's earthly life. Every believer should strive to pattern his life after the example of him whose life is best described by the name WONDERFUL. But wonderful as his earthly life was, it would all be meaningless, were it not for the greater wonders that followed.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was WONDERFUL IN HIS DEATH. It is a wonder that he should ever have died at all. He is the Prince of life, the Lord of life and glory. He is life! Apart from him there is no life. Yet, he died by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God and by his own voluntary will. Our Savior died, the Just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. He died for sinners, the chief of sinners, that we who deserve to die might have life. By his death the Son of God abolished death for his people, destroyed him that had power over death, the devil, obtained eternal redemption for God's elect, and secured their everlasting salvation.
After three days in the earth the Son of God arose from the grave. And he was WONDERFUL IN HIS RESURRECTION. His human body was resurrected by his own divine power. Before he saw corruption, at the time specified by the types and prophecies of the Old Testament, Christ came forth from the tomb with the same body in which he suffered and died. And thus he declared the accomplished justification of those whose sins he bore upon the tree.
Christ Jesus is WONDERFUL IN HIS ASCENSION AND EXALTATION as the King of kings and Lord of lords. He was taken up in a cloud into heaven. There he took his seat upon the throne of universal dominion, receiving all the gifts of grace for his redeemed people. And now he rules over all flesh, with total sovereignty, to effectually give those blood bought gifts to his own elect. That great King, the Lord Jesus Christ is also the all-prevailing High Priest over the house of God, ever making intercession for his needy children upon the earth. He is our Advocate with the Father.
And our great Savior shall be WONDERFUL IN HIS GLORIOUS SECOND ADVENT. ‘Behold he cometh!’ This very same Jesus shall come the second time without sin unto salvation. He will gather the bodies of his saints from their graves, transform those who are alive at his coming, destroy all his enemies, and make all things new.”
Pastor Don Fortner
“Unto you therefore which believe he is precious”
--1 Peter 2:7--
BELIEVERS are the only people in this world who love and worship Jesus Christ, the true and living God. “The carnal mind is enmity against God” (Rom. 8:7). All of us, in our unregenerate state, hated God, hated the Christ of God, hated the Gospel of God‘s amazing grace, and hated true followers of Jesus Christ. But when we experience the miracle of the new birth, when God sends the Spirit of His Son into the new heart He creates in us, we are filled with love for the One who loved us, and gave Himself for us. Speaking of our Lord Jesus, the Apostle Peter, writing under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit, said: “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8). Even though it is recorded in the Holy Scriptures that “His name shall be called Wonderful” (Isa. 9:6), no one has to tell that to God’s enlightened children. Jesus Christ is precious to every believer. Everything about Christ our Blessed Redeemer IS WONDERFUL! His eternal love for us, manifested in choosing us to be His people in the eternal covenant of grace IS WONDERFUL! Condescending to come to this earth to clothe Himself in a human body so that He could establish a perfect righteousness that makes His people acceptable in God’s sight IS WONDERFUL! Redeeming His chosen people with His own precious blood, and satisfying the Holy Justice of God by laying down His life for them IS WONDERFUL! His patience and longsuffering for us as we were running from Him, loving the spiritual darkness we were in, IS WONDERFUL! His Divine Providence in bringing us under the preaching of His Glorious Gospel, and giving us faith to believe Him IS WONDERFUL! His presence with us throughout our pilgrimage journey through this world of sinful darkness IS WONDERFUL! Filling us with that joyful expectation of His eminent return IS WONDERFUL! Knowing that He will present us FAULTLESS before the presence of His glory, where we will forever be in the presence of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior IS WONDERFUL! Jesus Christ IS WONDERFUL! But only to those who believe Him. Pastor
ð Our worship service for this evening has been cancelled.
ð Our 27th Annual Sovereign Grace Summer Conference is scheduled to begin this Friday evening, commencing at 7:00 PM, and will continue through Sunday morning. Pastors Donnie Bell, Don Fortner and Milton Howard are our scheduled preachers. Please pray for God’s blessings on His Gospel as it is preached during this conference, and for those who will be travelling to be with us.
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Psalm 19 Psalm 20 Psalm 21
Genesis 34 Genesis 35 Genesis 36
1 John 3 1 John 4 1 John 5
1 Corinthians 6 1 Corinthians 7 1 Corinthians 8
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
If Baptism Does Not Save, Why Is It Important?
“Baptism is a ceremony, and nothing more. There is no saving efficacy in it nor is it a means through which grace is conveyed. But, that does not take away from its importance.
The marriage ceremony does not cause a man and woman to love one another. They love each other before they participate in the marriage ceremony. But if they refuse to participate in the marriage ceremony, and live together without it, they say by that, that they do not love one another enough to be totally committed to one another. This shows how important the marriage ceremony is. There is no true love without it.
Baptism is the same. It does not cause salvation. It speaks of a relationship that was already there before the ceremony. And that relationship was caused by what baptism depicts: Union with Christ. For someone to refuse Baptism is like someone who refuses the marriage covenant and ceremony. That person says by their actions, ‘I do not love Christ enough to commit to Him.’ Love like that is not love at all!
Yes, Baptism is important – ‘He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved’ (Mark 16:16).”
Pastor Todd Nibert
“How do we ‘SEE JESUS’? Not by means of mysterious dreams or ecstatic visions, not by the exercise of our imagination, nor by a process of visualization; but BY FAITH. Just as Christ declared in John 8:56, “Abraham rejoiced to see MY day and he SAW it, and was glad.” Faith is the eye of the spirit, which views and enjoys what the Word of God presents to its vision. In the Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation, God has told us about the exaltation of His Son; those who receive by faith what He has there declared, ‘SEE JESUS CROWNED WITH GLORY AND HONOUR’, as truly and vividly as His enemies once saw Him here on earth ‘crowned with thorns’.
It is this which distinguishes the true people of God from mere professors. Every real Christian has reason to say with Job, ‘I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye SEETH Thee (Job 42:5). He has ‘seen’ Him as a sacrificial substitute on the cross, there bearing ‘our sins in His own body on the tree’. He has ‘seen’ Him rising again in triumph over the grave, so that because He lives, we live also. He has ‘seen’ Him highly exalted, ‘crowned with glory and honour’. He has ‘seen’ Him thus presented to the eye of faith in the sure Word of od. To Him the testimony of Holy Scripture is infinitely more reliable and valuabl than the testimony of his senses.”
--A. W. Pink
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“My friends, how vain and futile are any efforts on our part either to add unto or to improve upon the glorious righteousness of our blessed Lord Jesus. Then what must I do to be saved? ‘BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!’ Ours is to ‘BELIEVE’. His is to ‘DO’.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
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“Religion can change HABITS, it takes the grace of God to create a NEW HEART.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for Thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood OUT OF every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:9 - 10).
“This Scripture does not tell us that Christ died, shed His blood, and redeemed everyone in every nation. It clearly states that He was slain and did redeem to God by His blood a people (His church) OUT OF every tongue and people. And when those whom the Father chose in Christ, for whom the Saviour died, hear that good news of the free redemption proclaimed in the power of His Holy Spirit, THEY WILL BELIEVE! Acts 13:48 declares, ‘And when the Gentiles heard this, THEY WERE GLAD, and glorified the word of the Lord: AND AS MANY AS WERE ORDAINED TO ETERNAL LIFE BELIEVED’.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
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SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL
“Particular Redemption--Limited Atonement--Definite Atonement
--Effectual Atonement. These are all words used to describe the atoning work of Christ on the cross. He died for a particular people. His intention to save was limited to the elect. His atonement was with a definite purpose for a definite people. His atonement was effectual. All for whom He died must be saved. These terms are all well and good in their place, but a better word is plain old SUBSTITUTION! All of these terms point to a real, substitutionary death on the cross. SUBSTITUTION IS THE GOSPEL. To deny, water down, or omit in our preaching the particular, limited, definite, effectual death of Christ on the cross (substitution) is to deny, water down, or omit the gospel of Christ. The meaning of substitution is so simple that adjectives are not even needed to describe it.”
Pastor Todd Nibert