WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
July 22, 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
“Praise To The Lord, The Almighty” Page 8
“All That Thrills My Soul Is Jesus” Page 526
To be announced.
“Jesus Christ, The Mighty God”
“O Come, Let Us Adore Him” Page 82
“His Name Shall Be Called The Mighty God”
“Jesus Christ, our Savior, is God, Jehovah, the Most High God, the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, the second Person of the holy Trinity, possessing all the attributes of the Godhead, in every way equal to the Father and the Spirit. His Godhead is demonstrated by the works of creation, providence and grace attributed to him and the worship he receives from men and angels as God. All who know him declare, this Man is ‘My LORD and my God!’ The Bible declares that Christ is God manifest in the flesh, over all, blessed forever, the great God, the living God, the true God, and eternal life. Isaiah tells us that he is God, the Mighty One. His mighty power as God, his omnipotence, is revealed in the works he performs, works which none but God himself could do.
THE WORKS HE PERFORMED BEFORE HIS INCARNATION DEMONSTRATE THAT CHRIST IS THE MIGHTY GOD. Who but the Mighty God could create all things out of nothing, uphold all things by the Word of his power, and sovereignly manage all the affairs of providence? These are works attributed to Christ throughout the Scriptures. He not only had a hand in them, he performed them!
THE WORKS PERFORMED BY CHRIST WHILE HE WAS UPON THE EARTH WERE THE WORKS OF GOD, THE MIGHTY ONE. He healed the sick by the word of his power, fed the multitudes with the loaves and fish, cast out devils, calmed the winds and the sea by his voice, and raised the dead by his own word. The Man who did these things is God, the Mighty One!
CHRIST SHOWED HIMSELF TO BE THE MIGHTY GOD BY HIS GREAT WORK OF REDEMPTION. He gave himself into the hands of wicked men; yet he controlled their hands. He never knew sin; but he bore all the sins of all his people. And when the justice of God fell upon him, he satisfied it fully with his precious blood, and put away all the sins of God's elect forever. Then he breathed out his life. And, after three days, he raised himself to life again!
HIS WORKS OF GRACE IN HIS ELECT MAKE ALL WHO EXPERIENCE HIS GRACE TO KNOW THAT CHRIST JESUS IS THE MIGHTY GOD. Who but God could make rebels willing in the day of his power, subdue our sins, clear our consciences of guilt, deliver us from the power of satan, keep us in the hour of temptation, restore us when we fall, comfort our hearts in trouble, keep us in peace in this world, and preserve us in grace and faith? We who believe know by experience that Christ is God, the mighty One!”
Pastor Don Fortner
“The Almighty” (Revelation 1:8)
There are some false religionists who will admit that Jesus Christ is a mighty God, but not the Almighty God. They know that Isaiah referred to the coming Messiah as The Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6). But Revelation 1:8 also has reference to Jesus Christ, and plainly states that He is The Almighty. Those ungodly, Christ denying, self-righteous religionists are polytheistic. God Himself tells us in His Word there is no other God beside Him (Isaiah 44:6). By saying that Jesus is a mighty God, but not God Almighty, they’re calling God a liar in their foolish, sinful attempts to worship Him.
Every enlightened child of God is monotheistic. God has revealed to us that there is ONLY ONE GOD! There are three Divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are equal in essence, power, and purpose - BUT ONLY ONE GOD! You might say, “That’s a mathematical impossibility. Three can’t be one. Explain that to me.” Well, you might be familiar with the mathematics of this world, but no finite human being is familiar with the mathematics of heaven. I can’t explain how three Divine Persons can be One Majestic God, but I don’t have to. That truth is plainly set forth in the Holy Scriptures. I believe it, therefore I declare it.
Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: ..... and his name shall be called ... The mighty God.” Jesus Christ has always been God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. He is our Creator who spoke everything into existence by the Word of His mouth (John 1:1 - 3; Hebrews 11:3). But He has not always been a man. “But when the fulness of time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4 - 5). As a man, Jesus Christ purchased His chosen people with His own blood. He, by Himself, purged our sins. He satisfied the Holy Justice of God for all of His elect by laying down His life for us. As God, He raised Himself from the dead, and Jesus Christ, the glorified God-man, is now seated on His Throne in heaven as the Sovereign Monarch over all of His creation. Those who have been delivered by His Sovereign Power (Colossians 1:12 - 13), are kept by that same power through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5). We see, through the eye of God-given faith, Jesus Christ as our Savior. But we also see Him as Jehovah, as God Almighty, as our Sovereign Lord. By faith, we keep looking to Him, longing for His blessed eminent return, when, “.. in his times he shall show who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15).
ð We will come to The Lord’s Table during our worship service this evening. Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is also scheduled for this evening.
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Psalm 28 Psalm 29 Psalm 30
Genesis 43 Genesis 44 Genesis 45
Revelation 4 Revelation 5 Revelation 6
1 Corinthians 15 1 Corinthians 16 2 Corinthians 1
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“My English teacher in college, when speaking to us about the rules of grammar, would often say, ‘Now to some of these rules there are exceptions.’ Let me give you two rules which are absolutely without exception.
Rule number one: Every sin shall receive its just penalty and payment, and the wages of sin is death, the second death, eternal death and Hell! (Heb. 2:2; Rom. 6:23). The Holy God of the Bible, that God with whom we have to do, not only will not but cannot clear the guilty (Ex. 34:7). He is infinitely and unchangeably holy and just. All sin shall be punished, justly punished. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Rule number two: No sinner for whom the Lord Jesus lived, suffered and died as Substitute and Surety, will ever suffer at the hands of God, any penalty, for any sin! Justice God does demand, and justice God will have! ‘But justice God cannot twice demand, first at the bleeding Surety’s hand; then again at mine!’ NO EXCEPTIONS!
Dear sinner, there is, right now, ‘no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus’ (Rom. 8:1). In Christ Jesus, through faith in Him, there is full, free, perfect, and everlasting salvation. Any sinner who has Christ, has God’s Salvation! No sinner ever sought Him sincerely, in truth, and sought in vain. He delights to save sinners. He came into this world to save sinners. He suffered and died under the wrath of God to save sinners. He lives and reigns to save sinners. He is going to save some sinners. He is fully able to save you. Do you need Him? Do you believe Him? ‘He that believeth not shall be damned”’(Mark 16:16; John 3:36).”
Pastor Maurice Montgomery
‘Who is a God like unto Thee?’ — “He is gloriously sovereign. He is infinitely just. He is perfectly holy. He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, incomprehensible, and eternal; and ‘he delighteth in mercy!’
It is the glory of God and the pleasure of God to show mercy to sinners for Christ’s sake. The Lord our God is not a cruel tyrant, or a relentless sadist. Though he is holy, just, and true, he is a God who delights in mercy.
God’s mercy is in Christ. God’s mercy in Christ is full. God’s mercy is free and unconditional. God’s mercy is forever. It is, like himself, immutable. — ‘Therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed’.”
Pastor Don Fortner (excerpt)
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“When Christ entered into Jerusalem, the people spread their garments in the way. When He enters into our hearts, we pull off our own righteousness and not only lay it under Christ’s feet, but even trample on it ourselves.”
– A.M. Toplady
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WHAT IS YOUR HOPE?
“Lay the foundation of your hope in Jesus Christ. Begin with Christ and end with Christ. As Christ Jesus becomes more to you, self will grow less and less. If your faith puffs you up - it is not the faith of Christ. God will help us when we are weak. He will bless us as long as we confess our dependence upon His blessing. He will fill us when we are empty. He will feed us when we are hungry. He will be our all when we are nothing. He will forgive us when we are guilty. But the moment we begin to boast in ourselves and feel sufficient, we will be left to learn, in no uncertain terms, that we are naked, poor, blind and miserable. Terrible will be the day when proud rebels discover, too late, the dust and ashes of human merit.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
“One of the most flagrant sins of our age is that of irreverence - the failure to ascribe the glory which is due the august majesty of God. Men limit the power and activities of the Lord in their degrading concepts of His being and character. Originally, man was made in the image and likeness of God, but today we are asked to believe in a god made in the likeness of man. The Creator is reduced to the level of the creature: His omniscience is called into question, His omnipotency is no longer believed in, and His absolute sovereignty is flatly denied. Men claim to be the architects of their own fortunes and the determiners of their own destiny. They know not that their lives are at the disposal of the Divine Despot. They know not they have no more power to thwart His secret decrees than a worm has to resist the tread of an elephant. They know not that ’The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all’ (Psalm 103:19).”
--A. W. Pink
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A Strong Consolation (Hebrews 6:17 - 19)
“If only one of God’s sheep were to perish, the purpose of God would be frustrated, the power of God resisted, the promise of God broken, the faithfulness of God would be a mockery and the word of God proved to be a lie. If but one of His little ones were to be lost and sin win the day, where would be the veracity, the honor, the grace, the covenant and the oath of God? The assurance of faith is not in my ability to hold on but the immutable character of my God who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Pastor Darvin Pruitt
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“I am not what I ought to be, ah, how imperfect and deficient. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be soon; soon I shall put off, with mortality, all sin and imperfection. Though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, not what I hope to be, I can truly say that I am not what I once was, a slave to sin and Satan. And I can heartily join with the apostle and acknowledge, ‘By the grace of God I am what I am’.”