WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
June 3, 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
“Crown Him With Many Crowns” Page 234
“Jesus Paid I All” Page 210
To be announced.
“The Lamb On Mount Zion”
“It Is Well With My Soul” Page 493
Christ Alone - The Sinner’s Only Hope
“Your only hope of salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is in him alone, in him completely, and in him only. In fact, he is God’s salvation (Lk. 2:30). You cannot be saved without him; and you cannot be saved if you try to mix your own works, feelings, emotions, or experiences with faith in him. The Lord Jesus Christ is able to save you from the guilt of sin, the power of sin, and all the consequences of sin (Heb. 7:25). He is all-sufficient.
His name is called ‘Jesus’ because ‘he shall save his people from their sins’ (Matt. 1:21). He is the only one who has power in himself to forgive sin (Matt. 9:6). He is exalted ‘to give repentance and remission of sins’ (Lk. 24:47; Acts 5:31). The Lord God found a ransom for sinners in his own dear Son (Job 33:24), and purposed to save his people by the sacrificial death of his Son as their Substitute from eternity (Acts 2:23). In the fullness of time, the Son of God became a man to accomplish the salvation of chosen sinners (Gal. 4:4-5). ‘Being found in fashion as a man, he became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross’ (Phil. 2:8). Thus, by the sacrifice of himself according to the will of God, the Lord Jesus Christ put away all the sins of his people, obtained eternal redemption for them, and established the only grounds upon which God can be both just and the Justifier of all who believe (Heb. 1:3; 9:12, 26; 10:1-14; Rom. 3:24-26).
There is no other possible way of salvation. God’s own beloved Son would never have been crucified to redeem and save us if salvation could have been obtained in any other way. Indeed, the apostle Paul reasons that if we could have been saved in some other way ‘then Christ is dead in vain’ (Gal. 2:21). Infinite wisdom found a way to save us. Infinite grace provided the great sacrifice. Infinite love brought the Son of God to lay down his life for his people. Why? Because there was no other way for God to both satisfy his justice in the punishment of sin and forgive his people of all their sins. Christ alone must be our Savior. ‘Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved’ (Acts 4:12).
The only way you can obtain God’s salvation is by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you believe on Christ, you may be confident that your sins are forgiven by his blood and that God looks upon you as being perfectly righteous because God appointed this way of salvation; and he has promised to save all who trust his dear Son (Rom. 10:9-13). Indeed, if you now trust the Son of God, it is because you are already born of God and have everlasting life (John 3:36).”
Pastor Don Fortner
“The Lamb On Mount Zion”
“God has always been on His throne in heaven. He has always been in sovereign control over all things, doing whatever pleases Him. Adam rebelled against God’s sovereign rule by eating the forbidden fruit, as if to say, ‘Don’t tell me what fruit I can or cannot eat.’ But the fall of Adam was according to God’s own eternal purpose. It did not take Him by surprise. Cain rebelled against God when he brought the works of his own hands as an offering, as if to say, ‘Don’t tell me how to approach you. I’ll come my way whether you like it or not.’ But God was still on His sovereign throne of power, working all things after the counsel of His own will, when Cain murdered his brother. The whole world turned a deaf ear to Noah, God’s preacher, as if to say: ‘God is not going to destroy this world. God is love. Why would He have mercy on you and your family, and destroy all of us. God has no right to do that.’ But that’s exactly what God did. God’s mercy is SOVEREIGN MERCY. He has mercy on whom He will have mercy (Rom. 9:15 - 16). And this is what the natural man has always rebelled against - GOD’S ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGN RULE OVER ALL THINGS!
During His public ministry while here on this earth, our Lord Jesus declared Himself to be the same Sovereign God the Old Testament prophets wrote about. ‘Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). ‘I and my Father are one’ (John 10:30). ‘For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. ...’ (John 5:21 - 23).
It was the blessed truths of God’s right to give eternal life to His own chosen people through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior, and the sovereign power of the eternal Son of God in doing so, that drove those unbelieving Jews to cry out, ‘Away with him, away with him, curcify him’ (John 19:15). They did not want Jesus Christ to reign over them.
This is true of all works religionists, including those who foolishly believe their own free will saves them. They cry out, ‘We’ll come our own way whether God likes it or not. Redemption for a particular people is just not fair. God has no right to have mercy on whom He will have mercy. We’ll not have Jesus Christ to reign over us.’ But God just laughs at them, and says: ‘Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion’ (Psalm 2:6; Phil. 2:5 - 11). Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who took away all the sins of His people. Zion is His church that He bought with His own blood (Heb. 12:22 - 24). ALL of God’s enlightened children bow down to Jesus Christ as the exalted God-man who rules and reigns over ALL THINGS! Pastor
ð Our monthly Fellowship Dinner is scheduled for this afternoon following this morning’s worship service. A warm invitation is extended to all our visitors.
ð Lord willing, during our afternoon worship service we will come to The Lord’s Table.
ð Our worship service for this evening has been cancelled.
ð In preparation for our summer conference (July 6 - 8), a WORK DAY has been scheduled for Saturday, June 23 commencing at 9:00 AM.
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Psalm 7 Psalm 8 Psalm 9
Genesis 22 Genesis 23 Genesis 24
James 4 James 5 1 Peter 1
Romans 10 Romans 11 Romans 12
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“The same faith that takes us up to the gates of Heaven, also lifts us from the gates of Hell. Our hope for pardon is in our God in Christ Jesus. The only hope that any believer has for the forgiveness of his iniquity, lies in the sacrifice presented to God on Calvary by the Lamb of God. We never trust that our sins are forgiven us because of our repentance, or because of a long life of active Christian service.
Our trust for sanctification is in our God in Christ Jesus. We can no more conquer sin in us now that we are alive in Christ, than we could when we were dead in sin. We can no more conquer sin in ourselves, by our own strength, than we could remove the guilt of it by our own merits. The same Christ who is made unto us ‘wisdom’, ‘justification’, and ‘redemption’, is also made unto us ‘sanctification’. We must never forget, that while we wash our robes and make them white in the blood of the Lamb as to pardon, we also overcome our sins through the blood of the Lamb.”
Pastor Milton Howard
“And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:46-47)
“This is a summary of the Old Testament. There is no real under-standing of the Old Testament until it is understood as a revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. The failure to see Christ (Messiah) in the Old Testament left the Jews in blindness, even to this day, and many Gentiles are likewise being blinded for they are similarly being led to believe the Old Testament is a book of laws to live by, a volume of the history of the Jews, and a library of secret prophesies concerning the Jewish nation.
But Christ fulfilled the Old Testament Scriptures for they were about Him and the work He would do while on earth. The New Testament is merely a record of Christ’s fulfillment of the Old Testament. Their messages are the same: Salvation through Jesus Christ proclaimed to all sorts of men and women from all over the world. That is God’s message and, therefore, it must be OUR message.”
Pastor Joe Terrell
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“The ancient Jews were renowned for ‘Searching the Scriptures’, but for all of their study and accumulated knowledge, most of them perished without Christ. By the same token, there are many in the world today who have a certain familiarity with the Scriptures, but who, nevertheless, are perishing without Christ. It is a saddening thought, but one may know much about the Scriptures and yet not know what (Whom) the Scriptures are all about! (John 5:39-46; Acts 13:27-29; Luke 24:25-27, 44-45; Acts 10:43).”
Pastor Maurice Montgomery
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He who is alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord has a new heart that throbs with desire and love for Christ, His gospel, His work, His church and the growth of His kingdom here on this earth.
Brother Tommy Robbins
Christ in the Scriptures
“To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:43)
“Before anyone can have Christ, they must first have the Scriptures. Without the Bible there can be no knowledge of Christ the Lord. It is only in God’s holy Word that Christ is fully revealed, ‘in the volume of the book it is written of Him’. All the teaching is concerning Him, in fact it is called ‘the doctrine of Christ’ (2 John 9).
All the prophecies are fulfilled in Him, all the law is fulfilled by Him, all the ceremonies find their fulfillment in Him, and every sacrifice pointed to His one great sacrifice. The offices of Prophet, Priest, and King are combined in Him. It is no wonder then that the Scriptures declare that ‘Christ is all in all’ (Colossians 3: 11). God Almighty is revealed in Christ Jesus the Lord, ‘For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily’ (Colossians 2: 9). Our Lord said; ‘Neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son, and He to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him’ (Matthew 11: 27). ‘All the promises in Him are yea and amen”’. His name is the first mentioned in the New Testament (Matthew 1:1) and the last (Revelation22: 21).
Men cannot trust an unknown or unrevealed Christ, and the only book in the world THE BIBLE, the Holy Scriptures can make Him known! But sadly all most preachers and people see from the Scriptures is ‘God has a wonderful plan for your life, and if you will follow His plan for you, all will be well with you and yours.’ All that God has for any sinner who is outside of hell is found in Christ His Son. ‘All spiritual blessings are given us in heavenly places in Christ‘ (Ephesians 1: 3). The average preacher and person is looking for everything in the Scriptures but Christ. They are looking for Laws to keep, works to be done, conditions to be fulfilled. But thank God, ‘Ye are COMPLETE in HIM, and, we are ACCEPTED in the Beloved’.”
Pastor Donnie Bell