WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, April 2, 2017
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
“His Name Is Wonderful” Page 101
“The Solid Rock” Page 404
To be announced.
“Behold The Man”
Message by Michael Smith
“Crown Him With Many Crowns” Page 23
‘A god that cannot save’ (Isaiah 45:20)
“Anyone who reads the Bible, with the slightest bit of interest, must see that the god of modern religion does not even faintly resemble that God who reveals himself in Holy Scripture. The god of this generation is moved by sentiment, emotion and impulse. The God of heaven acts according to justice and the principles of holiness and righteousness. ‘Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne' (Psalm 89:14). The god of this generation has a will, a purpose and a desire, but his will is defeated both by men and Satan. He desires, but he cannot accomplish his desire. He wills, but he cannot perform his will. He purposes, but he cannot do what he has purposed. The God of the Bible works all things according to the counsel of his own will and purpose. This is what God says about himself: ‘I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure’ (Isaiah 46:9 - 10). Today’s Jesus offers eternal life to as many as will let him save them. The Christ of the Bible gives eternal life to as many as the Father has given him (John 17:2). Today’s god has a wonderful plan for your life, if you will just fulfill the necessary requirements. The one true and living God works in you both to will and to do according to his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13; Romans 8:28). The god of modern-day fundamentalism has provided a remedy for sin, and it will work if only the sinner will co-operate with God. The living God has provided a perfect righteousness and an effectual atonement for all of his elect through the righteous obedience and substitutionary death of his Son at Calvary (Hebrews 10:11 - 14).
This is what I am saying: the god of modern religion is a puny pigmy. He is an idol. The God of the Bible is great and glorious. He is the only true God.
Pastor Don Fortner
“He was numbered with the transgressors.”
-- Isaiah 53:12--
“Why did Jesus suffer Himself to be enrolled amongst sinners? This wonderful condescension was justified by many powerful reasons. In such a character He could the better become their advocate. In some trials there is an identification of the counsellor with the client, nor can they be looked upon in the eye of the law as apart from one another. Now, when the sinner is brought to the bar, Jesus appears there Himself. He stands to answer the accusation. He points to His side, His hands, His feet, and challenges Justice to bring anything against the sinners whom He represents; He pleads His blood, and pleads so triumphantly, being numbered with them and having a part with them, that the Judge proclaims, ‘Let them go their way; deliver them from going down into the pit, for He hath found a ransom.’ Our Lord Jesus was numbered with the transgressors in order that they might feel their hearts drawn towards Him. Who can be afraid of one who is written in the same list with us? Surely we may come boldly to Him, and confess our guilt. He who is numbered with us cannot condemn us. Was He not put down in the transgressor’s list that we might be written in the red roll of the saints? He was holy, and written among the holy; we were guilty, and numbered among the guilty; He transfers His name from yonder list to this black indictment, and our names are taken from the indictment and written in the roll of acceptance, for there is a complete transfer made between Jesus and His people. All our estate of misery and sin Jesus has taken; and all that Jesus has comes to us. His righteousness, His blood, and everything that He hath He gives us as our dowry. Rejoice, believer, in your union to Him who was numbered among the transgressors; and prove that you are truly saved by being manifestly numbered with those who are new creatures in Him.”
--C. H. Spurgeon
- Our monthly Fellowship Dinner is scheduled for this afternoon following this morning’s worship service. A warm invitation is extended to all our visitors.
- We will come to The Lord’s Table during our worship service this afternoon.
- Our worship service for this evening has been cancelled.
- A Baptismal Service is scheduled for next Sunday. Angie Lesher will make a public profession of her faith in Jesus Christ, her Lord and Saviour, by submitting to the Biblical ordinance of believer‘s baptism..
- Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is scheduled for next Sunday evening.
- Flyers for our upcoming summer conference are now available.
****** Cleaning duty this week: John and Kathy Reeves *******
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
1 Kings 9 Jeremiah 15 Mark 11
1 Kings 10 Jeremiah 16 Mark 12
1 Kings 11 Jeremiah 17 Mark 13
1 Kings 12 Jeremiah 18 Mark 14
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Jesus Christ, the risen, glorified God-man, is the power of God (1 Cor. 1:24). Our resurrected Saviour said this to His disciples: All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Mt. 28:18). God is the only one who has all power. Therefore, Jesus Christ, that same Jesus who died on that cruel cross to redeem His chosen people, is the true and living God. He demonstrates His sovereign power over all flesh by giving eternal life to a remnant, a chosen few, to those who were given to Him by God the Father (John 17:1 - 3). What effect does that have on those who have been convicted of their helpless and hopeless sinful condition by God‘s sovereign power? It shuts us up to His sovereign mercy, moving us to cry out in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord, saying, God, be merciful to me THE SINNER! By divine revelation, we understand and echo the words of Paul the apostle: I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God (the power of Jesus Christ) unto salvation to every one that believeth (Rom. 1:16). Pastor
“True religion is a union of the soul with God, a real participation of the divine nature, the very image of God drawn upon the soul, or, in the apostle’s phrase, ‘It is Christ formed within us.’
--Henry Scrougal - 1650 - 1678
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“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile” (Psalm 32:1-2).
“Forgiven, covered, not imputed! The accumulation of these synonyms not only sets forth various aspects of pardon, but triumphantly celebrates the completeness and certainty of the gift.
Forgiven, to lift and bear away a load or burden.
Covered, to cover over, as one might do with some foul-smelling odor. What do you do with a dead, rotten foul smelling carcass? Dig a hole and drop it in and cover it over. So a man’s sin is covered over and ceases to be an evidence before the Divine Eye that sees all things. He himself casts a merciful veil of the blood of Jesus over it and hides it from himself.
A similar idea is included in that last word not imputed; the sin is not reckoned or charged. God does not write it down in his great book on the debt side of the man’s account.
These set forth the great and blessed truth that a man’s transgressions may become, in so far as the Divine heart and the Divine dealings with him are concerned, non-existent!
Pastor Terry Worthan
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“The scriptures make it abundantly clear that salvation is by God’s free grace in Christ. The good news of the gospel is that since salvation is by grace, there is no condition a sinner must meet in order to be saved. The Lord Jesus Christ met every condition required to save His people so that they would have salvation freely.”
Pastor Frank Tate
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IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1Thessalonians 5:18)
“Why is it so hard for me to keep in mind that all things are for God’s glory and for my good? Do I believe that Christ died for me? – Yes, I do! Do I believe that God blesses me for Christ’s sake? –Absolutely, yes! -- I know that he does! I believe what God’s Word says, in Romans, Chapter 8!: ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.’ (Rom. 8:28). – I really believe that! And I know that my God is absolutely sovereign! I know that he’s just and he’s good, and he’s righteous, and that all that he does is absolutely righteous! And yet, I still grumble and complain about how things are going in my life! What a sad contradiction! And what is the cause of this sad contradiction, but my own sin, and my own lack of faith! Well, what is the only hope of forgiveness for such a sinful lack of faith in the promise of God? It is in God himself, and in the promise of God: ‘I will never leave you, nor forsake you!’ In Hebrews, we read, ‘ Let your conversation…’ – let your way of life -- ‘be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said,’—that is, God hath said—‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Heb.13:5-6)’ – What a word of comfort! And so, whatever trials may come-- no matter how painful and difficult those trials might be—are they not from God? And are they not included in the words, ‘all things?’ ALL THINGS ‘work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.’ -- ‘ALL THINGS!’ And so, ‘In everything give thanks: for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus concerning you’.”
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“The fact that conversion and salvation are of God is a humbling truth. Grace puts its hand on the boasting mouth and shuts it once for all; and then it takes its hand off the mouth and that mouth praises Christ for His sovereign grace; and it trembles at the thought of taking any honor and glory from God.”
Pastor Henry Mahan