Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
“Sinners are welcome at this church. We are a local body of the Lord Jesus Christ. As you spend time with us, you’ll soon discover we’re an imperfect church, with an imperfect pastor, yet by God’s undeserved grace, we preach, believe, and know the perfect gospel of our never-failing Lord Jesus Christ. We call His name Jesus for He shall, (not might, not maybe) but shall save His people from their sins, and every sinner that trusts in Christ is complete in Him, saved to the uttermost” HEBREWS 7:25
Sunday Morning Bible Study 10:00 AM
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Friday Night Bible Study 7:30 PM
· Our monthly Fellowship Dinner is scheduled for this afternoon following this morning’s worship service
· During our afternoon worship service, following our fellowship, we will come to The Lord’s Table
OPENING HYMN ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS NAME PAGE 97
WORSHIP HYMN THE CHURCH’S ONE FOUNDATION PAGE 277
CLOSING HYMN NOW I BELONG TO JESUS PAGE 511
The believer’s great concern
Once one of our Lord’s disciples said unto him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ In answer to that request, our Savior gave us an example of prayer which instructs us in those things which ought to be of greatest concern in the life of every believer. In Luk_11:2, Christ identifies those things which should be uppermost in the hearts and minds of God’s elect at all times.
‘Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.’ Brethren, it should be our soul’s desire to seek the honor of our God in all things. God’s name stands for himself and we who know the glorious excellency and majesty of God should seek to extol and magnify the name of God. It is the preacher’s pleasant duty to exalt the name of God in his message, and it is the heart’s desire of every true believer to magnify his God in his attitude and conduct in all things. Beloved, let this be the principle by which our lives are governed — that God’s name may be reverenced and honored in our lives.
‘Thy kingdom come.’ We do not live unto ourselves. We live upon this earth for the glory of God and for the increase of his kingdom. We should spend out our lives for the conversion of sinners to Christ. Our Lord was consumed with this zeal, even unto death. Surely we should love the souls of men enough to carry to them the message of salvation by Christ. We know that there is a kingdom of men which Christ purchased at Calvary. Let us seek to bring those men to the Savior by the preaching of the gospel.
‘Thy will be done.’ We recognize that God’s sovereign purpose will be accomplished, Yet, it is possible for us to miss the will of God in a given area. In order to know his will, we must seek his face, his wisdom, his guidance and his strength. I do not want to miss the will of God. How pleasant it is to walk with God — seeking his honor, seeking his kingdom, seeking his will. Is this your great concern?
“I have taken all my good deeds, and all my bad deeds, and cast them through each other in a heap before the Lord, and fled from both, and betaken myself to the Lord Jesus Christ, and in him I have sweet peace.”
David Dickson, Scotland (1789-1842), on his deathbed
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 participated 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
“Brethren, just as real as is the person of the true and living God, so are all his works. Just as real as the Son of God was made flesh and dwelt among us, he who knew no sin was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Just as real as he died to the law, we died to the law. Just as real as he was raised to the right hand of the Father, we were raised to the right hand of the Father. Just as real as his elect are in him who is Spirit, he is in all his elect who are born of his Spirit. Just as real as his creation of our inner man is now fit to enter into his presence, by the same glory and power he shall also raise our mortal bodies to immortality, in incorruption, into his presence. Just as real as he made the first heaven and the first earth, he shall make all things new in righteousness where nothing that defiles shall enter in. Just as real as we have been his since before time began, he is now ours for eternity. Our God is real and so is our salvation.”
Pastor Clay Curtis
“All error in theology comes from two sources. An attempt to make God less than He is or an attempt to make man more that he is.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
The great truth which makes the gospel worth proclaiming, is the truth that “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners,” that Christ also hath suffered for sin, “the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God;” “Who him self bare our sins in his own body on the tree;” “for the iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and by his stripes we are healed.” In one word, the great fact on which the Christian’s hope rests is substitution.
"NOT MINE" and "NOT LOVED" --Romans 9:25--
‘As he says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her 'my loved one' who is not my loved one,"–Romans 9:25
It is written in the book of Hosea that Hosea's wife, Gomer, bore him a son. Afterward, it is written that Gomer bore two more children. These two children were evidently not Hosea's, so they were named, "Not Mine" and "Not Loved." Life for these children must have been difficult. Every time they were called on, they were reminded of their illegitimacy and the fact that they had no right to live in Hosea's house. Their only hope of a happy life and an inheritance was Hosea's grace. They could not obligate Hosea to show them any good. But, if Hosea wanted to do them good, he could: He could sovereignly call them "Mine", and sovereignly choose to love those who had no claim on his love.
What a beautiful picture of God's sovereign grace! By nature we are "Not Mine" and "Not Loved." Rather than children of God, we are children of wrath. We have no claim on God or His love. We have no home or inheritance. But in sovereign love and mercy, God has called us "Mine" and "Beloved."
I imagine that those children had a special love for Hosea as he took them as his own. And you can imagine how loved they felt when, in public, someone would call them by their old names, and Hosea would step forward and say, "No, let me introduce you to "Mine" and "Loved." And how blessed it is for us when law, conscience and Satan step up to call us by our old names only to hear God say through the gospel, "No, these are 'Mine,' and 'Loved.' In the very next verse Paul quotes, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'
" Freewillers and legalists can have their "gospels". I rejoice in free and sovereign grace!” Pastor Joe Terrell
The Lord Will Provide
“Faith rests all of its hope in Gods promised redeemer. Isaac represents all of Gods elect as they are ‘children of the promise’ (Romans 9: 7-8). That which is begotten of God finds itself on the altar of God in a just and righteous condemnation; but the hand of God is stayed because the lamb of God’s provision has been found to take his place. Abraham could raise the sacrificial knife and plunge it into the heart of his dear son because he believed that God would provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering. Even if Isaac dies, he must be raised from the dead because God, who cannot lie, has promised him ‘that in Isaac shall thy seed be called’ (Genesis 21: 12, Romans 9: 7, Hebrews 11: 18). Both the man of faith and all he can produce are willingly laid on the altar. But what God will have this man of faith to see is that what God demands of him will be accomplished by another. All that God requires of faith He provides in his substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Pastor Darvin Pruitt
The Lord's Table (1Corinthians 11:23-29)
“The Lord's Table is a time of worship for believers. It is an ordinance instituted by our Lord on the night He was betrayed, as a memorial of His death. This ordinance is to be observed until He comes again.
The supper is a time of fellowship and communion with others of like faith wherein those who have trusted Christ gather as one to celebrate that which has made them one family born of one blood.
This feast is not a place of discipline where the church collectively forbids someone to partake. Since this is an ordinance of Christ, and therefore a command of our Lord, if the church were to forbid someone to partake of the elements, then the church would be forcing that person to disobey the command of our Lord.
Each believer is to examine himself on the basis of whether he discerns, (has a vital understanding of, and a saving interest in) the body and blood of Christ, represented in the elements of unleavened bread and wine. One is not to approach the table examining himself on the basis of whether or not there is sin in his life so that he can discern his worthiness or lack thereof to partake.... that is a foolish notion. Discerning the body and blood of Christ is, at its very heart, a knowledge of personal unworthiness. Taking the Lord's Table is a confession of sin, not a confession of presumed righteousness.” Pastor Tim James
AT THE CROSS
“Standing at the cross of our adorable Lord, we see the law thoroughly fulfilled, its curse fully endured, its penalties wholly removed, sin eternally put away, the justice of God amply satisfied, all His perfections gloriously harmonized, His holy will perfectly obeyed, reconciliation completely effected, redemption graciously accomplished, and the church everlastingly saved! At the cross we see sin in its blackest colors, and holiness in its fairest beauties. At the cross we see the love of God in its tenderest form, and the anger of God in its deepest expression. At the cross we see the blessed Redeemer lifted up, as it were between heaven and earth, to show to angels and to men the spectacle of redeeming love, and to declare at one and the same moment, and by one and the same act of the suffering obedience and bleeding sacrifice of the Son of God - the eternal and unalterable displeasure of the Almighty against sin, and the rigid demands of His inflexible justice, and yet the tender compassion and boundless love of His heart to the elect.”
YE ARE COMPLETE IN HIM” (Colossians 2:10).
“The believers standing in Christ does not fluctuate with his feelings, not even the increase or decrease of his faith or understanding or anything else. He stands complete in Christ. God would never trust any of His children to stand before him at anytime in their own selves - that is, in their merits or certain good frames of mind. He knows our frame. He remembers that we are yet dust. Therefore, He has on purpose provided for them this perfect standing in Christ Jesus. ‘Ye are complete in Him’, the Holy Ghost said. He says in another place, ‘Ye are perfect in Christ Jesus’, (Col. 1:28.) The very nature of our God requires us to be perfect and complete before Him at all times. He, out of necessity, therefore provided all this for His children: a perfection, a completeness, which can never be diminished. It is as unchanging as God himself, (Heb. 6:17; 13:8). Every true believer may walk through this world in perfect liberty, free from anything and everything - yes, even his sin, fear of condemnation, and all else that would cause him to doubt of his completeness. He may freely come to God, worship Him, call Him ‘Father’, and this he may do at all times with the utmost confidence and thankfulness, because in Christ he stands, first and foremost and always, complete Before God. O thanks be to God for Jesus Christ.”
Pastor Bruce Crabtree