“And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.”
WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning August 4th, 2019
Sunday Morning Bible Study 10:00 AM
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Friday Night Bible Study 7:30 PM
“I Know Whom I Have Believed” pg409
“I Am Thine, O Lord” pg358
“Now I Belong to Jesus” pg511
“True faith is built upon the strongest evidence possible--the WORD OF GOD! True faith is a total dependence upon the LORD JESUS CHRIST for all our needs; such as forgiveness, sanctification, peace, and eternal life. The believer renounces all confidence in his flesh, rejoices only in Christ Jesus, and worships God in spirit. He feeds upon Christ as the Bread of Life, embraces Christ as his wedding garment, derives all strength and comfort from Christ, and trusts himself to the care of Christ as his shepherd, teacher, priest, and king. This is the life of faith.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
‘The Lord is great ... above all gods!’
“Most people today do not know who God is. The modern idea that religious people have about God is that he is an old man, sitting in a rocking chair somewhere above the earth, weak, frustrated and defeated, because he is not able to accomplish his purposes. The preachers and religious leaders of our day have persuaded this generation that God is good but not powerful, God is gracious but not great, God is merciful but not majestic. The god of the twentieth century has a purpose, he has a will, he has a plan, but his hands are tied. Man, they say, will not let God have his way. Satan, they tell us, has God’s creation in chaos. Such a god as this is not worthy of worship, trust, reverence and submission. Such a god as this merits nothing but man’s contempt. Such a god as this is no god at all. He is but the idolatrous figment of man’s depraved imagination.
My God is not at all like that. My God is worthy of worship. My God merits my trust, confidence, reverence and submission. You see, my God truly is God. He is the God of the Bible. The God whom I worship, trust and serve is an absolute sovereign. When I say that God is sovereign, I am simply saying that God does what he will, when he will, with whom he will, in the way he will. He does not ask anyone’s permission to act. He simply does as he pleases. And he does not stand before anyone in judgment to give an account of his actions. He is God, ‘who liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: and all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, what doest thou?’ This is ‘the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase’ (Dan. 4:34,35,37). My friend, either God is absolutely, totally, universally sovereign, or he is not God.”
Pastor Don Fortner
The Spirit of God Moved
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
We all are made from the earth and have nothing to offer God. Deep in darkness, buried in the depths of this world, when God comes, by His will, to “them” that are His own, bringing salvation by Jesus Christ the “living water.”
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, it is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
These two verses are very similar in that the bring power, comfort, understanding, trust, and faith which are all attributes of our Lord.
 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
This is Salvation, Peter asking not demanding of the light of the world. Lord, draw me, command me, to come to you, by water, by the gospel, which is brought by your Holy Spirit.
 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
As we walk with our Lord we still are on the face of the deep and will begin to sink under without our Lords continuing care for us.  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, where didst thou doubt?
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Elder Bill Silva
· Congratulation to the Newlyweds Garrett & Katie Lopez
· Our sympathy’s go out to the family and friends of Pastor William Rupert Rivenbark another Saint has gone on to be with our Lord.
· Join us for our FELLOWSHIP DINNER concluding this morning service.
· We will come to THE LORD’S TABLE during our afternoon worship service, Lord willing.
· Friday night Bible Study will resume this coming Friday
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“FIT FOR GLORY”
“Are the children of God right now fit for heaven, or is there some process to pass through which will, by and by, render us worthy of paradise, ripe for glory and fit for the presence of God? Is there some sort of spiritual progress we are to make before we are deemed fit and pronounced qualified to dwell in the presence of the Lord? The Word of God gives us the answer: ‘Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light’ (Colossians 1:12). All who are brought to saving faith in the Lord Jesus are made fit, that is, are worthy and qualified right now for entrance into everlasting glory. Our standing is complete in Christ Jesus and shall never change. We are ‘accepted in the Beloved’ (Ephesians 1:6). Paul told the Corinthians believers, ‘ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11). Our sins which are many are all pardoned. The Lord has stripped us of our robes of self-righteous rags and clothed us in the garments of Christ’s righteousness. Such is our fitness for the presence of God that even now we are admonished to ‘come boldly to the throne of grace’, with no fear of rejection (Hebrews 4:15 - 16). So let this be clearly understood: in no sense whatsoever is there some sort of additional qualifying process required in order to make believers fit for the everlasting kingdom of our God. Christ is now, and always shall be our fitness!”
Pastor Jim Byrd
The Word of God plainly, clearly and throughout, teaches that man by nature is contrary and opposed to God in every way. For example, God by nature is infinitely and immutably holy – man by nature is unchangeably and incurably sin; God is light – man by nature is darkness; God is truth – man’s whole life by nature is a lie; God is infinitely good – man by nature is inherently and unchangeably bad. In a word, man is a natural born enemy of God (Rom. 5:6-11). In fact, the natural man’s mind is enmity against God – not merely at enmity but enmity itself! (Rom. 8:5-7). Thus men by nature love darkness and deception rather than God’s Word, God’s truth (John 3:19). Therefore man’s greatest need is to be reconciled to God.
It is a continual burden on my heart that so many preachers of our day, rather than preaching God as He is to sinners as they are (“Sinners in the hands of an angry God), are preaching a god who is palatable to fallen human nature, a god whose chief attribute is love rather than holiness, a god who loves everybody the same, a god who gave his son as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, a god who is trying to save all men, These preachers, for personal advantage and gain (the good opinion of man and numbers), are preaching a false god, a false gospel; thus giving their hearers a false hope. Their disciples have never been brought to bow before God as mercy seekers. How could they? They have never heard the truth about God, and thus do not realize their awful condition and desperate need as they stand before the true God of the Bible. God can only be worshiped by beggars, broken and bowed down before His sovereign throne of glory and grace.
Dear brothers and sisters, “Pray the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:38).
“The Prince Of Peace”
“Everything connected with Christ as the Prince and King of the universe shows him to be the Prince of Peace. His kingdom lies not in meat and drink but in joy and peace in the Holy Ghost. The Sceptre of his kingdom is the golden sceptre of mercy and grace. His Throne is the throne of grace. His Royal Proclamation is the gospel of peace. The Fruit of his Spirit is love, joy, and peace. And the Subjects of his kingdom are both peaceable and peacemakers. He is called the Prince of Peace because it is his sovereign prerogative to speak peace to his people. And there is no real peace in the world but that which he bestows. Christ the Prince of Peace gives ‘peace which passeth all understanding’ to those who trust him. He who made peace with God for sinners by the blood of his cross (Col. 1:20; II Cor. 5:18-21) freely gives peace to sinners by his almighty grace.
CHRIST BESTOWS PEACE UPON ALL WHO COME TO GOD BY HIM THROUGH THE GRACIOUS INFLUENCE OF HIS SPIRIT (Rom. 5:1-5). ‘He is our Peace.’ No one will ever apply to Christ for peace until they are in trouble and distress of soul, made to feel the danger, bitterness, and consequences of sin, and made to see the impossibility of helping themselves. But when weary, heavy laden sinners seek him, Christ hears their prayers and gives them peace. He steps out upon the bow of their troubled, tempest tossed ship, reveals himself in boundless, almighty grace, and says to their raging souls, ‘Peace be still.’ And immediately there is a great calm.
CHRIST MAKES PEACE BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO ARE NATURAL ENEMIES (Eph. 2:14-20; Col. 3:11). In Christ racism, social prejudices, and natural barriers are broken down. His people dwell together in peace. Where the Prince of peace reigns there is peace.
THE PRINCE OF PEACE GIVES PEACE TO ALL THE SUBJECTS OF HIS KINGDOM BY GRACIOUSLY INVITING AND ENABLING US TO CAST ALL OUR CARES UPON HIM (James 5:6-7; Prov. 3:5-6).
He manages and rules all things for our good. Even his afflictions are tokens of his love, and as such yield to us the peaceable fruit of righteousness. Christ teaches us how to live in peace by his Word, his Example, and his Spirit. When his people draw near to death he floods their hearts with peace (Psa. 37:37). And when he calls his ransomed home the Prince of Peace will bring us into heaven, the kingdom of his eternal peace (Heb. 4:9-11).”
Pastor Don Fortner