WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, December 10, 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
“Love Lifted Me” Page 505
“I Am His, and He Is Mine” Page 490
To be announced.
“Falling In Love With Jesus Christ”
“The Church’s One Foundation” Page 277
“If thou wouldest believe” (John 11:40).
“Every believer’s great desire is to see the glory of God. Almost every time we pray, whether in the public assembly of God’s church or in private, we repeat the prayer of Moses: ‘I beseech thee, show me thy glory’ (Exodus 33:18). We do not always use his words, but the prayer is the same: ‘Lord, show us your glory.’ Is this your desire? It is mine. Why is it then that we seem to see the glory of God so little? Our Lord tells us very plainly, Jesus said, ‘said I not unto thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?’ This was a gentle, but firm reproof. If Martha had simply believed she would have seen the glory of God in her brother’s sickness and death, as well as in his resurrection. What a reproof this is to us today! If we did but believe in God, as he ought to be believed, if we implicitly trusted him in all things, as we say we do, we should see his glory in all things. Faith sees the glory of God in the gospel (Romans 3:23-26). Believing God we see the glory of his wisdom and truth, justice and mercy, righteousness and grace in saving sinners by the doing and dying of the Lord Jesus, the sinner’s Substitute.
Faith sees the glory of God in providence (Romans 8:28; Romans 11:36). Confident trust and assurance of God’s sovereign rule over all things causes the believer to see God’s glory in all things. We see his glory either in the immediate event or the prospective outcome. But in all, faith sees the glory of God’s wisdom, power and grace in providence. In all that he does, (creation, redemption, providence and salvation), God’s glory is seen by those who believe. And faith will see the glory of God in the resurrection.
Yet the primary force of our Lord’s reproof is this: if we did but believe we should see the glory of God working in our midst (Mark 6:5-6). ‘Unbelief is so vile and venomous an evil that it transfuseth a kind of dead palsy into the hands of omnipotency’ (John Trapp). Christ can do all things by his absolute power. But he can do nothing for unbelievers. He cannot, because he will not. May God give us faith to believe, so that we may see the glory of God working in our midst!”
Pastor Don Fortner
“The bow shall be seen in the cloud.” — Genesis 9:14
“The rainbow, the symbol of the covenant with Noah, is typical of our Lord Jesus, who is the Lord’s witness to the people. When may we expect to see the token of the covenant? The rainbow is only to be seen painted upon a cloud. When the sinner’s conscience is dark with clouds, when he remembers his past sin, and mourneth and lamenteth before God, Jesus Christ is revealed to him as the covenant Rainbow, displaying all the glorious hues of the divine character and betokening peace. To the believer, when his trials and temptations surround him, it is sweet to behold the person of our Lord Jesus Christ — to see Him bleeding, living, rising, and pleading for us. God’s rainbow is hung over the cloud of our sins, our sorrows, and our woes, to prophesy deliverance. Nor does a cloud alone give a rainbow, there must be the crystal drops to reflect the light of the sun. So, our sorrows must not only threaten, but they must really fall upon us. There had been no Christ for us if the vengeance of God had been merely a threatening cloud: punishment must fall in terrible drops upon the Surety. Until there is a real anguish in the sinner’s conscience, there is no Christ for him; until the chastisement which he feels becomes grievous, he cannot see Jesus. But there must also be a sun; for clouds and drops of rain make not rainbows unless the sun shineth. Beloved, our God, who is as the sun to us, always shines, but we do not always see Him — clouds hide His face; but no matter what drops may be falling, or what clouds may be threatening, if He does but shine there will be a rainbow at once. It is said that when we see the rainbow the shower is over. Certain it is, that when Christ comes, our troubles remove; when we behold Jesus, our sins vanish, and our doubts and fears subside. When Jesus walks the waters of the sea, how profound the calm!”
--C. H. Spurgeon
- Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is scheduled for this evening.
- We will come to The Lord’s Table during our worship service next Sunday evening (DV).
- Our dear Brother, Bill Silva, is scheduled to have a very serious operation (cancer related) this next Friday. Please pray, for the glory of our Lord Jesus, that He might be pleased to give His doctors the wisdom and the ability to perform a successful operation.
- Our sincere, heartfelt condolences go out to Cheryl Hafdell, and members of her family, over the recent death of Cheryl’s sister.
****** Cleaning duty this week: John and Kathy Reeves ******
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Job 8 Habakkuk 1 Colossians 4
Job 9 Habakkuk 2 1 Thessalonians 1
Job 10 Habakkuk 3 1 Thessalonians 2
Job 11 Zephaniah 1 1 Thessalonians 3
Hearing the preacher’s voice as he declares gospel truths is not enough. We must hear the life-giving voice of Jesus Christ. But no one will hear the voice of the true and living God if they do not hear gospel truths declared by His ordained preacher (Romans 10:13 - 15).
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“So long as two men are walking together, you cannot tell which one of them the dog belongs to. But let the two men part company and it then becomes evident; the dog will follow his master! The dog does not hesitate, debate, or remain undecided; he quickly follows the one he loves.
Where Christ and men separate; where the Word of God and the traditions of men divide; where the ways of God and ways of the flesh part, the servant of Christ does not hesitate, debate, or remain undecided; he follows Christ, whom he loves, regardless of the cost.
The master may go to a simple cottage, a meal of dry bread, and a lonesome existence while his companion enjoys all the luxuries of the world. But the faithful dog cares little for these things so long as he is with his master.”
Pastor Henry Mahan
“Judge not Christ’s love by providence but by promises. Bless God for shaking off false foundations; bless Him for any way whereby He keeps the soul awakened and looking after Christ. Better sickness and temptation, than security and superficiality.”
– Thomas Wilcox
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“We worship that gloriously unique God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the son of Mary. He is the Messenger and the Message, our Priest and our Sacrifice, the sum and substance of our Theology, that divine truth we know and love. What we call ‘Calvinism’ or ‘The Doctrines of Grace’ are embodied IN HIM. One may be familiar with these doctrines and not know Him, but one cannot know Him and have any lasting problems with these doctrines, because ..... they emanate from Him, being of the very essence of His glorious Person and work. True faith (the gift of God wrought in the soul through the Word;(Romans 10:17), cannot conceive of HIM as being anything less than absolutely sovereign, and OF HIS WORK for and in the sinner, as being anything other than absolutely free and effectual. Thus, PRAISE HIS NAME! He is a real and sure hope for real sinners.”
Pastor Maurice Montgomery
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“When the gospel is preached, there are two things always taking place (even though most are unaware of it); some are being prepared for glory, others are being hardened. Some are being brought to the light, some are left sitting in darkness. Some see Christ and His glory, others see no beauty about Him. Some who hear the gospel have their hearts made tender towards sin; others have their hearts hardened in sin. No wonder we say, ‘Who is sufficient for these things?’ The question we should all be asking is, ‘How is the preaching of the gospel affecting me’?”
Pastor Donnie Bell
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Someone once said, “Pharisees and Publicans both pour out their hearts before God; the one is bragging, the other is begging.” Lord, make us to be beggars.
“The religious professor receives doctrines because he sees them in the Bible. The believer not only sees them in the Book, but he feels them in his heart, put there by the Holy Spirit. The believer gets at truth through trouble. He arrives at the banquet of mercy through sharp pangs of hunger. He lays hold of the robe of righteousness chilled by nakedness. He comes to the cross because he is guilty and there is nowhere else to go. Thus the religionist and the believer (however they may resemble one another) have an eternal distinction which the hand of God has drawn between the living and the dead.”
--J. C. Philpot
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“Jesus Christ is no security against storms, but He is a perfect security in storms. He has never promised you an easy passage, only a safe landing. Peace rules the day when Christ rules the soul.”
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“The love to Christ is in every case the Holy Spirit’s work, and must be wrought in the heart by Him. He is the efficient cause of it, but the logical reason why we love Jesus lies in Himself. WHY do we love Jesus? ‘Because He first loved us.’ WHY do we love Jesus? Because He ‘gave Himself for us.’ We have life through His death; we have peace through His blood. Though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor. WHY do we love Jesus? Because of the excellency of His person. We are filled with a sense of His beauty! an admiration of His charms! a consciousness of His infinite perfection! His greatness, goodness, and loveliness, in one resplendent ray, combine to enchant the soul till it is so ravished that it exclaims, ‘YEA, HE IS ALTOGETHER LOVELY’. Blessed love this--a love which binds the heart with chains more soft than silk, and yet more firm than adamant!”
--C. H. Spurgeon
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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