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WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH

Sunday Morning, December 24, 2017

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SCHEDULED MEETINGS

     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

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OPENING HYMN

    “His Name Is Wonderful”                                                Page 101  

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SCRIPTURE READING

      Psalm 67

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OFFERTORY

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WORSHIP HYMN

    “Joy To The World”                                                         Page 125  

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SPECIAL MUSIC

 “O Holy Night”

   Duet by Cheryl Hafdell and Shirley Jukich

   Judy Harmon, Pianist  

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Message Title

    “God My Saviour”

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CLOSING HYMN

   “Hallelujah, What a Savior!”                                       Page 175

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“Mine eyes have seen thy salvation” (Luke 2:30).

    “I want you to behold Christ as God’s salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ himself is God’s salvation. It is good to see salvation in the work of Christ: his glorious incarnation, his life of righteousness, his effectual atonement, his mighty resurrection, his triumphant ascension and his gracious intercession. Without these things we could never have been saved. But it is our Lord’s gracious person that makes all his work effectual. Had he not been a man like us, he could not have died as our Substitute. Had he not been God, his dying could never have availed for our redemption. It is who Christ is that gives virtue and merit to what he does.

     My friend, Christ Jesus is the only salvation there is (John 14:6). The Holy Spirit tells us that Simeon was a ‘ju st and devout man’.   Yet he did not rely upon his goodness for acceptance with God. Simeon also observed the ceremonies and ordinances of worship as God prescribed them in his day. But he found no hope of salvation in the things he did (Romans 3:20).   He trusted Christ alone. When Simeon said, ‘Mine eyes have seen thy salvation’, he was saying that the Lord Jesus Christ is the whole of salvation (1Corinthians 1:30; 1John 5:13).   Christ is salvation. He that gets Christ gets full, complete, perfect salvation. When God gives his Son he gives all grace with his Son (Ephesians 1:3), and will not withhold any good thing from those to whom his Son is given (Romans 8:32).

     Never forget, my friend, that the whole of salvation is in Christ. Do not expect to find any portion of it in yourself, or in the ordinances of the church, or in the works of the law, or in some pretended priest, or through doing penance for your sin. Christ alone is salvation. He does not need, nor will he accept, any help from man in the work of salvation. You must trust Christ alone in everything and for everything. I warn you that if you trust Christ for almost everything and yourself, your baptism, your good works, your speaking in tongues, or your experience for a little something, your hope is vain. Christ will be all, or he will be nothing (Galatians 5:2). Do you see this? Can you say with Simeon, ‘Mine eyes have seen thy salvation’?

 Pastor Don Fortner

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“Where is the promise of His coming?”
--2 Peter 3:4--

   “Absolutely no one but God Himself knows the appointed day of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some foolishly and sinfully try to predict dates. Others walk in the lusts of their own sinful desires, while they blatantly mock the Biblical truth concerning the promise of Christ’s Second Coming. The Apostle Peter, inspired by God the Holy Spirit, wrote these words: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Our Lord Jesus has a particular people who were promised to Him by God the Father in the eternal covenant of grace. Those chosen people, all of us, were in Adam’s loins when he ate the forbidden fruit. All of us sinned in him when he plunged the whole human race into condemnation. We come into this world with Adam’s fallen nature, in a state of helpless and hopeless spiritual death. Not only is it impossible for us to deliver ourselves out of that total depraved condition - WE DON’T WANT OUT! We love the darkness we’re in, and we love the lies of the spirit of anti-Christ that makes us believe we can come to Christ by some sinful deed we have performed.

     “When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:4 - 5). Christ our Blessed Redeemer, by His one sacrifice for the sins of His people, obtained eternal redemption for us (Heb. 9:12; 10:14). God is longsuffering to us-ward, longsuffering to us who were redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ALL HAVEN’T COME TO CHRIST YET. Some of His little lambs that He laid down His life for are still lost in the wilderness. But they shall come. He said so in John 6:37: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” When He calls His last blood-bought child out of darkness, then our Lord shall come again “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:7 - 9).                

Pastor

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Our worship service for this evening, and our Bible study for this Friday night have been cancelled.

*****MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL ***

**** Cleaning duty this week: Russ Davis and Roger Deaver **

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SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK

Monday                           Wednesday                    Friday

Job 16                             Zechariah 1                     2 Thessalonians 3

Job 17                             Zechariah 2                     1 Timothy 1

Job 18                             Zechariah 3                     1 Timothy 2

Job 19                             Zechariah 4                     1 Timothy 3

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The only difference between a rich man who is willing to offer half of his acquired wealth to gain an entrance into God’s heavenly kingdom, and a man who is willing to offer his so-called free will for the same favor IS THE PRICE! God has reserved His eternal wrath for those who refuse to bow down to Jesus Christ, the resurrected, glorified God-man, confessing Him as the Sovereign Monarch over His whole creation, believing that He, by the supreme sacrifice of Himself, obtained eternal redemption for all those He laid down His life for.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 CHRIST'S GREAT WORK

   “What is His work? The work which the Father gave Him to do; the work covenanted from before the world began; the work that shall crown Him with glory and honor for ever and ever; the work of fulfilling, of magnifying, and of honoring the holy law of God; the work of satisfying it and of sheathing the sword of inflexible justice in His own heart; the work of vanquishing the powers of darkness, bruising the old serpent's head, spoiling principalities and powers, taking away the sting of death, and removing the curse forever from all the election of grace. That is the work of God; that is the work of Christ, and it is freely given to the believer.”

 --Joseph Irons  

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   “The scriptures are very clear as to the birth and lineage of the Christ. The word of God does not declare a sinless mother giving birth to God. Neither does it teach a son born of the seed of man. The Christ will be a man and be of the lineage of both Abraham and David: But not of their cursed seed. ‘…the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they come together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost’ (Matthew 1:18).   The Lord Jesus Christ came into this world in the womb of a virgin. He will be made of a woman and made under the law and look like and have all of the weaknesses of other men; but he is not of their father Adam whose offspring have all been cursed of God (Romans 5: 12-21; I Corinthians 15: 21-22). He is the woman’s seed (Genesis 3: 15). His name shall be called Emmanuel which being interpreted is God with us (Matthew 1:23).   He is the God man. He is as much man as if he were not God and as much God as if he were not man. To be called Jesus (Savior) he must be God and man in one person. God cannot suffer and die and man cannot satisfy. But, the God man can do both. ‘For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power’ (Colossians 2: 9 -10).

Pastor Darvin Pruitt

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     God our Father has made all of His elect ‘ACCEPTED’ in His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Eternal Son of God came into this world to pay the ransom price in full for all the sins of a ‘PARTICULAR PEOPLE’, those who were chosen in Him before this world was created. It was the SOVEREIGN GRACE of God that chose HIS PEOPLE, the SOVEREIGN GRACE of God that purchased HIS PEOPLE, and the SOVEREIGN GRACE of God that gave HIS PEOPLE eternal life. Brethren, if we have Jesus Christ, WE HAVE IT ALL! Religion without SOVEREIGN GRACE is religion without Jesus Christ. Religion without Jesus Christ is religion without a new heart. Religion without a new heart IS JUST SELF-RIGHTEOUS, WASTED, SINFUL MOTION.

Pastor

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MY RIGHTEOUS STANDING BEFORE GOD

   “Whenever I think of myself as standing on my own before God, my thoughts turn, not to righteousness and life, but to sin and death (Rom. 7:9). However, as I think of myself as standing before this holy God, in Christ, I can sing from my heart, ‘Free from the law, Oh happy condition!’ (Rom. 7: 1-4). You see, Christ has obeyed the law and satisfied God for me (Matt. 5: 17, 18; Rom. 5:19). Now, in the eyes of God, Who appointed the Lord Jesus Christ to be my surety and substitute, it is as if I myself had satisfied the law of God. No, it is much better than that. Yea, infinitely better! Had I, personally and perfectly satisfied the law of God, it would have been a perfect righteousness, but rendered by a mere man. The righteousness which the Lord Jesus Christ rendered unto God in my name, is the righteousness of One who is not only perfect man, but is also eternal God! His righteousness is of infinite, boundless, measureless, indescribable value and worth—the ‘righteousness of God’ (Rom. 3: 21, 22; Phil. 3:9). Now this is the way I see it: God is more pleased with me, this old ‘dead dog sinner’ (II Kings 8: 13; II Sam. 9:8), IN CHRIST, than if I had perfectly and personally kept His holy law myself. Thus, when I consider how much I owe unto God, and my total inability to pay, I offer unto Him my Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ, and He is delighted to accept HIM. What a wonderful, full, complete, everlasting salvation!

 Pastor Maurice Montgomery

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   “The one thing that makes the believer different from the rest of the world is the grace of God to him in Christ. The difference between faith and unbelief is the grace of God. The difference between a harlot and a godly woman is the grace of God. The only difference between a liar and one who speaks the truth is the grace of God. The only reason Noah was saved and the rest of the world perished: the grace of God. ‘But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord’ (Gen. 6:8).”

Pastor John Chapman

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“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of your-selves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8 - 9).