SUNDAY JANUARY 3, 2021
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning Bible Study 10:00 AM
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Friday Night Bible Study 7:30 PM
OPENING HYMN PAGE 262
HOLY! HOLY! HOLY
WORSHIP HYMN PAGE 43
GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
CLOSING HYMN PAGE 405
MY FAITH HAS FOUND A REST PLACE
To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colose: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Come, Sup With Us
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
The door of this house is open, blessed Savior. Come, sup with us and cause us this day to sup with you! If you will come here today, and sit at your table, in your house, our spikenard shall send forth their smell, “because of the savor of thy good ointments” (Song 1:12, 3).
Mary gave a sweet, instructive testimony of her faith in, gratitude to, and love for the Son of God when she anointed his feet with her costly, fragrant spikenard. Our Savior accepted her worship and publicly honored her for it. As Mary broke open her alabaster box of ointment and the fragrance filled the room, so God’s servants break open the golden casket of Holy Scripture and the sweet aroma of Christ crucified fills his house. As Mary broke open her alabaster box just for Christ, purely for his honor, let us, this day, break open our hearts to him in the confession of our sin and his grace, our emptiness and his fullness, worshipping him, anointing him with praise, devotion, and love; and he will honor us with his manifest approval, visiting us with his grace.
God the Father anointed his dear Son as our Surety, Savior, Mediator, and King. Surely God’s Anointed should be our Anointed, his Chosen our Chosen, and his Delight our Delight!
Christ our King here spreads his table by the preaching of the gospel and calls his redeemed as his guests. While the King sits at his table, reigning in the hearts of ransomed sinners, his beloved, his graces will flow forth into our hearts by his Spirit. Where two or three gather in his name, there he is. While he sups with them and they with him, the spikenard of his grace flows forth to us and the spikenard of our love, devotion, faith, and deep gratitude flow forth to him. This is worship!
He says, “Eat, O friends; yea, drink abundantly, O beloved!” The table is his. Indeed, the table is Christ himself! He is our Bread of Life, our Water of Life, and the “Wine that maketh glad the heart.” May he be pleased this day to pour out his Spirit upon us and cause us to hear his voice and see his countenance, making “his name as ointment poured forth” to our hearts. Then (Blessed prospect!), eating his flesh and drinking his blood, possessing eternal life and salvation by his grace, our hearts shall pour forth the spikenard prepared for him. “Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine; And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.” Come into your garden, blessed Savior, to the beds of spices, gather your lilies and feed among them!
Living in Unity
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”
The unity of the brethren begins with a common faith: “There is one faith,” says the Scripture. But David speaks, not only of believing in unity, but of living in unity. This requires effort on our part, for there are natural differences among us, which war against the pleasant unity David so enjoyed. One’s temperament, upbringing, and life experiences give him a perspective on life that differs from those around him. This could prove helpful to the body of Christ as each contributes his level of wisdom to the whole. But more often than not, pride makes our differences into a wedge that divides us. Pride makes a god of our own opinions, and by that “god” we condemn those who differ from us and banish them from our close fellowship.
How sad! That which could prove so pleasant is forfeited so that we may cling to our self-aggrandizing ways! Oh, for a gracious dose of that humility that binds us to one another in that sweet and pleasant fellowship of God’s people! Such humility begins with recognizing that all men of the same faith are, indeed, brethren, despite what other differences may exist. Such humility allows us to rejoice in one another, enjoy one another, and fellowship with one another in a sweet and happy unity. Such humility breaks down the walls of suspicion and opens the way for open and free friendship. Such humility draws us out of the dark, cold places in which we hide from others for fear of being found out and brings us into the warm and inviting community of loving brethren who, with similar humility, dwell in peace with their brethren.
How the church is anointed with grace when such a spirit prevails! How the blessings of God flow down from heaven to us when we live with our brethren in unity! God grant it to be so.
Pastor Joe Terrell
· Our FELLOWSHIP DINNER will be following this morning service
· We will come to THE LORD’S TABLE during our afternoon worship service, Lord willing
· Our workday is scheduled for January 16th at 10:00 AM
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR:
"May the Lord bless you and lift up the light of His countenance upon you all and give you peace. May you, during this new year of grace, receive much grace; and may you grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May we as a church, as pastor, elders, and brethren, mutually strive together to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace, boldly proclaim the gospel of His free and sovereign grace, love, encourage, and support our missionaries and sister churches; and may the Lord save His sheep through the Gospel preached from this place. Whatever trials and sorrows by His divine providence may come our way, whatever mercies and blessings may fall upon us, may we be given the Grace to recognize His hand and purpose in THEM ALL and sing from the heart, ‘Unto Him who hath loved us and washed us from sin, unto HIM BE THE GLORY FOREVER, AMEN!’”
Pastor Henry Mahan
“The Bible was not given to teach me history, but to teach me grace; not to teach me worldly wisdom, but the wisdom of God! Therefore, salvation and the way to God is to be found in the Scriptures and in the Scriptures only. He who does not always preach and teach the Scriptures ought not to be called a minister of God.”
C. H. Spurgeon
“It is as bad to invent a god in the imagination as it is to make one with the hands. The old form of idolatry had its gods made with hands; the new form of idolatry has its gods spun out of the imagination and harbored in the mind. The unknown God is still the true God.”
C. D. Cole
A WILLING SUBSTITUTE
“Christ did not die on the cross trying to save his people. HE DIED SAVING HIS PEOPLE! He was given the name Jesus for that very purpose: For he shall save his people from their sins (Matt 1:21). If you believe that God loves every one and died for everyone, then your idol is a failure as all idols are. The God of scripture is not trying to do anything. HE IS ACCOMPLISHING HIS PURPOSE (Isa. 14:27). He willingly became a man, laid down his life, paying the price of sin, for his sheep (John 10:15). We have all sinned and came short of the glory of God; we all deserve the wrath to come, yet there is a people, chosen before the world was (Eph 1:4), who are to be the recipients’ of His Love.
Because he first loved us, we have a substitute. One who has paid the price for us, one who stood in our place. One who willingly received our just reward. One who laid down his life for us. No man taketh it from him (John 10:18).
Dear reader, I pray that The Lord of Glory is Your Substitute. Today is the day of salvation! Believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST and thou shalt be saved.”
Pastor John Reeves
WHAT IS MEANT BY SOVEREIGN GRACE?
“Sovereign Grace is God’s grace. And God’s grace is Sovereign Grace. If it is not Sovereign Grace, it is not saving grace. Sovereign Grace is the truth. Sovereign Grace is the message that declares the electing love of the Father, the redeeming love of the Son, and the invincible love of the Holy Spirit. Sovereign Grace is the Gospel. Any message that does not declare the Sovereign Grace of God in Christ Jesus is ‘another gospel!’ Sovereign Grace is saving grace!”
Pastor Todd Nibert
“I believe men will argue about the new nature up until the time that they have one, and then they will just be grateful to the God of all grace who makes all things new.”
Pastor Christ Cunningham
The Revelation of Faith
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his spirit: For the Spirit searcheth all things, yeah, the deep things of God/” (I Corinthians 2: 9 - 10).
“By the sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth the believer is given spiritual eyes. Spiritual eyes are eyes that see what others cannot and will not see. The apostle, Paul describes this vision in II Corinthians 4: 18, saying…‘We look not at things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.’ The faith of God’s elect is the gift of God that enables the believer to see through the eyes of God. John said of Christ, ‘What he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true’ (John 3: 32-33). The eyes of faith see through God’s eyes. They see God as He is, man as he is, and Christ reconciling the two. They see the eternal, immutable, purpose of God in redemption. They see the everlasting covenant of grace and the one mediator between God and men accomplishing the will of God concerning these things. The eyes of faith see a bleeding substitute satisfying the justice of God concerning their sins and His righteous obedience as their own righteousness making them ‘holy, unblameable and unreprovable in His sight’ Colossians 1:22
Seeing through His eyes we see the perfection of God in all He has done and find as God did when he looked upon His work that it is good and complete and sufficient to cease from our labors and enter into His rest.”
Pastor Darvin Pruitt
“Men do not KNOW Christ the Light by coming to the 5 points of Calvinism any more than they KNOW the darkness of their hearts by memorizing the 10 Commandments.
Pastor Clay Curtis