WELCOME TO RESCUE BAPTIST CHURCH
Sunday Morning, May 6, 2018
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
“Face To Face” Page 549
“We’re Marching To Zion” Page 555
To be announced.
“This World Is Not My Home”
“I’ll Fly Away” Page 554
‘The heavenly calling’
“This heavenly calling, of which all of God’s elect are partakers, is that sovereign and gracious work of the Holy Spirit which brings men to life and faith in Jesus Christ. This is the effectual and irresistible operation of God the Holy Spirit. When we talk about the Holy Spirit’s effectual call, we are not saying that God saves sinners against their will. We simply mean that when the Holy Spirit is sent on an errand of mercy into a man’s heart, he never fails to bring that man to Christ. He so changes the sinner’s nature that he is perfectly willing to receive Christ as Lord and Savior.
- There is a heavenly calling which is always effectual, bringing men to salvation and life. To be sure there is a true and sincere call which goes forth in the preaching of the gospel which men resist. ‘Many are called, but few are chosen.’ But there is a heavenly calling which always brings salvation. ‘ Whom he called, them he also justified.’ ‘Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.’ ‘Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee.’ It is this calling which distinguishes the believer from the unbeliever. To the unbelieving Jew, Christ crucified is a stumblingblock. To the unbelieving Greek, he is foolishness. ‘But unto them which are called,’ Christ is ‘the power of God and the wisdom of God’.
- This heavenly and effectual call is necessary for the salvation of men. It is necessary because of man’s nature. By nature man has neither the will nor the ability to come to Christ for salvation (John 5:40; John 6:44). If God the Holy Spirit does not effectually call a man to Christ, he never will nor can come. It is necessary because of the purpose of God. We are ‘called according to his purpose’. God has determined to save his elect. But they cannot be saved without his omnipotent call. It is also necessary because of the purchase of Christ. If the Holy Spirit did not call to life those whom Christ has purchased, the Son of God would be robbed of the satisfaction of his soul; but this will never be for ‘All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”.”
Pastor Don Fortner
“Fellow citizens with the saints.”
“What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? It means that we are under heaven’s government. Christ the king of heaven reigns in our hearts; our daily prayer is, ‘Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ The proclamations issued from the throne of glory are freely received by us: the decrees of the Great King we cheerfully obey. Then as citizens of the New Jerusalem, we share heaven’s honours. The glory which belongs to beatified saints belongs to us, for we are already sons of God, already princes of the blood imperial; already we wear the spotless robe of Jesus’ righteousness; already we have angels for our servitors, saints for our companions, Christ for our Brother, God for our Father, and a crown of immortality for our reward. We share the honours of citizenship, for we have come to the general assembly and Church of the first-born whose names are written in heaven. As citizens, we have common rights to all the property of heaven. Ours are its gates of pearl and walls of chrysolite; ours the azure light of the city that needs no candle nor light of the sun; ours the river of the water of life, and the twelve manner of fruits which grow on the trees planted on the banks thereof; there is nought in heaven that belongeth not to us. ‘Things present, or things to come,’ all are ours. Also as citizens of heaven we enjoy its delights. Do they there rejoice over sinners that repent—prodigals that have returned? So do we. Do they chant the glories of triumphant grace? We do the same. Do they cast their crowns at Jesus’ feet? Such honours as we have we cast there too. Are they charmed with his smile? It is not less sweet to us who dwell below. Do they look forward, waiting for his second advent? We also look and long for his appearing. If, then, we are thus citizens of heaven, let our walk and actions be consistent with our high dignity.
--C. H. Spurgeon
- Summer conference flyers are now available.
- Our monthly Fellowship Dinner is scheduled for this afternoon following our morning worship service. A warm invitation is extended to all our visitors.
- Following our fellowship dinner, we’ll have an afternoon worship service. During that service we’ll come to The Lord’s Table.
- Our worship service for this evening has been cancelled.
******* Cleaning duty this week: John and Kathy Reeves *******
SUGGESTED BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Monday Wednesday Friday
Psalm 46 Luke 11 Matthew 2
Psalm 47 Luke 12 Matthew 3
Psalm 48 Luke 13 Matthew 4
Psalm 49 Luke 14 Matthew 5
“Christ Is All. There are not three more precious words. Christ is all that God is. Christ is all in the Scriptures. Christ is all in every doctrine of Scripture. Christ is all as the object of our faith. Most especially, Christ is all we have! We have nothing to plead but Christ before the Father. He who all he has is Christ, has all! He who has everything but Christ, has nothing.”
Pastor Todd Nibert
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
We, all of us, came from the dust. And when we die, these mortal bodies will go back to the dust from whence we came (Genesis 3:19). Young people, including most young Christians, just don’t lay that to heart. But when God’s enlightened Christians start experiencing the pains that accompany elderly years, we think about our appointed day of departure - OFTEN! God knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust (Psalm 103:14). I believe Christ our Sovereign Lord ordained every trial, painful or not, to make us long for our heavenly home. It is true that every enlightened child of God has a sincere desire to see Christ our Saviour in all His glory. But we also know when we get to glory, all of our sufferings will be over. What a day to look forward to, when we, in a brand new glorified body that will never ever again feel any pain, see our Sovereign Lord face to face in all His glory, the exalted Christ of God, who, by the supreme sacrifice of Himself, paid the redemption price in full for all our sins.
"That ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. (Exodus 11: 7)
“Who shall mark down all the properties of distinguishing grace? What a vast difference doth grace make, in this life, between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not! And what an everlasting difference will be made in the life which is to come. My soul, make this thought the subject of thine unceasing meditation. Thou canst not walk the street, nor go to public worship, nor watch the Lord's dealings in all the vast and numberless dispensations going on in life, in the wide world of providence and grace, but what everything speaks, in the language of the morning portion, of the difference there is still put between the Egyptians and Israel. Everything proclaims it, every event confirms it. And do not overlook the great point of all—it is the Lord that doth all this. "Who maketh thee to differ from another?" Oh for grace to be always on the watch-tower to mark this, and for grace to acknowledge it! Precious Jesus, thou art the Source, the Fountain, the Author, the Finisher, of all. ‘Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are thy judgments, and thy ways past finding out’.”
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SAVED BY CHRIST
“If salvation depends upon our being or doing anything, we shall inevitably be lost. Thank God, it does not; for the great fundamental principle of the gospel is that Christ is all: man is nothing. It is not a mixture of Christ and man---it is all of Christ. The peace of the gospel does not rest in part on Christ’s work and in part on man’s work; it rests wholly on Christ’s work, because that work is perfect, perfect forever; and it renders all who put their trust in Him as perfect as Himself! Christ must either be a whole Saviour or no Saviour at all. The moment a man says, ‘Except you be this or that, you cannot be saved,’ he totally subverts the gospel; for in the gospel I find Christ coming down to me, just as I am--a lost, guilty, self-destroyed sinner; and coming, moreover, with a full remission of all my sins, and a full salvation from my lost estate, all perfectly wrought by Himself on the cross.”
- C.H. Mackintosh
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“In the few years I have been preaching if there is one thing I have learned, it is this, we can never say enough, preach enough, think enough, exalt enough, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Master told us to ‘Take my yoke upon you and learn of me’. Beloved what a glorious task, Our Lord Jesus gave us. There is so much to learn about His person.
How much do we know about His person as The Eternal God? Oh, the glory of His Godhead. How could he be both God the Son and be God the everlasting Father?
How could He remain God, control all things, uphold all things by the word of His power and yet at one and the same time come into this world He created, and come into the womb of a virgin, and become something He never was before, Man?
But Oh WHAT A MAN! Sinless in His thoughts, sinless in His words, sinless in His deeds, without sin before the Holiness of God Almighty. So Glorious in His sinless life, that the heavens opened one day and God Himself spoke and said; ‘This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.’ I say Speak Lord, by your grace I will listen.
God helping us let us begin again to ‘learn of him, take His yoke upon ourselves, learn of his meekness, his lowliness, there is rest for our souls in learning of him’
The man who knows the most about Christ knows so little, the man who sees Christ the best will say ‘I see through a glass darkly’. Just because I know so little, doesn’t mean I’m going to stop learning, because I don’t see all I want too doesn’t mean I’m going to quit looking. Someday in the near future, you and I will see clearly what we now see so dimly. ‘We shall see Him as He is, and we shall be like him‘. . But our seeing and our knowing starts here. Do you know Him? Have you COME to Him? Are you learning of Him?”
Pastor Donnie Bell
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“It is hard to say which is worst - the atheist who says, ‘There is no God’ or the religionist who maintains that God cannot do as He pleases.”
--Brother Scott Richardson