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Welcome Pastor Russ Rathier! Who was our Intentional Interim pastor and is now our full-time permanent pastor!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Grace Bible Church


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    HEBREWS 7:1-10

This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham. This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater. In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living. One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.


Sermon Notes:

Biblical Priesthood

Pastor Russ Rathier preached from Hebrews 7: 1-10, which compares Jesus to Melchizedek, who is found in Genesis 14: 17-24.  Melchizedek, whose name means “King of Righteousness,” was king of the city of Salem (meaning “peace”), and was a priest of God Most High.  He blessed Abram and gave him bread and wine, and Abram voluntarily gave Melchizedek a tithe of all of his plunder.  Thus, the greater blessed the lesser.

Many of the details of Melchizedek act as a foreshadowing of the future Messiah, Jesus Christ, the true King of Righteousness and Peace.  Jesus also became a priest, in the order of Melchizedek, and is the universal and eternal priest for all men who call on His name.  As Abram was blessed by Melchizedek, so Jesus blesses us with the great love and promises of God when we accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior.  He, the Greater, lovingly and gladly blesses us, the lesser.  

Pastor Russ concluded his sermon with the true and simple statement, that when the world has you in turmoil, turn your eyes upon Jesus, who is our universal and eternal High Priest.

We are happy to announce a new and exciting Bible Study
beginning Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 pm at the church, 856 Moscow Rd. Lessons from the Upper Room - Join us as we discover together the loving heart of Jesus in His final hours ~ featuring Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, facilitated by Ken Rapp. Refreshments.


Sunday Service's time is 10:30 AM.   You are cordially invited to join us in person or once it's posted, online, at You will be blessed by our dynamite pastor, Russ Rathier.  Need prayer?  Please call us, standing by 214-616-7848. Or email Michael at: Prayer Requests are always welcome! Just put Prayer Request in the subject field.

Sermon Notes Prepared By: Christopher Mann (Leadership Team)


Salvation Is As Easy As A B C

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, never asked Him to come into your heart and forgive you of your sins, Here's the place to start

A - Admit

Admit what you have done wrong and ask forgiveness.

Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death.
I John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

B - Believe

Believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again as a payment for your sins.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4  Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.
Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

C - Confess and Choose

Confess and choose to allow God to the be in charge of your life

Matthew 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Romans 10:9  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:13  Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Pray this short prayer:

"Dear God, I want to be a part of your family. You said in Your Word that if I acknowledge that You raised Jesus from the dead, and that I accept Him as my Lord and Savior, I would be saved. So God, I now say that I believe You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive and well. I accept Him now as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept my salvation from sin right now.

I am now saved. Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Savior. Thank you, Father God, for forgiving me, saving me, and giving me eternal life with You. Amen!" 

If you prayed this prayer give us a call. 1(802) 585-3343. 

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