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Sunday Morning, June 14, 2015



      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



   “Rejoice, The Lord Is King”                                            Page 228



     Psalm 103 





   “The Church’s One Foundation”                                      Page 277



     To be announced.      


Message Title

   “A Priest Forever”    



   “All That Thrills My Soul Is Jesus”                                 Page 526


 Hebrews 5:1 - 5

   Divinely Appointed  -  No man volunteered for the office of high priest, but was called to it (Heb. 5:4 - 5).  The office of high priest was an office of the highest honor.  It involved the work of representing the people before God.  Only those men who were appointed and ordained of God were allowed to function as priests in Israel.  Any who dared, like Uzziah the king, to take the honor to themselves would suffer grave consequences and be brought to public shame.

     Even Christ himself did not take this high and holy office unto himself.  Neither did he receive it from men.  He did not acquire it by family heritage, because he was of the tribe of Judah.  He was not, as a man, of the Levitical, priestly, order.

     Our Lord was made a Priest.  God the Father made him our High Priest.  The Father appointed him to the office, anointed him with the oil of gladness above his fellows and sent him to execute it (John 8:54).

     The Superiority of Christ Over Aaron  -  In these verses the Holy Spirit shows Christ’s fitness as our great High Priest by contrasting his priesthood with Aaron’s.  Aaron and the other high priests in Israel were types and pictures of the Lord Jesus Christ as our great High Priest.  Like our Savior, those priests were men of flesh who understood and had compassion upon their fellow creatures.  They were chosen and appointed of God to be high priests.  They were intercessors, mediators between God and men.  They offered blood sacrifices for sin.

     The Contrasts  -  Yet, in many ways, the priesthood of Christ cannot be typified by men.  Those priests of the Old Testament age were many.  Christ is the one High Priest. -- Their priesthood was only temporary. Our Lord’s priesthood is eternal (Heb. 7:1-3). -- Those priests offered many sacrifices.  Our Savior offered only one (Heb. 10:12). -- Those priests offered the blood of others.  The Lord Jesus gave his own life’s blood as an offering to God for us (Heb. 9:12). -- The sacrifices offered by those priests of the Mosaic age could not put away sin.  The one sacrifice of Christ has effectually put away all the sins of all God’s elect forever (Heb. 10:14). -- The work of the priests of that carnal, ceremonial dispensation was never finished. --The Son of God, our Savior, finished the work given to him (John 17:4; John 19:30; Heb. 10:11-14).

Excerpt  from  Pastor  Don  Fortner’s Book, Discovering Christ In Hebrews


    “As every High Priest was taken from among men, so the Son of God took upon him our nature for this express purpose, so that he also was taken from among men.  For we are told, that in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest, in things pertaining unto God, Heb. 2:17. And hence, when, in the counsel of peace, between the Persons of the Godhead, the Lord Jehovah is represented in Scripture as speaking in vision to his Holy One, these are the words which were spoken, “I have laid help upon One that is mighty; I have exalted One chosen out of the people, Psalm 89:19.  And as Jesus, our great High Priest, was taken from among men, so was he ordained for men.  For there would have needed no High Priest, nor sacrifice, had there been no sinners. But, as Christ’s Church, Christ’s people, his spouse, whom he betrothed to himself before all worlds, had fallen into sin; the Son of God came to redeem her from all sin, by the sacrifice of himself.  And, as God the Father, first gave her to his dear Son, so God the Father ordained Christ from among men, to be an High Priest, to act the part of an High Priest, to redeem her to himself, and to present her to himself a glorious Church; not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but to be without blame before him in love, Eph. 5:26-27.

     As no man, among men, would have suited the office of an High Priest, according to what this blessed Chapter saith, but such as could have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; so the great feature of character, in our dear Lord, to constitute him High Priest, was eminently his great meekness and tenderness of heart. God the Father’s account of him was this by the Prophet.  Meek and lowly, Isa. 42:1-4, compared with Mat. 2:23 and Mat. 12:17-21.   And, although in point of holiness, Christ was holy, harmless, and undefiled: and, in point of power, made higher than the heavens: and, in point of understanding, in him were hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; yet, though all these were indeed requisites for the high office of the Priesthood, it was the infinite compassions of his heart, which made him so peculiarly suited for our High Priest, and more immediately hath endeared him to the affections of his people, Heb. 7:26; Col. 2:3; Heb. 4:14.”

 Excerpt  from  Robert  Hawker’s Commentary on Hebrews 5:1-14



Our monthly Music & Testimony Night is scheduled for this commencing at 6:30 PM.

Our 30th Annual Sovereign Grace Summer Conference is scheduled to commence Friday, July 3 at 7:00 PM, and will continue through Sunday, July 5.  Our scheduled speakers are Don Fortner, Daniel Parks, John Reeves and Michael Smith.  Please be in prayer for these men, and for our Lord’s blessings on them as they preach His Glorious Gospel during these special meetings.

In preparation for our summer conference, a WORK DAY is scheduled for next Saturday, June 20, commencing at 9:00 AM.

******  Cleaning duty this week: John and Kathy Reeves  ******



Monday                         Wednesday                   Friday

Genesis 1                        Job 37                            Revelation 20

Genesis 2                        Job 38                            Revelation 21

Genesis 3                        Job 39                            Revelation 22

Romans 11                     Romans 12                     Romans 13




    Christ is worthy of all worship because He is my merciful Redeemer.  God counted Him worthy to be the Substitute, Surety, and Redeemer of me committing the salvation of my soul into His hands as the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.  His Righteousness is worthy to clothe me.  His sufferings are worthy to make me clean.  His power is worthy to preserve me.  His love is worthy to win my heart.  Christ proved Himself worthy.  As the Lion of the tribe of Judah He prevailed with God.  As the Lamb of God He redeemed me to God and now with my heart I can say Christ is worthy.  He is worthy of my faith, obedience, love and worship.  Christ is worthy of eternal praise because He is God’s exalted King and as the King, every creature of God in heaven, the earth, and under the earth will say ‘worthy is the Lamb that was slain’.


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   “Christ is the gospel, and the gospel is Christ.  The doctrine of grace (sometimes we say DOCTRINES of grace) is the seasoning of the true gospel.  It gives that sweet savor to the message.  The gospel we preach is the message of the person and works of Christ, and that message is leavened with grace.

     What is unconditional election, particular redemption, irresistible grace, preservation and perseverance of the saints but the expression of free grace dispensed and free grace bestowed?”

Pastor Terry Worthan  

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    Jesus Christ is not a way to God.  He is the ONLY WAY any hell-deserving sinner can come to God (John 14:6).  Brethren, SUBSTITUTION is not a take it or leave it gospel.  SUBSTI-TUTION IS THE GOSPEL!  As the God-man, Jesus Christ walked on this earth in perfect obedience to the will of God the Father, establishing a perfect righteousness for His chosen people.  As the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ satisfied the Holy Justice of God for His elect by laying down His life for them.  As God’s risen, glorified, exalted King, Jesus Christ now lives to give eternal life to all who were given to Him by God the Father (John 17:1 - 3).  Jesus Christ is the sinner’s only hope, who has already entered within the veil, there to appear in the presence of God for those He purchased with His own precious blood.  Flee to Him for refuge, and lay hold upon the only sure hope for sinners (Hebrews 6:17 - 20).


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   “We cannot worship the Lord God of Glory, and embrace the false god of freewillism and legalism.  We cannot bow to Dagon and receive the blessing of the atonement of God’s blessed Sacrifice, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

--Brother Tommy Robbins

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   “To those who truly believe, those who have this precious faith, ‘HE IS PRECIOUS’ (1 Peter 2:7).  This is one way I know that God has given me this faith.  The faith which I have will not permit me to look to, trust in, rest upon, live upon, or have any hope in anyone but Christ, and Christ alone!  Unto me HE IS PRECIOUS!

Pastor Maurice Montgomery

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   “The atonement does not change the nature and character of God, but rather, the atonement honors and magnifies the character of God.  The death of Christ is not the cause of God’s love, but the result of it.  God is not merciful because Christ died.  Christ died because God is merciful.  In order that every attribute might be expressed, glorified, and honored, God gave His Son to be the Savior of His chosen people!  Thank God!  There is an atonement BEFORE THE LORD!

                                                                   Pastor Henry Mahan

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   “Every religion except one puts you upon doing something in order to recommend yourself to God.  It is only the gospel of Christ which runs counter to all the rest by affirming that we are saved and called with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to the Father’s own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ before the world began (not sold out to us on certain conditions to be fulfilled by ourselves).  It was long ago remarked by a good man that, ‘It is the business of all false religions to patch up a righteousness in which the sinner is to stand before God’.  But it is the business of the glorious gospel to bring near to us, by the hand of the Holy Spirit, a righteousness ready wrought, a robe of perfection ready made, wherein God’s people, to all the purposes of justification and happiness, stand perfect and without fault before His throne!”        

--Augustus Toplady

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   “I ask any saved person to look back on your own conversion and tell me how it came about.  You turned to Christ; you believed on His name.  But who caused you to repent? to turn? to receive Christ?  What power or force turned you from sin to righteousness?  Do you attribute this powerful renewal to the existence of something better in you than is found in your unbelieving neighbor?  No!  You confess that unless the Lord opened your eyes and turned you to Christ, you would still be where you’re neighbor is now--LOST!

--C. H. Spurgeon

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   “... To believe God is no small thing!  It is the evidence of a heart reconciled unto God; it is the proof of our being weaned from our own works and deeds; it is a clear sign of the true conviction of sin; it is honoring to Christ, our only Redeemer; it is the essence of true worship; and it is the root of sincere obedience.”

Pastor Henry Mahan