The Church with a Mission
We want to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. If we serve Christ, we will be able to serve you. We try to accomplish this by having a balanced approach to ministry. This begins in the pulpit. The Pastor, Jeff Richards, preaches the entire Word of God. The pulpit is no place for compromise of God’s truth to societal pressures. Society does not define God’s word and how its peached. God’s word exposes the sin and errors of our society and calls for the necessary correction.
We care about the World we live in. Our church supports missionary endeavors around the world. We support 31 missionaries and agencies that has the goal of spreading the Gospel to the spiritually needed. They minister as we do to the body, soul and spirit.
We care about the youth of our church and our community. We have a well balanced approach of activities and Bible teaching. We minister to our youth through Sunday School. On Wednesday Night we have a full range activities. For the youth between the ages of 3-12 years old we have Kids Adventure Club. For the teens ages 13-18 years old we integrate a Bible study and fun activities to keep the teens interested. Fun trips and ministry opportunities are available for all the teens. In the summer the youth and the teens have an opportunity to go to summer camp.
The adults benefit from fine teaching in Sunday School by teacher, Chuck Gross. Chuck is an excellent expositor of the Word of God. On Tuesday mornings the ladies of our church are involved in life changing Bible studies lead by Lisa Wheeler. On Wednesday night the Pastor Jeff Richards leads the congregation in a Bible Study. There are plenty of fellowship opportunities in our church for the adults. Monthly the church is involved special fellowship activities.
In Times Like These We Need A Way To Escape
Every one of us faces our own pits in life. Most of our pits are of our own making. There are many great stories that you and I could share about the pits in our lives. The best part of the story however, is how we escaped that adversity and climbed out. If we were honest about our story we would have to give credit to someone or God for our help.
So let me tell you a quick story of a person that escaped from his pit. Joseph, as a young man, while doing an errand for his father, was cast into a pit by his evil brothers. While in the pit he could hear the hate that his brothers had for him. They plotted among themselves what to do with this dreamer.
His brothers wanted Joseph dead and planned to kill him. Joseph was spared only to be sold into slavery and taken to Egypt. While he was in Egypt, things went well for awhile. Then his master's wife accused him of rape and he was thrown into prison.
While he ws in prison things went pretty good, considering he was still a prisoner. He interpreted a could of dreams, but was forgotten by his benefactors. The dreamer of big dreams had reached his worst nightmare. You could say that Joseph went from pit to pit. There appeared to be no hope.
You and I know the story. He did not stay there but, was remarkably delivered. How did he escape the pits in his life? Le me share five Biblical principles that worked for him and I believe will work for you.
First, you need to know that God is in control and he alone can deliver you out of your pits in life. Know this as well, God wants to help you.
Second, you need ot know there is a way out. It may not be the easy path, but it will be the right path for you.
Third, you need a plan to follow, while you are in the pit and once you get out of the pit. This plan is found in God's word.
Fourth, you need a person that is willing to listen to you and your plea for help or salvation.
Fifth, you need a place to go. I know! How about church! God's house is perfect for those who have escaped or are trying to escape from life's pits.
Our salvation is free. Christ paid the ultimate price of our salvation through his sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. It cost us nothing, but our salvation is not cheap. Once a person is saved he begins to realize how much the Lord has really done for us. The more we learn of Christ and his Word, the more we want to serve the new Master of our soul. By the way, we can never serve him too much. The more you serve the Lord, you find out the enriched blessings of being a Christian. Listed below are some of responsibilities to God and man.
Commit yourself to God
(Rom. 12:1-2; 1Cor. 4:2, 6:19-20)
Help your weaker brother
(Gal. 6:1; Col. 4:7-8)
Rebuke personal sin and Satan
(Ja. 4:7; 1Cor. 15:34; Ps. 119:11)
Instruct yourself and others to serve God
(2Tim. 2:2-15; Tit. 2:1-10)
Separate from worldliness
(1Jn. 2:15-17; 2Cor. 6:17; 2Tim. 2:4)
Tithe to support God’s work
(Mal. 3:8-10; 1Cor. 16:1-2)
Intercession for self and others
(Lk. 18:1; 1Thes. 5:17; 1Tim. 2:1)
Accountable to God and others
(1Cor. 9:19-27; 2Cor. 5:10)
National concern and revival
(Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15; Acts 1:8)
Biblical authority of the Bible
(2Tim. 3:16; 2Pet. 1:19-21)
Autonomy (self governing) of the local church
(Acts 6:5; 1Cor. 1:2; 16:1-3; Acts 15:22-23)
Priesthood of all believers
(Heb. 4:14-16; 10:19-20; 1Pet. 1:5-9)
Two ordinances -- Baptism (Mt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; Rm. 6:3-6)
-- Lord’s Supper (1Cor. 11:23-34)
Individual soul liberty
(Gal. 5:1; 1Pet. 2:16; 2Cor. 3:17; Jn. 8:36)
Saved, baptized church membership
Two offices – Pastor (Acts 20:28; 1Tim. 3:1-7; Heb. 13:17; Titus 1:5-16; 1Pet. 5:2-4)
-- Deacon (Acts 6:1-7; 1Tim. 3:8-13)
Separation of church and state and our subjection to the state
(Mt. 22:21; John 18:36; Acts 5:29; Rom. 13:1-7; 1Tim. 2:1-3; Titus 3:1; 1Pet. 2:13-20)
1. Romans 3:10-12
10. As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: 11. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
2. Romans 3:23
23. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
3. Romans 6:23a
23a. For the wages of sin is death;
4. Romans 5:8
8. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
5. Romans 6:23b
... but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
6. Romans 10:9-10
9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made into salvation.
7. Romans 10:13
13. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.