“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.”
DO I BELIEVE IN GOD?
It is a fundamental fact that most people believe in God. Most of us believe that there is a real and living God who created the universe and is all powerful. The issue is; how must I live my life in order to please Him and is that even possible? Some will argue that it isn’t possible to please God simply because we are all sinners and since God is perfect and sinless, how could we possible do anything to deserve His grace and His mercy. So we come to the question, what must I do to be saved? The answer to the question is nothing. It is impossible to please God because all have sinned and come short of His glory (Rom.3:23). So that brings us to the second question:
WHY ARE WE SAVED?
Since it is impossible to please God and yet He will save us from our sin and as the writer of Jude wrote in 1:24, “He is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy…”, therefore our redemption is not our own doing. In John 3:16, Jesus says, 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. It is very clear that it is the love of God that saves us from our sins and not anything we do to earn our salvation. So someone would ask, “What about believing?” It is true that we must believe the Gospel to be saved but without the love of God and the gift of His own Son for the salvation of the world, there would be no Gospel to believe in. We believe the Gospel of Christ and He receives us into theKingdomofGod. But after we do believe, we come to the third question:
HOW ARE WE SAVED?
The Apostle Paul clearly states in Rom. 10:9, believing must be expressed. There is power in the tongue; there is power in the spoken word. God created the universe by speaking it into existence. It is clearly stated in scripture the importance of speaking the Word of God. Jesus said in Mat.17:20, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. Our words have power and therefore Paul writes in Rom. 10:9, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” So you believe in God and His love for you; you have confessed your belief, so let us address the next question:
DO I KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT, THAT IF I DIED TODAY I WOULD BE WITH JESUS IN HEAVEN?
You believe in God as creator of heaven and earth, you believe that God loves you so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for your sins, and finally, you believe that your words of faith in the Gospel is your salvation. It is now a good time to pray the prayer of agreement that God will save you. Read the follow prayer out loud, hopefully with the witness of someone whom you truly believe to be a Christian: “Heavenly Father, I believe that you are The Creator of heaven and earth and I believe that You sent Your only begotten Son, Jesus to die for my sins. I now confess with my mouth that Jesus is God and that He died and rose again for my eternal life. I open the door of my heart and I invite you in to save me, in Jesus’ Name I pray and receive my salvation in Christ. Amen” You are now a born again believer in Jesus Christ, PRAISE THE LORD!
A Cluster is an aggregation of Bethel members led by a committee of Diaconate leaders, empowered by our Bishops to be primary points of contact to address the needs of the Congregation.
Purpose and Function: To assist with member needs and encourage spiritual fellowship in order to strengthen relationships and create a loving community within Bethel.
Find Your Cluster
CLUSTER 1 – BLUE – Zip Codes: 32202, 04, 09, 16
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 1
CLUSTER 2 – WHITE - Zip Codes: 32208, 18, 19, 26
Camden, (Ga.) and Nassau (FL) counties
Email to: email@example.com
Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 2
CLUSTER 3 – GREEN - Zip Codes: 32211, 25, 27, 33, 46, 50, 77
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 3
CLUSTER 4 – RED - Zip Codes: 32206, 24, 56; St. Augustine32092, 32095
Email to: email@example.com
Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 4
CLUSTER 5 – LAVENDER/PURPLE - Zip Codes: 32207, 17, 23 ,57, 58, 59; So. St. Johns and Flagler Counties
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 5
CLUSTER 6 – YELLOW – Cluster 6 Zip Codes: 32210, 22, 44; Clay and Putnam counties
Email to: email@example.com
Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 6
CLUSTER 7 – ORANGE - Zip Codes: 32205, 15 ,20, 21,34, 54; Baker, Union, Bradford, Alachua, and Columbia Counties
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 7
Armorbearers [ Washington Benefield, Leader]
Audio Visual Ministry [Jerome Davis, Leader]
B.E.S.T. Academy (Bethel Enhancing Students Totally) [Lady Estelle McKissick and Melody Davis, Leaders]
Bethel Ministers In Training (BMIT) [Elder Robert Dotson, Executive Pastor]
Campus Security [Deacon Mark Singleton]
Children’s Ministry [Elder Rosemary Winbush, Associate Pastor]
Christian Discipleship/Church Growth [Elder Robert Dotson, Executive Pastor]
Church School [Elder Connie Edwards, Leader]
College and Young Adult Ministry (Ignite) [Elder Sean Demetrus Senior, Associate Pastor]
Congregational Care and Family Ministry [Elder Reginald Caldwell, Associate Pastor and Deacon John Edwards, Leader]
Culinary Ministry [Annette Hughes, Leader]
Diaconate Ministry [Deacon John Edwards and Deaconess Doris Putman, Leaders]
Deaf Ministry [Elder Darletha Lesesne, Leader]
Deliverance Ministry [Elder DeWayne Randolph, Leader]
Fine Arts Ministry [Minister Valerie Gray, Leader]
Health and Welfare Ministry [Deaconess Wilma Lauray, Leader]
History and Archives Ministry [Camilla Thompson, Leader]
Intercessory Prayer [Elder Zella Richardson, Leader]
Keenagers Ministry [Freda Gonzales, Leader]
Married Couples Ministry [Bishop & Lady McKissick, Sr and Bishop & Lady McKissick, Jr.]
Men’s Ministry [Elder Wyman Winbush, Associate Pastor]
Middle Adult Ministry [Elder Sharon Garlington, Associate Pastor]
Military Affairs Ministry [Elder Wyman, Winbush, Leader]
New Disciples/Orientation Ministry [Elder Harry Webster, Associate Pastor ]
Outreach/Evangelism [Elder James Robinson, Associate Pastor and Elder Warren Muir, Associate Pastor]
Sports and Recreation Ministries [Deacon Lester & Deaconess, Cynthia Lowe, Frank Coleman, Tommy Richardson, Teresa Hunter]
Transportation [Elder David Martin, Leader]
Trustee Ministry [Trustee Lawrence Jones]
Ushers Ministry [Deacon Lester Lowe]
Women’s Ministry [Lady Kimberly McKissick and Elder Beverly Clark, Associate Pastor]
Youth Ministry [Elder Anthony O'Neal, Associate Pastor]
Communion Services – 1st Sundays 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Baby Dedications – 3rd Sundays 10:30 a.m.
Baptism – Last Wednesday of Every Month 6:30pm
DECEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS – December 1, 2013
KINGDOM KARE MINISTRIES
This is the season for our partnership with the Salvation Army “Red Kettle Campaign.” Please visit the sign up table in vestibule after each worship service and choose your time to ring the bell.
HEALTHY BETHEL MINISTRY
Today, December 1st is the World Aids Sunday. Make sure you receive the HIV/AIDS Awareness information as you leave the sanctuary after morning services.
MIDDLE ADULT MINISTRY
The Middle Adult Ministry - Walking in Love and L.I.F.E. will meet on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Historic Fellowship Hall. Come and join us as we engage in food, fellowship and a Spiritual Word. Please bring a covered dish, your Bible, a friend and your blanket donation. Looking forward to seeing you there!!!
The Recovery Ministry will meet on Tuesday, December 3rd and Tuesday, December 17th at 6:30 p.m. Join us, as we come together to break the bonds of ungodly dependency.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Gamma Rho Omega Chapter presents…The Soulful Nutcracker on Saturday, December 28th show times are 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at the Times Union Center; For ticket information contact First Lady Estelle McKissick or First Lady Kimberly McKissick.
The BMIT schedule for this week will be Monday, December 2nd; “Ministering to Children” and Thursday, December 5th; “Ministering to Youth.” All persons who desire to grow deeper in the study of God are invited to attend.
OUTREACH & EVANGELISM
Restock Bethel’s Food Pantry. Bring in your non-perishable food items.
To stay up to date on the latest announcements visit www.bethelbaptistjax.com or follow us on Twitter at @bbic_jax and the Bethel Facebook page.
- View live or previous worship services online at www.truth2powertv.com
- Don’t forget you can stay up-to-date with Bethel Ministry activities, view current announcements and obtain a copy of Church School Lessons as well as find your Cluster Group, online at www.bethelbaptistjax.com
Purchase today’s worship service by visiting the media ministry in the vestibule
WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?
It is extremely important for you to take decisive action now. Seek the counsel of a friend or associate whom you know to be a born again believer and request direction in locating a Bible believing Gospel preaching church. Of course you are welcome to join us here at Bethel but what is most important is that you receive believers baptism by water and then to join a Christ-centered church.