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“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!
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.E.M. (Bethel Entrepreneurs Empowering Members)
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) [Sean Demetrus Senior, Associate Pastor]
Congregational Care and Family Ministry [Elder Reginald Caldwell, Associate Pastor and Deacon Harvey Harper, Leader]
Culinary Ministry [Annette Hughes, Leader]
Diaconate Ministry [Deacon John Edwards and Deaconness 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]
Singles Ministry [Minister Eugene Eubanks, Leader]
Sports and Recreation Ministries [Lester & Cynthia Lowe, Frank Coleman, Tommy Richardson, Teresa Hunter]
Stewardship Ministry [Luther & Pam Quarles]
Transportation [Elder David Martin, Leader]
Trustee Ministry [Trustee Lawrence Jones]
Ushers Ministry [Lester Lowe]
Women’s Ministry [Elder Beverly Clark, Associate Pastor]
Youth Ministry [Anthony O'Neal, Associate Pastor]
Baby Dedications – 3rd Sundays 10:25
Baptism – Last Wednesday of Every Month 6:30pm
HEALTHY BETHEL (NEW)
We will be offering a CPR class on Saturday, December 1st at 9:30 a.m. The cost will be $20.00 and you may sign up following the worship services in the vestibule.
BIRTHDAY MINISTRY (NEW)
There will be a working meeting on Tuesday, November 13th in the Historic Dining room at 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in being apart of this ministry and assisting please join us.
CHURCH CLOSED (NEW)
In observance of Veteran’s Day the church office will be closed on Monday, November 12th.
ANGEL TREE MINISTRY (NEW)
Angel Tree representatives will be passing out available Angels the entire month of November before and after both Sunday worship services and Wednesday night Bible Study in the vestibule. The gifts are due back no later than December 2nd and the party is scheduled for December 15th. Please place the gifts in the identified boxes located around the entryways of the church.
HEALTHY BETHEL MINISTRY (NEW)
Come on Bethel, let’s replenish our Blood Bank; the next blood drive will be Saturday, December 1st from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Please sign up in the vestibule following the worship services or call the church office and schedule your appointment.
FINE ARTS MINISTRY (NEW)
The Tribe of Judah Step Team will have its first practice on November 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Fellowship Hall. Please contact Erika Abernathy at (904) 476-1252 for more information.
MEN’S MINISTRY (NEW)
Brothers, come learn how to do battle in the Spiritual Realm, so you can receive all the blessings God has already given you; this Thursday, November 16th in the room 301 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.. If you have any questions please contact Ron Busby at email@example.com
HISTORY & ARCHIVES MINISTRY
Bethel was established in 1838 and we have a very rich history; help us preserve our History by joining the History and Archives Ministry. If you are interested in volunteering contact Sister Camilla Thompson at 356-0110 or call the church office at 354-1464.
EVANGELISM & OUTREACH
This is the season for our partnership with the Salvation Army “RED KETTLE 2012 CAMPAIGN”. The efforts of the Bethel Congregation generated over $7,000 for the 2011 campaign. It is our goal to generate more the $8,000 this year. We are depending on each of you to support this effort. Please come by the sign-up table in the vestibule after each worship service and sign up to ring the bell at Sam’s Club. You may also deposit your monetary donation in our RED KETTLE located in the vestibule.
BMIT & CLASSES (REVISED)
The BMIT classes are under way, the next class is Thursday, November 15th and that class is “Spiritual Gifts.” All classes are at 6:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Assembly Room, if you have an interest in going deeper into the Word of God, then please join us.
We are in need of Signers; if you know ASL and are willing to interpret worship services please contact the church office and sign up.
The November Church School Lessons are available on the church school blog at www.bethelbaptistjax.com.
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.