“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.
The Middle Adult Ministry will meet on March 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the Historic dining room.The theme for the evening will be “EXPECTATIONS”;
Please bring canned and dried food goods for the Food Pantry as well as toiletries.Bring some love for fellowship, a friend to fellowship with and your Bible.
The First Friday’s are back!Starting Friday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. we will have a Relationship Panel discussion “Straight Up, No Chaser” featuring Chris Porter (First Coast News); La’Farrah (Jaguar Cheerleader); Pastor Nahshon Nicks (Fresh Word Ministries); Uncle Reece (Gospel Recording Artist) and many more.Come join us as we discuss relationship trials and triumphs.
RECOVERY PLACE MINISTRY
The Recovery Ministry meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month for those who want victory over behaviors, lifestyles, and substances.The next meeting is Tuesday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m.
MEN’S ENRICHMENT CLASS
Are you interested in growing more intimate with God so you can fulfill the purpose that He has pre planned for you?Then come join us every 1st and 3rd Thursday in room 301 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.This Thursday, March 6th we will learn “How Intimacy with God leads to Authority.”Ephesians 3:16-21.
For information and updates regarding Bethel’s Church School – Text bbicchurchschool to 71441
WEDNESDAY NOON DAY WORSHIP (NEW)
Join us on Wednesday’s at 12:00 Noon for the mid-week Worship in the historic sanctuary.There is always powerful, dynamic and life-changing preaching that will transform your life.
FINE ARTS MINISTRY
Are you interested in joining a choir or dance ministry?The Fine Arts Ministry presents their 1st Annual Open House in February and March.Our step team known as, “The Tribe of Judah” will host their open house on Monday, March 3rd from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the historic dining room.For more information please contact Cynthia Clark at (904) 354-1464.
OASIS CHILDREN & PRETEEN MINISTRY
Serving opportunities are available in our Preschool Areas…Nursery, Toddlers & PreK
Serve one time per month and help us share the ministry of love to our little ones.See an Oasis Representative in the vestibule to sign up and get more information.Leading Children to Jesus Christ is what we do!
IGNITE YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
Attention; Attention; Attention:
Ignites Young Adult Choir is looking for YOU!If you are 18-35 years of age and interested in joining the IGNITE Young Adult/College Age Choir; rehearsals will be every Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m. in the historic sanctuary.Please contact the church office for more details.Ignite Ministries – “We Got That Heat!”
Please stop in the vestibule today complete a questionnaire regarding the Affordable Care Act and also voter registration will be available.
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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.