Christmas is a popular holiday that is celebrated by exchanging gifts with friends and family. You probably already know that Christmas is the holiday celebrating the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. You may not know that people began exchanging gifts on Christmas to celebrate the amazing gift God offers to all of mankind. Have you received the Gift of God?
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
God Bought You A Gift.
A gift is something that someone else purchases and offers to you with no strings attached. The value of a gift is limited by the wealth of the one buying it. Almighty God has unlimited resources. Imagine how valuable the gift He bought for you must be!
The Gift of God is Eternal Life.
God wants you to live forever with Him in Heaven. Heaven is a real place of no sorrow, pain or death where we can live in eternal fellowship with God and one another.
Our sins disqualify us from going to Heaven, so (more…)
Thanksgiving is more than a holiday on our calendar. It’s an attitude of the heart: a wonderful way to see the world. Do you have a heart of thanksgiving?
What words would you use to describe your heart? This is a most important question! The Bible is clear about the importance of the heart.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
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We live in a time when people reject labels of all kinds. Why is it important to be a Baptist? Why not drop the name and be a non-denominational church? Why does it matter what Christian group with which you identify?
Labels are useful. Imagine how foolish it would be if you went to the canned food aisle at the grocery store and there were no labels. Perhaps there were hundreds of cans marked “Beans.” Are they green beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, or lentils? Are the beans seasoned or unseasoned? No one would know unless they bought the can, took it home and opened it.
Furthermore, how foolish would it be if every restaurant in the world was generically named? Before you enter a restaurant, you want to know if they serve Italian, Mexican, American, Indian, or Chinese. Labels help us see at a glance what kind of food we can expect to find inside the restaurant.
We rely on labels daily to tell us what to expect. They are necessary when it comes to churches as well. Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Pentecostal, Universalist Unitarian, Nazarene, Charismatic, etc. are more than archaic labels. Each one signals a body of doctrine and philosophy that is vastly different from one another. Furthermore, a non-denominational church can be any one of these! How confusing! These various churches can’t all be right.
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You become a Christian by believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You become a Baptist by believing the rest of Bible. Here are three reasons I’m glad to be a Baptist.
1. Baptists were never part of the Roman Catholic church.
There’s been a lot of talk about the Reformation lately. I’m glad that men stood up against the doctrinal and moral corruption of the Roman Catholic church. Many groups came out from among the Catholic church and eventually become Christian denominations. I’m for anyone who believes and proclaims the saving power of faith in Christ alone. However, every denomination that left the Catholic church also retained some of its false teaching and unscriptural philosophy. Baptistic believers have never been part of the Catholic church. We are not “Protestants.” We did not come out of the Catholic church. There have been believers holding to the Baptist Distinctives since the time of Christ that has run parallel to every other Christian group. They have been called by many different names throughout history, but their fundamental beliefs have been very similar.
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You are closer to Heaven than you think! Only five simple steps separate you from eternal joy with God in Heaven. Follow these steps to settle your eternal destination.
1. THINK ABOUT YOUR SOUL.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
When is the last time you considered the miracle of your existence? Why are you here? Why can you think, reason and feel far above the animal kingdom? Are you a temporary cosmic accident with no true purpose? Is there nothing beyond the mysterious veil of death? My friend, you have a lot to think about before you dismiss the afterlife and the eternal destination of your soul! The Bible teaches that you are a special creation of God. You are here because He wanted you to exist. He has given you an eternal soul that will live forever. Long after your body expires, you will still be, know, and feel. Your soul includes your personality and the part of you that is reading, understanding these words, and thinking about them right now.
Most people will enter eternity without ever truly thinking about their soul beyond popular quotes, philosophical bullet points, or preconceived ideas. Take the time to learn what God says in the Bible about salvation before you wager your soul (more…)