Is there any hope?
- The future is uncertain.
- Families are falling apart.
- Drugs are ruining cities and schools.
- Disease is killing our people.
Is there any hope?
- Can we have peace and joy in our hearts?
- Can we have fulfillment in life?
- Can we have power and strength to live meaningful lives?
- Does anyone really care?
YES! Here’s hope. Jesus cares for you!
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13).
In God’s word, the Bible, we find the road to hope:
THE FIRST STOP ON THE ROAD TO HOPE IS POWER.
There is a power capable of giving you hope. The Bible tells us God has the power.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16).
THE SECOND STOP ON THE ROAD TO HOPE IS CHANGE.
The release of God’s power results in change. The Biblical word for change is repentance. This means allowing God to change the direction of our lives.
“The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance” (Romans 2:4).
Why Change is Necessary?
A universal problem the Bible calls sin makes change necessary for all of us.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Sin means “missing the mark.” It is failing to meet God’s standard for how we ought to live.
THE THIRD STOP ON THE ROAD TO HOPE IS GOD’S LOVE.
Although He is not pleased with us as we are, God loves us and wants to help us.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
God is willing to forgive us by accepting Jesus as our substitute. His death on the cross paid the penalty of our sin. His resurrection from the dead provides our eternal life.
THE FOURTH STOP ON THE ROAD TO HOPE IS YOUR COMMITMENT.
“If thou shall 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…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
(Romans 10:9, 13).
Commitment means to:
- Repent – Turn away from sin to follow God’s new direction for your life.
- Believe – Trust Jesus as your subsitute.
- Confess – Acknowledge Jesus as the supreme authority over your life
- Call – Ask Him for forgiveness, eternal life, and hope.
Read the following prayer, and see if it expresses the desire of your heart.
“Dear God, I know that Jesus is Your Son and that He died on the cross and was raised from the dead. Because I have sinned and need forgiveness, I ask Jesus to come into my heart. I am willing to change the direction of my life by acknowledging Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and by turning away from my sins. Thank You for giving me forgiveness, eternal life, and hope. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
If you have prayed this prayer to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let us know so that we can rejoice together and give God the praise!
Steps to become a member of Fredonia Baptist Church
Present yourself for membership during the invitation of any worship services.
At the close of each Worship Service, our Pastor will extend an invitation for you to come forwared. You will be greeted by a minister and introduced to a friend who will guide you in your decision.
Express your desire for membership through one of the following means:
By profession of faith – If you will receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord and follow Him in baptism by immersion, we will welcome you into our fellowship
By transfer of membership from another Baptist church – As a Baptist whose membership is elsewhere, should God direct you here we will be pleased to welcome you into our church family. We will take care of the appropriate details for the transferring of your membership. You need only present yourself for membership.
By statement of faith – If you know in your heart that you have a saving relationship with God through Jesus Christ and desire to be a member of Fredonia Baptist Church, we will be happy to receive you. If you were once a member of a Baptist church or your records are not available, we will accept you upon your statement of these conditions.
If your church membership is currently another denomination and you have not been baptized by immersion as a testimony of your salvation, we would expect you to be baptized in obedience to Christ before being added to our church family.