Welcome, friends, to Temple Baptist Church!
Pastor Bud Owen
Patrick Henry was quoted as saying, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” To say the least, Patrick Henry was controversial as a politician but he ultimately fought for the independence and freedom of America. Those of us that live in America have a great heritage. Many have been willing to die for the freedom that we often take for granted.
There is another form of freedom that is available to us and to anyone and everyone in the world. This freedom or liberty is that offered by the Lord Jesus Christ, the personification of the truth. According to John 8:32, He said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Again He said in verse 36 of John 8, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Verse 34 places these words concerning “being free” in the context of being freed from being a “servant to sin.” Truly the Lord has offered freedom from servitude to sin and the death that results from it. How many times have we been reminded that by His death and shed blood we can be or are free from the penalty of sin — eternal death in the lake of fire? How wonderful to know that He also provides to us the power to be victorious over sin in our daily lives.
Paul says in Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherein Christ hath made us fee, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Peter warned. “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.” It is interesting that Scripture uses words such as entangled, cloak of maliciousness and even in I Corinthians 8:9, the word stumbling block in connection with our liberty. It is very sad that some believers, with total disregard for the impact that their “liberty” has in the lives of others, live their lives doing “whatever pleases them” — because they are free. We should rejoice today in our true biblical freedom, but we should live for His glory and the good of others, especially the weak (I Corinthians 8:9).
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- To Exalt the Savior!
- To Evanglize the Sinner!
- To Edify and Educate the Saint!
This is done through...
- Biblical Preaching and Teaching
- Christ-Centered and Christ-Honoring Music
- Love For and Fellowship with One Another
- Faithful Support of Missions
- Biblical Counseling
How do I become a Christian?
- Realize that you are lost and need a Savior and Jesus Christ is the Savior. (Romans 3:23 and 6:23)
- Recognize what God had done to remedy you lost condition. (Romans 5:8 and John 3:16)
- Repent; a willingness to turn from sin to the Savior. (Luke 13:3 and Acts 20:21)
- Receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your own Personal Savior. (John 1:12)
God has provided in Christ Jesus the ONLY way of salvation...you must make the choice to receive God's salvation. Will you, right now, invite Jesus Christ to be your Savior?