Welcome, friends, to Temple Baptist Church!
Pastor Bud Owen
“Let's Be Ready!”
“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (I John 3:3)
Happy New Year! Looking forward to what this year might bring, I can't help but wonder if 2015 will be the year when Jesus comes back. But then I also wonder if I'm ready.
All of my life, I've had to “be ready.” As a child, I had to be ready for dinner by washing my hands. As an adult, being ready for important responsibilities continues to be an ongoing reality. But nothing is more important than being ready for our reunion with the Lord Jesus.
Speaking of Christ's return, John tells us “everyone who hath this hope in Him purifieth himself” (I John 3:3). Looking forward to Jesus' return fills us with hope — not a wish list kind of hope, but a solid expectation that motivates us to keep our hearts from sinful distractions and rivets our attention on becoming more like Him. If we really believe that this might be the year of His return, we will be more ready to forgive, to seek forgiveness and to share God's unconditional love with others.
As we consider the possibility that Jesus could return this year, let's be sure that we are ready. Let's strive to be pure as He is pure, anticipating the day when tears and sorrows, pain and death will all be replaced with the everlasting joy of His presence.
Expecting Jesus' soon return
Will help us live a life that's pure;
For if we're ready when He comes,
We will not be ashamed but sure. —Sper
“Wanting to be ready for Christ's return will make a difference in the way we live.”
May God's richest blessings be yours. Do plan to visit with us soon at Temple Baptist Church of Lewisville.
(The preceding article was written by Joe Stowell and published in the “Our Daily Bread” devotional booklet).
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- 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?