2611 Pulaski Pike
Huntsville, AL 35810
Pastor: C.E. Hammond
Assoc. Pastor: Ted Estridge, Sr.
Sunday School 10:00 AM
Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Evening Service 5:00 PM
Wednesday Night 7:00 PM
EXTENDING TO YOU,
A FRIENDLY GREETING
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SAVED
It is the most vital importance that a person be saved. This word saved is a word that is not familiar to many people, yet it is used nearly one hundred times in the New Testament.
Let us notice that we are saved FROM something, BY something, THROUGH something, and FOR something.
(1) We are saved from sins (Matthew 1:21). "He shall save his people from their sins." This saving from sins includes repentance, the message that both John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus Christ began to preach upon entering their preaching ministries. Without repentance (a turning from sin) a man's faith is worthless. Repentance comes with the gift of faith, and when a person has faith in Christ, it is known that he has repented of his sins, for repentance and faith come together. We are also saved FROM wrath (Romans 5:9). "Much more then, now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him."
(2) We are saved BY grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Notice here that the grace is extended by God in giving the gift of faith.
(3) We are saved THROUGH faith (See again (Eph.2:8-9 above). remember that faith is the gift of God. It is not human faith that can be exercised today and withdrawn tomorrow.
(4) We are saved FOR good works. Now a person cannot be saved by his good works (Gal. 2:21). "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law (good works), and then Christ is dead in vain." But we are saved for the purpose of good works because He has saved us. (Ephesians 2: 1 0) "For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
It is an important thing for someone to be saved from a terrible accident, but it is much more important that a person be saved from sins.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING BAPTIZED
Oh, the many who have been fooled by thinking that by going through the waters of baptism they have cleansed themselves of their sins! The Bible teaches us that "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" (I John 1:7). So if it is the blood of Christ, then how can it be water. In Galatians 3:26, the Bible tells us, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." So if we are His children by faith, how can we be by baptism?
Acts 2:38 is used sometimes to prove that baptism remits sins, but notice it: "repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." No Scripture stands alone as a separate part from other Scriptures, and when Acts 2:38 is compared with many other Scriptures, it loses its value as a proof text for baptismal salvation. Besides the two quoted here, notice Acts 10:43: "To him give all prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." No mention of baptism is here. So, then, Acts 2:38 simply teaches us that we are to be baptized “because of” the remission of sins, “not in order to get” remission of sins.
But it IS important that a person be baptized. Notice Acts 2:41: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls."
Baptism is a picture, a symbol of what has taken place in a saved person's life. Notice that Galatians 3:27 teaches us that baptism is an act of identification with Christ. (ye) "... have put on Christ," as one would put on an armour or a uniform. I Peter 3:21 teaches that baptism is a FIGURE of salvation. It saved us symbolically just as the water saved Noah symbolically, not literally. Then in Romans 6:4 we are shown that baptism is a symbol of our fellowship into His death. "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death." Then the same verse continues and teaches us that baptism, is a witness of our renewed life in Him "that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."
So it is important to be baptized, because it is commanded of our Lord (Matthew 28: 19-20) and therefore brings honor and glory to Him,
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A CHURCH MEMBER
There are many definitions of the word church. Some think of a building as a church, others think of some huge organization with a central headquarters, and others think of an assembly of people. The last one of these is correct. The word church (Greek Ekklesia), ALWAYS carries with it the idea of an assembly of people. This word is used well over one hundred times in the New Testament, and in every case it MUST mean a local organized assembly.
There is a difference in being saved and being a church member: When a person is saved, he is in the FAMILY of God and has all the rights and privileges as a son of God and will one day be taken home to be with the Father in Heaven. The church, though, is different from the family of God. One must be baptized in order to be a member of the Body of Christ. The Bible teaches us that "By one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews, or gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit" ( I Cor. 12:13). Now here we are not baptized IN he Spirit, but BY the Spirit. This is water baptism, not Spirit baptism. The one body is the church, the local assembly. Now since a person is saved by grace through faith, he can be saved and not be a member of a local assembly.
Two ordinances were given to the Lord's churches. They are Baptism and the Lord's Supper. These ordinances cannot be performed correctly outside the local body of Christ. They are CHURCH ordinances.
Many instructions are given by Paul in his letters to local assemblies as to how we may work and fellowship to His glory in local churches and in Ephesians 3:21 Paul says, "Unto him be glory in the church (local assembly) by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end Amen."
AN INVITATION TO VISIT OUR CHURCH
At Grace Baptist Church we strive to teach the truths of the Word of God, to be a witness of His saving grace, to propagate the message of Christ through our missionary endeavors, and to retain a sweet attitude and warm fellowship.
We welcome visitors to our worship services and hope that you will seriously consider our church and worship with us. If you would like to know more about our church than is found in this brochure, do not hesitate to call the pastor. He would appreciate the opportunity to visit in your home or talk with you on the phone, or whatever is convenient with you.
May God be with you as you determine in yourself to do that which you have been planning to do for a long time-- VISIT US!
STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. We believe in the TRINITY. I John 5:5; John 10:30; 4:24.
2. We believe God CREATED all things. Gen. 1:1; Col. 1:16.
3. We believe God is SOVEREIGN, Isa. 40:12-31; Rom.9:15-16.
4. We believe in HEAVEN and HELL. --Rev. 4:1-2; 20:10-15.
5. We believe man is TOTALLY DEPRAVED. Ps. 51:5; 58:3; Isa. 1:5; Jer. 17:9; Eph. 2:3; Rom. 3:9-20.
6. We believe in salvation by GRACE. Eph. 2:8-10.
7. We believe in ELECTION and PREDESTINATION. Rom. 8:28-30.
8. We believe in the ETERNAL SECURITY and SAFETY of all saints. John 6:37; 10:27-29 Rom. 8:35-39.
9. We believe in EVANGELISM. Matt. 28:19-20.
10. We believe Christ began His own CHURCH. Matt. 16:18; 18: 17; He ADDED to His CHURCH.
11. We believe in SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE. Lk. 20:25. She is a self-governing body, "free from all outside human or governmental dictation. Acts 4:18-31.
12. We believe BAPTISM is IMMERSION. Rom. 6:3-4. BAPTISM shows forth the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Col. 2:12, thus a righteous work. Matt. 3:15.
13. We believe the LORD'S SUPPER is to be observed by members only. "UNTIL HE COME." Lk. 22:14; I Cor. 11:23.
14. We believe members may move from one church to another of like-faith, by LETTERS of RECOMMENDATION. Rom. 16:1-2.
15. We believe in MISSIONS at home and abroad. Matt. 28: 19-20.
16. We believe in TIHES and OFFERINGS to promote God's work. Malachi 3:10; Lk. 11:42.
17. We believe in the PRE-MllLLENNIAL return of our Lord, first, to catch away His saints to forever be with Him. I Thess. 4:14-18, and then return with Him to rule one thousand years. Rev. 20:4; Lk. 1:32; Zech. 14:9.
18. We believe in the JUDGMENT of REWARDS for God's Saints. I Cor. 3:11-15.
19. We believe in the JUDGMENT of DAMNATION for all those who will not believe in the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Rev. 20:11-15.