Bethel Baptist Church

"For from Him and to Him and through Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:36

The Beacon

But grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory
both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

When we talk about spiritual growth, oneproblem we run into is this: how do you measure spiritual growth? In the physical realm, it is easy. Growth is measured in terms of inches on a yardstick or pounds on a scale. But how do we measure spiritual growth? The Bible is telling us here that we should grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, but how do we know if we are growing or not? What are the telltale signs? There are some signs or characteristics, and we see them in the paragraph in which 2 Peter 3:18 is found.

I remember a weekend when I was a kid that seemed like everything went wrong. This is how I remember it, some of the details are a bit fuzzy, but it went something like this. The transmission went out on one car, and then another car had an electrical problem. We lived out in the country and had well water and sure enough the pump went out. It seems that maybe another transmission went out or something, but anyway that weekend cost my folks several thousand dollars in unexpected expenses. Trouble!

Stephen & Ginger Jordan : New Tribes Mission

With praise in our hearts, we share with you a long awaited answer concerning the renewal of our Visas. In short, the answer is "yes". Thank you again for partnering with us for God's glory among the Agutaynens.

After three years of teaching evangelistic lessons to a large group of Agutaynens, our team is moving forward in a new way. We are now focusing on home Bible studies, in the homes of those who have not come to the evangelistic Bible lessons in the past. These Bible studies are being taught in partnership, a missionary with an Agutaynen believer. This enables evangelistic lessons to be taking place in several Agutaynen homes in the village during the week, and believers are being trained to be teachers. This is exciting! Please pray for open homes and open hearts!

Sadly, this list is completely unrelated to how to be saved and go to heaven. Many people believe, falsely, that if they live by these 4 practices, it will be well with their souls. But, while these are widely- practiced, the Bible does not hold up any of them as the way to be saved. Their popularity is almost universal, yet the way of life, working to save yourself , is the sure road to eternal ruin. God will not permit you to neglect the great salvation by faith in Christ that He has planned, and allow you to write your own ticket. There is only one way to have forgiveness of sins and be saved from the Pit! Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: No one comes to the Father, except through Me." (John 14:6)

Baptism is just a church ritual that has no saving value, and must not be trusted to give eternal life. Salvation, is your inside decision in which mind, heart and will comes to Jesus believing in Him, accepting only Him as the Lord, God and Savior. Your good works look good to me, but in God's eyes only deeds done by a true believer in Christ are works of righteousness. Believers, with their new born again nature strive to be like Jesus in all ways. Yet, these are acts of love and they do not save, help to save nor keep you saved. Righteous living is external evidence that you are truly a saved follower of Christ. (Gal. 5:22-26)

WEDNESDAY, November 7, and 28, 2012

Regular Awana Evening
6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

T&T Boy's Night Out
Friday, November 2
6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
$3.00 each. Invite your Friends!

T&T Girl's Night Out
Friday, November 9
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$3.00 each. Invite your Friends!

Wednesday, November 14
6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

On - Target Recognition

Thanksgiving Celebration

Wednesday, November 21 - NO Awana
Thanksgiving Eve Service - 7:00 p.m.

We also have Youth Group for those in 7th - 12th Grade - 6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR PARENTS: Please note that if the Lakeview Public Schools cancel classes or send students home early due to weather conditions, Awana events will be cancelled. Parents may also call the Church Office (586-772-2520) to verify program status.