Eastside Baptist Church
Saturday, April 19, 2014
A Church on Mission to Grow Up and Go Out
Eastside Baptist Church 1490 Kennedy Rd. PO Box 540 Tifton, GA 31793 229-382-0730
Welcome to the website of Eastside Baptist Church.
We are located in Tifton, GA and are seeking to serve our community. You may have just moved here and are looking for a church. Well, we hope you come on a Sunday morning and give us a visit. We treat our guests with honor and respect, and we seek to be a witness for Christ not only in our church, but also in the community around us. Check us out and see what you think!
The critical information that every person needs to understand is how to connect with God. We believe that the source of peace, joy, and satisfaction in life flow out of a right relationship with God.
The first step in the journey is to realize what the Bible says about the condition of all people. We are in sin. Sin can be a confusing word, but it basically means to disobey God. Another way of understanding sin is that it is choosing our will over God's will. The consequences for sin are that we are eternally separated from God. Honestly, when you read about all the problems in our society, they are results of our sin problem.
We need a solution. And God loves us so much that He does not want us to stay separated from Him. Over and over in Scripture He tells us that He wants to connect with us and to fellowship with us. Since we could not solve the problem ourselves, He solved it for us. The Bible says that God entered human history in the form of Jesus (Christmas). He lived a perfect and sinless life. His goal all along, however, was to go to the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. That is why He suffered and died on the Cross (Good Friday). He did this because He loved us. To demonstrate that He was truly God and that He had conquered both sin and death, on the third day He was raised from the dead (Easter).
In doing this, God did all He needed to do to purchase for us eternal life. Now the choice is ours. We can either accept or reject the gift He offers us. There are two things we have to do to accept His gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sin. The first is called repentance. That means to turn away from our sin. In other words, it is our realizing that the way we are living is not getting us what we really want. It is choosing to stop living as we want to live and to start living as God wants us to live. I know it sounds impossible, but we are not talking about becoming instantly perfect. God means for us to choose Him, not self. We work that choice out in our daily decisions.
Our second action is called faith. In many ways the biblical idea of faith and belief are fuzzy. The idea is surrender. That is to believe something is true and thus order your life around it. To put your faith in what Jesus has done for you on the cross and surrender your life to Jesus to follow Him.
If this is something you would like to do, we can help you. Below is a prayer you can pray to God. In it you will basically tell Him what we have talked about above. Only do it if you mean it. Also, realize that you will not immediately know everything. As a pastor and a Christian for many years, I still do not understand everything. But I do know that God loves me and that following Him is the best plan for my life.
Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner. Because of my sin, I am separated from God. I also know that you love me and that you have died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin. Thank for you dying for me. I repent from my sin and surrender my life to You. Please come into my life and forgive me of my sin. Thank you, Jesus, for doing what you promised to do. I know now that You will have a place for me in heaven.
If You just prayed this prayer, I praise God for you. You have just made the most important decision of your life. And the best one. Please let me know about this decision, because I want to help you grow in your relationship with God. May God richly bless you as you seek and serve Him.