Good News

Charles Gatemouth Brown, Louisiana native, was one of America’s foremost composers and singers of Blues music. He passed away shortly after I came as your Pastor. This award-winning artist received the Grammy Award and W.T. Handy Blues Award (among other honors) for his contribution to the Art Form. I will remember him as the one who said, “Anyone who has brains gets the blues.” I think he is right. We can all relate to this musical form at some level of our emotional being for feeling the blues at times in our own lives.
I think there is another reality to which we can all identify and for which the Bible does testify. It is this: Anyone who is human is a sinner and sinners need a Savior. The Apostle Paul said, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). He continues, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Make no mistake about it: We are all sinners in need of a Savior.
The heart of our message as a congregation is on this subject of salvation. We believe and proclaim the Gospel—the Good News of Jesus Christ! Jesus came into the world to save sinners, died on the cross as punishment for our sins, and was raised to life for our justification (Romans 4:25). One day Jesus will come again in the consummation of our salvation and will establish His eternal Kingdom. This salvation is ours by faith (and faith alone) in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Apostle Paul said, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new person” (2 Corinthians 5:17). As I shared this past Sunday, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
If you have never accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, I urge you to make the most important decision of your life. Admit your sin before God. Believe in Jesus in your heart and confess Jesus with your lips. The Bible says, “It is with the heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved…for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:10, 13). This simple prayer for salvation from your heart can change your life forever! If you have never prayed this, I urge you to do so—right now!
If you would like to talk with one of our pastors about this, you may call the church at 954-745-6100 to set up an appointment to talk about this most important decision in your life. We would love to talk with you about it! I hope you will do so!
Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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