Evangelicals worship (Part 8, Hyde Park Baptist, Austin, TX)

I got this info from their website:

Dr. J. Kie Bowman has served as Senior Pastor since joining the Hyde Park Baptist Church staff in 1997. In this position, he serves as the pastoral leader of all ministries of the church.

Born in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1956, Dr. Bowman accepted Jesus Christ as a teenager in Alaska.  He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Testament Interpretation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he also received the Master of Divinity degree. He received the Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

More info from church website:

Knowing Jesus

Do you know for certain that you have Eternal Life and that you will go to heaven when you die? God wants you to be sure:

The Bible says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
(1 John 5:13)

Another question to consider is:

Suppose you were standing before God right now and He asked you, “Why should I let you into my heaven?” What do you think you would say?

You may not know what you should say, but you can know, because God loves you and has a purpose for your life.

The Bible states it this way, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
(John 3:16)


God’s Purpose is that We Have Eternal Life
  • We receive eternal life as a free gift.

               “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

  • We can live a full and meaningful life right now.

    “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more
     abundantly.”
  (John 10:10)

  • We will spend eternity with Jesus in heaven.

    “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be
     with me that you also may be where I am.”
  (John 14:3)

Eternal life gives meaning to life. Yet, our sinful nature keeps us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.

 

Our Need is to Understand Our Problem

  •  We are all sinners by nature and by choice.
                “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
  • We cannot save ourselves.
                “Not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:9)
  • We deserve death and hell.
                “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
It is true that:
God is holy and just and must punish sin, yet He loves us and has provided forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father, except through me.”  (John 14:6)
The good news is that God has provided for the forgiveness of our sins!
 

 

God’s Provision
is Jesus Christ

  • Jesus is God and became man.
   “In the beginning was the Word,
    and the Word was with God,
    and the Word was God… And
    the Word was made flesh, and
    dwelt among us.”
(John 1:1,14)
  • Jesus died for us on the cross.
    “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust that he might 
                bring us to God.”
(1 Peter 3:18)
  • Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
                “(Jesus) was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our 
                justification.”
(Romans 4:25)
That is good news, but the only way Jesus can affect our lives is for us to receive Him. The Bible says, “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12)
The choice is ours.
 

Our Response is to Receive Jesus

  •  We must repent of our sin.
                “Repent , then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.” (Acts 3:19)
Repentance is not just feeling sorry for our sin.
        “Repent and turn to God, and prove
        their repentance by their deeds.”
 
        (Acts 26:20)
Repentance is turning to God through Jesus and away from our sin. It’s like making a U-Turn. As we turn…
  • We must place our faith in Jesus.

             “By grace you have been saved,
            through faith; and this not from
            yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
            (Ephesians 2:8).

    Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus. ” You believe that there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that – and shudder.” (James 2:19).

    Faith is trusting in Jesus.  It’s like taking a trip on an airplane. You will never make the trip until you trust the plane enough to board it.  To trust in Jesus means…

  • We must trust Jesus as Lord.

    “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you beleive and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)

    Surrendering to Jesus as Lord is not just saying we give our lives to Jesus. ” Not every one who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven; but only he who does the will of my Father, who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21).

    Surrendering to Jesus as Lord means giving Jesus control of our lives. That is, we must give all we know of ourselves to all we know of God.

    To give Jesus control of our lives is like driving down the highway with another person. As long as you are driving, you are in control. If you realize you don’t know the way, but the other person does, you might say, “You take the wheel and drive.” Then the other person is in control and the two of you take the route he or she chooses.

    As evidence of giving Jesus control, you will want to identify with Him. The New Testament way of identification is to confess Jesus publicly (Matthew 10:32-33) and to follow Him in baptism and church membership (Acts 2:41).

 

Three Important Questions

  1. Does what you have been reading make sense to you?
  2. Is there any reason you would not be willing to receive God’s gift of eternal life?
  3. Are you willing to turn from your sin and place your faith in Jesus right now?
The Bible says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
You need to ask the Lord Jesus to save you.
Read this prayer and see if it says what you want to say to God.

Dear God, I know that Jesus is Your Son, and that He died on the cross and was raised from the dead. I know I have sinned and need forgiveness. I am willing to turn from my sins and receive Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you have just prayed this prayer, we would be excited to hear about your decision. Click here so that we may be able to pray with you about this decision and get in contact with you.
Call on the Lord in repentance, faith, and surrender, using these or similar words of your own; and Jesus will become your Savior and Lord.
Welcome to the family of God! If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you have just made the most important decision of your life. You can be sure you are saved and have eternal life.
 

Your Assurance

You know you have eternal life because:
  • God keeps His promises
            You repented of your sin. 
            (Acts 3:19)
            You placed your faith in Jesus.
            (Ephesians 2:8-9)
            You surrendered to Jesus as Lord. 
            (Romans 10:9-10)
  • God heard your prayer
            “Everyone who calls on the name of the
             Lord will be saved.”
  (Romans 10:13)
  • God recorded your commitment.
            “Rejoice, because your names are 
            written in heaven.” 
(Luke 10:20)
 

You Need to Grow as a Christian

The Bible calls new Christians “babes in Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:1)  Without certain essentials, babies will not develop normally.
The church is to a new Christian what the home and family are to a baby.

You identify with your new family by confessing Jesus publicly and by experiencing believer’s baptism. 

         “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were
         added about three thousand souls.”
(Acts 2:41)

Attend church Sunday and share with the pastor that you want to be baptized and become a member of the church.
Praying is to spiritual life what breathing is to physical life. Breathing must be regular and continuous. The Bible says, “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Learn to be specific in your praying. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
God’s Word is to a new Christian what good food is to a baby. Good food is a daily requirement for proper growth. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow.” (1 Peter 2:2)
Learning to witness is to a new Christian what learning to talk is to a baby. Christ commands us to share the good news with others. “You shall be witnesses.” (Acts 1:8)
 

If you want more information on making this decison or if you have any questions about it, please feel free to call us at 512.459.6587 or email us at info@hpbc.org

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