We would like to invite you to visit the Manassa Community Baptist Church. We are a small, country church of humble folks, with a desire to remain faithful to the Word of God. We are an imperfect people, with spiritual needs like anyone else; but we realize that God, through His Word, has given unto man, "all things that pertain unto life and godliness" (II Peter 1:3).
We would be delighted to have you visit with us during one of our services; however, of far greater importance than visiting any church, we would ask you to consider the need of your soul. In Mark 8:36-37, the Scriptures state, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"Our Condition
The Scriptures explicitly indicate that mankind is in dire straits as a direct result of our sin. The Word of God plainly teaches that sin is universal, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), and irremediable (Jeremiah 13:23) "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots, then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil?"
Our sin brings us into direct conflict with a holy and righteous God, in whose presence no sin is tolerated. Sin is so contrary to His holy nature, that He can neither excuse nor overlook even the smallest infraction of His holy Law.
In addition, because God is a God of justice and equity, we can also be assured that sin will be properly judged. The first part of Romans 6:23 states, "For the wages of sin is death...", and while physical death is a direct result of Adam's sin, the word death in the passage implies far more than one's physical decease.Death
The book of Revelation describes this "death" in relation to the final judgment of sinful man. Revelation 20:14-15 reads, "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Whereas we recognize from Scripture that God is holy and just, we also see that God is also a God of love, mercy and grace. We see plainly how God, in His great love for sinful man, has provided a way whereby our sins can be forgiven and washed away.How?
This love is described in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish by have everlasting life." This verse is then followed by verse 17, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condem the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
Salvation has been made possible for fallen man because God's Son, Jesus Christ, has died on the cross and shed His blood for our sin. In doing so, He paid the price that the forgiveness of our sins required. "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission" (Hebrews 9:22).
Christ was then buried and three days later rose from the grave victorious over sin, death and hell. Paul reminds us of Christ's sacrifice in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, which states, "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:".What Must I Do?
However, light of these great truths, it is important to realize that whereas salvation has been purchased by Christ's blood and is offered as a free gift by God the Father, only those that repent of their sin and believe the Gospel will be saved. Christ proclaimed this truth when he stated in Mark 1:15, "repent ye, and believe the gospel."
Many today promote the false concept that all a person must do to be saved is pray a special prayer. While it is true that we must call upon the Lord (Romans 10:9-10, 13), simply uttering some prayer will not save.My Sin
In a preceding paragraph we saw Christ's command in Mark 1:15 to repent and believe the gospel. Only those who have recognized the awfulness of their sin and the futileness of their religion are ready to repent. Only those who are willing to turn from their sin and religion and trust wholly in Jesus Christ are ready to believe. They then call upon the Lord, placing their absolute confidence in Him for the saving of their soul.
I must emphasize that you cannot change your heart or reform your character enough to mee God's standard (Psalms 39:5b, "...verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah"). On the contrary, we must be sincere and serious enough about our desire for true salvation that we are willing to have God transform our lives. The choice lies between sin and self on one hand and Christ and salvation on the other.We Must Choose
If I'm serious about the Savior, I repent and believe. He then does both the saving and the changing. While it is a fact that no believer will ever be perfect this side of Heaven; it is likewise a reality that no sinner will ever be the same after coming to Jesus Christ (II Cor. 5:17a, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature...")
Friend, if you made a "profession of faith" that has not transformed your life, then you need to be born again through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21).Good Works
In addition, the Scriptures also indicate that good works cannot save. Titus 3:5 states, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us." Those works include baptism, confirmation, church attendance or membership, charitable giving, good deeds, or any other work or effort of man. Jonah reminds us in Jonah 2:9 that "salvation" is not of man's effort but "of the LORD."
Unfortunately, if you are trusting in your own good deeds or religious activities, you are not saved. Romans chapter 9 speaks of some who are attempting to obtain salvation through their own efforts, and yet none achieved their goal. Why? Romans 9:32 states, "Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law."
In other words, these individuals were trying to come to God their own way, that is through their own efforts, rather than God's way, through faith in Jesus Christ. This is true of many today, despite the fact that Christ stated in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."The Danger
Friend, if you are not already saved, you are in great danger. Luke 16:22-23 describes the awful reality of one who dies without Christ. In this passage it states, "the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,".
The good news is, there is still hope. God's grace is extended to you. Your sins can be forgiven and you can have eternal life. If you are finished with a life of sin and religion and you truly believe that Christ died for your sins, then the Bible states in Romans 10:9-10, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."Tomorrow?
Romans 10:13 follows with this statement, "For whosever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Won't you come to Christ today and call upon him for the forgiveness of your sins and the salvation of your soul? If you come to Him with a repentant heart and receive by faith His gift of salvation, he will cleanse your heart of sin and make you a new creature in Christ. Don't delay. Tomorrow may be too late!
Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."Weekly Services
Turn onto Manassa Road off of Route 274 just east of Blain. Follow Manassa Road past the entrance to the Blain Picnic Grounds two miles to the stop sign. Make a right onto Back Hollow Road. The church is immediately on your left.