Thank you for visiting the website of Freedom Baptist Church. As you browse our site, you’ll find plenty of information about everything that’s happening at Freedom. From an exciting children’s and youth ministry, a flourishing young adults group, as well as a caring group of senior adults, Freedom seeks to take the gospel and apply it to every age. From a blended style of contemporary and traditional music, a strong commitment to biblical preaching, and a desire to be a church that lives out our faith within our city, you’ll find a place here where you can feel welcomed, grow in your faith, and use your gifts to serve in various ways.
Everyone’s story is unique. Maybe you’ve never been to church and you decided to see what this is all about. Maybe you’ve felt it’s time to find a place where you and your family can get connected. Or perhaps you’ve always been involved in church and are searching for a place you can serve and worship. Whatever your background, this is a church where you’ll find loving arms, and a caring community, that will truly welcome you should you decide to be our guest. Take a moment to check out the rest of our site, if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me any time.
In His service,
Pastor Kris Theobald
Freedom Baptist Church Cruise-In
1766 Millville Ave., Hamilton, OH
Saturday September 12, 2015
Show: Noon – 4:00P.M.
Everyone is welcome to join us for this free, family fun event. There will be dash plaques for the first 50 cars. We are giving away trophies for best Ford, Chevy, and Mopar as well as a People’s Choice. There will be door prizes, hayrides, and a bouncy house too. Music provided by Rockin’Rick. Register early online by September 5th and you will be entered to win a $50 Texas Roadhouse Gift Card. Admission is free, but we are asking everyone that attends to bring canned or box goods to donate for the New Life Mission in Hamilton. Call (513)887-1805 with any questions. Rain date is September 19th.
To register online click on the “Cruise-In Registration” tab on the home page, complete the form and press “send”.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? – Matthew 16:26
We live in a country of excess. We go way beyond needs in our lifestyles, most of us are able to live with many of our wants fulfilled too. The American average family lives on $90 a day, 90% of the rest of the world lives on $2 a day. That’s the magnitude of wealth versus poverty for most Americans against how the rest of the world lives. Yet we grumble and complain about what we don’t have, what we can’t get, how little we earn. Our blessings don’t mean much to us because our eyes and our hearts are always looking at something bigger, better, extravagant. And here’s the real clincher. When we get more money, more possessions, very rarely does our giving increase. When you get a raise at work, do you increase your giving at church? Do you donate more to feeding the hungry or helping those in need! Or do you go buy more toys?
Here’s what scares me. Too many people give minimum to God but think it’s ok and that he doesn’t mind. If you ask someone to come to church on Sunday night or Wednesday night, listen to the excuses, but offer free Reds tickets or Bengals tickets to them for the same time, ask them to go boating, fishing, shopping, and they’re ready to roll. Have a work party at 9am at church and see how many people come, listen to the excuses about it being too early. But watch on opening morning of hunting season and see them out before sunset in the cold ready to get that deer. Watch them lined up all night on Black Friday to save $100 on a TV. My friends can you just be honest? I would shake a persons hand and truly respect them if just once when I asked them to church, or to serve God, they simply said, “I’m really not too interested in serving him right now, other things are more important.” At least then you’re being honest, because quite frankly, I’ve very rarely heard a valid reason why someone can’t. Behind their excuse is a heart that’s more devoted to the world instead of God and if you can’t admit that, I’m afraid you’ll never allow God to change you, but to gain the whole world and miss Christ is a tragedy indeed.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!” – Jonah 2:9
Jonah is my favorite book in the Old Testament because I can relate so much to his character. God calls, Jonah runs, God intervenes, Jonah surrenders. The story that is so well known because of the fish, never would have happened had Jonah went where God called him to go in the first place. But like so many of us, we have to get into the valley, or the fishes belly, before we surrender. It was there in this hopeless situation, that Jonah prayed to God, and made this confession, Salvation belongs to the Lord.
Jonah wanted to do it his way. He felt worthy of God’s love, while the Assyrians in Nineveh were the last people on earth worth saving, and it sure wasn’t going to be Jonah bringing them the message of salvation, or at least he thought. But now he learns the lesson we all must learn. That we aren’t as good as we think, and other people aren’t worse than we are. Self righteousness elevates self, and belittles others, while the truth is. “We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) The salvation we all need comes from God alone in the person of Jesus Christ. Jonah finally realized that, but it took an extreme to bring him there. Usually it’s in the extreme situation, that we finally are stripped of all self confidence and self reliance and must decide if we will trust God or go down in our own pride. My prayer is that you’ll see, Salvation belongs to the Lord.
“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.”
CS Lewis said, “don’t let your happiness depend on something you might lose.” John Calvin called the human heart, “an idol factory.” We are prone to think of an idol as some carved image or statue being worshipped in some third world country, but idolatry is a condition of the heart, and all of us are idolaters by our sinful nature. Anything that takes the place of God in our lives has become an idol, even if it’s a good thing. When we look to people, or things, for our hope, meaning, satisfaction, comfort, pleasure or prosperity, that has become our idol.
Think about this for a moment. What makes you angry? The thing that makes you angry is something that is important to you. Do you get angry if someone laughs at you? If you makes a mistake or do something silly and someone chuckles do you fly off the handle? Perhaps it because your pride is your idol and you can’t be seen as less than perfect…
When your cut off while driving, when you have to wait too long in the drive thru, when your order is wrong, do you get irate? Maybe you are your idol? How dare someone get in my way, make me wait, get my order wrong. We become angry because our idol is threatened or neglected and that raises up passion inside us. The problem is that passion is reserved for God and his glory alone. When he is first, we have that passion for him and for the things of his kingdom. Church, prayer, the Word, serving, sacrificing, giving, loving, forgiving, those things are much easier when God is our consuming passion. But when our idols are before God, we don’t have as much time for him or his things. God becomes crowded out. What or who is on the throne of your life today? What are you passionate about? Take time to search your heart for the answer.
We are excited to announce that Rev. Jerome Byrd will be with us for revival this fall. Please make plans to join us for this weekend as we worship together. If you’ve never had the opportunity to hear Jerome preach, you will be blessed by his ministry. The revival begins on Saturday, October 10th at 6:00p.m. Jerome will then return Sunday, October 11th for our 11:00a.m. worship service and then close out the revival that evening in our 6:00p.m. service. There will be special music during the revival as well. I hope you will be in prayer for the church and for Jerome as he brings God’s word for us.