Ministry Team

Pastor:
Rev. Kris Theobald

kris@fbcofhamilton.org

Youth Director:
Marcus Jordan
marcus@fbcofhamilton.org

Music Minister:
Jeff Staton

music@fbcofhamilton.org

Weekly Schedule

Sunday

9:30am Prayer

10:00am Sunday School

11:00am Morning Worship

6:00pm Evening Worship

Wednesday

7:00pm Evening Service

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Welcome

I would like to take a moment and personally thank you for stopping by to visit our web page.  Our desire here at Freedom is simply to be a Church that lives out our faith in Jesus Christ with love, service, and spiritual growth among our members.  We are always excited to have guests come and be a part of everything that is taking place at the Church.  We want you to feel comfortable as our guest and all we ask is that we might have an opportunity to serve you, and help with any needs you may have.  We don’t expect you to dress a certain way, or feel out of place whether you have been in Church most of your life, or never been at all, you are welcome here!

Please take a minute and browse our site where you can find our service times, meet our staff, and see all of our upcoming events.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email myself, and I will get back with you right away.  Thank you again for your interest in Freedom.

In His service,

Pastor Kris Theobald

Daily Devotional – Monday, July 6, 2015

For we walk by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7

Someone has come up with this acrostic for faith.
F orsaking
A ll
I
T rust
H im
I believe that’s what makes faith so difficult for us. Forsaking something in biblical terms mean to totally abandon. For us to walk by faith means we give up self reliance, we don’t stop thinking, we don’t leap blindly. Faith comes from an understanding of WHO we are relying on, and because of his nature and character, we can confidently step out into a unknown future, because our faith is in an all knowing God.

Faith is sometimes scary, sometimes difficult, because our flesh pulls us in the direction of emotions when acting upon faith. But when we understand that faith is not to be placed in a situation, in a human being, in a circumstance but in God himself, we can have the assurance that He cannot fail, and will see what is best for us. I’ve never yet trusted God and stepped out in faith and been let down. Without faith it is impossible to please him, but all things are possible to him that believes!

Kris Theobald
Pastor
Freedom Baptist Church
Hamilton, OH

 

 

Daily Devotional – Friday, July 3, 2015

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.” – Matthew 11:19

“A friend of sinners.” That’s good news for us, and the example we are to follow. Since all of humanity is sinful (guilty of breaking God’s laws and commands) it is a great thing that God shows mercy and grace toward sinners, giving us a chance to repent (turn from our sin to God) and by faith receive Christ and his atoning work on the cross to justify us, and to make us righteous. But if we as sinners are befriended by God, how should we as Christians, called to be different from the world, be friends with sinners? Here are some suggestions from Jesus’ example.

Jesus, like us, was in the world but the world wasn’t in him. To be a friend of sinners means you can and should keep company with them. And since they’re sinners (I use that term here to mean non Christians) you can’t expect them to behave like a believer, trying to clean them up morally will make them pretty on the outside but still spiritually dead on the inside. Law based morality is not the gospel. Good people without Christ still go to hell. Don’t try to fix people, love them, share Jesus with them, and he will do the fixing.

Love people but don’t worry about being liked. Jesus loved sinners but many of them hated him. Our charge is love, not popularity. (1Timothy 1:5) To love someone means holding to the truth, even when it hurts. A true friend tells you what you need not what you want to hear. Love people, do your best to be respectful and have a good reputation among outsiders, but remember you answer to God not man.

To love sinners means we must be among them. We don’t applaud them in their sin, we don’t partake in their sins with them, but we love and serve sinners because we ourselves are no different. Were it not for the previous blood of Christ cleansing us, we too would be without hope. Let this truth keep us humble and remember that the enemy is not people, it is Satan and the evil that works behind the scenes spiritually. (Ephesians 6:12) Of the many titles Jesus was known by, I’m thankful for friends of sinners.

Kris Theobald
Pastor
Freedom Baptist Church
Hamilton, OH

Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

Wednesday July 1st Freedom was open for special prayer for our country from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in place of the normal bible study.  We could stay as long, or as briefly as we liked.

Everyone was invited to unite in prayer for our country, our leaders, our churches and pastors, our families and children, or what ever might have been weighing on our hearts.

At 7:30 those present gathered outside around the flag pole where the American and the Christian flags were flying.  We all held hands and offered up prayer to God.

The event was well organized and prepared for by our Pastor, Kris Theobald.  Bibles were available for those that might have wanted one, notes on the entry doors, and flyers inside regarding the prayer event.  Below is the text of the attachment to the flyer.  I have already read it a couple of times and have now posted it on the wall next to my computer to remind me that we need to continually be in prayer for our country.

“7/1/2015

Dear Friends,

I believe it goes without saying that our country and even our world is at a pivotal time in human history. Jesus told his disciples, “you will hear of wars and rumors of wars, this is only the beginning of sorrows.” The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy to warn that in the last days, “some would depart from the faith.” He also promised that the coming of the Lord would not take place until, “rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed.” The prophesies of Scripture have not been wrong yet, and I believe they will continue to be proven trustworthy. As we look at the signs around us, “as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be with the coming of the Son of Man.” Just as it was before the flood came, Noah and his family labored for 120 years building an Ark that would shelter and protect everyone inside from the coming wrath and judgment of God. For nearly 2,000 years now, the church has also been issuing a warning bs God has been building a kingdom of people who have turned from their sins and been placed inside the Ark of Salvation, Jesus Christ. When the coming day of judgment arrives, those in Christ will be saved, while those outside of him will perish eternally. This is the urgency with which I call all of you to recognize tonight, and in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

The Church will face persecution in America like we have never known. Believers are now going to be the focus of more ridicule and attacks than we have ever experienced. This should come as no surprise to us. Jesus said, “if they hate you, know that they have hated me first.” But we also have the hope and the promise that we are, “blessed when men shall revile us, and persecute us, and utter all kinds of evil against us falsely, for our reward in heaven is great.” My biggest concern is that most believers are unprepared and ill equipped to face the times we live in. We need once again to, “search the Scriptures.” We need to be ready to “rightly divide the Word of truth.” And “be ready always to give an answer for the hope that is in us.” It’s time for Christians everywhere, to repent of our own complacency, and get back to a place where God is put first in our own lives. Where the church is not just an occasional Sunday morning activity, but the focal point of our week. It’s time we get back to the Bible. To read it regularly to grow more and more like Christ, and to be transformed by the Holy Spirit as we apply those Scriptures to our lives. It’s time we live by the faith we claim to have. To trust God and obey his commands,not our preferences, and serve like Jesus did.

For revival to take place in our land, it will start with a humble church crying out to God for wisdom, empowering, and his intercession. It will take us repenting and confessing our sins, and not being satisfied with partial obedience, but rather a radical self denial of the things of this world. Thank you tonight for taking the first step in doing so. I pray this doesn’t end for us with one prayer meeting, but rather with a commitment to “deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him.” The battle’s not over, but the victory is already won! Take heart, be of good courage, and let’s resolve to take this glorious gospel out into a hurting world so that many can come to know Christ as the time of his return approaches!

In Christ,

Kris Theobald, Pastor”

Daily Devotional – Thursday, July 2, 2015

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. – John 10:27-28

There is a call, my sheep HEAR. For faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. When you hear the bible preached, or open the Scriptures to read, God is speaking, do you hear him? There is a command, “they FOLLOW me.” To be Christ’s disciple means you deny yourself, take up your cross and follow. A faith that only heard, but doesn’t obey, is no true faith at all. By hearing and following the Savior he leads us into his blessed presence, if we are know by Him, ETERNAL LIFE is ours.

Sin has brought death upon us all, but those in Christ are free from its power, and promised a life with God beyond this world. And that salvation is secure. “No one can snatch them from his hand.” The Father holds on to us, not us holding on to him. We would lose our grip, we would let go to run after foolish things, but the Father’s grip is firm, so that if you’re truly his, you will always be so!

Kris Theobald
Pastor
Freedom Baptist Church
Hamilton, OH