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
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
I saw this humorous video today and it provided an excellent illustration about how easy it can be for Christians to “slow down” as they near the finish line. This was not the case with the Apostle Paul, and he encourages his protege Timothy, as well as other believers to push through any pain, adversity, or just plain apathy and finish the course, and finish it strong!
Paul could have been discouraged. One of the greatest men of God to ever live, he was not ending his life healthy and wealthy with much fame and celebration. He was locked away in a Roman prison awaiting beheading for his faith. And yet he kept running, testifying, encouraging. Paul didn’t see his execution as an end of life, but instead the beginning of eternity so he drove himself toward the finish line. He knew and believed that, “to be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord” (2Corinthians 5:8)
The writer of Hebrews tells us, Therefore, “since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” (Hebrews 12:1) That word, “endurance” or “patience” means someone who cannot be swerved from their purpose. Paul let nothing distract him from running hard all the way into glory. Let’s not slow down as we do the Lord’s work! Be faithful and run for the prize set before you. We cannot quit at the eleventh hour. We have a calling to fulfill, let’s finish well.
Freedom Baptist Church
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Today I am stealing from Paul Tripp for what I believe will be a very helpful post for many of us.
Do you ever feel trapped and entangled by sin? Although God has freed us from being slaves to sin, it’s pull is still very real and very powerful. Why is that? Here are a few reasons.
1. Sin is a law (V.21)
Just like gravity, sin is an inescapable reality of life in a fallen world. the sin remaining in your heart will magnetize you to the evil surrounding you.
2. Sin is a war (V.23)
Wars break out because two parties disagree vehemently. In the case of spiritual warfare, the law of sin disagrees with the law of God. Every day, a war rages on the turf of your heart. Your thoughts, desires, words, and actions reveal that the war is far from over. Of course, there will be moments when you find victory over sin, but there will be equally as many moments when you suffer defeat once again.
3. Sin is a prison (V.23)
The Apostle Paul describes himself as a captive – one held against his will. I think all of us, if given the choice, would choose complete freedom from sin. Sin has an ensnaring and enslaving nature. What once started as a minor struggle transforms into an addictive and destructive habit. Even if we break free from one prison cell of sin, it seems as if we’re stumbling back into a different cell shortly thereafter.
Now here are three reasons to hope despite all of this. Thankfully, Romans 7 has a 25th verse – “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Despite the law of sin that pulls us down, despite the war of sin that wages in our heart, and despite the prison of sin that keeps finding a way to hold us captive, we have reasons to be thankful and reasons to hope.
Isn’t it so encouraging that the next thing to follow Romans 7 is Romans 8:1 – “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” In all of my dirtiness and struggle, I can stand before a holy God because I’ve been completely forgiven.
Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Today, you can resist the gravitational pull of sin, and you experience victory in the war again sin, not because you’re awesome and righteous, but because the living God is alive and active within you. You have a brand new potential from yesterday.
You can experience deliverance in this life, if you ask God humbly, tear down your façade of self-righteousness, and run unashamed to the body of Christ for assistance. But that deliverance won’t be complete until the second coming of Christ. One day, the law of sin will be eradicated. One day, we will no longer be captives. I can’t wait until that day!
Don’t beat yourself up with guilt. If Christ provides forgiveness, acts of penance are worthless. Don’t be satisfied with who you are as a sinner, but don’t live in guilt and shame any longer. Jesus paid it all.
Don’t give up so easily. If Christ provides empowerment, you have new potential every day. Even if you said yes to sin 10 minutes ago, you can say no to the same sin this time around because the power of Christ dwells within you.
Don’t fight the war alone. If Christ provides deliverance, take advantage of his resources of deliverance. Call a brother or sister today and confess that you’ve been trapped and entangled by the same sin for too long and watch what God will do.
Yes, it’s true – like Paul, you and I are wretched Christians. But what’s equally as true are the words of John Newtown: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.”
Freedom Baptist Church
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2Corinthians 5:17)
Archaeology is the scientific study of material remains to learn more about an ancient or extinct culture or people. The Apostle Paul says that, “old things have passed away.” The word in the Greek is, “archaios” which is where we get our English word “archaeology” from. Paul says when you get saved, something happens internally, which affects you externally. You receive a new heart, which creates a whole new person. The old things are gone, the old person is gone. They are buried with Christ, and not even an archaeologist can dig them back up.
This is a bedrock truth of the Christian faith. Many today claim to know and have a relationship with Jesus, but have no evidence of the old passing away, or anything new coming in. That word, “new” means unused or uncommon. The Christians life in this world should be, “uncommon.” If we look too much like the world maybe it’s because we are still a part of it. And if we are part of it then we don’t belong to God. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
If Jesus told a good, hard working, moral man named Nicodemus, that he would never see heaven unless he was “born again” or saved, made new. Do we really think we are somehow an exception to that? My friends Christ died for sinners, which we all are. Christ can and does save sinners. But if and when he saves you, then there will be a marked change in your life. Your life will show fruit or evidence of it. You will have a faith in Christ. You will show repentance when you sin. You will desire to live holy and fight against sin in your life. You will love other believers and assemble with them. You will love what God loves, and hate what he hates. Don’t just assume you’re saved. Look at his word and see if the proof of your salvation is there. Are you a NEW creature? If so, rejoice. If not, repent.
Freedom Baptist Church
We are pleased to announce that we now have a College and Career Sunday School Class for those in the 18 – 25 year age group.
If you would like to join the class, all you need to do is show up at 10:00 a.m.