God’s Investment In You!
The other day I heard a discussion on the radio about the salaries some baseball players receive. The commentator made a reference to Jesus’ statement, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…” (Luke 12:48). He applied this to the excessive salaries some baseball players get paid, yet they are underproducing. For example, one player who is getting paid in excess of $13,000,000 a year, yet his batting average is only .250. That’s hardly worth what he is getting paid. A pitcher who is getting paid $12,000.000 with an ERA of over 8.00 is not worth his exorbitant salary. He should feel guilty every time he cashes his pay check! For unto the player who is paid much, of him shall much be required! A good application of what Jesus said.
However, what about us who have been saved by His precious blood? Every Christian has been GIVEN VERY MUCH. God has made an astronomical investment in your soul to give you a home in heaven for all eternity. What are you doing with what He has given to you? Are you giving the Lord a profitable return on His investment in you (Luke 17:10)?
“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…” When we stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, we’ll be judged according to what we did with what we were given. I pray when God asks you what you did with what He gave you, you won’t have to go “dig it up” (Mt. 25:18)!
–Pastor Hughes, Devotions
The Blessings Of Sign Waving
We began a new ministry in March that is proving to be very effective in leading people to visit Bible Baptist Church. We got the idea from Ohana Baptist Church in Hawaii. We simply call it “Sign Waving.” It is very simple and anyone can do it. All a person needs to do is (1) stand holding a non-offensive sign at a busy intersection, (2) SMILE, and (3) wave enthusiastically at people/cars as they drive by. We do this the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to noon (see pics below). We usually have about 20 sign-wavers each time we do it.
This method is nothing new. Politicians use it every time they run for election. They have their supporters out their waving their signs asking people to vote for them. They wouldn’t be doing it if it was not effective. We’ve had visitors the following Sunday almost every time we’ve done it! Some are still attending.
It is important to have the signs readable with large letters, and brief. Passerby’s don’t have much time to read your sign. Also, it is best not to quote Bible verses or be offensive. Let the signs attract people to the church, then give them what the Bible says.
It is also important to have as many sign wavers as possible at one intersection. You want to attract attention to your signs. If only one or two people are standing at a corner, people won’t really be attracted to read your sign. But when you have five or six standing at each corner of an intersection, people who drive by will wonder, “What’s that crowd up to?”
This is not our only means of outreach. We also do “door-to-door” visitation; write letters; make phone calls, etc. It is important to get as many well-baited hooks in the water as you can if you expect to catch any fish (Matt. 4:19).
Let’s follow the command of the Lord Jesus when He said, “Go out into the highways and hedges” and let people know that we are here and that we want them to come to Bible Baptist Church. We need to take advantage of every possible way to reach people.
Prayer of Confession
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins…?” 1 John 1:9
Here is a prayer of confession I read recently. It convicted my own heart that I needed to make it my own confession. I dare you to read it with an open and honest heart before God:
My sin is ever before me… I’ve desired to control and that has only produced fear. I’ve desired power over others, and that has only served to alienate them from me. I’ve desired my own comfort and that has only brought forth anger when my comfort was not achieved. I’ve sought the approval of others and meticulously kept them from seeing my true self for fear of rejection. Idolatry plagues my heart. I’m consumed with thoughts of self-grandisement, self-promotion, and self-service. Sometimes, in my deepest parts I doubt Your perfect will for my life and I want to rule myself.
I cry out to You Lord… Only You can deliver me from the wretched man that I am.
– Pastor Al Hughes
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH
Bible Baptist Church is the oldest Independent Baptist Church in Kitsap County, celebrating 50 years of ministry.
Bible Baptist Church was started in 1958 as a Bible study conducted by Pastor Henry King in Bremerton, and was officially incorporated in 1963. In 1968 the congregation moved to Port Orchard and acquired the old Elim Lutheran Church building on Woods Road E. This building was destroyed by a fire in 1985. Shortly thereafter, the church purchased the old First Christian Church building on Dekalb Street in Port Orchard.
In 1986, Dr. Al Hughes became the church’s third pastor. By 1990 the congregation had grown to the point where the Dekalb St. facility was no longer adequate to comfortably accommodate the congregation’s growing needs. They had a vision to improve the facilities and begin more outreach ministries.
In 1993, God provided four acres of property on Bethel Road for a new church facility consisting of 3 buildings. The first phase was the 4,800 sq. ft. Fellowship Hall and Administrative Office building which was dedicated in 1999. In 2003, our 300 seat auditorium was completed. Work was completed in early 2007 on a 4,800 sq. ft. educational facility for our Sunday School classes, Youth group, and Bible Institute.
During the last fifteen years four men have been ordained to the Gospel ministry. Also, three missionary families have been sent out from our church to serve in China. We sent out a summer missionary to Ukraine in 2008.
We praise God for His bountiful blessings. As a congregation we desire to continue being a place where people can KNOW Christ and MAKE HIM KNOWN.