Where did we really come from?
In the first book of the bible (Genesis) we find that in the beginning there was God. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit dwelling in perfect and holy fellowship and love. And then God decided to create a universe that would flow out of his own glory and beauty. He simply spoke and created all that we see in six days, and then he came to the capstone of His creation; namely, mankind. He formed Adam from the dust and breathed life into him and from his side created a wife for him whom Adam called woman and named Eve. This is how it all began
Why is there death and pain?
Sadly, even though God made Adam and Eve in His own glorious image, they chose to deface that image and bring humanity and creation under the curse of God. By one act of disobedience Adam and Eve broke their covenant with God, the covenant of life, and as a result mankind was cast into spiritual darkness and rebellion. All mankind is born into this darkness and upon our death in this world we will be cast into eternal suffering for our crimes against God.
Is there any hope for humanity?
YES! God, in His mercy and grace has chosen to set his favour upon mankind in that we are offered grace and new life after a new Adam. All through-out the scriptures we see God pointing to the hope that one day a saviour would come and rescue mankind. And we see this fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. Paul writes in Galatians 4:4 “So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
When Adam and Eve sinned against God, we are told that God, in His kindness, covered them with the skins of an animal (Gen. 3:21). And so we have a clear picture of what would have to happen for mankind to be restored. There would have to be a sacrifice in their place that their shame and sin might be covered. Sacrifices run throughout the covenants as a constant reminder to us that we are not right with God and that we need a payment before we can approach a Holy God. Hebrews 9:22 says, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins”. And so when mankind sins against a infinitely Holy God, it takes an infinitely Holy and pure sacrifice to redeem us. Therefore, God the son takes up human flesh in Jesus and lays down His life and takes our sin and shame upon Himself that we might gain His righteousness and son-ship with the Father through the victory of His resurrection on the third day.
I (Aaron Hale), am the pastor at Fairview Cornerstone Baptist Church and am so thankful to be able to serve with this group of believers. Mike is a member of Coram Deo Baptist Church in Grande Prairie, Alberta. It is our strong conviction that missions and evangelism should flow out of the life of the local church and not independent from it. While training institutions can be an enormous help, it is the church that Christ has established as His light in a dark world.
While the term may be a bit to ambiguous for it seems that "Baptist" means different things to different people. But if you follow the link to "What do we believe" it will show in what sense we mean this statement. Historical Pastors such as Charles Spurgoen would be someone whom we would closely align with and men like John Piper or Paul Washer would be some more modern preachers whom we happily identify with.
Many in our Christian culture would like to argue that street preaching and "in your face" evangelism is to aggressive or offensive. We believe that it is the pattern set by the apostles in the book of Acts and while it is offensive, we read in Romans 1:19 that Paul was not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God to save for those who believe. Therefore, we seek to follow the pattern set for us and trust God to work as only He can do.
As we do live in Northern Canada, it is our prayer that we might be a part of helping fulfil the great commission where the Lord has planted us. Sadly, Canada is considered post-Christian and therefore the fields are ripe unto the harvest. May the Lord continue to raise up Labourers to enter the harvest field.
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