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The Gift

There was a young boy who was a huge baseball fan. Everyday he would go to the baseball stadium of his favorite team, dressed in the team’s colors, with an old, beaten cap to match. As game time neared, the boy would stare from behind the fence and watch as the people entered the stadium through the turnstiles, but he would stay outside, listening to the roar of the crowd. As much as the little boy wanted to have the gate attendant to take
his ticket and climb the ramp to the stadium seats looking out on the field, he could not – for he and his family were homeless and poor.

Unknown to the little boy, the coach of the team would come to the stadium early each day to prepare for the game, and over the course of the season the coach had noticed the little boy standing by the fence each day, beaten glove in hand, staring through the holes in the fence. One day, as the coach arrived at the stadium, he noticed that the same little boy, beaten glove in hand, staring through the holes in the fence, but this day he noticed tears streaming down either side of the boy’s face. Concerned the coach walked over to the little boy and asked, “Why are you crying, did you lose something?” The boy replied, ” No sir, I am sad because everyday I walk from the shelter downtown to this stadium hoping that I might see my favorite team play, but everyday I come I am told that I cannot enter because I do not have the money to buy a ticket. ” The little boy’s tears and confession of his love for his favorite team touched the heart of the coach; so he told the little boy to follow him. They came to the ticket taker at the gate and the coach told him, ” I am paying the admission for this little boy so that he can enter and see the game. And from now on whenever this boy shows up for a game, charge his admission to me and let him enter.” With this the little boy yelled for joy and thanked the coach for his gracious gift.

We are often like this little boy. We may be at the gates of heaven, looking through the fence, waiting for an opportunity to get in. But like the little boy, we do not have the ticket, we cannot pay the fee to gain entrance because of our circumstances. Our sin keeps us out. However, our heavenly Father sees our tears, our pain, our hurt and his heart aches; he wants to pay the fee so that we can enter. So in order that we may enter the kingdom of heaven, God granted us an eternal ticket through the death and resurrection of his Son the Lord Jesus Christ. All we have to do in order to gain that eternal pass into heaven is confess that we are unable to pay our dues and accept God’s gift of grace. And like the little boy, we can yell and shout, for the Lord has given us the loving gift of salvation.

Have you thanked the Lord for his wonderful gift to you?

The Gift There was a young boy who was a huge baseball fan. Everyday he would go to the baseball stadium of his favorite team, dressed in the team’s colors, with an old, beaten cap to match. As game time neared, the boy would stare from behind the fence and watch as the people entered […]

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Question: “What is salvation? What is the Christian doctrine of salvation?”

Answer: Salvation is deliverance from danger or suffering. To save is to deliver or protect. The word carries the idea of victory, health, or preservation. Sometimes, the Bible uses the words saved or salvation to refer to temporal, physical deliverance, such as Paul’s deliverance from prison (Philippians 1:19).

More often, the word “salvation” concerns an eternal, spiritual deliverance. When Paul told the Philippian jailer what he must do to be saved, he was referring to the jailer’s eternal destiny (Acts 16:30-31). Jesus equated being saved with entering the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:24-25).

What are we saved from? In the Christian doctrine of salvation, we are saved from “wrath,” that is, from God’s judgment of sin (Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:9). Our sin has separated us from God, and the consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Biblical salvation refers to our deliverance from the consequence of sin and therefore involves the removal of sin.

Who does the saving? Only God can remove sin and deliver us from sin’s penalty (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5).

How does God save? In the Christian doctrine of salvation, God has rescued us through Christ (John 3:17). Specifically, it was Jesus’ death on the cross and subsequent resurrection that achieved our salvation (Romans 5:10; Ephesians 1:7). Scripture is clear that salvation is the gracious, undeserved gift of God (Ephesians 2:5, 8) and is only available through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).

How do we receive salvation? We are saved by faith. First, we must hear the gospel—the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection (Ephesians 1:13). Then, we must believe—fully trust the Lord Jesus (Romans 1:16). This involves repentance, a changing of mind about sin and Christ (Acts 3:19), and calling on the name of the Lord (Romans 10:9-10, 13).

A definition of the Christian doctrine of salvation would be “The deliverance, by the grace of God, from eternal punishment for sin which is granted to those who accept by faith God’s conditions of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus.” Salvation is available in Jesus alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) and is dependent on God alone for provision, assurance, and security.

Recommended Resource: Salvation: God’s Marvelous Work of Grace by Lewis Sperry Chafer.

Question: “What is salvation? What is the Christian doctrine of salvation?” Answer: Salvation is deliverance from danger or suffering. To save is to deliver or protect. The word carries the idea of victory, health, or preservation. Sometimes, the Bible uses the words saved or salvation to refer to temporal, physical deliverance, such as Paul’s deliverance […]

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Community Aid

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James 2:15-16
“If you know someone who needs clothes or food, you shouldn’t say “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help?”

Community Aid

IT’S TIME TO CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS!

By now, you’ve probably noticed our new COMMUNITY AID CLOTHING COLLECTION BIN. If you haven’t , its located just off the parking lot near the Heights Road entrance.

Community Aid is a Christian, locally run, non-profrt charity. Their store/building is located in Mechanicsburg. Here, ANYONE can come and shop for good used clothing and other items. Some people in our church have already been there.

We are asking everyone to clean out your closets and dressers and donate your clothing to this worthy cause. Please make sure that all clothing is in good condition. Put them in bags and be sure to tie the bags shut. You may donate any kind of clothing, as wells as shoes, belts, hats, ties, linens and bedding. PLEASE DO NOT BRING FURNITURE, HOUSEWARES, TOYS, ETC.

lf our bin happens to be full when you stop, try again in a few days, since it will be serviced on a regular basis. Our church will receive a grant every quarter, from Community Aid, based on how much clothing is collected. If you have property or a business in the surrounding area, and you have room for a collection bin (they come in many sizes), the proceeds from that bin could be credited to our church as well.

This is a new, yet simple, opportunity for all of us to reach out to our community and help one another.

If you have any questions, please call Pastor John F. Hess at 717-776-9456 or 717-776-9541.

James 2:15-16 “If you know someone who needs clothes or food, you shouldn’t say “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help?” IT’S TIME TO CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS! By now, you’ve probably […]

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