Christmas preparations, practices, and events have been underway at Bethany Baptist Church all this month. The Young Women N Christ who meet after school on Mondays have had their Christmas party. The Wednesday evening prayer meeting was dedicated to the music of the season with a “Name that Tune” event. Pastor and Darlene Sorensen will host a Christmas Party at their home, Friday evening from 5 to 8pm. Guests will bring a side dish or a dessert to go along with Chili and Turkey and Ham Sandwiches.
The annual “Soup and Pie Fellowship” will start at 4:30pm on Sunday the 23rd. That will be followed by a Christmas card and gift exchange. Then at 6:00 the Jubilee Singers will present the Christmas message in words and songs to honor the birth of a King who came to be the Saviour of the world.
Christmas will soon be past, but the events at Bethany Baptist Church will continue. The ladies will have their Bible Study next Thursday, December 27 and there will be a 5th Sunday Fellowship Supper on December 30.
The Youth Choir sang a Christmas special, Sunday morning. Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message, “Straight answers to some puzzling questions from the book of Job, when a man dies, where is he? will he live again? and how can a man be justified with God?”
Job 14:10 reads, “But man dieth,….and where is he?” You can be assured that the Bible has the answers to the questions asked in Job. Luke 16 gives the accounts of two men who died. Lazarus the beggar was carried to Abraham’s bosom and the rich man opened his eyes in hell. Lazarus was comforted and the rich man was in torment. We know that the man in hell still had his senses, he could speak, he had memory, he begged for mercy, but it was too late. There are many sources to support this teaching that there is more to death than just the grave. In John 14:3 Jesus talked about mansions and being with him and Paul talked about being absent from the body and being present with the Lord, but Jesus also talked about hell being a place to avoid. Will he live again? The Bible answer is “yes” but there are two destinations. John 5:29 tells about the resurrection of life and the resurrection of damnation. Revelation 20 tells about two resurrections one for the “Blessed and holy, and one for those who will appear at the Great White Throne judgment. The answer to the last question, “How can a man be justified with God?” is found in Jesus Christ. We can not be made righteous by our own efforts, not by the keeping of the law, not by joining a church, not by religious or charitable activities, but by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.