A friend of mine once asked, “Do you believe in life after death?” “Of course I do,” I replied, “don’t you? “No!” he stated firmly, and a bit loudly. “When you’re dead you’re dead. That’s it!”
I turned and looked at him. “Why,” I asked, “would you want to believe in something like that?” He got angry with me for questioning his belief system. He had chosen to believe in a hopeless end. I would rather believe in an endless hope! Here’s how it works:
The Bible tells us plainly that God created mankind in his own image (Genesis 1:27), but even the very first couple rebelled and turned away from God’s plan and provision for their lives (Genesis chapter 3). The problem is that we all follow suit. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The Bible goes on to tell us that “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). In other words, because we have rebelled against God’s perfect plan and provision for our lives, we face an eternity separated from Him (that’s what death is). So far the Good News doesn’t sound so good! But wait! “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). God offers us perfect forgiveness and a relationship with him when we turn from our sin and receive his Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. What’s keeping you from coming to Him by faith?
Charlos Heights Community Church
230 Russell Dr.
Hamilton, MT 59840
Pastor Del Abbey
Phone: 406 363-2896
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God has created us to be worshipers. We believe in a glorious God who is worthy of all our praise and adoration. We see our primary function as a church to be worship. Our goal, every time we meet, is to encounter the living God through worship (which, by the way, is not just singing), praise, prayer and the ministry of the Word of God.
People need the Lord. He sent his Son to die on the cross for us because there was no other way. If it was at all possible for us to get right with God by keeping rules and doing good works, do you think that God would have sent his Son to die? Paul wrote in Galatians 2:21, "I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the works of the Law, then Christ died needlessly."* In Ephesians 2:8-9 we read, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."* We are not save by works, but by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6*) So we see our secondary reason for being here to be sharing the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A third reason that we're here is to build one another up in the faith. Our ministry is to the Lord, then to one another, then to the world. We believe that we'll never get our outreach (evangelism and service) right until we get our upreach (worship) right.
*Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Our office is located in the east end of the parsonage on the northwest side of the parking lot. Pastor Del is usually in the study between 7 a.m. and noon Tuesday through Friday and all day Saturday. Please stop by. We'd love to see you.