Beachside Fellowship News
November 8, 2018
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Dear Beachside Family and Friends,
 
What defines a Christian? Is a Christian one who is born in a Christian home, lives in a Christian nation, or attends church? Are individuals Christians because they do good deeds, pray, or act and dress in certain ways? If someone professes to be a Christian, what does that mean?
 
The many ways I just mentioned that people use to declare themselves Christian are all external. It's popular these days for sports fans to buy and wear the jersey of their favorite player. Some people put on the official NFL jersey of Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady every week, but if they look like Tom Brady on the outside, does that make them Tom Brady? Of course not! In the same way, it is possible to wear the external trappings of Christianity, but does that make one a Christian?
 
Being a Christian is dependent upon answering one question. What will I do about Jesus? The Bible calls Jesus "the Christ" The word Christian actually means "little Christ". If I am a Christian, then I must be a Christ-ian. By definition then, a Christian is one who has a relationship with Jesus, the Christ. As Jesus himself said "I am the Way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me" (John 14:6) When Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus to inquire about a eternal life, Jesus told him "you must be born again". (John 3:1-3) Jesus explained that a relationship with God begins with an internal change. That change takes place when a person asks Jesus to come into their heart and be their Lord. Only that decision can make a man, woman, or child a Christ-ian.
 
It is possible to wear a Christian T-shirt, and not be a Christian. If a change has not taken place on the inside, no amount of church attendance can make a person Christian. Additionally, giving to benevolent organizations and being a good person cannot make a person Christian. When an individual makes Jesus their Lord, that makes them a Christian.
 
The Bible tells us in the first chapter of John's Gospel that Jesus is the Living Word of God. If Jesus lives in us, then the Word is living in us. A Christian will have a desire to know the Word (the Bible) and to live by it. Jesus addressed this when he said in Luke 6:46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?" My conviction is this: a Christian is one who chooses to believe and do what Jesus says. Some who call themselves Christians find ways to excuse and promote immoral lifestyles because they say that Jesus did not personally address these issues. The fallacy of this argument is exposed in Jesus statement "Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose." (Matt 5:17) As the Living Word, Jesus agreed with, believed, and taught everything in the Old Testament to be completely and absolutely true. He is THE WORD, and everything that is in the Bible was spoken and breathed by Him. Christians do not deny the authority of the Word of God in social and political issues, only unbelievers do. Christians do not support abortion on demand, homosexuality, adultery, lying or the redefinition of marriage. Only unbelievers do.
 
So what defines a Christian? A Christian is one who first makes Jesus their Lord, and then submits completely to the authority of the Bible, the DIVINELY INSPIRED WRITTEN WORD OF GOD. I ask myself this question: Am I a Christian? Are you? Something to think about!
 
Pastor Ramon
Join us at Beachside Fellowship this Sunday at 10:00 am for more exciting news from the Word of God. If you do not live in the Panama City Beach area or are otherwise unable to attend, watch our live stream on the Beachside Fellowship Facebook page or on the web at www.bsfchurch.com

 

 

 

 

Giving Made Simple

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Occasionally we have people who wish to give to this ministry who are not able to attend our services.  To make it easier for people to do so we now can accept tithes and offerings via your debit card.  Simply click the link at the bottom of this message and you will be taken to a safe and secure Paypal link that will assist you.  Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU for your generous support!
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Tues November 13th @ 6:00pm
Thanksgiving Dinner
Please bring toiletries, toilet paper, or new sheets for beds, for our hurricane relief bags. 
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We will be receiving food items for our Thanksgiving Food Baskets.  Please have items at church by Sunday November 18th, so we can distribute them.
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Beachside Fellowship Christmas Party
When:Sunday December 2nd at 6:00pm
Where:Pastor Ramon and Marsha's house

 

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Our live webcast is now available on the Beachside Fellowship Facebook page and at Beachsidefellowship.com.  You can either watch live (if you are not able to be in service with us) or watch the latest episode when we are not streaming live.  Click on the picture and it will take you right to the page on our website.
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“Ordinary kids doing Extraordinary things!"
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Wednesdays 6:30 PM
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Women of the Word
Tuesday November 13th
6:00pm
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Prayer and Worship Service

 

Beachside Fellowship is a family of believers who embrace the Love of God and the Good News that we can live happy and fulfilled lives through a connection with Him. Growing together in our understanding of God, we teach what the Bible says about life, and are committed to a personal relationship with the Living Word, Jesus Christ. 
Our church is made up of people from many different denominational backgrounds, and we welcome all who have a desire to learn more about God and His Word. Beachside Fellowships' contemporary "come as you are" services are filled with the warmth of the Spirit, exciting worship music,  and the life changing Power of God. You CAN have the life you always wanted: join us at Beachside Fellowship, where'It's All About the Word!"

 

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