The Scripture Speaks
Our God Is
Bible Study: 10:00 AM
Worship: 11:00 AM
Evening Worship: 12:15 PM
Wednesday Bible Study
9871 Big Creek Road
Ellijay, GA 30536
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Welcome to the Pisgah church of Christ.
We are a non-denominational, Bible based church, and it is our goal to proclaim Christ so that every man and woman can be complete in Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:28). We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and it is our ONLY guide in religious faith. We therefore have no creed or catechism to present but accept Christ as our only creed and the Bible as God's inspired Word. We believe the truth is absolute and unchangeable. God's word is truth (John 17:17) and can save today as surely as in the first century if applied in the same way.
We assemble together on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7) to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 11:23-26), to celebrate His resurrection (John 20:1-10), to sing (Colossians 3:16), to pray (Philippians 4:6), and to hear the word of God (Romans 10:13-17).
We cordially invite you to our worship services and Bible studies. It is our prayer that you will consider the Pisgah church of Christ. May God bless you!
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THE GOSPEL PLAN OF SALVATION
Why Do I Need It? Through God's grace He chose to create Man in His image. We are thus eternal beings like Him. Our time on Earth is temporal. Our physical lives are like nothing but a vapor which fades away very quickly as compared to the length of time of eternity, which is indeed forever and ever. The choices we make today on this Earth determine whether our soul's forever future will reside in either the eternal damnation of Hell or the glorious everlasting life of Heaven. The Bible tells us we will all stand one day before the judgement seat of Christ. He is the one and only decider and He shall determine our eternal fate on Judgement Day.
John 14:16 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
What Must I Do? Simply follow the gospel message of salvation Jesus Christ brought to us after he established the New Covenant with Mankind through his life, death on the cross, burial and subsequent resurrection where he now sits on the throne at the right hand of our Father in Heaven, creator and Lord God of the entire universe. God has given us clear direction and instruction as contained within His Word within Scripture of the New Testament of the Bible. All that is necessary for one to be saved is to follow (obey) the Gospel Plan of Salvation which is summarized here:
1. Hear and Believe the Gospel;
2. Repent sins;
3. Confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God;
4. Be immersed in water for the remission of sins.
Once that 'old man of sin' is put to death in that watery grave of Baptism the faithful believer arises a 'new man' absolved of sin, having put on Christ in a 'new birth' to walk in His light and receive everlasting life eternal with Lord God our Father in the glorious paradise of Heaven.
How Should I Understand The Gospel? When reading the Word of God from the Bible everyone's default first understanding of the verses within should absolutely be the literal meanings just as written. They should not be intentionally misinterpreted into twisted or partial meanings in order to better suit Man's individual thoughts and desires. Interpreting Scripture only in ways which support Man's separate doctrine from which he has developed into Christian based denominational (meaning separated) religions is wrong as there is only one doctrine in the New Testament of the Bible, and that is of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Nowhere in the Bible does it say "Join the Church of your choice" or that separated interpretations of its contents would still be okay in order for one to obtain eternal life and salvation. Instead the Bible clearly gives us but one doctrine and one church made up of those saved believers bought by the blood of Christ Jesus. Therefore we must not and cannot leave out or ignore essential aspects of the New Testament's singular biblical doctrine if we truly desire salvation.
2 Corinthians 4:1-4 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
How Should I Follow The Plan? To obtain true everlasting life it is essential that you follow the Bible's clearly stated salvation requirements. Completing each step in proper order is indeed a required prerequisite prior to proceeding to the next step. One simply cannot skip over a step or complete them out of order and still be saved. Prove to this to yourself by reading The Word of God in Scripture and you will find that true salvation is only obtained after your sins have been washed away by the blood of Christ. You contact the blood of Christ through immersion (baptism) in much water. Only after your sins have been washed away are you without spot and thus made acceptable to our Lord God in order to be able to receive His gift of eternal life.
The certainty of death, the need for salvation and how to obtain it using the Gospel Plan of Salvation is made evident and is proved by the study and understanding of His instruction as given within Scripture. Consider these following verses:
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Matthew 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.
Can I Become Lost Again? Absolutely. As you can see from the verses above it is true that after you have been saved no man can pluck you out from Jesus' hand. However you can take yourself out of his fold by turning back to sinful ways. Jesus' blood will continue to cleanse you of minor transgressions of which the Devil may be able to force into your new life as long as you recognize and repent from those sins asking for the Lord's forgiveness in prayer, thus making repeat baptisms unnecessary. However if you do turn away from God and again embrace sin then you have indeed again become lost (separated from God). Please read 2 Peter 2:20-22 to understand these severe consequences more fully.
2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
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We held our annual gospel meetings September 23rd to 26th, 2018. Meetings started 'Homecoming Sunday' Sept. 23rd with the first sermon message during our normal 10 AM Bible Study hour, then we held our regular 11 AM worship service and had a fun fellowship meal afterwards (everyone welcomed) and then continued again a gospel meeting held that evening at 7:30 PM. Additional gospel meetings were held each evening at 7:30 PM the following Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Sept. 24-26th, 2018. All and anyone were welcomed to come worship and hear the Gospel of Christ at these meetings. Each meeting included a separate gospel sermon preached by our Brother Bill Thomas and was very inspirational for all who attended!!
Please click the below linked image to view the Words Of Life sermon TV program #030 entitled "Preparing For Eternity" which also served to invite folks to the 2018 Gospel Meetings.
We certainly hope that you will consider attending next year's Gospel Meetings as well as any regular worship services and please bring along any friends or family with you that also might be interested!! Everyone is welcome to come as they are to hear the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our sincere hope and prayer is that anyone who may be lost will choose to hear the Gospel of Christ as it is taken and quoted directly from the Bible. His great invitation of everlasting life will be offered to anyone who is currently lost and chooses to obey the Bible's clear gospel plan of salvation.
2018 Homecoming Celebration Video:
Linked below we have a short 8 minute video from our 2018 Homecoming Services fellowship meal held Sunday afternoon, September 23nd. Included are views of the crowd, a request for cemetery fund donations, the blessing of the meal by Brother Bill Thomas and shots of some of the tasty food brought for all to enjoy together. Please note that this recording was initially made simply as a home video for family use so it has some 'bouncy' spots and quick view changes so it may be hard to watch some places...
WORDS OF LIFE
Recorded sermons of our beloved Brother Bill Thomas' pointed and enlightened preaching of The Gospel are broadcast locally on ETC3 (cable channel 3) each Sunday at 9 AM as the Words Of Life video program. If you are unable to join us for worship or miss a service please tune in each week to hear Brother Bill's inspirational preaching of The Word.
9871 Big Creek Road Ellijay, GA 30536-4006 - (706) 635-3434