Antioch Baptist Church

Antioch Baptist Church
Antioch Baptist Church is listed in the Churches Baptist category in Fortson, Georgia. Displayed below is the only current social network for Antioch Baptist Church which at this time includes a Facebook page. The activity and popularity of Antioch Baptist Church on this social network gives it a ZapScore of 61.

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275 Antioch Church Rd
Fortson, GA 31808
(706) 327-9514
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Daily Devotion (April 28, 2017) “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him with one accord. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My worshipers, The daughter of My dispersed ones, Shall bring My offering.” (Zephaniah 3:9–10) Has there been a time when the darkness was any greater in America than today? I am sure there has been. But, how great is the darkness? Spiritually, it seems it is so dark these new powerful flashlights cannot cut through it. That is the way it is in the dark ages of spirituality. The days of Zephaniah were dark, spiritually dark. But God’s promise was a light approaching to rip the darkness apart. Christians do what Christians do. We worship God. Individually and collectively we worship God. Each day we awake our thoughts go to God. During the week, we meet together and worship God. Worship leads us to a greater responsibility. We are to share the Word of God. As we share God’s Word we see lives change. God changes people! Romans 10:14 says, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” We are the mouthpiece of God. Each day we journey into different parts of the world. We are the preachers. I ask, “Why should anyone listen to me?” The reality is we do not want people to listen to us. We want to be the voice of God; the one crying in the wilderness. We want to be the voice of a prophet; the spokesperson of God. We want to be God’s messenger. When we speak for God, people are not listening to us, but the voice of God Himself using us as His mouthpiece. The darkness is great in America because the voice of darkness is pervasive. The darkness is loud and boisterous. But we need to remember God’s call to His people is powerful. The call energizes. When we, as God’s people, stand and proclaim God’s Word, not just in the four walls of the church, but in the public square, then we will see the darkness of sin and Satan ripped apart. Just as Zephaniah proclaimed about the gentiles calling upon the Lord and serving Him with one accord, we can see the same today.

Group Devotion (April 24, 2017) “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23) Hope is an expectation or belief in the fulfillment of something desired. Our hope in Jesus has great expectations. We know the fulfillment of our faith in Him will one day place us in Heaven. That is what so many look forward to in this life. “I have accepted Christ as my Savior. I live my life on this earth until I die. Then I go and be with God in Heaven.” That is it for so many. There is so much more. Christians live in the same world as those without Christ. We live with the hurts and pains of life. There is uncertainty of the future. We witness poverty, hunger, disease. We have witnessed a degeneration in the present generation of spiritual hunger. For so many there is no longer a hope to be fulfilled. It is important for us who have made a confession of faith to “hold fast the confession of our hope.” We cannot waver in who we are as Christians. If we do not do not hold fast to our profession of hope, then how can we expect others to. Our faithfulness to Christ is not found in who we are but in the One who is truly faithful, Jesus Himself. God never promised a life of ease. God never promised worldly riches, nor great health. God did not promise a paradise on this earth. He did give us a greater promise than Himself. He promised He would never leave us nor forsake us. Jesus promised the Paraclete; the One who would walk along side us. He would not only be with us but be in us.

Daily Devotion (April 21, 2017) “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:26–27) No one ever counseled me on what baptism was about when I was saved. At age six I accepted Christ as Savior. I was baptized at Linwood Baptist Church. That was where my spiritual and physical baptism took place. Both were important. The water baptism was an outward testimony of my spiritual baptism. There are many who have undergone physical baptism who will spend eternity in Hell. What!! How can you say that? Because water baptism does not save. It is the spiritual baptism that is important. Spiritual baptism takes place inside of us. It is our being immersed in Christ. Paul says, “were baptized into Christ” not “baptized” in the Jordan River, or the waters where we may live. Before we were saved we were clothed in the unrighteousness of Adam. When we were “baptized into Christ” our lives changed for eternity. John Donne wrote, We think that Paradise and Calvary, Christ’s cross, and Adam’s tree stood in one place; Look, Lord, and find both Adams met in me. As the first Adam’s sweat surrounds my face, May the last Adam’s blood my soul embrace. Outside of the baptism in Christ we have no power over the lostness found in the first Adam. We can be physically baptized every day of our lives and still miss Heaven. The Preachers commentary is helpful in explaining this about spiritual baptism. “Baptism then means at least three things: one, to be immersed in Christ’s character; two, to take up His Cross; and, three, to receive the power of His Spirit.” Outside of “spiritual baptism” we have none of these and are doomed in the sweat of the First Adam.

Daily Devotion (April 20, 2017) “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.” (Romans 10:1) The lady said, “all preachers tell me is I need to be in church.” I shared with her what people need is Jesus. When we have accepted Jesus in our life, then “being in church” becomes important. A pastor was given a plaque by one of his friends which read, “When you’re up to your waist in crocodiles, remember your objective was to drain the swamp.” We cannot change a crocodile from being a crocodile, but we can let the Holy Spirit use us to share Jesus with the lost. God does the changing. The world, our nation, state, and community are filled with crocodiles. We can legislate, govern and place rules in peoples lives and they will not change. Or, we can present Jesus to them and watch God work His miraculous act of changing crocodiles. I looked for an antonym for crocodile. I found none. So, we see God do the impossible. We need to remember why we are doing what we do. God calls us to do His will. “Draining the swamp” is not easy. God calls us to be His instruments in doing the impossible, to go beyond our capabilities. God placed a desire in Paul’s heart to see people saved. God places the same desire in our hearts. How God chooses to use us is His plan for our lives. A person will never be changed outside of Jesus. I want to see people in church, but it is only Jesus who can save.

Daily Devotion (April 19, 2017) “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 150:6, NKJV) I have to be honest, there are sometimes I just do not feel like praising God. Like this morning, I did not sleep well, headache, nose stopped up (is it possible I could have an allergic reaction to something on the outside?), even my computer is rebelling against me. I am so glad someone told me long ago never make decisions based on feelings. They can lead you astray. So, when God tells us to praise Him, and by the way, He has the right to do so, what do we do? We praise the Lord! Psalm 42:5 says, "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance." Our hope in God is not based on feelings but on fact. Feelings come and go. God is constant. He is always God. Circumstances in life change, God and never changes. In Psalm 103:1, David demanded his soul to praise the Lord. He said, "Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!" We have control over our thoughts. We can change how we think. Psalm 103:2-5, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." We can count our blessings. Some may say, “What blessings?” Each of us has been blessed. Move from thinking in the dark to the light of Jesus. When we start looking at all God has blessed us with the praise will come. For me, listening to what I consider good Christian music helps. Reading Scripture or talking to others about God helps me move to an attitude of praise. Just writing this has helped my attitude of praise this morning. So, as the psalmist says, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”