Pastor Rick Bettig
Pastor Raphael Gaudio
Pastor of Family Ministries
Building Maintenance Manager
Simply put, we want to spread the W.O.R.D.
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness” Psalm 29:2 ESV
At Creston Baptist Church we believe that we have been created to worship God! The Westminster Catechism asks “What is the chief end of man?” then responds with the following answer, “The chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” So, worship is more than a Sunday church service. It is a Christian’s highest calling. Worship grows out of our relationship with God and a growing understanding of His character. Worshiping God then motivates us to develop sincere relationships with others. While we are thankful for what God does, we worship God for more than that. God is worthy of our worship simply because of who He is – the Creator of the Universe and its sustainer and authority!
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Matthew 28:19 ESV
We are called to ministry that reaches out to the lost and the hurting; to all those with the Gospel who do not know Christ within our local community and beyond. People search in many directions to find peace and meaning in life. Many look only within themselves, content to rely on their own abilities for fulfillment, while others feel there is no way to find significance here on earth.
While there is a resurgence of “spirituality,” these new promises of spiritual freedom actually lead to greater bondage. In spite of searching through many alternatives, people are still frustrated, lonely, hurt, and trapped by sin. They long for peace, joy, fulfillment, and lasting security.
God’s Word proposes only one remedy for this condition. We must be delivered from sin and its consequences to find true peace and fulfillment through God’s Son, Jesus Christ
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV
The essence of God’s nature is perfect love and He demonstrates that love by sending Jesus Christ into the world. “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 ESV). While here, Jesus lived as a perfect human reflection of God’s love. His death on the cross provided the way for your salvation. God sacrificed His own Son so that those who trust Jesus could have eternal life. This was the supreme example of love.
Consider several important truths revealed in John 3:16…
1. The only true God, the Creator and sustainer of the Universe, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, here to die for our sins. God did this in order to cancel out our sin and enable Him, a perfect God, to have a personal relationship with each of us.
2. God did not reserve His love for a select few, but offers it to the whole world.
3. Though under no obligation, God willingly sacrificed His perfect Son to die in our place.
4. The greatness of God’s sacrifice is awesome because Jesus is His only Son.
5. The gift of eternal life is available only as we exclusively trust in Christ’s sacrifice as the only way for our sin to be cancelled or forgiven. If we do not trust that Jesus is the only remedy for our sin, we face eternal death – separation from God.
6. In Christ we are offered both eternal life after our earthly death and God’s joy and peace during this life on earth (John 10:10).
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23 ESV
The Bible is clear: Everyone sins. Even the Apostle Paul, someone who met Jesus face-to-face, proclaimed himself to be “chief’ of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). By weighing out your actions on a scale of good versus evil, you may try to say that you are not a sinner. But you only deceive yourself (1 John 1:8). We are all sinners. One writer of the Psalms says “They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good, not even one” (Psalm 53:3).
No human effort will ever compensate for our sin. Is God being unreasonable? No! He is perfect and holy and holiness cannot tolerate sin. Our sin cannot be covered over; it needs to be cancelled so that our relationship with God can be restored. There is only one remedy for our separation from God: Jesus Christ!
Accepting Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross is the only way to have peace with God, as well as the peace of God. The Good News is that you can know peace with God – peace of mind, of conscience and of soul – if you enter into a relationship with Him through trusting Christ. First John 1:9 (ESV) says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul… There was not a needy person among them… ” Acts 4:32a, 34a
Proclaiming the Gospel is not an end in itself. The preaching of the Gospel creates a fellowship of believers. There is no fellowship or relationship with God prior to salvation, or with Christ or His Spirit. There is no fellowship or relationship with believers until we become believers. At the instant of our salvation we enter fellowship with God and other believers – and it is eternal.
In true fellowship, Christians don’t judge one another, they don’t bite and devour each other, they don’t provoke, envy, lie to one another, speak evil, or grumble about one another. Since true fellowship builds us up – Christians receive one another, are kind and tenderhearted to one another, they forgive one another, practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another, admonish, instruct, submit to one another, comfort one another. This is true fellowship within the body. It is life touching life to bring blessing and spiritual growth. With these truths in mind CBC seeks to pursue ministries that encourage a legacy of strong, healthy, inter-generational relationships that will motivate us to godly living.
“…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 ESV
Discipleship is an important aspect of being a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and is a life-long pursuit toward Christ-likeness. CBC is committed to walking alongside all who have come to faith in Christ as we utilize a variety of ministries “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). We desire that all believers experience consistent, measurable growth in that they may be wise, knowledgeable, obedient, and fruitful servants in the Kingdom of our God.
A Brief History of the Church
As a Baptist church, we are members of the ABA (The Alberta Baptist Association)http://www.ymcanada.com/business-website/www.nab.ca
which is part of the the (North American Baptist Association)