Thank you for visiting Howard Memorial on the web! It is certainly not by accident that you are reading this introduction right now.
You see, one Friday afternoon, nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth was nailed to a cross and crucified at the hands of the Roman government and Jewish leaders. His crime? He was accused of being The King of the Jews. Doesn’t make sense, does it? That is not the whole story. Jesus was not just a man; He is God in human flesh! He was not executed, he willingly gave up his life as a sacrifice. “Sacrifice for what?” you might ask. I’m glad you asked! Life for you and for me! Actually, God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believe in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16.
The Bible calls this being Saved.
What does it mean to be Saved? The Bible tells us that because Adam and Eve disobeyed God, sin entered into the entire human race (Romans 5). Every human, (except One), since the first couple Adam and Eve, suffers from the plague of sin. Sin is separation and rebellion against God. The Bible states that sin destroys us. This is not hard to believe, just look around at our society! We see the effects of sin, and the havoc and misery that it spreads. These devastating situations are sad, God is very hurt by all of this as well. Humans have attempted every effort to solve these problems, but to no avail. Education, psychology, money, ethics, nothing seems to help.
In order for sin to be conquered, there must be an overcoming power against it. That is why Jesus died, and rose from the dead. He paid the penalty of death in your place, and rose from the dead in victory over sin. The Bible says that when we admit to God that we are a sinner, and ask for forgiveness, He pardons us completely, cleanses us from all sin, and empowers us by His Holy Spirit to live in harmony with Him, and one another. The Bible calls this being Saved, and we appropriate this by belief, or what the Bible calls faith.
We would rejoice to know that you have made this decision. We look forward to seeing you in a worship service, soon!
Bro. Rondal Killgore, Pastor.