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We are so glad that you are here.  We hope that you will join us for a Sunday Morning Experience at 11AM.

 
Firehouse Church is a place where doors and hearts are open, where you will encounter spiritual truths about Jesus and who you are meant to be and how that is relevant in today’s culture. Come join in what is happening at Firehouse Church!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Kid’s Ministry

 

Your children are important to us, and that is why we take measures to help them in their faith journey, and to keep them safe.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Fellowship

 

Each month we hold a fellowship meal for us just to get together as family and share interests, laughs, and let’s not forget food.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Worship

 

Worship is important in our relationship with Christ.  We must honor and reverence the one who gave His all, so that we could live.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

--- Our Pastor

 

“You don’t have to let the darkness of your past determine the brightness of your future.”

 
Pastor Jonathan is the founding and lead pastor of Firehouse Church.  He has a heart to see transformation in families, individual lives, and our cities.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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---Upcoming Events

 
 

Free Lunch Saturday

 
 
 Saturday, August 1, 2020, @ 11:00am
 
 
 Firehouse Church 5 Seaboard St. Elberton, Georgia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

United Fellowship with New Doves Creek

 
 
 Sunday, July 12 @ 10:45am
 
 
 New Doves Creek 1000 Doves Creek Church Rd. Elberton, GA 30635
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

--- From The Blog

 

Uncaged

     I wanted to take some time to write from a perspective that you may or may not have. This is not about starting a disagreement, but only to hopefully get you to look at things from another angle.  Often times our perspective of something leads us to believe the way we do, and oftentimes we won’t open our thoughts to a different perspective.  I understand that this perspective will not be recieved by all, because I am specifically looking at it from the stand point of being a Christian.  With that being said, let us dive in.
     Thousands of years ago God created the heavens and the earth and he eventually made man and then made a woman from the man. He put them in a garden with many trees that produced fruit, and they could almost eat of all of them without consequence, but there was this one tree that God specifically told them not to eat of which was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Guess what? They ate of the tree that they were not suppose to eat of and it held some drastic consequences that affected not only them but many others that would come after them.  Now you may ask, if God knew they were going to eat of the tree, then why did He put it there?  I believe that there is a simple answer to that.  God wanted man to have the freedom of choice, and God wanted man to choose to be obedient to Him.  He didn’t want to control man, but God wanted man to have the freedom to choose.  That is the beauty of God’s love that He doesn’t seek to control us, but desires for us to choose to follow Him.
     With that being said, imagine a bird that is in a cage, and all that bird will know as long as it is in the cage is just what lies there in that confinement.  It will never know what it is like to sit on a tree branch and sing.  It will never know what it is like to fly or even soar through the open sky.  There are many things that this bird will not get to experience.  So as long as the bird is caged, it will never really live.  Imagine that bird is set free. It will get to experience life to the fullest. He will have the freedom to come and go as He chooses.  Are there dangers with the bird be in the wild? Of course there is but that is a part of being free.
      Here is what I am trying to convey. I know that there are many views about governors and the president making the very difficult decision to begin reopening the economy.  Here is the beauty in that, they are giving you true freedom, because you have the freedom to come and go as you choose.  Are there dangers out there? Yes there are, but you have the freedom to choose to go or to stay. The freedom of choice is the pinnacle of true freedom.  Before someone misinterprets what I am saying, I am not talking about abortion. Becoming pregnant is a result of a choice, but I do not believe that someone should get to choose abortion without consequences.  However, I would like to say that it amazes me of how many pro-choice people are against the freedom to make their own choice when it comes to the health of their own life reguarding the current pandemic.
     Again, I want to make it clear that this is just one perspective that maybe you have not considered.  Just because some things are reopening doesn’t mean you have to participate.  However, why should you expect the governor or president to make a decision for you? Now you are able to make that decision for yourself.  Just as you must make an eternal decision. All that is going on is temporal, but what about eternal life?  Their is decision that YOU MUST make reguarding your own life and the results of that decision are eternal.  The decision is whether or not you will choose to become a firm believer and follower of Christ.  No one else can govern your decision but you. What is it going to be today? If you don’t know Christ, will you make the decision to know Him today?  I love you all!!

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You Are The Church

     In the middle of all that is going on in our society and around the world right now, it is high time that the church, body of Christ, become united.  It is disheartening for me to go on social media and see people in the church bickering and maybe even being harsh about whether churches should hold physical services or not. There are arguments or disagreements going on from both perspectives.  Some may not even be arguments, but they are statements that can bring harm or hurt to other fellow Christians and maybe the individual posting them may not even realize that they are doing it.  While I even have my own views and perspectives, I don’t believe that we should share them, because these are uncertain times for many, and the worst thing we can do as brothers and sisters in Christ is cause or stir division within the church.  In other words if you see a church having church and you believe they shouldn’t, then just don’t say anything especially on social media where even unbelievers are going to see the discord in the church.  If you see a church not having service and you disagree, it would be best to say nothing on social media for all to see.  If you are going to do anything, then I would recommend having a private message with the leaders of said church.  I would also encourage you to not make statements on social media that are indirectly pointed at church leaders and specific churches.  This is not helping anything, but if anything may be secretly causing and stirring anger in hearts of churches, leaders, and other brothers and sisters in Christ all the while unbelievers are seeing this unfold. 
     You may ask, “what can we do?”  That is a great question. One of the first things that you can do is simply pray.  Pray for government officials, church leaders, and churches that God would direct them, and that they would be sensitive to the Spirit of God in these times.  Let us seek to unify the church.  If your church is holding a physical service but you don’t feel to go, then don’t go but also don’t speak your opinion about them holding a service. If they offer livestreaming then join in and watch. If your church is only offering livestreaming, then join in if at all possible, and participate in whatever way you church is offering. 
     There is one big thing that you can do and that is realize the regardless church is not a building, it is YOU!!!  As I was thinking about writing this a quote came up in my memories on Facebook, and it was a quote for Duncan Campbell. It says, “the kingdom of God is not going to be advanced by our churches becoming filled with men, but by men in our churches becoming filled with God.”  Jesus said in Luke 17:21 that the kingdom of God is within you.  You have to realize that YOU ARE THE CHURCH. It is not the building you attend, or the name on the sign of the building that you attend, but it is you and other brothers and sisters in Christ.  When you leave the building on Sunday, if you are in Christ and Christ in you, then the church leaves with you.  We are all commissioned to Go!! However, if we are bickering and simply complaining about something as simple as whether we are to hold a physical service, then are we really being the church. In 1 Corinthians 1, it says to not let there be ANY divisions among you.  So in this trying time, go be the light and shed encouragement and the good news to all instead of discord.  In this time many unbelievers are searching for something real,  let us be the church we are called to be and show them the light of Christ’s Love.

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What Are the Biblical Qualifications of a Church Leader?

Do you feel called to be a pastor, teacher, prophet, evangelist, or maybe even an apostle?  Have you ever considered what the Bible may have to say about the qualifications for such a position.   While Paul writes about the qualifications of others as well, in this post, I want to specifically look at the qualifications of a church leader which could be any of those 5 roles or  an elder or even a bishop. I am not going to get into the differences of those in this post, but just focus on the qualifications to hold such a position within the church.
    For the sake of this post, I want to share from what Paul wrote to his son in the faith, Timothy, in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. It reads, “This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.” So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?A church leader must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.[d] Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.”(NLT)
   As we read this, it helps us have a clear picture of what is expected of a church leader. Each of these should be attributes of the one who is being asked to lead.  These qualifications, I believe, should be general qualifications across the entirety of the Body of Christ. Let us take a closer look at each of these starting with being above reproach, like what does that even mean?  The King James says that he must be one who is blameless.  In other words he must have a clean slate and unable to be charged with an offense, not because he is above the law or an offense but because he strives to live a pure and reputable life.  
   Secondly, we see that he must be faithful to his wife, or as in the greek he must be the husband of one wife.  It is important that his relationship with his wife is in right standing. He must not be an adulterer.  As we look into being the husband of one wife, we should look at this from two angels. The first is that he only has one wife at a time, and the second is that he should have only been married to one wife within his lifetime.  With that being said, I do believe there is grace for those who were married and divorced before becoming a believer.  It may be better stated that he only has one wife since becoming a believer in Christ. 
   He also must exercise self-control and not be easily swayed or given to temptation.  In line with this, he must live wisely, and make the best decisions possible which in turn will give him a good reputation.  I believe along with self-control that he shouldn’t easily get angry, and have a strong will to abstain from that which appears evil and ungodly.  
   He must also be extremely hospitable and enjoy having people in his home. He should be a lover of people and enjoy having them around.  He must also be able to teach as the Spirit leads, and study to teach the Word of God rightly.
   The next qualification has to do with drinking and can bring about some questions, and can be somewhat unclear as to the expectation of a church leader drinking.  What I do believe is quiet clear is that he should never in any case become drunk. However, the question of whether a church leader can drink at all is not clear.  What we don know is that in the Greek, there are different phrases used to address this issue for a bishop and to address this issue about a deacon.  The King James seems to put it as the bishop should not be given to wine, and the deacon should not be given to much wine.  See the difference.  However, when studying this, I see where it could be translated both ways.  While, I believe the standard may be higher for a bishop or church leader, I also see where there could be a place to  somewhat “justify” having a drink every so often. This must be brought to the conviction of ones heart and the organization through which one is seeking to be ordained.
   The next few qualifications all fall in line with one another. He must not be violent,  but gentle and abstain from fighting.  He must also not be greedy or love money.  We have heard about ministers taking or embezzling money from the church, that is why we must be careful who we appoint.  If they can’t handle their own money well, then that should be a red flag as to whether they can handle the money of the church well.
   We should also be able to see that a church leader is able to manage his own house well.  There should ultimately be peace in his house, and he should love and disclipline his children according to scripture.  This is important because if he can’t lead and manage his household well, and if he can’t love them well, how in the world is he going to manage the house of God?
   We see that he also must not be a new believer but he should have a history of being a faithful follower of Christ.  You don’t give a toddler the keys to a corvette, so why should we give a new believer the authority to manage and oversee the house of God. He should have first cultivated his relationship with Christ, and that should be seen through the life he lives before having the responsibility of a church leader placed on him. 
   Lastly, people outside of the church should speak well of him. This goes along with having a good reputation.  While people outside of the church may not agree with all that we believe, they can tell through the love of Christ shining through us that something is different, and when that love is being displayed to them even though they disagree, it leads to be reputable.
   As you can see, the position of being a church leader is not to be taken lightly.  It is a big responsibility, and I do believe there is a higher standard for church leaders.  If this is something you feel called to do, please check through the biblical qualifications to see if your life is in line with what the Bible says.  The Bible does say that if you desire the position, then you desire a good thing. Spend time cultivating your relationship with Christ and He will lead you. God Bless!!

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