Howard answers your questions
Howard Norgaard is former Chair of BBC’s Deacon Board, former missionary and former school principal. He will answer some questions you might have:
What’s this business about a personal relationship with Jesus?
To have a personal relationship with another person you need to know all you can about him. You can only know about Jesus by reading about Him in the Bible. We see that he loved us so much he gave His life for us. He has experienced every hard thing anyone has experienced. He asks us to put our worries on Him because he cares for us. That is personal and that is a relationship.
Proverbs 18:24; John 15:13; I Peter 5:7; 1 Corinthians 10:13
Is heaven for real?
A simple answer is “YES!” “Heaven” or "the heavens” in the Bible sometimes refers what is outside of or beyond earth. Heaven is also used in the Bible to tell where Jesus went to be with His Father. God has promised that those who accept Jesus Christ’s sacrifice as forgiveness for their own sin will spend eternity in heaven with Christ. We do not get to heaven by being good enough, but by believing in Christ for salvation, also referred to as being saved and born again.
Genesis 2:1; 1 Chronicles 27:23; John 14:1-3
What is sin?
Sin is disobedience to God. This sin can be doing things that we shouldn’t do, or not doing things that we should do. It is a common problem among people because all have sinned except for Jesus Christ. Sin separates us from God and will result in eternal death. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of all mankind and we can accept His death for ourselves to receive forgiveness.
Romans 3:23; 6:23
Why go to church?
The Bible tells us we should get together regularly with other Christians. We can learn about God. We can meet and enjoy other people who believe as we do. We can get help with our daily challenges. We can pray together with friends. We can sing together. Just attending church won’t get us to heaven, but can show us how to get there. Going to church won’t make us good, but it can give us a better understanding of how we should live our lives.
Hebrews 10:25; 2 Peter 3:18
What’s the deal with baptism?
In Acts there are many instances of people being baptized. Each time, they are baptized after they believed. Peter and Paul preached that people should believe the gospel and then be baptized. It does not suggest that baptism will save a person; it is an act of obedience following salvation.
Acts 2:38; 2:41; 8:12; 8:13; 8:36; 9:18; 10:47; 16:15; 16:33; 18:8; 19:5
What does it mean to be Baptist?
It means that the members of our local church make decisions concerning our beliefs based entirely on the Bible. It means that my church practices believer’s baptism. My baptism followed my belief in Jesus Christ. It means that I believe in baptism by immersion as a symbol of dying, being buried, and rising again in Christ.