Welcome to the official website of Austin Avenue Baptist Church. We are located in Marietta, Georgia, and are a small but growing group of King James Version Bible believers. We meet every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. for Bible study. Worship services are every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. All services are led by Brother Arthur Reece, who has pastored our Church for more than eleven (11) years.
Our address is 94 Austin Avenue, Marietta, Georgia, 30060, and we are at the corner of Lawrence Street and Austin Avenue. We have lots of room and even more opportunity for those who love The Lord and for all those who are called according to His purpose!
Come join us!
My name is Bro. Arthur Reece, and I would like invite you to visit our church. We are a friendly, sincere fellowship of Bible believing Christians. Our purpose is to win the Lost to Jesus Christ, so that they may receive the wonderful gift of salvation. We also want to help believers to grow in grace and the knowledge of God’s Word.
We desire to follow the Word of God and be led by the Spirit in all things. We also believe that God’s people are to live a holy life, not just in church, but everywhere. We hope you will come and visit us. May the Lord bless, is our sincere prayer in Jesus’ Name.
Sunday Morning 11:00
Wednesday Evening 7:30
Independent , Fundamental, Bible Believing (KJV)
Southeast Corner of Lawrence St. & Austin Ave.
The Gospel of Christ
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…” (Rom.1:16) The apostles preached this gospel, and it is still being preached today. If you have never been SAVED by the Grace of God, then you need to call upon Him today. For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13) When you call upon Him, you are confessing that you are a sinner and you need a Saviour. “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2: 8, 9) “… according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” (Titus 3:5)
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross for your sins, He was buried and rose again the third day. He shed His precious blood for the remission (forgiveness) of your sins. He said to Repent and Believe the Gospel. Repent means to be sorry for your sins and turn from them. Sin is the transgression of the law of God (The Ten Commandments.) In the New Testament, Jesus explained that sin was not just the outward actions of doing evil. He told us that sin begins in our hearts. He laid the axe to the root of the problem: sin in a person’s heart. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23)
The apostle Peter preached unto the thousands of Jews that were gathered in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. He commanded them to submit to the authority of Jesus Christ, not only by being baptized, but by totally renouncing their life of sin. Then they would receive the forgiveness of their sins. Are you willing to turn from your sins, by faith, and be identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection? Will you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Then you will be born again of the Spirit. Jesus said, Except a man is born again, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. (John 3: 3, 5) This is more than being religious, it is receiving eternal life. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6: 23)
Remember, God is a merciful God and He loves you. Will you come to Him, now, before it is too late? “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) Yes, the Lord will wash away your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness, through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. His Holy Spirit will enter your heart and change your life. Jesus is still calling you, “Come unto Me and I will give you rest for your soul.”
NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME,
NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.
(II COR. 6:2)
There is One God. He is a Spirit, and His only body is that of His Son, Jesus Christ. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (I Timothy 3:16) The Godhead is manifested as the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. There are not three Gods, but One God. The word “trinity” is not in the Bible. Neither are the words “first person, second person and third person of the trinity” in the Bible. These are terms that the Catholic church brought into the religion of Rome, about the year 325 A.D. From there it spread throughout the world.
“In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD. The WORD was made flesh…” (John chapter 1) The Lord Jesus Christ is called the WORD OF GOD in many places in the Bible. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the manifestation of God in the Flesh. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin. He was holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners. He was perfect and without sin. When Thomas cried out, My Lord and my God, he was not using the Lord’s name in vain. Neither did Jesus correct him. Thomas had the assurance of the resurrection of Christ, and the faith to make his confession of Who Jesus Christ was, and is. Yes, this is our “great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13) “For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9) In John chapter 14, Jesus explained how that the Father dwells in Him, and He in the Father. He also said that if you had seen Him, that you had seen the Father. In John 10:30, Jesus said, I and My Father are ONE. Another important statement wasI when He said, Before Abraham was, I AM. Thus identifying Himself as the ONE who spoke to Moses. Moses asked God, Whom shall I tell them sent me? God answered Moses, Tell them I AM has sent you.
In the next two verses, we are told plainly that the virgin shall bring forth God’s Son, Jesus, and call Him Immanuel (Emmanuel) which means GOD WITH US. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23) In the next verse, the prophet Isaiah also tells us who this Son shall be. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) The Lord Jesus Christ is speaking in this next verse, to John the apostle, as well as to us, that He is the Almighty. “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8)
When we look at the Scriptures together, we can understand the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST, that He is God with us, the Almighty God, the Everlasting Father, and at the same time He is the Prince of Peace and The Son of the Living God. God came in the flesh, so He could shed His precious blood for the remission of our sins. We have a wonderful, great God and Saviour, all in ONE and His name is JESUS CHRIST.
“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” (Isaiah 35:8) The Way of Holiness is still in the Bible. But, it is not still in many of the churches of our generation. It seems strange that something that the Bible says is essential to salvation should be left out of today’s preaching. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14) Many professing Christians will no longer listen to the plain teachings of God’s Word. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and be turned unto fables.” (II Timothy 4:3&4)
Where have all the old fashioned, Spirit filled preachers gone? “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1:21) It’s no wonder that people can’t endure sound doctrine, because they either don’t ever hear it, or it’s so seldom that they do hear it, that it seems strange to them. Apparently, most church people are not interested in holiness, either in church or in their every day life. If anyone wanted to follow an example of holiness, that example might be hard to find in the worldly churches of this generation. There was a day when preachers would preach the Word of God, without fear. Now, most of them are afraid to preach how we should dress and act. “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” (Deut. 22:5) The Bible also teaches about modesty. “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array. But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” (I Timothy 2:9&10) Nowadays to look at some people, you can’t tell if they are a man or a woman. This is a shame and disgrace. “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” (I Cor. 11:14&15)
Therefore, what should we do to be sure that we are right with God? “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (II Cor. 7:1) Although we have given many scriptures concerning holiness, there may be some who read this and think we don’t write enough about grace. But, we certainly believe that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The following scripture tells us about God’s grace. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly 5lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” (Titus 2:11&12) Another scripture that speaks about our Christian lives under grace, is the following. “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28&29)
It is most likely that many professing Christians are so worldly, because they were never really saved. Another thing that is often left out of today’s preaching is REPENTANCE. Jesus, John the Baptist and all the apostles preached repentance. “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 3:1&2) “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 4:17) Jesus also preached, “I tell you, Nay; but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3) After Christ rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples, He commanded them to preach the gospel and tell their hearers that they must repent and believe.“And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46&47) So, beginning at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, they obeyed Christ’s command. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)
In conclusion, let us consider the question: Are we really in the faith? “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith: prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (II Cor.13:5) Will you be accounted as faithful, when you stand before the Lord on judgment day? Will you have the testimony that Paul had at the end of his life?
”I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (II Tim. 4:7) Let me encourage you to not only keep the faith, but to continue in the faith. “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel…” (Col. 1:23) Real faith will have the evidence of obedience. “…for obedience to the faith among all nations, for His name.” (Romans 1:5) The Bible describes what the Saints are like. “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12)
The Elijah Message
by Arthur Reece
“To make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). Some think this place is up in heaven. Others think it is a mansion in the sky. But, you can read about it in the Word of God. It is referring to a place of refuge where the Christians will be protected so that certain ones will survive the coming tribulation that will come upon the whole earth. Not all Christians will go there; but during that time of great trial, many will die for their faith. In the Book of Revelation, chapter 12, it is called “the wilderness.” The scripture says, “The woman (symbolic of the true church) fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent” (Rev. 12:6 & 14).
Several scriptures mention “fleeing into the mountains” near the time when Jesus returns. “And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains… and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee” (Zech. 14:5). Both Elijah and John the Baptist spent time in the wilderness. Our Lord Jesus spent time in the wilderness; as well as Moses – and many others in the Bible. As God provided for the children of Israel in Goshen, when they came out of Egypt, so will he provide for the end time remnant. They will be nourished there for three and a half years. That will be a time, not only of great trials, but also of the saints having total dependence upon God. We will see him do great miracles in providing for us. “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?” (Gen. 18:4). Some people will ridicule this teaching and be like the ones in Moses’ day. “Yea, they spake against God; they said, ‘Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?’” (Psa. 78:19). Yes, that’s exactly what he will do.
Some of the saints will die for standing up for the truth – and not be alive when Jesus comes again. But, if you lose your life for Christ’s sake and the Gospel, you will save it unto Eternal Life. “He that endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13). You must endure, either to the end of your life in the flesh, or to the end of the tribulation. He that is faithful unto death shall receive a crown of life. Through much tribulation shall you enter the Kingdom of God.
“Watch therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36). This verse does not mean that God will take you out of the world before these things come to pass. It means that he will keep you from the evil; and give you the power to escape the pollutions and corruption of the world. Jesus said, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). You will have “…escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Pet. 2:20).
If you are chosen to enter the wilderness during this time, you will be alive when Jesus comes again. Those who remain and are alive shall be caught up to be with the Lord; but the dead in Christ shall rise first. Whether these saints flee to the mountains, or into the wilderness, or to some other place of refuge, the main thing is that we follow the direction of the Lord. He will lead us in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake. This is what the 23rd Psalm is all about.
The Lord is gathering together his Holy Remnant: those who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Come out of the midst of Babylon (the world’s religious and political system that denies the Word of God). “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4). It is time for God’s people to flee from the cities. Not only the natural cities; but the spiritual cities of destruction. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:13-14).
The prophets of Baal are still deceiving many churches into believing the Devil’s lies. Jesus said, “The truth shall make you free.” In Romans, chapter 6, we’re told that we are made free from sin, and become servants of God, and have our fruit unto holiness, and the end is everlasting life. But all who live godly in Christ Jesus still suffer persecution; and Satan is still making war against the saints. The spirit of Jezebel is in the world’s churches, and the pastors are just like Ahab. Even though the prophets of Baal continue to rise up, the End Time message is still coming forth in the Spirit and power of Elijah. Soon the fire will fall and consume all the false prophets. There will be no mercy shown to them. If any come preaching another gospel, let them be accursed!
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful
day of the LORD.” (Mal. 4:5).
As Jesus said that John the Baptist was the Elijah for his generation, his message was to prepare a people for the First Coming of the Lord. The final Elijah Message will prepare a people for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. “He shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17).
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28). “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
(Written September 2010, Edited May 2011)