God's Plan of Salvation
The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven.
Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6)
Good works cannot save you.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Trust Jesus Christ today! Here's what you must do:
1. Admit you are a sinner.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23)
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" (Romans 5:12)
"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:10)
2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).
Jesus said: "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:5)
"And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:" (Acts 17:30)
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9)
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:10)
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" (John 1:12)
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, as a Christian you should:
1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalms 119:105)
2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22)
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Philippians 4:6)
3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" (Matthew 28:19)
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25)
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (2 Timothy 3:16)
4. Tell others about Christ.
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)
"For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!" (1 Corinthians 9:16)
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)
Batley Baptist Church was organized August 24, 1924 when the Rev. Cleve Martin and J.F. Dagley called an organizational meeting of the Baptist people of the Batley community. Before this time, the Baptists of the community were holding services with Methodists of Mt. Tabor Methodist Church. That association dissolved and Methodists moved to the Donovan community.
A member, W.A. Galbraith, deeded the community Baptists two and three-fourths acres of land on Clinton, Rt. 5. The Rev. H.C. Wilson was the first pastor of Batley Baptist Church. In October 1924, the church ordained its first deacons, Jett and C.C. Whedbee.
Over the years, the church was meeting on Batley Road, Clinton, Rt. 5. A building committee composed of church members met in July 1955 and decided to construct another church building. The old church building was torn down and construction began one month later at the site where the old church had stood. Until construction was completed on the new building, church members held services in an old building behind the construction site.
A fellowship hall was added later. A new sanctuary was completed and dedicated in 2004 at which time the previous sanctuary was converted to additional Sunday school rooms. In 2010, a multi-purpose family life center was constructed.
Eddie is a lifelong native of Union County, Tennessee, where he and his wife Debbie now reside in the Plainview community of Corryton. They have two grown children and four grandchildren ranging in age from 18 to 3 years old. Eddie was licensed and ordained as a minister of the Gospel in March 1977. He has served as the Pastor at Union Baptist Church in Luttrell, First Baptist Maynardville, Washburn Baptist Church and Third Baptist Church of Knoxville. He served most recently as the full time Executive Pastor at Clear Springs Baptist in Corryton. Eddie earned his Doctorate Degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary in May 2017. His hobbies are working on the farm and an occasional fishing trip.