Going to Heaven?
Pastor Wendell Thacker has been serving the Lord in various ways for the past 40 years as a pastor, teacher, pianist and youth outreach minister. He is married to Kathleen and together they have 6 amazing adult children and 9 precious grandkids
He has a B.A in Secondary Teaching from Valparaiso University 1978; and an ASP Masters Supplement in Biblical Exposition from Moody Bible Institute 1979.
He was saved at the age of 8 on the last day of revival services at a small church in Chicago, IL. It was during Sunday School that he realized that he was indeed a sinner who could not save himself, and that he needed to come to the Lord Jesus Christ for Salvation. He continued to grow in the Lord and surrendered as a 13 year old boy to the Gospel Ministry during Revival Services at Faith Baptist Church in Melrose Park, IL. He left to attend college at Valparaiso in 1974, but remained focused on sharing his faith with all who would listen.
During college, Pastor Wendell served as the youth pastor at Faith Baptist on weekends. He continued in this role after graduation in 1978 from Valparaiso and sought further schooling with Graduate level work at Moody Bible Institute during 1979. In the Spring of 1984 he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry under the authority of Faith Baptist Church in Melrose Park, IL. After 14 years as Youth Director of Faith Baptist, he assumed the church pastorate in August 1988. He served in this position until leaving in 1995 to pursue God’s calling in general ministry to various faiths in the area of revivals, VBS programs, Pulpit Supply, Interim Pastor, piano supply and voice soloist.
Pastor Wendell is faithful in teaching and preaching the word of God and does so without compromise or apology.
Pastor Wendell welcomes the opportunity to meet new people and minister at St. John's UCC in Crown Point, IN since November 2015. Kathy enjoys working and ministering to kids in our weekly children's programs. God is still working in the hearts and lives of people to draw them closer to Him. Let us lead people to our Savior and meet folks at the point of their needs.
Come by and visit us any Sunday at 10 AM! If you are looking for a church to call "Home" we would love to have you stop by! God bless!
ALL "Upcoming Events" :
ALL "Upcoming Events"
Fall Bible Study is in full swing most every Wednesday at 1 PM! We will studythe Life of Moses and Joshua as God led His people out of Egypt. Come with your questions!! All are welcome. We meet in the church library.
Cedar Creek Nursing Home Ministry in Lowell is slated for October 2nd! Meet at the facility around 4:30 pm ready to sing and praise the Lord! Blessings are guaranteed!
3rd Sunday Sing returns on October 20! Come out and sing your favorites!
October is MEMBERSHIP MONTH at St John's! We plan to honor ALL new and old members on Sunday October 27th! Be with us!
MEMBERSHIP at St John's UCC is ongoing! Welcoming new Members each Sunday! St John's Church need YOU!! Would love to have you join us!! See Pastor Wendell for further information!
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit;
born of the Virgin Mary;
suffered under Pontius Pilate;
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell;
the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven;
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the One Holy Universal Christian church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
Going to Heaven?
Before one can a know the answer to this question, there are a few things you must know.
First of all, God's Book, the Bible, states that we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Sin would be anything that we do, say or think that goes against God’s law. This would include things like lying, cheating, stealing, lusting, hating, coveting, and the list goes on. The simple truth is that we are all sinners.
Secondly, God continues to explain the consequence for our sin as seen in Romans 6:23, where the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death.” This is referring to eternal death. As a result of our sin, we deserve death, or eternal separation from God. This death takes place in the Lake of Fire. The inhabitants of this place are described as being “tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). Despite God’s love, He is holy and cannot allow any sin into heaven.
Romans 6:23 does not stop with the penalty of sin, but continues with, “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This gift of eternal life is described in I Corinthians 15:3,4, “Christ died for our sins . . . he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth. Being God, He lived a perfect life without sin. His perfection enabled Him to pay the penalty for our sin. For, if He had sinned He would have deserved the same fate as us, but He didn’t. I Peter 2:24 says, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree.” After dying on the cross, Christ was buried, but the Bible says that He rose from the dead the third day. Christ’s resurrection demonstrates that He has power over death, and the power to save us from the lake of fire.
Just like receiving a gift from any other person, there is nothing that you need to do or can do in order to obtain it; salvation is not earned, "For by grace are ye saved through faith . . . not of works" (Ephesians 2:8-9). The Bible simply says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). This means that all you need to do is believe on Jesus Christ alone to save you. In the Bible's words, it is repenting. Repenting is making a change of min that will lead to a new direction. The only hope of deliverance is a total change of mind concerning your sinful condition and inability to change it, and turning to Jesus Christ as the only Savior. It is not just enough to believe about Jesus, but to personally depend on Him alone to save you. “Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This means that you must reject what the world tells you about how you need to work your way to go to heaven and instead simply trust in Christ alone to save you, realizing that you cannot save yourself. If you would like to decide to trust Christ to save you today, tell God your decision. Tell Him you realize that because of your sin you deserve eternal death, but you know that Jesus took the full payment for your sin, and you are depending on Him alone to save you. Once you trust Christ to save you, you can know that you are saved because of God’s promise in the Bible, and you can thank God for His wonderful gift to you.
If you have trusted Jesus Christ to save you, the Bible says, “No man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:29). This means once you are saved by God, no one can undo it, because no one is more powerful than God. You are saved forever.
If you have made the decision to trust Christ as your Savior as a result of reading this, please let us know -we'd love to hear!
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.