|Welcome. I am Pastor Bruce McCaffety. I was born on November 3, 1974. Due to my mother being 12 years old when I was born, I was raised by my grandparents. My family being unbelievers, I was raised not knowing God. At one point my mom lived across the street from a Baptist church for several years, and though I would spend most every weekend with her, I never attended church. My earliest memories of life with my grandparents consist of love toward me, though there was a lot of drinking and fighting between themselves.|
|My grandfather was very strict and set a high standard for me. He himself did not live up to or model it before me. As a result, I became confused and though I attempted to conform outwardly, I entertained thoughts of rebellion inwardly. At the age of fourteen I decided - to the heartbreak of my grandparents - it was time for me to exercise my own will. I decided to move in with my mother, who by now had four other children, and due to work and other things was unable to keep a constant eye on them. I saw this as a chance to have it my way and that is exactly what I did.|
|As the years went by, my life - now in my own hands - began to spiral downward and I hit what I thought at the time to be the bottom. Now at the age of 20, I found myself jobless and homeless. My mom had remarried, and due to some decisions I had made, I was no longer welcome to live in her home. Not knowing what to do or where to turn, I thought of my grandparents whom I had walked out on six years before. Despite the heartache I had caused them, they allowed me to come home. Though the strained relationship began to mend, I continued to live the lifestyle I had become accustomed to in my years away. As time went on, I got a job, bought a car, and had some money saved. I thought I had reached the top. Finally, I was in complete control of my life.|
|Then, while at my cousin's house on Saturday March 30, 1996, just over a year after moving back in with my grandparents, I received a phone call from my mother informing me that my grandfather, who I had been with just the night before, had died of a massive heart attack. Suddenly, my world came crashing down! Having never known my father, my grandfather filled that void. Now he was gone. I never knew how much he meant to me, how much I loved him, until that moment.|
|Questions began racing through my mind; questions I had never thought about; questions that seemed at the time unanswerable. "Where is my grandpa now? What about the fishing trip we had discussed just the night before? What about his dreams of traveling the country with my grandmother? What if that was me lying in that casket? What is life? Is it even worth living?" These questions haunted me day and night.|
|On April 2, 1996, the day of the funeral, I sat at the funeral home as different ones stood to speak. Some spoke of fond memories; some tried to offer words of comfort; some read poems they had written. I simply sat wondering when this nightmare would end, where my grandpa was, and what was to become of me.|
|Then it was time for the minister to speak. He did not know our family and we did not know him. As he stood with Bible in hand, he read from John 14. As he preached, I hung on every word. All my questions seemed to be answered by this stranger. Though this message was foreign to me, I believed every word. As he ended his message, he said that these things were only available to those who were in Christ. This was something I had never heard before, and yet that is exactly where I wanted to be. That day at the age of 21, as he prayed, I too prayed, asking God to take control of the life I had so desperately wanted to control. He did, and as a result I left the funeral home a new creature IN CHRIST.|
|On February 2, 2014, I was ordained as pastor at Candlestick Baptist Church. God has given us wonderful people who love Him, His Word, and His Ministry. We are a Bible preaching, Christ centered church. You are wanted and you will be welcome to worship and serve the Lord with us.|
Who am I? The question of who Jesus is has been asked and answered by multitudes. It was asked by Jesus himself in Matthew 16:13. The answer revealed that he was thought to be John the Baptist, or Elijah, or Jeremiah, or one of the Prophets. Many have confessed him to be a Prophet or a Good Teacher, or a Good Man. He was all of these, but infinitely more! Simon Peter answered the question in Matthew 16:16: "Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God...". Jesus told Peter that his correct answer had come not from flesh and blood, but by revelation from God the Father.
This is my Son! God the Father proclaimed Jesus as His beloved Son in whom he was well pleased (Matthew 3:16-17). In John 3:16, Jesus is the only begotten Son whom the Father gave for the life of whosoever would believe in him. He was and is God in the flesh (John 1:15, Phillipians 2:5-11, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Hebrews 1:8-9, 1 John 1:1-3).
The only Saviour! Jesus Christ is the the only Saviour of the world (Isaiah 43:11, 1 John 4:14, Acts 4:12). There is no other way to have forgiveness of sins, a new birth, and come to God the Father, but
by Jesus Christ (John 14:6). He is the only mediator between God and men. No other entity, be they angel or man, can stand between you and the God of all flesh (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
Conqueror of death! It was because Jesus confessed God to be His Father that the Jews sought to kill Him (John 5:17-18). Jesus was crucified on calvary's cross as was determined by God the Father (Acts 2:22-23). Jesus did die for the sins of the world. He lay down His life willingly, no one took it from him. Then on the third day, God raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 2:24).
Pilate's dilemma! Pilate asked a question that all must answer: What shall I then do with Jesus which is called Christ? (Matthew 27:22) Their answer: "Let him be crucified!"
What do you do today? You must crucify him, or crown him Lord and Saviour of your life. Neutral you cannot be! You are either for Him or against Him (Matthew 12:30). Would you own Him today in saving faith? He will answer and save your never dying soul! (Romans 10:9-13)