Welcome to a site devoted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s my desire that the Lord would use these pages to proclaim His Gospel, to invite people to put their trust in Him, to build His Ekklesia, and to warn of false gospels, false messiahs, and counterfeit religious systems.
About the Editor (updated 6/3/2017)
My name is Jim Baumgaertel. I live in Port Orchard, Washington State with my wife, Kim. We have four adult children and three grandchildren. We are a part of an assembly, Harbor Bible Church, that meets in a rented building. Our church has a plurality of leadership with no professional clergymen. The elders and other brothers share in the teaching. House churches are very biblical. I advocate church fellowships that have a true plurality of leadership whether they meet in houses or other buildings. For more of my testimony please see my “Introduction” or “The Summer of 76“. For more insight into my understanding of scripture please see my “Statement of Faith“. The Statement of Faith is subject to change as I pray that I would continue to be “transformed by the renewing of” my mind (Romans 12:2) as I trust in Jesus, by the work of the Holy Spirit, according to God’s Word, the Bible. I want the Bible to be the standard of Truth, not mine or anyone’s “Statement of Faith”!
This website was first posted in May of 1998. Much of the material on this site is based on a presentation I was giving to groups and individuals from about 1987 to 1994.
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ…”
I am a retired engineer and formerly worked in a shipyard. I now help to lead our local church assembly and I teach home schooled students with my wife. [email me]
Kim worked very hard, by the grace of God, to home school our children. We are grateful that one is a PhD physicist, another is an engineer, another speaks Moroccan Arabic, and another is a nurse. We are very blessed to have our daughter-in-law, and two sons-in-law.
I was raised in a protestant home. About the time I was in junior high school I stopped going to church services. From then on I variously called my self an agnostic or atheist. In college, I began to wonder if there was a God. During that time and for a year after graduation I “investigated” Mormonism and tried Transcendental Meditation. But it was during the time my first wife divorced me that the Lord Jesus miraculously intervened in my life. I became a child of God and began to follow the Lord Jesus Christ the summer of 1976 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Kim and I were married in 1981. I know that Jesus loves me because the Bible tells me so. One way our Lord as blessed me with His love is by bringing Kim into my life… and my children and grandchildren. Grateful for our Family
Since I became a Christian, I’ve fellowshipped in a variety of institutional church organizations: Assembly of God, Calvary Chapels, Community Bible Fellowship and others. But throughout that time, the blessing of God in New Testament Fellowship always came through relationships and meetings in homes and the intertwining of lives… in spite of the institutional “churchianity” structures. We are grateful for Biblical house churches and for all assemblies that follow a New Testament pattern. For sincere, true New Testament Fellowship, I am grateful to God.
You have nothing to fear from me. I have no constituency; no following. Even my closest friends don’t take me seriously! I have no power, so there’s no need to pay any attention to what I say. Unless, of course… I say something that happens to be Biblical. Then I encourage you to agree and respond to it, not because I said it, but because it’s Biblical! The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
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Most of the articles on this site are written by me. There are several reviews of other peoples’ books or articles, written by me, both critical and supportive. I’ve tried to make it clear when articles I’ve posted are written by someone else.
Feel free to distribute any of my articles electronically or in printed form, whether you agree with me or are wanting to refute me. Either way I would like to hear from you about your use of my articles. You may link to this site or post any of my articles on your site. Please email me and let me know. Another website that posts my articles or links to my website is not necessarily endorsed by me.
About the Logo/Banner: The left side is a photo of a lamp that shows a vine and branches and fruit: John 15:5. We, the Church, are the branches abiding in the Vine, Christ Jesus. My son took the photo of the lamp in the home of my mother-in-law and step father-in-law. The lamp was made by my mother-in-law’s late brother-in-law.