Westside Baptist Church
The Rev. Robert Lehn says Westside Baptist Church in Martinez, where he is pastor, emphasizes biblical teachings.
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Address: 261 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez, GA 30907
Affiliation: Independent church
Services: Sunday worship, 8:30 and 11 a.m.; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; evening services, Sundays at 6 and Wednesdays at 7.
Pastor: Robert Lehn
Congregation size: 175 adults, 175 children
Membership: "We have about 300 to 350 people who call Westside their church," Lehn said, adding that members are mostly from Columbia and Richmond counties.
Founded: July 1983
Known for: "We're a church that majors on teaching and preaching the word of God," Lehn said. "We feel that's what makes disciples and matures disciples. We believe to promote a sound biblical testimonial and true Bible witness for the glory of God."
Music: The church offers traditional hymnals, which are accompanied by piano, organ, trumpet, flute, French horn and trombone.
What would you say to someone who's thinking about giving your church a try?
"If they're serious about their Christianity or if they're really seeking who Christ is, then we certainly are a good place to visit," he said. "We are not trying to entertain people. We are trying to edify people."
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the faithful today?
"I would say the authority of the word of God," he said. "The word of God gives credibility to what we say, and that has to be emphasized. When what man thinks versus what God's word says comes into play, I think, there has to be just the realization that God's word has to trump whatever we think. The spirit of God is the one who works through the word of God. He doesn't work through what we think. He works through what he says in his word. Our biggest issue is to make sure the word of God is our rule of faith and practice.''
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