Local church’s Judgment House to impart lessons on making decisions, faith

Published 4:27 pm Friday, September 22, 2017

With scenarios ranging from bullying to abduction, Judgement House has become a phenomenon across the U.S. that hopes to prove even in the wake of tragedy, faith triumphs over all.

Morningside Baptist Church of Bainbridge will be putting on a Judgement House for Decatur County to experience. Pastor Jimmy Dean said he doesn’t think one has ever been held here and people should not have to travel to Albany or Tallahassee to learn this type of lesson.

Morningside has been hoping to put one on for years, Dean said, but they have never had the space. That is when Old West Bainbridge Middle School became available for them to put on the program there. “I’m so thankful the Lord opened this door for us,” Dean said. “That old school building has truly been great for us.”

Morningside has done all types of Evangelistic outreach, such as school outreach programs and hospital ministry, so they felt this could be another great way to get the gospel out. The ministry hopes this Evangelistic drama will help people better understand that the choices they make will have an effect on them.

The church congregation does not expect people to immediately accept the Lord as their Savior after this event, however they do hope counseling helps them come to an eventual decision. “We don’t want this to be a get out of hell free card,” Dean said. “Accepting Christ is the most important decision one can make, and we don’t want people to make that decision on emotion after they go through the scenes.”

If viewers have questions after the drama, or feelings of uncertainty about death, heaven or hell, they are given the opportunity to talk with a counselor. They can continue to follow up with the counselor even after the initial talk.

While Dean hopes this will help bring people to Christ, he said if nothing else this has brought his church and congregation closer together.

The Judgement House performance will be September 27, 28 and 30th. It will also take place October 4, 5 and 7th. The drama is offered at 6- 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 4- 9 p.m. on Saturdays. It will be located at Old West Bainbridge Middle School, 1417 Dothan Road in Bainbridge. They do not recommend it for children under 10, but if people would like to reserve a place for a group of 10 or more they are asked to call 229-254-7110.