Friday, October 30, 2015

Visit the Bates at Church

Are you looking for a church near Knoxville, Tennessee? The Bates family attends Bible Baptist Church of East Tennessee, a congregation that meets in the Holiday Inn Express Conference Room at 111 Hillvale Road in Clinton. Service times are 10:00am, 11:00am, and 6:00pm on Sundays and 7:00pm on Wednesdays.

In addition to his job as owner and operator of Bates Tree Service, Gil Bates pastors at Bible Baptist.

Carlin Bates (then age 16) and Gil Bates in California, 2014


Photo courtesy of the Bates family

17 comments:

  1. They must have short services to have them so close together.

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  2. I just wish I DID live near Knoxville so I could attend Bible Baptist Church!!!

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  3. Do his religion allow Christmas trees?

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  4. If I weren't so far away, I'd be there tomorrow.

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  5. my family is thinking of visiting, has anyone been to their church?

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  6. We are vacationing in Tennessee in August. We hope to stop in for prayer meeting. 😊

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  7. The 10:00 o'clock service is Sunday School and the 11:00 o'clock service is the worship sevice. It is the standard Baptist service with worship music and the preaching of God's word from the Bible.The family is extremely friendly and down to earth just as you see on TV. They are the real thing.

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  8. I forgot to mention we were passing through the area when we visited the church. If you are vacationing in the Gatinburg area it isn't to far.

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  9. Is the service still held at the Holiday Inn?

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  10. Me and my family are coming for Vaca in gatlinburg in a couple weeks. We are considering attending here for Wednesday night service

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  11. Hi,

    I sent an email to the church regarding a question and received an email back stating that the email address is no longer active. Do you know the current email address or how I could contact them? The email address info@biblebaptisteasttn.com did not work. Thank you for your help!

    Blessings!

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    1. Hi Mom For Christ,

      We will let the Bates know that there seems to be a problem with their email address. That is the only email address that the church currently has. May we ask what your question is?

      Lily and Ellie

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    2. Hi Lily and Ellie!

      Thank you for your response. My email was about my recent desire to dress modestly. My family and I absolutely adore the family and show. My husband and I recently found Mr. Bates' sermons on their church website and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to them.

      I have had dressing modestly on my heart for a while now and wanted to see what encouraged the family to begin wearing skirts? I was reminded of this desire once again while my husband and I listened to Mr. Bates' sermon about "Departing or Being Destroyed". I want to make the right choice and depart from the things God desires us to flee from.

      I have never dressed immodestly, but would like to know what Bible verses or thoughts helped the family decide to wear skirts and dresses? Are there specific verses that state this? God tells us that our bodies are His temple; therefore, I want to do everything to praise and glorify Him, including dressing appropriately. I want to make the right choice and depart from pants and other clothing items if necessary, but would like some guidance first.

      I have also noticed that some of the daughters have chosen to wear pants on occasion. I was curious to know what encouraged those choices and how they decided pants or skirts were best?

      Thank you so much for your help and guidance. I look forward to hearing from you all.

      Blessings!

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  12. Hello,
    Lily and Ellie would you happen to know if the Bates are "Calvinists" or "Armenians"? I myself am a "Calvinist". I'd appreciate a response.
    Thanks
    Jerry

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    1. Hi Jerry,

      The Bates are Baptist, and many Baptist churches prefer not to take an official stance on either Calvinism or Arminianism.

      Hope this answers your question.
      Lily and Ellie

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