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WELCOME TO FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH TROY

Thank you for taking time to visit our website and find out more about FBC Troy. If you are looking for a place to connect with God and with people growing in faith and discipleship, who come together to encourage and support each other through the real struggles of life, we hope you will find your home here with us.

FBC Family,

I'm excited to share with you an upcoming opportunity to enjoy fellowship as a church family as well as reach out and make connections with our community. On October 30th, from 4pm to 7pm, we will hold a "Trunk or Treat" in the church parking lot for any and all who would like to attend. We'll have free food, bounce house, and a campfire that night too.

Our goal is to take advantage of the likelihood that our community will be looking for this kind of event and share with them that we love them, and want them to know Jesus. Here are some important things you need to know.

1. We need everyone's help! The more participants we have the better! Come up with a design for your car and come ready to show it off! We will have prizes for the best decorated entry. Our theme is "Family Games". Trunk decorations should represent your favorite game. Our goal is to keep this "light". If you would like to run a game for those who visit your car please do so! That would make it a lot of fun! We are asking everyone to bring their favorite candy to pass out to guests. The church will have supplement candies for people if they run out. We will also have welcome packets for guests with information about the church.

Please click https://fbctroy.breezechms.com/form/ee533d and let us know if you can make it. Be sure to let us know what game you decide to go with!

2. Help spread the word! - We will have business card sized invites for you to share with people and yard signs too! If you'd like to have a yard sign please contact the office. Invite your friends, family, and neighborhood! Share our Facebook event too!

3. Make this a family event! - If you have kids at home, get them involved! If not, team up with a friend from church and collaborate. Invite your neighbors to help you out! We want as many people that want to help to be able to. This is a really good way to get to know others in the church too.

Recently, at our church picnic we enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and togetherness. Let's keep that going! I can't wait to see what people come up with! Even more than that, I can't wait to share this time together. We need more of that don't we?

Thanks everyone!

Register for VBS 2022
This year's Blast Summer Adventure is going to be epic and your rising K-5th grader is invited!

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We can't wait to share God's love with your kids as we all learn what it means to live "Fully Alive" for God! 
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This year's Blast Summer Adventure is going to be epic and your rising K-5th grader is invited!

Mark June 18-22 on your calendars & Pre-Register today by following the link below!

We can't wait to share God's love with your kids as we all learn what it means to live "Fully Alive" for God!



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Can't wait for BSA!!

Work As Worship

God has a purpose for us on this earth. That calling is to be on mission for God where He has placed us. And since many people spend the majority of their waking hours on the job, we have to stop compartmentalizing life into “spiritual activities” and “work activities.” How are we living examples of the gospel while we work?

You’re invited to the 2017 Work as Worship Retreat, where eleven influential business leaders and pastors will discuss what it looks like to connect faith and work. Taking place as a 1–Day Local Church Retreat on February 23, 2018, the live event in Dallas will be web-streamed at FBC Troy! We hope you can join us!

Join Patrick Lencioni (Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team), Joel Manby (CEO, SeaWorld), Phil Vischer (Creator, VeggieTales and Jellyfish Labs), Wendy Davidson (President, US Specialty Channels Kellogg Company), Matt Chandler (Lead Pastor, The Village Church), and others in a day filled with real-life stories, biblical teaching, and practical wisdom that will equip believers in the marketplace to see their work as an opportunity to care for their families, fulfill their calling, and bring glory to God.

Click here to learn more or register for the Retreat.

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Offering

At FBC Troy, we want to show Christ as indispensable to our community. With the Lord's help we do this by connecting to, growing with, and giving back to any who God leads across our path. Today, we have an opportunity before us to give back to those who find themselves in great need due to hurricane Harvey. FBC would like to challenge its members and friends to do what they can and rise to the occasion and share, in a small way, the love of Christ with the people of Texas.

A special offering will be taken on September 3rd and 10th in each of the worship services. We will be taking donations through the 15th of September after which, the money raised will be given to Samaritan's Purse to be used in their efforts to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of those in the path of Hurricane Harvey. Here's how you can give.

  1. If you use the FBC offering envelopes, designate what portion of the amount given you would like to go to the Hurricane Relief Offering.
  2. If you decide to write a check separate from your regular gift please make it out to FBC Troy and write Hurricane Relief in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to First Baptist Church 53 South Norwich Road Troy, OH 45373
  3. If you would like to make your gift online, go to https://fbctroy.breezechms.com/give/online and select the fund marked "Texas Hurricane - Samaritan's Purse".

Thank you for helping FBC Troy show the kindness of Jesus to those in need.

I'm New

Welcome! We are so excited you have decided to check us out online and hope to see you in person at our next gathering. Walking through the door of a new church can sometimes be a little intimidating when you don’t know what to expect.

Here you will find all the information we could think of to answer the typical questions people have. Once you have explored this page, we hope you will feel excited and comfortable about your first visit even before you get here.

If you find you have questions about something not listed here, just give us a call or send us an e-mail. Our contact information is at the bottom of every page.

First Baptist Church is an unaffiliated church, meaning we don’t belong to any organization that oversees or governs our church. We are a Bible believing and teaching church that is seeking to become a church that is indispensable to our community through CONNECTING with God and others, GROWING in Christ, and GIVING BACK to God through the church and the community.

At FBC Troy we believe that every person that enters our doors is not just a number to be counted. You are a unique creation with a name, a story and you matter A LOT to God. FBC wants to connect with you to know you and learn your story. We want to grow with you and watch how God uses your story to serve others.

Click on Statement of Faith or on Our Core Values to see what we believe and value.

GATHERING TIMES

SUNDAY

9:00AM Adult Bible Study
Children's Programs (Toddler/PreSchool)
BLAST Children's Program (K thru 5th Grade)
Ignite Student Ministries (6th thru 12th Grade)
10:30AM Worship Service
Children's Programs (Toddler/PreSchool)
BLAST Children's Program (K thru 5th Grade)

WEDNESDAY

5:30PM Family Dinner
6:30PM Gopher Pups/Buddies - Preschool
BLAST Children's Program (K thru 5th Grade)
Ignite Student Ministries (6th thru 12th Grade)
Prayer Time & Bible Study
Visitation Ministry

YES! It's "wear some clothes!" All kidding aside, you will see us in a mix of dressy, business casual and casual attire. The focus should be on the worship experience, not what everyone is wearing. God is concerned with what is in your heart so just get comfortable and come visit us!
From the South
I-75 North to exit 74
Turn right off exit ramp
Turn right on Norwich Rd
The church is on the left

From the North
I-75 South to exit 74
Turn left off exit ramp
Turn right onto Norwich
The church is on the left

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There is plenty of parking all around the church. Spots are available near the main entrance that are reserved just for visitors. There is also plenty of handicapped parking near each entrance.

Our Welcome Center is located just inside the front entrance. We encourage you to stop by and pick up information about FBC, ask any questions you have and get directions to where you need to go. We'll also have a small gift for you to show our appreciation for checking us out.

When you enter the worship center, an usher will hand you a worship folder. This folder contains information for the service, announcements and things that are happening. Most of the time there is a handout that can be used while following along with the pastor's message. Our services start with singing and music. We have a mix of traditional and contemporary music and work hard to create an environment that ushers everyone attending into a time of worship. During the music period of our service we have about 3 songs and you will typically hear brief announcements, a scripture reading and there may be a short period of greeting those around us with a handshake. The pastor will share a sermon and then ask everyone to fill out a connection card. The pastor then offers an invitation to anyone who feels led to respond to the sermon or to request prayer. The entire service lasts between an hour and an hour and fifteen minutes. On the first Sunday of the month we share communion. All professing believers in Christ are welcome to participate. We encourage all our guests to sing and take part in our service. Rest assured we will never single you out to say anything or to wear a special name tag. We want you to be comfortable and enjoy your worship experience at FBC, not worry about being put on the spot. So what about that "connection card?" There is no pressure if you don't feel comfortable filling this out. We have a "no hassle guarantee!" But we hope that you will register your presence and give us any feedback you'd like about the service, ask any questions you may have and let us know if you have anything that you would like us to pray about. If you do not want to be contacted, you can note that on the card.

If you have infant through preschool aged children, we have a fully staffed, clean and safe environment with age specific activities that is available during every service. When you sign your child in, both you and the child will receive a matching set of stickers that must be placed on your child and one kept with you. This assures that no one other than the person with the matching sticker can remove the child from the room. Our B.L.A.S.T. program is available during the 9:00am Bible Study and 10:30am services for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Kids in 6th grade on up can attend our Ignite group at 9:00am and attend the main worship service at 10:30am. We take the care and safety of kids very seriously. That's why EVERY person that works with children at our church is required to submit to a background check and to go through a Child Care and Protection Policy course.

So you've attended a service, now what? It's important that you continue to connect with fellow believers in worship and teaching. Jesus told his followers not to forsake this practice.

It's also important that you are growing in your faith and likeness to Jesus. FBC has Life Groups throughout the week and this is a great way to easily make connections and get comfortable. Bible Studies are available at 9:00am on Sunday mornings as well as a Prayer Time and Bible study on Wednesday evenings. These exist to not only help us grow in these qualities, but also allow us to connect with others on a more personal level. Participation in the discussion is encouraged, but if you aren't comfortable, that's fine, too.

We are not only to grow in our faith and likeness to Jesus, we are to put that to use and serve like Jesus did. There are many ways that you can serve, or as we like to call it, giving back, at FBC. There are opportunities to give back within the church, our community and throughout the world.

Information on ways you can connect, grow and give back with FBC are on this website and at our Welcome Center. Visit the links in the corresponding menus to learn more. And if you have questions, feel free to call or e-mail us.

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Meet Our Pastors

Dale Christian, Senior Pastor

What can you tell us about your family?

I have been married to my wife Teresa since July 3, 1982 (she is awesome, you’d like her!) We have a daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Brett Albertini, and precious little granddaughters, Lindsey & Grace. We also have a son, Chad, and daughter-in-law, Melissa. They are all great and love God!

How long have you served in Troy?

I came to FBC as Lead Pastor in August of 1999. We have seen God do some amazing things here in Troy! I was an Assistant Pastor in Danville, IN for 7 years and a Lead Pastor in Ft. Wayne, IN for 12 years prior to coming to FBC, Troy.

What is your passion?

Helping people understand the Word of God so they can live it! I like to preach “Truth applied!” I like to do this through preaching, teaching, and counseling. I view counseling as in-depth discipleship; helping people apply God’s Word to a specific area of need as well as helping them to grow in all areas of life.

What do you like to do when you are not hangin’ out at the church?

I love the outdoors. I enjoy hunting and fishing. I run and lift weights…(to try to stay fit, not win any competitions!) My very favorite thing to do is to spend time with my wife.

Where did you go to school?

I went to Hinckley Elementary School in Hinckley, OH until 4th grade. We moved to Brunswick and I went to Crestview Elementary. I graduated from Brunswick High and Cedarville College (now University). I also graduated from Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA with a Master’s of Ministry. I have been a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly NANC) since 1990.


Doug Magin, Associate Pastor of Connection Ministries

Family:

I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Carol since 1971. We have four wonderful children and three wonderful sons-in-law – Jon, Shari (Joel), Susan (Kent) and Jennifer (Jarid) - and eight awesome grandchildren - Katie, Kenzie, Landon, Carter, Keegan, Jax, Liam and Arielle. All of us live within a 30 mile radius of Troy and gather as a family every holiday and every Friday evening that we can.

Time on staff at FBC:

I came to FBC directly from seminary in 1972 to be Minister of Christian Education and Youth. In 1996 my ministry was broadened to that of Associate Pastor.

Childhood:

I grew up with my parents, one older brother and one older sister (Yes. I was the proverbial “spoiled baby” in the family. At least that’s what my siblings always said). We lived on a small farm in rural, fruit growing, up-state New York (Rochester area). The small Baptist church just a block away was a regular and important part in our lives. It was wonderful.

Favorite Bible Verse:

Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV

Favorite Saying:

Keep on keeping on. 1 Thessalonians 4:1

Favorite Music:

You will find quiet inspirational, instrumental music playing in the background of my office almost continually. I also enjoy Sousa marches and patriotic music.

Favorite Books:

The Little Engine that Could, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Lion and the Mouse, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. (I guess my childhood had a big impact on me.)

Hobbies:

Yard work, aquatics, walking and research.

Passion:

Being used by God to help others grow in their relationship with Him.

Education & Training:

  • Wayne Central High School, Ontario Center, NY, with a love for math and science
  • Master of Arts from Houghton College, Houghton, NY, with major in Religion and minor in math
  • Master of Divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN, with a major in Christian Education
  • Doctor of Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN, with a major in helping people and churches through times of change.
  • Training as a Biblical counselor with The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly known as NANC)
  • Executive Associate with Word of Life (Schroon Lake, NY)

Pastor Nate Beaman, Associate Pastor of Family Life Ministries

Family & Ministry History:

I grew up in New Hampshire. At the age of 16 I trusted Christ and began my journey as a child of God! I have been blessed by Christian family members, friends, and mentors who have taught, guided, and encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. I’m not perfect but I am so thankful for the grace of God in my life as He continues to mold me into His image.

I was married to my beautiful wife, Heidi, in April of 2005. Three years later, while managing a CVS/Pharmacy, God opened the door for me to begin working full time with youth in our church in Concord, NH, as the Pastor of Student Ministries. I was privileged to create and lead our new middle school youth group as well as oversee all of the children’s ministries. During that time God blessed Heidi and me with two children, Jack and Kate. Through the years, God has strengthened our passion for family ministry. We love seeing families grow in God’s grace by seeking wisdom and strength from God’s Word.

In the fall of 2016 we moved to Troy to begin a new chapter in our family’s life! It wasn’t long before we felt at home! To be honest, FBC already felt like our family even before we officially moved here. I’m so thankful for a church that loves and supports us as we seek to raise our children and serve our community.

Hobbies:

I am an avid sports fan. I enjoy rooting for all the professional New England teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, & Bruins). I’m also a loyal University of Michigan fan. And no, that’s not negotiable, even in Ohio. I also enjoy playing golf, hunting, and fishing! Turkey hunting is my favorite. Other than those hobbies I pretty much enjoy doing anything with my kids.

Education:

BA, Humanities – Maranatha Baptist University – 2002

Meet Our Staff

Erica Lunsford - Administrative Assistant

Erica was saved in June of 1994 when she was 11. She was baptized later that same year in October. She married her Husband, Curtis, in September of 2005. In August of 2008, they welcomed their beautiful daughter, Addie. They have 2 cats (Gizmo & Cooper), a bird (Jade), and a gerbil (Fionna).

Erica graduated from Edison with an Associates in Marketing. She worked in retail for 14 years, and became a manager for 9 of those years.

Erica and her family started attending FBC Troy in September of 2018. She has loved it here from day one! If she’s not working in the office, you can often find her serving in BLAST, GLO & Gopher Buddies.

When she’s not at church, she enjoys spending time with family, playing games, going to the zoo, going to the movies & baking. Erica is homeschooling Addie and cares for her Grandmother daily. She’s also a HUGE Kentucky fan (Go Big Blue!!).


Ellen Emsuer - Treasurer


Ron Trostel - Maintenance


Paul Jones - Custodian

Our Mission

Our Mission:

"Becoming a church of reproducing followers of God Empowered by the Spirit of God Through the Word of God To demonstrate Christ-centered living To the glory of God Within The Church The Community and The Cultures of the world

Our Strategy

Connecting with God and others
Growing in Christ-likeness
Giving Back to those around us

Connecting

Your relationships are your lifeline.
Our deepest desire is to connect you with your creator and with others.
Connect with someone from our church, or our church as a whole
Building redemptive relationships
Salvation
Worship Services/Life Groups

Growing

Your life being transformed by the power of God.
Every stop is important; we want to walk beside you on your journey toward spiritual maturity.
New believers/members class
Baptism
Discipleship/Mentoring
Ministry training:
(Life Group leader training, Teacher training, Discipleship, Follow-up training)

Giving Back

Your life has purpose
Discover and unleash God’s design for your life.
Financially to the church
Time and talents through the church ministries and community outreach
Building redemptive relationships

Our Values

The Adoration and Exaltation of God

The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Westminster Shorter Catechism). This is always the underlying feature of our ministry, but also seen directly as we participate in inspirational, corporate worship.
(Ecclesiastes 12:13; Matthew 22:37-38)


Biblical Authority

High view of Scripture – its sufficiency and power is central to our relationships with God and others.
(Psalm 138:2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3-4)


Life-Change

Application of God’s Word to the lives of individuals.
(James 1:22)


Dependency upon God

Realizing that all we do is by God's grace, we express our dependency upon Him through prayer
(1 Thessalonians 5:17, Ephesians 6:18, Jude 20)


Loving Pursuit

Seeking to connect with the lost where they are and point them to salvation through the Lord Jesus. Changing methods without compromising truth or mission. Prioritizing the mission over comfort, tradition or preference. Meeting needs and serving.
(1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

Personal Discipleship

Personal, life-on-life discipleship.
(2 Timothy 2:2)


Relationships

Transparent relationships where people influence each other toward godliness and build each other up.
(Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)


Generational Ministries

Shaping the next generation, both directly ministering to young people and empowering parents to shape and disciple their children.
(Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Psalm 78:1-7)

Our Vision

Building a church that is indispensable to our community

This means each of us individually showing Christ as indispensable to our families, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Since the church is the Body of Christ, as a church we also want to become an indispensable part of our community.

Some Examples:

  • Meeting physical needs of individuals
  • Answering questions of life through things like counseling, applicational preaching and teaching
  • Preaching the gospel
  • Corporate involvement in the community

What We Believe

Important Definition: A believer is defined as one who has repented of his or her sinfulness and placed his or her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.

  1. The Scriptures
    1. We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, is verbally inspired in every part, and the product of God through Spirit-controlled men. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Acts 1:16, 28:25) As a result of Divine inspiration, the Bible is Truth without error. (Psalm 119:105, 130, 160; Luke 24:25-27, 44, 45; John 17:17). It is the final authority for all matters of faith and practice and is the all-sufficient Word of God to man.
      1. By “THE HOLY BIBLE” we mean that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation inclusive which, as originally written, does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.
      2. By “INSPIRATION” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by Holy Men of Old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be.
      3. By “SUFFICIENT” we mean that the Bible is the complete Word of God revealing God’s supreme plan for man and is able to fully equip the believer to handle all of life’s issues, both organic and non-organic, in a God-honoring fashion.
        1. “NON ORGANIC” issues are behavioral types of problems that plague mankind.
        2. “ORGANIC” issues would be physical troubles that require a medical doctor’s examination and supervision. In light of those; however, we believe that God’s Word provides us with the help needed to handle the physical struggles in a way that pleases God.
    2. We also believe that the Scriptures shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; they are the true center of Christian union and the supreme authority by which all human conduct, creed and opinions should be tried. Mankind in their relationships with God must move from truth to experience and not from experience to truth. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Matthew 7:21-23; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 30:5-6; Romans 3:4; 1 Peter 1:23; Revelation 22:19; John 12:48; Isaiah 8:7-11; John 1:45-47; John 5:39)

    Our Commitment: In light of the importance of God’s Word, we commit ourselves to the regular reading and studying of God’s Word, both publicly and privately, with conformity to godliness being the goal, that we may be “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:15, 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Colossians 3:16).

  2. The True God
    1. We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every distinction that makes Him God, Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all worship, confidence and love. (Exodus 15:11, 20:2, 3; Revelation 4:11) We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, equal in every Divine attribute and executing individual but harmonious offices. (Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 2:18; 2 Corinthians 3:14)
    2. We believe in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ and that He is Absolute Deity, that He was Divine as no other man can be, entirely God and entirely human, all the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in Him, existing for all eternity and co-equal with the Father and the Spirit. (John 1:1-3; Colossians 2:8-10; Hebrews 1:2, 3, 8; Micah 5:2)
      1. We believe that in His voluntary humiliation He did not lay aside His Deity. (Matthew 1:21-22, 28:1; Mark 14:61, 62; John 10:30, 32, 33, 14:9, 20:28; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15-17; 1 John 1:1, 2, 5:20)
      2. 2. We also believe that at His incarnation He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary as no one else was or can ever be born. (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14)
    3. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with God the Father and Son, and of the same nature. (John 14:16, 17, 26; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14)
      1. This is proven in the fact that He was active in creation. (Genesis 1:1-3)
      2. Further proof exists in His relation to the unbelieving world as He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled (2 Thessalonians 2:7); that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness, (John 16:8-11); He bears witness to and empowers the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony. (John 15:26, 27; Acts 5:30-32)
    4. We believe the Holy Spirit is a true person and completely Divine in all aspects. Upon salvation, He indwells and seals the believer and freely bestows spiritual gifts to every believer for the purpose of building up the body. Since the completion of the canon of Scripture the temporary gifts of miracles, tongues, interpretation of tongues, discerning spirits, wisdom, knowledge, apostleship, prophecy (foretelling of future events) and healing have fulfilled their purpose and are no longer needed today. (John 14:16, 17, 26; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4; Romans 12)
    5. His purpose in this age is to glorify the Son. (John 14:6)
    6. He is also active in the life of the believer.
      1. He is the agent of the New Birth. (John 3:5, 6)
      2. He indwells, seals, baptizes, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps believers until the day of redemption. (Ephesians 1:13, 14, 4:30; John 14:26, 16:13; Acts 11:16; Romans 8:9, 14, 16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; Romans 8:26, 27)
      3. He never depreciates the completeness that is in Jesus Christ by exalting anyone or anything above or as an addition to Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:3; Colossians 2:10)
      4. He gives to every believer at salvation, gifts of service according to His will (1 Corinthians 12:11) and to be used only for the edification of the body. (1 Corinthians 13:5b; Ephesians 4:16)

    Our Commitment: In light of the greatness of God, we commit ourselves to the faithful worship of Him both privately and corporately. Also, understanding that God is Judge and that we will give an account to Him in eternity, we commit ourselves to strive to please Him in all that we think, say, and do. (2 Corinthians 5:9-10)

  3. THE DEVIL, OR SATAN
    1. We believe that Satan is a distinct personality who was once holy and enjoyed heaven’s honors, fell through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty. (Isaiah 14:12-13; Ezekiel 28:15-17)
    2. In his fall, he drew after him a host of angels. (Revelation 12:9; Jude 6; 2 Peter 2:2-4; John 14:30) and now exists as the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. (1 Thessalonians 3:5; Matthew 4:1-3)
      1. As such, he is man’s great tempter. (1 Peter 5:8) and the enemy of God and His Christ. (Acts 4:26; 1 John 3:8; Matthew 13:25, 37-39; Luke 22:3, 4; Revelation 11:15; 12:10)
      2. He also revels in being the accuser of the Saints. (Revelation 12:10)
      3. As a great deceiver, he is the author of all false religions, the chief power promoting the present apostasy. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Mark 13:21, 22)
    3. We also believe he is the lord of the Anti-Christ. (1 John 4:3; 2 John 7; 1 John 2:22) and is the author of all the powers of darkness. (Revelation 13:13, 14; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-11)
    4. Although a powerful adversary and not to be underestimated, he is not omniscient, omnipotent, nor omnipresent and cannot overcome the believer who is submitting in obedience to Jesus Christ and His Word in Faith. (James 4:7; 1 John 4:4)
    5. His final destiny is to find defeat at the hands of God’s Son, through His death on the cross (Genesis 3:15; Revelation 19:11, 16, 20; Revelation 12:7-9; 20:1-3), and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. (Revelation 20:10-15; Matthew 25:41)

    Our Commitment: In light of the reality of Satan and evil, we commit ourselves to strive to avoid all appearances of evil.

  4. CREATION
    1. We believe in the Biblical account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively. (Genesis 1 & 2; Exodus 20:11; Acts 4:24; Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:3; Revelation 10:6; Romans 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jeremiah 10:10)
    2. All mankind was created directly by God and in God’s own image and after His own likeness. (Genesis 1:27; 1 Corinthians 11:7)
      1. Man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through long periods of time from lower to higher forms. (Genesis 2:7, 21-23; John 1:3)
      2. All animal and vegetable life was created directly and to reproduce “after its own kind.” (Genesis 1:11, 24; Colossians 1:16, 17)

    Our Commitment: We will view life as beginning at conception and is a sacred gift from God.

  5. MAN AND HIS FALL
    1. We believe that man was created in innocence (Genesis 1:27) and by his own voluntary transgression, fell from his sinless state. (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12, 19)
    2. Consequently, every person is born a sinner by inheritance from Adam and by individual choice, and until regenerated is dead in sin. (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 3:10-13)
    3. We believe that everyone is by nature utterly void of the righteousness required by the law of God, and definitely inclined to evil. (Romans 3:11; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:1-3; Psalm 40:12) and that all are under just condemnation without defense or excuse. (Romans 3:9-20, 23; Romans 1:19, 20, 2:1, 12-15)
    4. Humanity’s only hope of eternal life is through redemption in Jesus Christ. (John 3:3, 5; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Galatians 3:26)

    Our Commitment: We understand the commitment of our total beings to God is only reasonable (Romans 3:23; 6:23)


  6. OF CHRIST’S ATONEMENT FOR SIN
    1. We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of God’s grace; and (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24, 25) through the offices of the Son of God, as mediator, who by appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon Him the form of a man, was tempted in all points as we are yet without sin in nature or deed, honored the Divine Law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins. (John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7, 8; Hebrews 2:14, 4:15; Romans 3:25; 1 John 4:10; Isaiah 53:6; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
    2. We also believe His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a Martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, willingly shedding His own blood for our forgiveness, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree. (John 10:18; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 9:22; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:18)
    3. We believe Jesus, having risen bodily from the dead, is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His Wonderful Person the tenderest sympathies with Divine Perfection, He is in every way the suitable, compassionate, all sufficient Savior and the mediator for His believer priests. (Isaiah 53:12; Hebrews 7:25, 9:12-15, 10:10, 12, 14, 18; 1 John 2:2)
    4. We believe the blessings of this atonement are given to all who believe from the heart and confess, with the mouth to God, Jesus is this Lord and Savior and accept Him as their own personal Lord and Savior. It is the immediate duty of man to obey the command to accept this offer of mercy. (Acts 17:30; Romans 10:8, 9, 10)

  7. SALVATION
    1. We believe in order to be saved all men must be born again (John 3:3; Galatians 3:26) and that the new birth is a New Creation in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
    2. It is instantaneous, not a lengthy process (John 3:5-7; Acts 16:30-33) and that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made partaker of the Divine Nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God. (2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1, 4-9; Colossians 2:13; Titus 3:5)
    3. This new creation is brought about in a manner above comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of The Holy Spirit in connection with Divine Truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience by faith in the Gospel. (John 1:12, 13, 3:8) This new creation is evidenced by the productions of the holy fruits of repentance and faith in the finished work and Person of Jesus Christ and newness of life. (Romans 10:8-10; 1 John 5:1-5)

  8. JUSTIFICATION
    1. We believe that those who trust in Christ receive the blessing of justification, being declared righteous by a sole act of God, which includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on the basis of Christ’s righteousness and atonement. (Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Romans 5:1, 9, 8:1)
    2. The believer is justified not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done or ever will do, but His righteousness is imputed to us solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood (Titus 3:5-7; Romans 4:24, 25, 5:1, 17; 2 Corinthians 5:21Galatians 3:11)

  9. THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
    1. We believe in God’s electing grace. (1 Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 1:2) and that salvation is freely offered to all by the Gospel. (Romans 10:9-13; Revelation 22:17)
    2. It is the immediate duty of all to accept this salvation by whole-hearted, penitent and obedient faith, (John 3:15-18; 1 Timothy 1:15; Acts 2:37- 41; Romans 10:8, 9) and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel. This rejection which brings upon man the condemnation of God’s wrath. (John 3:18, 36; Romans 1:18, 20, 2:1, 4, 5)

  10. REPENTANCE AND FAITH
    1. We believe that repentance and faith are inseparable graces (Mark 1:15) and are also solemn obligations. (Acts 20:21)
    2. Both are wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God who convicts the believer of guilt, danger, helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, so that the believer turns to God with unfeigned contrition, and confesses to God his wholehearted faith in the work and person of the Lord Jesus Christ as his all sufficient Savior. (Acts 2:27, 28; Romans 10:9-13)

  11. SANCTIFICATION
    1. We believe that Biblical Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, the believer is set apart from sin, unto Christ, and has three aspects.
      1. The believer has been set apart positionally before God the moment he believes. (1 Corinthians 1:30, 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 10:10, 14)
      2. The believer is being set apart progressively in his walk, day by day, as he grows in grace toward the likeness of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self-examination, watchfulness, prayer and yielding to the Spirit through Biblical change. (John 17:17; Romans 8:13; 2 Peter 3:18; Romans 8:28, 29a; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 4:7b; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 John 3:3; Romans 12:1, 2; Ephesians 4:22, 24)
      3. The believer is to be set apart prospectively from the very presence of sin when his sanctification is completed at the coming of Christ for the church. (1 John 3:2;1 Thessalonians 3:13, 5:23)

    Our Commitment: In light of these important doctrines of man, his lostness, and need for salvation and sanctification, we commit ourselves to evangelizing the lost and the discipleship of the believer. (Matthew 28:19-20)

  12. THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER OR PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
    1. We believe the design of God’s Divine Plan is that every person, immediately upon acceptance of Christ as personal Savior and Lord, receives eternal life and is made at once a child of God; and (1 John 5:11-13; John 1:12) that believers are kept by the power of God through faith, kept in a state of grace, and are eternally secure apart from any human works.
    2. We also believe only the believers will endure to the end. (Philippians 1:6; John 8:31; Revelation 21:7, 8; Ephesians 2:10) and that the believers’ persevering attachment to Christ and His own and their growth in the likeness of Christ are God’s marks which distinguish them from superficial professors of Christ (Romans 8:28, 29a; John 14:21-23; John 10:27-29; 1 John 2:19; 5:1-3; John 13:34, 35; Ephesians 2:10, Titus 2:11-13; James 2:14-20)

  13. THE CHURCH
    1. We believe that the church universal is a New Testament institution, established by Jesus Christ, who is its sole Head; revealed through the apostles; empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit; His “body” for service and His “bride” for glory. It began with the New Testament Saints at Pentecost and will be consummated at the coming of Christ in the Rapture. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 1:8, 2:1-13, 41-47, 15:14; Ephesians 1:22, 23, 3:21, 5:23-32; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
    2. We also believe that the church universal is manifested through the local church.
      1. The local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated together by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel. (Acts 2:41, 42)
      2. The local church actively observes the ordinances of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:2) and is governed by His laws. (Ephesians 1:22, 23)
      3. The local church consistently exercises the gifts, responsibilities and privileges invested in them by His work. (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 8:11)
      4. The Scriptural offices of the local church are those of pastors, elders or bishops, and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. (Acts 14:23, 6:5, 6, 15:23, 20:17-28; 1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 8-13)
      5. The true mission of the church is expressed in the New Testament and abbreviated in Matthew 28:19, 20 and Ephesians 4:11-16: to make individual disciples, to baptize them into a properly organized and functioning local church, and to teach them to obey His Word as He has commanded.
        1. This includes assisting parents in teaching truth.
        2. The local church also has the absolute right of selfgovernment, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit’s direction by the Word. (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23, 24; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
      6. We believe it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel and that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. (Acts 15:22; Jude 2, 3; 2 Corinthians 8:23, 24;1 Corinthians 16:1-3)
      7. On all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, and of benevolence, the will of the local church following the Word of God is final. (Malachi 3:10; Leviticus 27:32; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13)

    Our Commitment: In light of the importance of the church, we commit ourselves to the faithful support of the church through our attendance (unless providentially hindered), involvement and service, finances and resources, spiritual giftedness, as well as our hearts. (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14, 2 Corinthians 8-9)

  14. THE ORDINANCES
    1. We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water (Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 3:6; John 3:23; Romans 6:4, 5; Matthew 3:16), once in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Baptism indicates a solemn testimony and picture of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. (Romans 6:3, 5; Colossians 2:12).
    2. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of our Lord’s death until He comes, by the sacred use of broken bread and the freshly pressed juice of the vine as symbols of the price He paid for us. This commemoration should be preceded always by solemn selfexamination. (1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Hebrews 10:25)

  15. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
    1. We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. (Galatians 3:22, 26; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17, 18; 1 Peter 4:18; Proverbs 11:31) Those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified or set apart by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in their standing before God, not by a righteousness of their own, but by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:17; 1 Corinthians 15:22; John 5:24; Romans 3:22-24, 4:22-24; Ephesians 1:6, 7).
    2. All who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and are under the curse. (1 John 5:19; Galatians 3:10; Romans 6:23, 7:5) This distinction holds among men both before and after death, in the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (Matthew 25:34, 41, 46; Luke 9:26, 16:25, 26; John 8:21; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:10-15)

  16. CIVIL GOVERNMENT
    1. We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society. (Romans 13:1-7; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21, 22)
    2. We also believe that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed: (Matthew 22:21; 1 Timothy 2:1, 2; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13, 14, 17: Daniel 1:8-15) except for things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Acts 4:19, 20, 5:29; Daniel 3:17, 18, 6:10, 11) who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth. We believe that the church and the government should remain as separate entities allowing the church to govern herself under the authority of God, and that the church is responsible to follow God when the civil government stands in opposition to the Word of God. (Matthew 10:28, 22:21, 23:10; Revelation 11:16; Philippians 2:10, 11; Psalm 72:11)

    Our Commitment: In light of the fact that God has ordained civil government, we commit ourselves to obey the laws of the land and to pray for our civil authorities. (Romans 13)

  17. THE FAMILY
    1. We believe that the marriage of a man to a woman is the plan of God and sacred in His sight. (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:3-9; Ephesians 5:18-32; 1 Timothy 3:4, 5, 12; Malachi 2:13, 14) and that the roles of the husband, wife, parent, and child are clearly defined in Scripture. (Ephesians 5:21-32; 6:1,2; Colossians 3:16-21; 1 Peter 3:1-7)
    2. It is our belief that sexual relationships are sacred and fulfilling only within the bonds of marriage, and are condemned outside the marriage relationship. (1 Corinthians 7:3, 4; Hebrews 13:4)
    3. Children are a blessing of God and the responsibility for them rests solely upon the parent and they are to be brought up in loving structured control and conscientious instruction in the truths of God and His principles of life. (Psalm 127:3; Ephesians 6:4; Deuteronomy 6:6, 7; Psalm 78:4-7; Proverbs 22:6; Proverbs 17:6)
    4. We believe that homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, adultery, fornication, and any other sexually deviant conduct is clearly sin and condemned by God in the Scripture. (Romans 1:24-32; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 6:9-10)

    Our Commitment: In light of the importance of the family, we commit ourselves to strive to foster solid marriages and family relationships. (Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3:1-7, 1 Corinthians 7) Parents will strive to “bring their children up in the ‘training and instruction of the Lord’ (Ephesians 6:1-4)

  18. THE RESURRECTION, RETURN OF CHRIST, AND RELATED EVENTS
    1. We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their full and face value.
      1. Christ’s bodily resurrection from the tomb. (Matthew 28:6, 7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:4-8; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6; Acts 2:24, 32, 3:15, 4:2; Romans 4:25)
      2. His ascension to the Father’s right hand. (Acts 1:9, 11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 10:12)
      3. His present high Priesthood. (Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 7:24, 25, 8:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1)
      4. His future appearing in the air to receive His saints. (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:28)
      5. The resurrection of the righteous dead. (1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 15:52)
      6. The physical change of the living in Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Philippians 3:20, 21)
      7. The believer’s response to God’s Word will be evaluated at the Judgment Seat of Christ for reward or loss. (2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Romans 14:10; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 22:2)
      8. Christ’s bodily return to the earth to reign from the throne of David. (Pre-Millennial) (Matthew 24:29-32; Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Acts 2:29, 30; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 32:1, 11:4, 5; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 20:1-4, 6)
      9. The White Throne Judgment of the unsaved, and the new heaven and the new earth. (Revelation 20:11-15, 21:1, 2)
    2. With this view of God’s future for mankind, it then becomes the Christian’s responsibility to prepare himself with purity and to seek the conversion of the world from the powers of darkness to the kingdom of God’s light (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 John 3:1-3)

    Our Commitment: In light of these important doctrines, we commit ourselves to be prepared for the Lord’s coming by striving to be pure, holy, and blameless and to seek to warn the lost and plead with them to come to the Lord in salvation.

SUMMARY STATEMENT

We understand that the above statements do not by any means exhaust the content of our beliefs which are based upon the whole Bible, and that they are not intended to set a limit beyond which faith cannot go within the Word of God; but we do believe that these statements are a true presentation of sound doctrine taught in Scripture, and are therefore binding upon us Christian believers.

Corporate Worship

What is corporate worship? Webster’s Dictionary tells us that one meaning of corporate is “of, relating to, or formed into a unified body of individuals.” In the New Testament, the Greek word ekklesia, is used 115 times referring to a unified gathering of God’s people. Corporate Worship! It’s an important way we need to connect with each other and to God.

So why in our modern age, when we have sermons available online to listen to and the Bible and other study guides available on our tablets and phones to read, do we still need to go to church? Isn’t that just a ritual? Here’s what God’s Word has to say about it:

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV)

We were made to worship God together! While your personal Bible study, prayer and worship is very important, there are benefits from corporate worship that you just can’t get any other way. Here are 5 of them.


Sources:
Mathis, David. “Five Benefits of Corporate Worship”. desiringgod.org. Web. 25 May 2014.

Connect With God

Do you have a personal relationship with God? That is what He desires more than you could ever possibly imagine. God gave us a book, called the Bible, and in it, He shows us over and over again the depths of His incredible love for us. It was His desire and plan to establish a relationship between human beings and Himself, and for us to reflect His very character – to be like Him.

“When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.” (Genesis 5:1, NIV)

God wants us to have a full, abundant life! In the Bible book of John, chapter 10 and the last half of verse 10, Jesus says “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Isn’t that amazing! God loves us in way that is difficult for us to fully understand, and He wants us to have full and abundant lives! Why would we ever choose not to have a relationship with someone like this?

God created us in His likeness, so that means we were created as good and we have our own free will. Beaming with our own pride and selfishness, we chose to try life on our own; disregarding what God tells us is best for our lives. Sounds like almost every parent-child relationship you know, doesn’t it? This is what separates us from God both now and in eternity: choosing to go our own way, being willfully disobedient to God. This is all offensive to God, or as you may have heard it called, sinning.

But thankfully, God loves us so much, that He made a really easy way for us to have that loving relationship. Easy for us that is. You see, before Jesus’s death on the cross, God required a blood sacrifice for our offenses. The blood sacrifice requirement was to show us just how serious disobedience is to God. Blood is life. Something had to give its very life to make amends for our rebellious attitude and actions. And that had to be done over and over again as people continued to disobey God.

But then Jesus came. God sent His Son, to suffer and die on the cross (seen as a very humiliating death in the Roman empire) to offer a sacrifice for our rebellious attitude and actions. God’s act of love provided the only sacrifice needed from then on for us to reconcile and have a relationship with Him.

How to have a personal relationship with God

The Bible tells us that all you need to do to have this relationship with God is:

  1. Admit that you sin and recognize that it separates you from God
    “For all have sinned and all fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, NIV)
    “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12, NIV)
    “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, NIV)
  2. Acknowledge that Jesus died a substitutionary death on the cross for us, that He rose from the dead, that He is the only path through which we can experience God’s love and plan for our life, and there is nothing we can do to save ourselves.
    “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NIV).
    “That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6, NIV)
    “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” (John 14:6, NIV)
    “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV)
  3. Respond to God’s gift with faith.
    “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10: 9-10, NIV)

Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins is not enough. And having an emotional experience is not enough. Receiving Jesus is by faith in our hearts and our minds, and an act of our free will.

Prayer is simply talking to God. He knows your heart and is concerned with the attitude of it much more than he is with what or how you talk to Him. Here is a sample prayer that you could say to God if it reflects how you really feel or you can use your own words.


“Lord Jesus, I recognize my need for You and that I have said and done things that are offensive to You. I ask for Your forgiveness and thank You for taking what should have been my place by dying on the cross for those sins. I believe that You died and rose again so that I can be forgiven and have a relationship with You for eternity, here on Earth and then with You in Heaven. I know there is nothing that I can do to earn Your gracious gift of salvation, I can only accept it. Please come into my life and help me learn to be more like You.

In Jesus name,

Amen."


Now what do I do?

If you just prayed that prayer or one similar from your own heart, there are some things that you should begin to do right away.

First you should tell someone. Tell a pastor or a Christian friend or family member who can help you grow.

“It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:10-13, NIV)

You should talk to God (pray) and read your Bible every day. God reveals His plans for you through His Word (the Bible) and prayer.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.” (Psalm 119:105-106, NIV)

As an act of obedience you should be baptized. Baptism is an outward witness of an inner faith in Jesus. It is identifying with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection by expressing your death to sin, burial of your old life (immersion in water) and resurrection to a new life in Jesus Christ (bringing you up out of the water).

“So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.” (Acts 10:48, NIV)

You should join the church. The church is where God’s family connects to and worships God together, grows together in knowledge of God’s ways and serves each other, their community and the world for God’s glory.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-2, NIV)

You should seek a Godly mentor. Find someone that shows their great love for God, who can model Godly living for you and coach you in your new relationship with Jesus.

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2, NIV)

Satan wants nothing more than to keep you from your new relationship with God and he will distract you with anything he can. That is why it’s so important that you do these things right away.

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Upcoming Events/ Mission Emphasis

PIE WARS

November 15th

It is that time again!! As the holiday season gets closer, our deacon's pantry is in need of restocking! The items donated will go toward food baskets our deacons give out to families in need.

Items to bring: nonperishable items such as boxes of stuffing, boxes of mac and cheese, cans of vegetables, cans of gravy, boxes of bread mix, cans of fuit, etc. *Do not bring anything that is expired!

For every 10 items you bring in you get a pie to throw in the face of a BLAST leader. If everyone together brings over 400 items everyone will get a pie in addition to the ones they have earned!!

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Who We Are

Building Lives According to Scriptural Truths BLAST is for kids from Kindergarten to 5th grade. We are learning through The Gospel Project curriculum to help kids develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

When We Meet:

BLAST meets every Sunday at 9:00am and 10:30am (Dismissed after main worship service music is finished) and every Wednesday (K-5th) at 6:30pm

Where To Find Us:

We are located in "The Attic"-which is upstairs in room 202

What We Are Learning

Dear Parents,

The Lord brought His people into the promised land. Now they had a task set before them: conquer the people living in the land. Before the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, Joshua—in the way Moses had done decades before—sent scouts into the land. (See Num. 13:2-3.) The first city the Israelites came to was Jericho. God told Joshua that He had handed the city over to Israel.

The Lord’s reputation went ahead of the Israelites, creating fear in the people of Jericho. With the exception of one woman, the people of Jericho wanted nothing to do with God.

Rahab was unique among the inhabitants of Jericho. She wanted to be on God’s side. Hebrews 11:31 says that by faith, Rahab “welcomed the spies in peace.” Rahab didn’t hide the spies and help them escape from the city because she was especially courageous or because she had a strong desire to live; Rahab acted by faith. By faith Rahab believed God would win the battle, and she asked the spies to show mercy to her family and keep them safe. When the Israelites attacked Jericho, Rahab and her family received mercy and became part of God’s people. Jesus has won against sin and death. Everyone who trusts in Jesus receives mercy and becomes part of God’s family forever.

Rahab wasn’t the only one trusting in God. The Israelites fought the battle of Jericho by faith. (See Heb. 11:30.) Israel did not focus on what was going on inside the city of Jericho; they focused on doing what God had instructed. They obeyed even when it seemed nothing was happening. On the seventh day, the troops shouted, the trumpets sounded, and the wall around Jericho collapsed.

Joshua gave the people specific instructions to destroy everything in the city except for Rahab and her family. The Israelites were not to keep anything for themselves. The Lord would provide for all of their needs, so they had no reason to plunder Jericho. When the Israelites attacked Jericho, Rahab and her family were safe. They joined God’s people. (Josh. 6:25) By faith, we believe Jesus has defeated sin and death. Everyone who trusts in Jesus is safe and becomes part of God’s family forever.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God is always with us.
    • Rahab hid the spies.
    • God made the walls of Jericho fall down.
    • God used Rahab’s family in His plan to send Jesus.
  • Preschool
    • How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.
    • God brought down the walls of Jericho.
  • Kids
    • How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.
    • God brought down the walls of Jericho.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Deuteronomy 31:8 (Deuteronomy 31:8a for Babies and Toddlers)

NEXT WEEK “Taking the Land” (Joshua 10–11; 24)

Lesson Videos

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Unit 1 Session 6

Unit 2 Session 1

Unit 2 Session 2

Unit 2 Session 3

Unit 2 Session 4

Unit 3 Session 1

Unit 3 Session 2

Unit 3 Session 3

Unit 4 Session 1

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Unit 4 Session 3

Unit 4 Session 4

Unit 4 Session 5

Unit 7 Session 3

Unit 8 Session 1

Unit 8 Session 2

Who We Are

5th graders of FBC

When We Meet:

Fuel meets every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Where To Find Us:

We are located in room 418, The Fuel Station

Who We Are

A group for Youth grades 6th-12th complete with games, lessons and food! We are led by a team of 7 passionate Youth Leaders! The mission of IGNITE is to establish a foundation for building Christian character, morals, values, and behaviors in young people. In IGNITE, Teens learn that as Christians, we're not like the rest of the world. We create an environment where Teens have the chance to experience the difference Jesus makes for themselves!

When We Meet:

IGNITE meets every Sunday morning at 9:00am and every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8pm.

Where To Find Us:

We have our own unique space downstairs which includes our Main Room, Junior High Room, Café and Game Rooms..

Our Current Study

The Gospel Project: A Christ-centered, chronological study that will take our students on a journey through the storyline of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. Along the way, students will discover the big picture of what God has been doing throughout redemptive history, and what it means for them.

Who We Are

The first few years of life is when a child develops motor skills and personality traits, and we believe it is a time when a child can learn that Jesus died for them and begin their journey to be a lifelong follower of Christ. Our purpose in GLO is so much more than providing babysitting. Rather, our mission is laying the start of a foundation for these children to grow in their faith. We provide a safe place for your child to play and learn about Jesus through crafts, songs, and Bible stories.

When We Meet:

GLO meets during the Bible Study time at 9:00am and also during main service at 10:30am

Where To Find Us:

We are located In the North Wing (Rooms 101-106)

Ladies Bible Study

The Bible Study is offered twice for your convenience.

A morning study is available on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings of each month at 9:30am, September through May, excluding holidays.

This is an awesome time of fellowship, discussing God’s Word, and fun!

Check the calendar here

Life Groups

The FBC Life Group Ministry, and why you should become a part.

At its core, we believe our life groups are gatherings of Spirit-led people who have intentional, growing relationships with Christ and each other, and who use those relationships to help fulfill Christ's mission for the church. Matthew 28: 19 says, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." At FBC we are committed to disciples making disciples who make disciples. Growing in relationship with Christ is accelerated when you live in community with others who motivate you in the journey to become a disciple of Christ. Life Groups are a great way to live in community.

So, there are a number of reasons why you should join a life group; connecting with others and Christ, building intimate relationships, developing spiritual gifts, caring for one another, loving one another, bearing one another, praying for one another and many more one anothers. In short, life groups provide the means and opportunity to fulfill your responsibility to be an active part in the disciple-making process. In a life group you can’t help being discipled and discipling others. With that in mind we urge you to consider joining this ministry.

Following are our current Life Groups and contact information for each. (Click the day to show available groups)

Ladies Life Group w/ Ellen Emseur

Leader: Ellen Emseur
Phone: 937-552-3930
Email: treasurer@fbctroy.com
Location: FBC Room #201
Time: 1:00 PM
About the Group: This group is a Ladies Life Group. We will be studying the book of "James For You" by Sam Allberry. Ellen would also like to find a service project that the group can work on throughout the year.

Dale Christian Life Group

Leader: Dale & Teresa Christian
Phone: 937-339-4091
Email: dchristian@fbctroy.com
Location: 1375 Farnham Rd, Troy
Time: 7:00 PM
About the Group: This group, meeting at the Christian's home, is a vibrant group of mostly new "empty nesters" who enjoy doing life together as they sek to apply God's Word to daily living. This fall we will be studying a book of the Bible verse by verse.

Nate Beaman Life Group

Leader: Nate & Heidi Beaman
Phone: 603-724-1343
Email: nbeaman@fbctroy.com
Location: 2840 Huntington Dr, Troy
Time: 7:00 PM
About the Group: A fun group of believers in our 20's - 50s+ who enjoy studying the Bible chapter by chapter. Our study this fall is yet to be determined, and children are welcomed.

Ron Poling Life Group

Leader: Ron & Diana Poling
Phone: 937-570-8671, or 937-570-9491
Email: rpoling2@woh.rr.com
Location: FBC Room 201
Time: 6:30 PM
About the Group: We are a group of couples and singles who enjoy fellowship, great studies, encouraging one another and serving. We are still finalizing a plan for the fall study. We would love for you to join us!

Doug Magin Life Group

Leader: Doug & Carol Magin
Phone: 937-339-2742
Email: dmagin@woh.rr.com
Location: FBC room #201
Time: 6:00 PM
About this Group: Our group members love and care for one another and compose a variety of ages and stages in life. This fall we will begin the study "Where Do We Go From Here" by David Jeremiah. We will be looking at current critical & troubling issues in our culture, looking at scripture to see how these events are directly linked to biblical prophecy, recieving practical biblical instruction for living with hope and courage in the face of these issues. You are invited to come and grow with us.

Scott Boyer Life Group

Leader: Scott Boyer
Phone: 937-216-9244
Email: skjdboyer@gmail.com
Location: Various hiking trails
Time: 5:00 PM
About this Group: Get out and soak in what the Lord has put here for us to enjoy, and get some exercise at the same time. We will be hiking several different trails in the local area. Each hike will begin with prayer, and a Bible passage for people to meditate on during the hike. You may come for one, some or all of the hikes. The schedule for the hikes will be published, and please contact Scott for more details on where and when each hike will take place.

Matt Coberly Life Group

Leader: Matt & Nicki Coberly
Phone: 937-489-0013
Email: mncoberly11@gmail.com
Location: FBC GLO/Gym
Time: 5:00 PM
About the Group: This group plans to meet at the church every other Sunday, and is primarily made up of young couples with children. However, everyone is welcome to come be a part of our fellowship. This fall we will be studying Parenting Children from God's Perspective - Guest speakers: Pastor Dale & Teresa Christian.

Gene Pack Men's Group

Leader: Gene Pack
Phone: 937-440-0647
Email: g-and-cpack10@hotmail.com
Location: The Buckey House, Troy
Time: Flexible
About the Group: This men's group is an outreach ministry in Troy to evangelize, give hope and encouragement to men going through life change. Gene leads the men in various Biblical studies and offers assistance where he can as these men process through their transitions.

Transferable Concepts Training

Sundays at 11:00am

Room 418 - Keith Wiggin

Begins September 10, 2017

"Intentionally taking steps to be transformed into the likeness of Christ by the renewing of our minds"

What is a Transferable Concept?

A Transferable Concept is an idea, a. thought, or a truth that can be transferred or communicated from one person to another, to another, to another, spiritual generation after generation, without changing, distorting or diluting its original meaning.

Men Of Faith

Men of Faith is a bi-monthly men’s fellowship that meets for a hearty breakfast, wholesome fellowship, and helpful Bible Study. The theme verse is Proverbs 27:17

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another!

Men of Faith meets from 7:00-8:30 a.m. generally on the 2nd and 4th Saturday morning of each month throughout the school year. (See the church calendar for specific dates). The fellowship time starts right out with breakfast. The men then study Bible based, life-application materials that have included studies like; Christian Counseling Foundation’s “Self-Confrontation Manual,” Resources for Changing Lives’ “Instruments of Change,” and Kent Hughes’ “Disciplines of a Godly Man.”

FBC’s Pastoral Staff takes care of the teaching responsibilities and program while many other faithful men pitch in to set-up, prepare the meal, and clean up afterwards. It is a great time and men of all ages are welcome to attend!

Women Of Faith

A new gathering for FBC Women’s Ministry! Women of Faith, a bi-monthly prayer and fellowship group. Come to one or both for connection and community! The power of prayer cannot be underestimated and we can’t wait to partner together in this way! Come join us in the Cafe! See Teresa or Heidi for more information.

1st Friday Night @ 7pm & 3rd Wednesday Morning @ 9:30am

Primetimers

Prime Timers is a fellowship for “seniors” that meets monthly from September to May for a delicious “carry-in” meal (FBC provides the meat), warm fellowship, a Bible challenge, and a variety of interesting programs and guest speakers!

We meet at 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month, September through June for our monthly fellowship. Our guest speakers have included the mayor of Troy, Troy City School representatives, chiropractors, musicians, missionaries, artists, and so on. We also plan other activities including trips to surrounding areas of interest like Bear Creek Farms and The Creation Museum.

All “Seasoned Seniors” are welcome to attend!

Sunday AM Bible Study

Wednesday PM Prayer Service & Bible Study

On Wednesday evenings we gather for our weekly prayer service and Bible study. You may not have heard about a prayer service before. Unfortunately, they are becoming less common as the world demands more of our time and focus. But the Bible teaches us that the early church prayed together, or had corporate prayer. Not only is it essential for the growth of a church, but also like corporate worship, it has positive effects that don’t always come from individual prayer.

One effect is that it brings about unity. You see when you are praying to God in a group of people, you are representing those other people before God. You have to think not just for yourself, but for the others. You are praising God for all that He is doing in and with your local church. You are asking Him to intercede in the life of your church and it’s members. You are not focused on what you are personally thankful for or what your own needs are. You say “we” instead of “I”.

An example from the Bible of corporate prayer is in the first chapter of the Book of Acts. Luke tells us about 120 believers gathered together in an upper room. They had been charged with spreading the gospel to the world, establishing local churches and putting doctrine into practice. That was a pretty overwhelming prospect, but they knew that prayer was the key to their success. They didn’t need anything else, and nothing else would do.

“these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” (Isaiah 56:7, NIV)

And Jesus reminds us of this in (Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; and Luke 19:46, NIV)

After our time of corporate prayer we move on to our Bible study. There is typically one Bible study offering at a time, but occasionally we do have two running concurrently. Our studies are typically topical or a book in the Bible. Some examples of recent studies are the video series “The Truth Project”, a parenting class, and a study on cults.

The prayer service and Bible study runs from 6:30pm to 8:00pm September through May, and 6:30pm to 7:30pm June through August.

Reaching Out Within the Church

There are many ways you can get involved in serving our church and it’s members. We have listed many of the areas where ministry opportunities exist. To find out more or to get involved in one of these areas, please contact the church office to get the ministry contact information.

  • Deacon’s Pantry
  • Facilities & Operations
  • Giving/Tithing
  • Hospitality
  • Ignite Youth Group
  • Kids Programs
  • Ladies Ministry
  • Music & Worship Arts
  • Nursery
  • Outreach & Visitation
  • Transportation
  • Ushering
  • Website development/maintenance

For more information or to volunteer, please click here.

Reaching Out to the Community

Each year we sponsor several events that help us reach out to our community to let people know FBC is here. Our main purpose is to connect with the lost and hurting and introduce them to a relationship with Jesus Christ, involve them in a group that will help them grow in their faith and then serve God with the talents and gifts He has given to them.

These events also promote good health and fitness and activities for families. Some of these events are:

  • 5K to help support Lincoln Community Center
  • Hope over Heroin
  • VBS - Vacation Bible School (Kids summer outreach event)
  • Host the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast
  • Conduct Truth Seeker's Bible Club at Lincoln Community Center
  • Light the Night (Trunk or Treat outreach)
  • Food Truck making food available to free to our community for anyone who needs
  • CenterShot Indoor Archery - Outreach Ministry

Reaching Out to the World

FBC supports many different mission projects throughout the world. In addition, our members often go on short term mission projects to serve in various ways.

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7TH ANNUAL

RESULTS:

PlaceFirst Name Last Name Age Gender Age Group Time
1 Buddy Hayes 24 Male 20-29 20:27.7
2 Jeremy Estes 34 Male 30-39 20:33.5
3 Thomas Miller 15 Male 13-19 21:18.9
4 Scott Boyer 57 Male 50-59 21:26.1
5 Alex Runyan 23Male 20-29 24:09.8
6 Krista Estes 34 Female 30-39 24:24.2
7 Rachel Croskrey 22 Female 20-29 25:52.1
8 Brian Miller 36 Male 30-39 26:27.8
9 Amy Potts 29 Female 20-29 28:32.6
10 Ron Griffitts 69 Male 60-69 28:44.9
11 Devin Miller 7 Male 12 & Under 28:57.9
12 Jerrod Estes 5 Male 12 & Under 29:01.8
13 Caleb Barnes 23 Male 20-29 29:46.7
14 Lisa Pence 32 Female 30-39 30:27.6
15 Bob Sundlie 59 Male 50-59 30:33.8
16 Lawton Gerlinger 26 Male 20-29 30:44.8
17 Jack Beaman 8 Male 12 & Under 40:37.8
18 Kate Beaman 6 Female 12 & Under 40:44.4
19 Heidi Beaman 34 Female 30-39 40:47.7
20 Gene Pack 71 Male 70 + 42:03.0
21 Sona Hayslett 62 Female 60-69 42:12.8
22 Jeffrey Estes 7 Male 12 & Under 42:26.4
23 Kendra Strebig 26 Female 20-29 44:43.1
24 Bill Strebig 84 Male 70 + 44:43.7
25 Gabby Woodard 14 Female 13-19 46:44.8
26 Elizabeth Franz 56 Female 50-59 48:38.3
27 Jonathan Donnelly 6 Male 12 & under 52:52.1
28 John Donnelly 42 Male 40-49 52:52.5
29 Doug Magin 69 Male 60-69 58:35.2
30 Pernell Wakefield 49 Male 40-49 1:03:50
31 Katrina Boyer 55 Female 50-59 1:04:35

Why Easter

W -

Why did Jesus have to die?

H -

He died for you!

Y -

You are invited to a dramatic presentation answering the question, "Why Easter?"

First Baptist Church
Saturday, April 20 @ 7:00pm
53 S. Norwich Road, Troy, OH 45373

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Ages 3 - Entering 6th Grade!

July 24th - July 28th

6:00pm - 8:45pm

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Hope Over Heroin 2017

August 11-12, 2017
Mote Park - 635 Gordon St.
Piqua, Ohio

HOH Volunteer & Committees Meeting
July 10th @ 6pm

St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Church
500 N. Downing Street, Piqua, Ohio

The next Hope Over Heroin meeting is Monday, July 10th at 6pm at St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Church located at 500 N. Downing St. in PIqua, Ohio. This meeting is for all people involved with HOH, subcommittee chairs and people who are interested in volunteering. It is a meeting to recruit/brief volunteers and get them connected into roles and to gather/distribute information from what subcommittees are doing and need. Please attend and recruit other volunteers to attend, as well.
Purchase Official HOH T-Shirts At Our Next Meeting!!!
Proceeds will help fund this year's HOH event.
2017 HOH Schedule:
Friday, August 11 -
Main Event at 7:00pm

Saturday, August 12 -
Welcome at 4:30pm
Memorial March at 5:00pm
Meal & City of Resources at 5:30pm
Main Event at 7:00pm



Join the Movement...Spread The Word

Join & Share the HOH Event on Facebook

CLICK HERE


HOH Prayer Gatherings


Wednesdays Noon-1pm

Various Locations:
June 28 - Miami County Courthouse - Troy
July 12 - Mote Park - Piqua
July 26 - Miami County Courthouse - Troy
August 9 - Mote Park - Piqua

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm

July 5th - August 9th
Victory Baptist Church
1601 South St., Piqua, Ohio

Fridays 9:30-10:30am

July 7th - August 4th
Upper Room Worship Center
648 N. Hyatt St., Tipp City, Ohio


Altar Ministry Training

Thursday, July 27 @ 7pm
OR
Saturday, August 5 @ 9am

Upper Room
648 N. Hyatt St.
Tipp City, OH 45371
You must attend one of these trainings in order to be part of the Altar Ministry.

WHAT IS HOPE OVER HEROIN?

Hope Over Heroin is a collaborative effort by churches, organizations and social services to reach those suffering from drug related issues. This 2 night event, complete with food, live music, and real stories of deliverance, gives those hurting most the hope they need to be set free and live a life of victory. If you or someone you know needs help overcoming addiction, please join us for Hope Over Heroin!

OR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.HOPEOVERHEROIN.COM

How to Donate?

Hope Over Heroin costs approximately $18,000 for the entire weekend event. To date, we have already raised over $8,000. To donate to this event please follow the link below and select "Miami County" to place your tax-deductible contribution. Thank you for your generosity!!!

DONATE NOW: WWW.HOPEOVERHEROIN.COM/DONATE

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