Some of the Answers to your Questions
1. What is the purpose of church? Ultimately, at First Baptist we consider our biblical purpose 3-fold, to EXALT the Head of the church, our Saviour and God, the Lord Jesus Christ including His infallible Word (Col. 1:12-20; 2Ti. 3:16-17), to EDIFY the church through gracious ministry leaders and teachers (Eph. 4:11-16), and to EVANGELIZE our community through various outreach opportunities including the world at large by partnering with missionaries and church planters through the proven Faith Promise plan (Acts 1:8).
2. What’s the difference between religion and Christianity? The typical message of Religion is that one must earn God’s favor into heaven by appeasing His wrath through gifts, sacrifices, or good works. There is nothing further from the truth. The reason for this is that man is totally incapable of satisfying God’s justice. There is no service, sacrifice, or gift that man can offer that will appease the holy wrath of God or satisfy His perfect justice. The only satisfaction, or propitiation, that could be acceptable to God and that could reconcile man to Him had to be made by God. For this reason God’s Son, Jesus Christ, came into the world in human flesh to be the perfect sacrifice for sin and to make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17, “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ that is based solely on God’s mercy. Titus 3:5-6 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.”
- Jn. 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
- 1Jo 5:11, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
Consider a few foundational facts that will help you understand how to be a Christian.
- It’s important to understand that God loves you and wants very much for you to be saved. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
- It’s important to understand why you need to be saved. Everyone needs to be saved because everyone is a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden he died a spiritual death. Genesis 2:16-17, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Consequently, we are now born in Adam’s likeness, spiritually dead. Romans 5:12 says, “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam)sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” To be saved means to be born-again or to be regenerated or made alive. The New Birth is a spiritual birth according to John 1:10-13, John 3:1-7 and Titus 3:5-7.
- It’s important to understand the payment for sin. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Eternal death is eternal separation from God and it is the payment for the repudiation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Salvation justifies a sinner before an Almighty God. (Ro. 3:19-28)
- It’s important to understand that Jesus Christ died to save you from the payment of sin. Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ paid the ransom for sin with His own death and shed blood. Jesus Christ became the payment for sin therefore He is our only hope of eternal salvation. John 5:24, “He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
- Finally, it’s important to understand that you can call upon the Lord Jesus Christ, on the authority of His Word, to be your Saviour. Romans 10:9-13, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
3. Does First Baptist Church believe the Bible? First Baptist is a Bible believing church. We love God including His Word. At FBC we believe that the Bible, God’s Word, is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
4. Can you describe the people of First Baptist? We are a family. The people of First Baptist love their church and they love each other. Worship, learning, growing, giving, and serving is from the heart but our most outstanding strength that makes it all work is a spirit of oneness.
5. Describe a typical service at FBC? We teach and preach the Bible in all services with passion and with purpose. Our goal as a church is to feed the flock, to mature the saints, to edify the church, and to equip the membership to shine as lights in a troubled world. In addition to teaching and preaching, we sing hymns, have special music, and enjoy the fellowship of one another.
6. Do you have social events? We love fellowship which means spending time together. Events and activities play a vital role in our church. Some of our events include an annual Ladies Luncheon, Men’s Quarterly Breakfast, Youth Rally’s, Teen Camp, Teen Events, an annual Luau, an annual Sweetheart Dinner, Missions Month, and the Fifth Sunday Fellowship of which there are 4 in 2018 (April 29, July 30, September 30, and December 30). The Fifth Sunday schedule includes dinner on the grounds and an afternoon Service at 2 pm.
We are located at 365 Main Street in Groton, Massachusetts.
Nursery Care is available for all our services. We use a reliable pager system to privately contact a parent if their infant or child needs attention. Nursery Care including our Children’s ministry is staffed with loving and faithful members who will care for your children.
Bible Classes for Everyone | Sundays at 9:30 am
- Discipleship Class
- Adult Bible Class
- Teens (Grade 7-12)
- Juniors (Grade 4-6)
- Beginners (Age 4 to Grade 3)
- Toddlers (Age 2-3)
- Nursery Care (Newborn up to age 2)
The Sunday Morning Service (10:45-Noon)
The Worship Service begins at 10:45 am in the Main Auditorium.
Children’s Church for Age 4 to Grade 3.
Nursery Care available for Newborn up to Age 4.
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