What ages can participate in the youth activities?

The youth ministry at First Baptist Church includes students in grades 7 through 12. Ocassionally we will have events just for 7th & 8th graders, or just for high-schoolers, but unless that is explicitly stated, know that you’re welcome if you’re in 7th -12th grade.

 

I go to another church with my family. Can I participate in the youth activities?

Sure! In fact, we have a good number of students who go to other churches on Sunday morning but attend with us on Sunday nights and/or Wednesday nights. We believe that it’s important that you attend church with your family and we will not discourage that, but if it’s possible to participate with us at other times as well, then please do. We’d love to have you!

 

PARENT F.A.Q.: I’ve tried, but I’m having a hard time getting my teenager involved in the youth ministry. What can I do?

PLEASE let us help you get your son or daughter involved in the youth group. If you’ll let us know, we will mobilize some of our adult & student leaders. They will use cards, phone calls, personal visits, and other means to establish a friendship with your child and encourage their involvement.

Transitioning into a new group is never easy. It can be hard and it can take time to form friendships and get to where you feel accepted. The best way for a student to do that is to show up regularly… even if takes the parent making them come! Time and faithfulness will bring about relationships and comfort though… so don’t give up!

If we can help with this, please e-mail Daryl at: daryl@fbceastman.com

 

If someone is a Christian, isn’t that enough? Is it really important to be involved in church?

The church is not only important… it’s vital for the Christian! After all, Christ died for the church and established the church by His authority. Some people have no choice. They can’t go to church because they’re trapped in a hospital bed or working in an isolated place where no church exists. God, Himself, is certainly sufficient for them. You can still go to heaven even if you can’t go to church. However, it is not God’s design for a Christian to live their life in isolation.
When you become a Christian, you are called into a relationship with God (I Cor. 1:9). But I John 1:3 makes it clear that we enter a fellowship that goes two ways: with God and with other Christians. The New Testament never divides Christians into church members and non-church members. All the way through, it assumes that everybody participates in their local assembly.
A single verse should actually be sufficient answer for this question: Heb. 10:25 warns its readers against the sin of “forsaking the assembly of yourselves together, as the manner of some is.” The church must be together to carry out many of it’s purposes. For example, on your own, you cannot use your spiritual gifts for the common good (I Cor. 12:7) and you cannot fulfill the “one another” commands given to us throughout the New Testament. Worship, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and evangelism are all enhanced in an individual’s life through the partnership of other believers in a local church body.
In short, you need the church and the church needs you. This is the way God has designed it. And although it is possible to be saved apart from the church, you will never become what God has intended for you to become in Christ apart from it.

 

How do you know the Bible is true and that one of the other religions in the world aren’t right?

Here are some reasons why you can believe that the Bible is absolutely true & trustworthy:

- It’s Unique Structure – it contains 66 books written by over 40 writers over 2,000 years, yet is has perfect unity and consistency!

- It’s Fulfilled Prophecies – Jesus Christ alone fulfilled 60 major O.T. prophecies. The probability of one man fulfilling just 8 such prophecies is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000!

- It’s Historical Accuracy – “No archeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible.” (Dr. Nelson Glueck, a foremost authority on Israeli archeology)

- It’s Scientific Accuracy – many of the principles of modern science were recorded as facts of nature in the Bible long before scientists confirmed them experimentally. A few examples: Roundness of the earth (Is.40:22), Hydrologic cycle (Ecc. 1:7), Gravitational field (Job 26:7), Law of Conservation of Mass and Energy (II Pet. 3:7)

- It’s Textual Accuracy – When you compare timelines and the number of manuscripts in existance, there is more evidence for the New Testament than any 10 peices of classical literature combined!

- It’s Textual Reliability – What was written down is true because the authors wrote as eye-witnesses and they appealed to the knowledge of their opponents concerning the facts they declared (ex. Acts 2:22).

- It’s Universal Effect – The Bible is the all-time, best-selling book. No other book has ever held such universal appeal nor produced such lasting effects.

The Bible also has a special message to it. It’s message of salvation differs from all other world religions in that you are not saved by works, but by a Savior who knew we couldn’t save ourselves, chose to die for us, and still lives today after raising from the dead. And like salvation, the Bible has to be accepted by faith. It is not a blind leap, for God has provided the evidence, but we must personally respond to it with an element of faith.

Questions? Want more information? E-mail me: daryl@fbceastman.com

 

Can a person really know for sure that they’re going to heaven when they die?

Yes! I John 5:13-14 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” God doesn’t want us to wonder or even hope that we will go to heaven. He wants us to know!

God offers assurance to all of us who are truly His in Christ through His Word. For example: He says that we have eternal life and we will not be condemned, we have crossed over from death to life (Jn. 5:24-25), that we will never die (Jn. 11:26), that we are His children (Jn. 1:12), that He will complete the good work He began in us (Phil. 1:6), that nothing can snatch us out of His hand (Jn. 10:28), and that nothing can separate us from His love (Rom. 8:39). That assurance is also conveyed by His Spirit which testifies that “we are God’s children” (Rom. 8:16).

Just as salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and there is nothing we can do to earn it, there is also nothing we can do to loose it. It is ours for all time. However, in this life we don’t always experience assurance of salvation. This can be for a number of reasons such as unrepentant sin, spiritual laziness, troublesome circumstances, and satanic attack. These things erode assurance from the believer’s life if we’re not careful. So take the following steps to make sure that you are right with the Lord and can experience the assurance of heaven God wants you to have:

1. Pass the Truth Test (I Jn. 5:1). Are you trusting Christ alone for salvation and assurance or are you trusting something else? Accept the promises and precepts of God by faith and trust Him at His word, even if feelings don’t fall in line. Study the gospel, examine yourself, and make sure you are truly in the faith.

2. Pass the Obedience Test (I Jn. 2:3-6). Are you living a life of obedience to Christ? Submit all of your life to Him and follow His commands to keep guilt at bay.

3. Pass the Love Test (I Jn. 4:7-8, 16, 20-21). Is the love of God in you? If so, it will prove itself by producing in us a love for Him and a love others.