Do you have Sunday School? Yes. Every Sunday at 9:30 am. For more information, Click here
How does someone join The Baptist Church at Andover (BCA)? First notify an Elder who will distribute the church membership curriculum for your review. Second, a meeting with the Pastor will be scheduled to discuss candidates conversion/baptism and answer any questions you may have about the church. After the member-candidate is approved by the Elders, they are brought before the church for public affirmation at a date set by joining member(s).
How do I get baptized? Baptism is an outward profession of ones faith in Christ. We immerse the entire body under water which signifies Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. We usually observe baptisms at the beginning of the church service. Because baptism is also a proclamation of the gospel, we do not partake in private baptisms. Prior to baptism the candidate will receive a baptism curriculum and a meeting will be scheduled with the Pastor. Baptism places the individual into membership of the church.
What about the Lord's Supper? We partake of the Lord's Supper (communion) twice a month, after the sermon. The elements represent the body and blood of Jesus. Communion is observed by those who have saving faith in Jesus alone and have been baptized/immersed in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. After the sermon, individuals come forward to get the elements and return to their seat to pray before we partake at the same time. This is a sacred and edifying ordinance we observe. Moreover, partaking together is our confession that Jesus is LORD. While the Supper is a remembrance it remains a means to grow in grace before God.
How old is BCA? The church was constituted in 1993.
Is there any community outreach? Our primary outreach to the community is the preaching of the gospel. We also donate food, give counsel, and seek to assist anyone in need.
What is BCA's Position on discipleship? We desire to see Christians know Christ, grow in grace, and enjoy God. The means by which we advance discipleship is (a) The Lord's Day Gathering (b) Sunday School (c) Wednesday Bible Study (d) Home Groups.
What is the Order of Service? Click here
What is the estimated length of entire service? approximately 10:45-12pm
Do you have Sunday Evening Service? No. Our home groups meet on Sunday Evenings.
Is there a formal greeting time during service? No, however people do mingle before and after the service.
Would I have the opportunity to introduce myself to the pastor if I wanted? Absolutely! After the service our pastor can be contacted either in the front of the church or in the front vestibule.
Do you have Wednesday Service? Yes. Every Wednesday at 6:30 pm ( from March to November). This service typically consists of a song of praise, a pastoral prayer, along with a teaching from the Bible. The service is 1-hour in length (6:30-7:30 pm). The preschool and children's ministries meet separately during this hour. Those in 6th grade and up join us for this service.
How does BCA view and promote evangelism? We believe evangelism is sharing the good news of Jesus and is mandated by our Lord (Matthew 28:18-20). Every sermon calls all people to trust the gospel. Moreover, we encourage fathers to teach their children to share the gospel and we exhort church members to seek opportunities to share Christ with people they associate with on a weekly basis.
What's the music like? Our instruments typically consists of acoustic/bass guitar, and a piano. We sing a total of four songs, three before the sermon and one after the sermon. Our songs are always glorifying to God and edifying to His people.
What are sermons like? The Pastor preaches anywhere from 30-45 minutes, straight out of the Bible. He selects the Bible passage and faithfully walks through the text of Scripture. More often than not, he preaches through books of the Bible. The sermons are not sugar-coated, meaning, if the Bible says it, it will be addressed.
Are people admonished to get saved? Yes. Every sermon has the call for sinners to put their faith in Jesus. If you bring a friend or loved one that is not a Christian they will most definitely hear a clear gospel presentation throughout the sermon. We believe people must pray for His salvation.
What do you teach about the gospel? Man is created in God's image yet conceived in sin. Because God is just, sinners are not "let off the hook" but rather under the judgment of God. GOOD NEWS is God sent His Son Jesus Christ who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, truly God and truly man. Jesus lived without sin. As our substitute, He both lived in our place and suffered in our place. He took upon Himself the judgment we deserved. He was brutally and unjustly killed. Three days later He physically and bodily rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is currently seated at God's right hand. If a sinner REPENTS and BELIEVES by placing their faith in JESUS ALONE, they are given the very righteousness of Christ, endowed with the indwelling Holy Spirit, forgiven of all sin (past, present and future) and will live eternally with Him.
WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO HAVE YOU JOIN US ANY GIVEN SERVICE.