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 the Pastor 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. 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 are juice and wafers which represent the body and blood of Jesus. Communion is observed by those who have saving faith in Jesus alone and have been baptized 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.
How old is BCA? It was constituted 28 years ago. (1993)
What is BCA's position on Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Intersectionality? Because CRT and Intersectionality are anti-Christian we do not stand for or support them. Moreover, since we hold to the sufficiency of Scripture we reject both as being used as analytical tools to explain the human condition.
What is BCA's position on modern day wokeness? We do not stand for or support the woke movement.
What is BCA's position on social justice? Our aim is for BIBLICAL justice which includes, but not limited to, mercy, compassion, generosity, and impartiality. We are not in support of today's left-wing social justice causes.
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 stance on homosexuality, transgenderism, abortion? They are sinful and must be repented of. We are not ashamed to publicly address what the Bible clearly teaches on these issues, specifically when the Bible speaks to such sins. All such sins (and all sin) is forgiven upon repentance and placing ones faith in Christ alone.
How does BCA view the seeker-sensitive approach in regards to reaching the lost?
We teach that no one seeks after God (Romans 3), but God draws His people to faith in Christ through faithful preaching of the gospel. The gathering together of believers on the Lord's Day is particularly for the edification and equipping of the saints, God's people. As a result we do not arrange or revolve our services around the feelings or thoughts of unbelievers. With that said, unbelievers are called upon to trust Christ alone for their eternal salvation.
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 one hour and fifteen minutes (10:45-12pm)
Do you have Sunday Evening Service? No
Do you single out new visitors? No.
Do I have to wear a mask? No, mask are not mandated.
Do you have a formal greeting time during service? Currently we are not having a formal greeting time, however people do mingle before and after the service.
Would I have the opportunity to introduce myself to the pastor if I wanted? Absolutely! The Pastor does not hide out after the sermon. After the service he remains in the front of the church where he would be glad for you to introduce yourself.
Do you have Wednesday Service? Yes. Every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the main auditorium . 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 (lost or saved) 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 edifying.
What about children during church? We believe children are not only a tremendous blessing to our church, but also learn to worship God by sitting with their parents or loved ones during the service. As a result, children are encouraged to sit with their parents throughout the entire worship service. Click here for more information. To those with children ages birth-5 years old we have a wonderful Pre-School ministry available to be utilized during Sunday School and the church service.
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. 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.