May 232013
 

Welcome to The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph website.

The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph

1051 Route 66, P.O.  Box 344

Randolph, Vermont 05060

churchinfo@bfrvt.org

Pastor George Sweet  728-5318  pastorgeorge@bfrvt.org

STATEMENT OF FAITH – The Bible is the inerrant, infallible and divinely inspired Word of God and shall be our only authority and guide in the matters of faith and practice. As an expression of our beliefs, we subscribe to the principles of faith as set forth in “The Baptist Faith and Message”, as printed in the 2000 edition by LifeWay Christian Resources. Sunday is our organized day of worship. Sunday School (all ages) – 9:30 AM – Coffee Time – 10:30 AM Morning Worship – 10:45 AM Evening Worship & Discipleship Training – 6:00 PM Shockwave Youth Group (7-12th grade) – 6:00 PM (be sure to check the calendar for details and any possible changes to the schedule) Office Hours:  See bulletin for the week for actual hours. For Emergencies: Call Church Office at 234-5001. DEACONS MEETING YOUR NEEDS-If you have needs during the month please contact (Deacon-of-the-month Bob Scully for month of January, 2016  is (728-4680) as he is the designated Deacon-of-the-Month. When Pastor is unavailable, Bob should be called for your emergency concerns as well.  The deacon-of-the-month can be reached on-line as well by sending an email to bfrdeacon@gmail.com.  See contact information for other phone numbers. Website:  Questions, concerns, suggestions, corrections or additions should be directed to Bob Orleck at 728-9806 or by email at  bob@bfrvt.org.

OUR MISSION

  • Exalt the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in worship and fellowship,
  • Learn and follow God’s Word
  • Share the Gospel with neighbors near and far.

Jesus has designed us to be and calls on us to be”salt” and “light” to the world.  Matthew 5:13-16.  It is only by obedience to Christ and focusing our daily living on Him through the Holy Spirit who resides in us that we will be able to be as He expects us to be in the world we live in and interact in every day. We offer organized worship services on Sunday, Sunday School classes for all ages, a youth ministry, as well as small group studies through the week.  A small group study will enable you to get to know those you worship with better and will enable you to ask those questions you have always wanted to ask.  No matter what program the church has that you are interested in, you can be assured you will be encouraged by others who face the same or similar life challenges you just might be facing now.

There are lots of answers to lots of problems out in the world we live in.  But the only true lasting answer is in living a life dedicated to our Savior and the Truth that comes from his Holy Word!

We are glad that you found our website, hope that it helps you get to know us even better.

  •  We are believers in Jesus Christ, our Creator, Savior and Lord!
  • Our goal is to be as Jesus taught us, to be Salt and Light in the world. 
  • We have a hope in Jesus Christ that we want to share with you. 
  • We are a caring church and we enjoy fellowship with each other and others as our name suggests.
  • Please come and worship with us.

For more information about The Baptist Fellowship of Randolph, please explore our website.  You will find a calendar that spells out church events.  This site is new as of June, 2013 and was done in preparation for the celebration of our 35th anniversary as a constituted church.  Our first major project in the website was to get our historical timeline onto it.  That has been done, so please take the time to click on the various points in time and see narrative that will tell you more about us and where we came from and in come cases where we are going.  The timeline was not meant to include all church historical events that occur throughout the year because if it did it would become so filled that it would be hard to manage and would lose its effectiveness in telling new viewers what our big picture history is.   Review of past records and decisions to put them in the timeline will be ongoing also, so don’t think that because something does not appear in the timeline that it was determined that it was not significant.  As these important facts are found they will be incorporated in the timeline so if you know things that belong please let us know.  In the short time frame that was involved in getting this timeline launched there is no doubt that significant matters have been missed.  Also what is “significant” is subjective so please do not be bothered if you see timeline posts that you feel should not be there or know of things that you think should be there.  Now that the site and the timeline has been launched, most of the new items involving church activities will be included in the Calendar and in Fellowship News and not the timeline. As of August 2013 the site has added Sunday morning sermon podcasts.  You can also see the bulletins for past and upcoming services.  There is a contact page.  There is a calendar of events page.  If you review the side-bar menu you will see many other areas of the website that you might like to explore.  In addition in our links section you will find resources that will help you in your Christian exploration and growth.  May God bless your use of this modern tool as we worship Him, the Creator of all!

Be sure to continue scrolling down this page to see all the current news items of the Baptist Fellowship of Randolph.

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Jan 302016
 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

Going through difficult circumstances raises lots of questions regarding your theology. What do you believe about God? Is it different in good times and bad times?

The writer of Psalm 74 reflected on the tragic circumstances that the people of God faced: the destruction of Jerusalem and the people’s exile in Babylon. It seemed like the Lord had abandoned His people: “Why have You rejected us forever, God? Why does Your anger burn against the sheep of Your pasture?” (v. 1). The community of God’s people in exile wept over the destruction of the temple because the temple symbolized the presence and protection of God. The people of Jerusalem thought the presence of the temple was their guarantee of security, no matter how they lived. Why did God permit a pagan nation to defeat the Jews and destroy the holy city and the temple? The answer: God cares more about souls than buildings.

As a result of the invasion of the Babylonians, the people heard the roar of the enemy over the words of teaching. The enemy was ferocious in its attempt to destroy every indicator of the worship of the one, true God. The psalmist described them as: “Men in a thicket of trees, wielding axes, the smashing of all the carvings with hatchets and picks,” (v. 5-6). They had no respect for the one, true God and they tried to remove any visual connections that the people had with Him. “They set Your sanctuary on fire; they utterly desecrated the dwelling place of Your name. They said in their hearts, ‘Let us oppress them relentlessly.’ They burned down every place throughout the land where God met with us,” (v. 7-8). Why wasn’t God so offended by these insults that He stopped them? When pagans act like pagans, God is not as offended as when His people act like pagans.

After a series of tough questions, the author lifted his eyes by faith from the burning ruins of the temple to the holy throne of God in the heavens and received a new perspective on the situation: “God my king is from ancient times, performing saving acts on the earth,” (v. 12). God still does mighty works in people’s lives.

May God bless you. Pastor George

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Jan 242016
 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

This year, I am starting a new devotional study focused on the psalms. I have decided to start in book 3 of the psalms (there are 5 sets of books within the psalms). Here are some of my thoughts as I read and study Psalm 73.

In this psalm, the writer struggles within himself as to the appropriate response to evil and injustice in the world. He begins the psalm by declaring, “God is indeed good to Israel, to the pure in heart,” (v. 1). One thing that the psalmist knows is that God is good and faithful to His people.

But almost immediately in the psalm he addresses the fact that we are often tempted to chase the world’s treasures. “But as for me; my feet almost slipped; my steps nearly went astray. For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked,” (v. 2-3). Life can be difficult for the godly when resentment over material things takes root in their soul. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains,” (1 Timothy 6:10).

It appears that those who chase after the world’s treasures do not seem to suffer from the frailties, adversities, diseases, and weaknesses common to people. “They have an easy time until they die, and their bodies are well-fed,” (v. 4). “They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people,” (v. 5). They seem to live above the frustrations of life and they have no respect for God or His Word (v. 6-9). They seek to turn people’s minds away from God, and they are often successful (v. 10). They think they can hide their sins and rebellion from God (v. 11). They are tempted by the illusion of success (v. 12).

The psalmist writes, “When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless, until I entered God’s sanctuary” (v. 16-17a). Worship resets your thinking. Worship helps us remember truths that we have forgotten. For example, evil is not victorious; evil suffers an everlasting destruction. When the psalmist focuses on the worship of God, “then I understood their destiny,” (v. 17b).

That is not the end of the psalm, but that is the end of my space in the bulletin. Finish reading the psalm for yourself and see what the Holy Spirit says to you.

May God bless you.

Pastor George

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Jan 022016
 

Dear Church Family and Friends, Happy New Year! I don’t know if you make New Years’ resolutions or not, but our resolutions always have to be submissive to the Lord’s will: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage [Read more…]