We've been waiting for you! It's true...we believe that every person who comes into this circle of special fellowship was sent by God Himself. It's no accident that we have the joy of meeting you. So, above all else, we want to express Christ's love to you with genuine, heartfelt warmth. We're eager to get to know you, and we're excited to share with you the marvelous ways God is working in our church. It won't take you long to discover that this is truly a family, rich in the relationships that matter most. Growing together...we worship, we serve, we laugh, we cry, we learn, and we reach out to our world with life-transforming truths. We reach out to you as well. Our doors are open...our hearts are open, too. If you've been thinking, praying, searching, and hoping for a place to belong, we say again... Welcome Home!
Jeff Ling joined the First Baptist family in July 1992. Since then he has served as a deacon, teacher, and lay leader. In November of 2000 he became a staff member and was ordained a pastor in 2001. Jeff is used in many areas, however teaching God's word, outreach and missions have a special place in Jeff's heart. Jeff is currently serving as the Senior Pastor
Our mission as mandated by scripture is to exalt the Savior, equip the saints and evangelize the lost to reach our community for Christ.
Salvation Through Christ: A Matter of FAITH
What do you think it takes for someone to get to heaven? Is it luck? Good deeds? Nothing at all? Or is there something more? The Bible has the real answer to this question. It’s a matter of FAITH.
F stands for FORGIVENESS. We cannot have eternal life without God’s forgiveness. Ephesians 1:7a says, “In Him (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
A is for AVAILABLE. Forgiveness is available for all. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” But forgiveness is not automatic. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,” says Matthew 7:21a.
I is for IMPOSSIBLE. It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven because of who He is and because of who we are. God is loving and just, but His judgment is against sin. James 2:13a says, “Because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful.” We are sinful people. Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
T is for TURN. To turn means to repent. We can repent — or turn — from our sin and from ourselves. “But unless you repent, you too will all perish,” Luke 13:3b says. We can also turn to Someone. Trust Christ alone. Romans 10:9 tells us how: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
H is for HEAVEN. Heaven is eternal life. Here, that means life “to the full:” “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10b).” In the hereafter, it means the promise of heaven: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3).
So how can a person have God’s forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord? By trusting in Christ and asking Him for forgiveness. Take the step of faith described by another meaning of FAITH: Forsaking All I Trust Him.
You do this through a simple prayer reflecting your desire for Christ to change your life. You don’t need fancy words–only an honest heart. You can pray something like this:
Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and have displeased You in many ways. I believe You died for my sin, and only through faith in Your death and resurrection can I be forgiven. I turn from my sin and ask You to come into my life as my Savior and Lord. From this day on, I will follow You by living a life that pleases You. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for saving me. Amen.
Accepting Christ is just the beginning of a wonderful adventure with God! Get to know Him better in a number of ways:
- Follow Christ’s example in baptism.
- Join a church where you can worship God and grow in your faith.
- In your church, get involved in Sunday School and Bible study.
- Begin a daily personal worship experience with God where you study the Bible and pray.
We’d love to hear from you — Please feel free to ask us any questions you have about becoming a Christian, or tell us about your decision to follow Jesus Christ. Please let us know how we can serve you by sending us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loving God. Loving People.
Pastor Jeff has served as senior pastor at First Baptist since August, 2013. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 28 years and have four amazing children (Anthony, Caitlin, Tristan, and Allison) along with four beautiful grandchildren. Jeff has a deep love for God's Word and His people. He is dedicated to growing God’s people from the inside out - furthering their knowledge of God so they can produce Godly fruit and become more Christ-like in every way.
Kyle McGee -Youth Pastorkmcgeefbc@gmail.com
Kyle and his beautiful new bride, Bree, joined our church family in December 2017. They both have a love for student ministry and a desire to see students grow deeper in their faith. Kyle is dedicated to growing our students to become stronger believers and leaders through teaching the truths of God's Word.
Julie Watson-Church Administratorjwatsonfbc@gmail.com
Julie has been the church administrator at FBCNP since November, 2013. She and her husband, Scott, have been married 27 years and have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Julie was saved while living in Anchorage in 1995 and has been following Christ ever since. She praises God for His patience and grace as He continues to sanctify her for His glory.