First Baptist Church

1601 Temple Ave., Camarillo, CA 93010

(805) 484-2879

Join us this weekend for...

Saturday Evening                   -     Prayer Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday Morning Worship     -     Sunday School at 9:15 a.m.  for all ages!

                                                        Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Evening Activities     -     AWANA (during the school year)

                                                  -     Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.

Welcome to First Baptist Church of Camarillo

We invite you to come and find out first-hand what Christian fellowship and the life-changing message of biblical truth can do in your life. You can expect to be welcomed warmly and greeted with joy, when you come worship with us at our church as we introduce you to our ministry.

You can learn more about our church, the beliefs and practices, avenues of worship / study / encouragement, as well as our ministries.

We strive for the revolutionary fellowship of Christians in the church Jesus started and empowered with His Spirit after the day of Pentecost. Our goal is to allow God to bring about genuine Christian fellowship and care for others, opposed to just coming and only going through the motions of being in church.

We look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday morning and meeting you.

We believe the areas of ministry you will find in our church cannot only be refreshing but also life-changing.

Use this opportunity to explore our website - feel free to ask any questions - and above all, come experience what our church is all about (the glory of God!)

We primarily offer - biblical exposition, encouraging fellowship, and challenging discipleship.

Come and worship with us. Become a part of our music ministry. Study the Bible with us. Join a small group Bible study. Experience a study of God's Word!

Childcare is available and we have many children's ministries that they can get involved in. Sunday School - AWANA - Vacation Bible School - and other opportunities.

We are glad you visited our website and will look forward to meeting you soon!

 

- Our Goals -

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Plan of Salvation

THE WAY TO HEAVEN TAKES A STEP OF FAITH - HOW TO FIND ETERNAL LIFE

GOD'S POWER CAN MAKE US SECURE

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:16

GOD'S POWER CAN RESULT IN CHANGE

Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

Romans 2:4

SIN MAKES CHANGE NECESSARY

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23

GOD STILL LOVES US

But God proves His own loves for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us!

Romans 5:8

SIN EARNS DEATH, BUT GOD GIVES LIFE

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

CONFESS, REPENT, BELIEVE, & CALL

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. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10:9-10,13

ARE YOU READY TO RECEIVE GOD'S OFFER OF ETERNAL LIFE?

If so, please pray the following prayer:

Dear God, I know that Jesus is Your Son and that He died on the cross and was raised from the dead. Because I have sinned and need forgiveness, I ask Jesus to come into my heart. I am willing to change the direction of my life by acknowledging Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and by turning away from my sins. Thank You for giving me forgiveness, eternal life, and hope. In Jesus' name, Amen.

If you pray sincerely, Jesus will come into your life, and in Him you will have eternal life and hope.

This information was taken from LifeWay Christian Resources.

Membership & Baptism

Baptism - Is it important?

YES! We believe that Baptism by Immersion is an important New Testament ordinance. There are several important reasons why every believer should be baptized:

JESUS COMMISSIONED HIS CHURCH TO BAPTIZE DISCIPLES IN HIS NAME

Matthew 28:19 - The church is commissioned by Christ to baptize those who come to believe in Christ as Lord and Savior in order to be obedient to Him.

JESUS SET THE EXAMPLE BY BEING BAPTIZED

John baptized Him after Jesus told him: "Suffer it to be so, now for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness." Matthew 3:15. When Jesus was baptized, God said: "You are my own dear son. I am pleased with you" Mark 1:11. This indicates that when we are baptized, we please God. We are following the example of Jesus through baptism.

THE EARLY CHRISTIANS FOLLOWED JESUS BY BAPTISM AS THEIR FIRST EXPRESSION OF OBEDIENCE TO HIM

People were baptized in the book of Acts immediately after accepting Christ without exception. We see this with the people at Pentecost Acts 2:41, at Samaria Acts 8:16, the Ethiopian eunuch Acts 8:36-38, Paul Acts 9:18, Cornelius Acts 11:47, Lydia Acts 16:14-15, the Philippian jailer Acts 16:33, the people at Corinth Acts 18:8, and the people at Ephesus Acts 19:5. There is a wealth of evidence here demonstrating that a person who has accepted Christ as Savior should be baptized into a New Testament Church.

BAPTISM IS ONE OF THE MOST VISIBLE WAYS OF EXPRESSING COMPLETELY WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU THROUGH SALVATION

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward experience. Baptism is a depiction of what has already happened in our lives when we accept Christ. Baptism also shows what we have come to believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It is really a picture of the gospel. The gospel is defined in I Corinthians 15:3-4, according to the scriptures, Christ died for our sins; he was buried, and he rose again the third day. Baptism pictures our faith in this and what has actually happened in our lives. We are buried with Him by baptism into death: That like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life Romans 6:3-4.

BAPTISM IS THE VISIBLE WAY OF OFFILIATING WITH A LOCAL BODY OF BELIEVERS

The church is Christ's assembled body of believers who have trusted Him for salvation and are called out of the world to serve Him. They have demonstrated this commitment through baptism. This church accepts for membership those who have demonstrated their commitment to Christ this way in a New Testament Church. One joins the church by a statement that they are saved and have been baptized. The church then sends for their record of membership to be transferred. If you have been saved, but not baptized, you can become a member of this church through baptism. You may express your desire to do this to the pastor. All of the records of the early Christian baptisms in Acts occur under the authority or through a person authorized by a local congregation of born-again baptized believers in Christ.

BAPTISM IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF THE HERITAGE OF THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN A STAND

Although Baptism by Immersion is a New Testament practice, it was practically obscured for many centuries (except for isolated groups) until the Reformation in the 16th Century. A group called Ana-Baptist decided that the Bible should be taken literally and realistically. They contended that baptism by immersion is a New Testament Practice for a person who becomes a follower of Christ. They did not allow their infants to be sprinkled as there was no evidence for this in the Bible.

In Zurich, Switzerland, a law was passed that anyone refusing to have their infants sprinkled would be punished. However, these people refused this practice and chose to obey the Bible. Most of their leaders were drowned, burned at the stake, or imprisoned. Despite this early struggle for Believer's Baptism, the practice has survived and is administered by our church and countless others as a New Testament ordinance that we believe the Bible teaches.

The heritage of churches who practice Believer's Baptism by Immersion shows how important this ordinance has been in the past. They have not cheapened what baptism pictures of tried to lessen the impact of what it represents. Why should anyone try to do this?

SOME IMPORTANT FACTS TO REMEMBER ABOUT BAPTISM

-Baptism by Immersion is an important New Testament ordinance given to the church to administer - Those who contend that Baptist is humiliating and out of place should take a closer look at the Bible. Every believer serious in their commitment to Christ has been baptized.

-Baptism is not a saving ordinance - One must be saved before they are baptized or they will just be getting wet. The only requirement for baptism is to have accepted Christ as Savior Acts 8:37.

-Baptism is always in the context and under the authority of the local church - Christ gave this ordinance to the church. You should be baptized as a public witness to fellow believers. One who seeks to baptize without the authority of a local New Testament church is doing so without the authority of Christ.

-Baptism's correct form is through total immersion - Any other method of baptism does not picture the gospel. We are buried with him by baptism Romans 6:4. Jesus was immersed, for it says...And Jesus when he was baptized went up straight way out of the water Matthew 3:16. The Greek word for baptism means to plunge under or dip in water.

-Baptism is necessary to be an obedient Christ - Jesus was baptized before He began His ministry. Baptism should be the first step of obedience to Christ. If a Christian is not willing to submit to this first step of obedience to Christ, it is doubtful that they will submit other areas of their life to the Lordship of Christ.

-Baptism can be arranged for you through this church - The pastor is available for further counsel in this area. Please call and make an appointment with him today.

Membership & iTs Important

Church membership and its importance is a question that every born-again believer should consider. God's design is for every born-again believer to be a part of a local New Testament Church.

MEMBERSHIP IN A NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH IS IMPORTANT

To be a part of the work Christ commissioned the church to do Matthew 28:19-20.

To decide about matters related to ministry and policy as a members with voting privileges.

To find a place of ministry to serve with the gifts and ministry God has given you Ephesians 2:21.

To be a participant and involved Christian in the mission God has given to the New Testament Church. Some people will not be reached for Christ unless they are reached through your witness and testimony as a church member.

To support the work of Christ in the appropriate manner through the local church. We need a place where we can be accountable to God and fellow believers for stewardship and faithfulness Malachi 3:8-10.

To become a part of the organization with which God intended to reach the world throughout its succeeding generations Ephesians 2:6, 3:21.

To fulfill God's plan for your life by meeting with other believers and becoming a part of a fellowship of believers who love, care, accept, and offer support for you, organized as a New Testament Church Acts 2:44-47.

Every instance of conversion in the book of Acts demonstrated identification with a local assembly of baptized believers and participated in that body of believers.

THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS ONE MAY BECOME A MEMBER OF Our CHURCH

1. BY PROFFESION OF FAITH IN CHRIST AND BAPTISM

The Bible teaches that all who believed were in fellowship with and became a part of the church through baptism. Baptism is the first step of obedience to Christ. Through baptism, we identify with Christ and the church.

2. BY TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP

If you are a born-again believer who has been baptized by a local New Testament Church, you may transfer your membership from the church by requesting your "letter". We send for a record of your membership there. The specific church where your membership is will then send a verification of membership. You become a member of our fellowship when this transfer of membership is requested. We will then affirm your decision and you are received into membership at our church.

3. BY STATEMENT OF PRIOR MEMBERSHIP IN A BAPTIST CHURCH

You may join by statement that you have been a member of a Baptist church. Sometimes a records of membership is not available because of error or loss. You may then share that you are a born-again believer who has been baptized in a church "of like faith and order". The church will affirm your decision and receive you into membership by statement.

4. BY BAPTISM INTO A NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH

You may join by baptism when your membership has been in a group unlike ours. We make this statement in our Constitution regarding those wishing to become a members from a group not like First Baptist Church: "Those desiring membership from other denominations unlike Baptists will be counseled after they present themselves for membership. They will be accepted for membership in the appropriate manner for uniting with the church. The pastor, staff, or designated leaders will examine their baptism in light of scriptural conditions affirmed in The Baptist Faith and Message. They will then be accepted for membership either by statement or baptism into the church."

We make this statement because of the importance the scripture places on identification with Christ and the church through baptism. In no way do we question if a person has accepted Christ, if they truly have a testimony of receiving Christ. We do believe however that baptism should be properly administered and that the believer must be immersed by a proper authority.

In many cases, those who have been baptized in groups other than Baptist churches have not been properly baptized and need to be baptized by and into a New Testament Church. There are at least three reasons for this:

A PRACTICAL REASON

If a person has joined another group in a way unlike membership in our church, then it would be inconsistent to accept them as members. They would be transferring a membership that is unlike the one our church believes and practices.

Since most other groups do not baptize believers for identification with the church, then baptism in other groups would be a different type of membership if it is membership.

A HISTORICAL REASON

The New Testament Church was not started by a man, but by Christ. Jesus established the church in His earthly ministry, commissioned and empowered it with His Holy Spirit. New Testament Churches have existed in unbroken succession since the time of Christ. Baptist Churches know no founder but Christ and have practices identical to the early church. Other groups may not have similar practices, especially in regard to baptism and church membership. When you are baptized by our church, you are baptized by a church like the one Christ commissioned to baptize all who would come to faith in Him.

A SCRIPTURAL REASON

The Bible teaches that the church is a local assembly of baptized believers. Christ established His church during His earthly ministry and called those disciples baptized by John the Baptist. He sent them to make disciples, baptize, and teach. The church and its successors are commissioned to baptize. The commission to baptize was not given to individuals, but to the church.

On the day of Pentecost in Acts, people received Christ, were baptized, and then added to the church Acts 2:38-41. Every baptism in Acts was under the authority of an apostle commissioned by Christ or a church. We are saved into God's kingdom by faith in Christ John 3:3. We are baptized into the church by immersion to identify with Christ and those who are His followers Galatians 3:27.

Baptism primarily identifies us with Christ and the gospel Romans 6:3-4; I Corinthians 15:3-4. We also believe baptism identifies believers with a body of believers as we view the church in Acts and throughout the New Testament. If you have not identified with Christ and His church through baptism, you need a scriptural baptism administered by a New Testament church.

The pastor is available to answer any questions you may have about membership or the church. He will be glad to make an appointment to visit in your home or in his office. Our aim is to clarify any misunderstanding you might have and help you be all that the Lord wants you to be.

Periodically, classes about our church are held under the leadership of the pastor. Class 101 - On Church Belief & Practice is helpful to new members, those interested in church membership, or those wishing to find out more about the church. Call the church office for more information on this class.

Dan Nelson, Pastor

Weekly Schedule

Sunday

9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages

10:30 a.m. Worship Service

5 p.m. Awana during the school year

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Monday

7 p.m. Military Bible Study 2nd & 4th Monday

Tuesday

7 p.m. Outreach Visitation

Wednesday

6:30 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal

Thursday

9:45 a.m. Ladies Prayer Circle & Outreach

FRIDAY

5:30 p.m. Temple Ave Band Praise and Worship
7:30 p.m. Youth Group Bible Studay

Saturday

6:30 p.m. Prayer Gathering Around the Altar

Sunday School Classes

at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings

We have a Sunday School Class for every age group

 

Nursery / Preschool - meets downstairs in Holmes Hall

Bed Babies (Janice Nelson) - 2's through K (      )

 

Children - meets downstairs in Holmes Hall

1st through 3rd (Anita Kuhlman) - 4th through 5th (Anne Kimball)

 

Youth - meets upstairs in Holmes Hall

6th through 8th & 9th through 12th (Penny Pentecost)

 

Adults - meets in the Adult Educational Building

College (Shelly Westbrook) - Christian Singles (Frances Flynn) - Bible Explorers (Sean Brahim) - Age to Age (Doug Brumage) - Keenagers (Eloise Brumage)

Child Care - Extended Session & Children's Church

Childcare is available for infants through five years of age in the nursery during the worship service.

Children 1st through 4th grade may go to Children's Church in the preschool area after the scripture reading.

This is located downstairs in Holmes Hall.

All of our children's workers have undergone training and background checks.

We adhere to age-specific ratio standards for adults per children.

 

AWANA CLUBS

Statement

Awana® Clubs™ provides weekly programs and special events that introduce children and youth to Jesus Christ, build a biblical foundation for faith and instill enduring Christian faith in teens.  Our Awana Club partners with families by challenging parents to be the primary spiritual influencers of their children by providing a structured framework for meaningful spiritual guidance as the children work through the Awana Club age-appropriate handbooks.

Each week, more than one million children and youth and 250,000 volunteers participate in Awana. Over 12,000 churches in the United States and nearly 11,000 more internationally, operate Awana programs.

The Awana Vision:  Awana helps churches and parents raise kids to know, love and serve Christ using:

• Fully integrated programs for ages 2 to 18

• Evangelism tools to reach children, youth and families

• Teaching that builds an enduring biblical faith

• Resources that unite churches and parents to disciple the next generation

• Initial and ongoing volunteer training

• Healthy mentor and peer relationships

• Age-appropriate appeal for children, youth and adults alike

Our First Baptist Church of Camarillo Awana Club is vibrant and growing!

Come join us Sunday evenings 5pm – 7pm (during the school year).

the information on this website about Awana® Clubs™ is used by permission

Bible Study

Four Ways we offer Bible Study in the church each week:

-Sunday School for every age group at 9:15 a.m.

-Worship Service on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

-Sunday Evening Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. - Answering questions about the Bible, led by the Pastor

-Through the Bible Class on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the Adult Educational Building. Go through the Bible in a year studying one book each week. Also led by the Pastor. Handouts are available each session.

Upcoming Events

Round Table Discussion of Pastor Dan's new book

Baptist Revival: Reaffirming Baptist Principles in Today's Changing Church Scene

Sunday Evening, July 31 at 6:30 p.m.

at First Baptist Church - 1601 Temple Ave., Camarillo, CA 93010

The program will consist of seven people sharing a brief review of one of the seven chapters. A discussion will follow with a chance for anyone to ask questions. Learn the prominent truths Baptists believe as we share together.

Call the church office at (805) 484-2879 for more information on the program.

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Autographed copies of the book are available directly from: the pastor (by cash/check only), local bookstores of Christian Family Supply in Camarillo or Abednego Books in Ventura, Faithful Life Publishers (by credit card), The book is also available as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Eden.co.uk, as well as other online retailers.

This book is not just for Baptists and pastors. It gives you the core teachings of New Testament Christianity with verses, history, and illustrations.

A direct link for the publisher is http://store.flpublishers.net/baptist-revival

Dan Nelson, Pastor

Our Pastor, Dan Nelson, has lived in California for over 38 years. He was saved, baptized, and called to preach at an early age. He has served as an evangelist, and also as a staff member of the Northwest Baptist Convention working with youth evangelism. He has served three churches as their pastor and has been an ordained minister of the gospel for over 44 years while serving  as Pastor of First Baptist Church for 32 years, coming to Camarillo in 1984.

Dan is a graduate of William Carey University. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Seminary, the Doctor of Philosophy degree from California Graduate School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Pastor Dan teaches God’s Word continually. He preaches during the Sunday Morning Service, he leads a small group Bible study on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. He has also preached through the New Testament, chapter by chapter, over the last 11 years. Dan believes the Bible is the Inspired Word of God and that is reflected in his preaching. The Bible is used through reading, interpretation, and application in the services here at First Baptist Church.

Dan loves Christian History and has taught Church History at Channel Islands Bible College and Seminary. He has done dramatic presentations, such as his portrayal of George Whitefield, great evangelist of the First Great Awakening in Great Britain and America.

Our pastor has a vision to reach people for Christ from all backgrounds, cultures and age-groups. He is actively involved in church-wide visitation and seeks to train others to win people to Christ. He believes the church is not a club but an incorporating fellowship that should always be expanding in ministry and outreach to the community. He calls people to Christ in the public invitation as well as seeking to reach others for Christ through personal evangelism.

Dan and his wife, Janice, have been married for over 41 years. They have two grown daughters who live in the Pacific Northwest and Arizona. Janice is the church pianist and is a registered nurse.

Dan looks forward to meeting you and sharing more about the exciting opportunities of First Baptist Church of Camarillo. He wants to help you become involved in the church and ministry, and feels we are the type of church family you will want to be a part of while associating with God’s people and the teaching of God’s word.

Amy Cranage, Church Administrative Secretary

Amy Cranage works in the church office. She has served in this position for over the past 10 years.

She has been a preschool teacher and after school counselor. She taught the 2's & 3's Sunday School Class on Sunday Mornings for over 5 years. She has taken classes specializing in early childhood development, as well as having cpr/first aid training.

Amy holds several professional certificates, including those in early child development, office skills, computer programs, and paralegal studies. She has studied business administration and language.

Tim King, Minister of Music

Tim King brings a wealth of musical experience to our church. He is an accomplished pianist and has played for several productions at the Camarillo Theater and was known as the “King of Keyboards” at the Moorpark Melodrama.

Tim leads the music on Sunday mornings as well as directs the choir. Tim leads our church’s musicals during Christmas and Easter, and other special events during the year. He has facilitated Children and Youth Choirs in the past.

Tim will be happy to share with you more about the music ministry and how you can be a part of it.

First Baptist Church - Online Giving

We are happy to provide a way to support our ministry through on-line giving.

If you are not able to be in church or just want to support the body of Christ at First Baptist Church of Camarillo and its efforts to further the gospel and have effective ministry, you are welcome to use this service.

Thank you for supporting our Church ministry.

Dan Nelson - Pastor
First Baptist Church - Camarillo, CA