Teaching and Preaching
The teaching and preaching of Fellowship Baptist Church is as thoroughly Biblical as we know how to make it and very applicable. The congregation is given the unmistakable idea that Christ must be followed, trusted and obeyed. 1 Timothy 1:5 says, "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned." We the leadership of Fellowship desire more than anything to see these attributes becoming true for those of our congregation more and more every day. This is what Christ would want.
Addiction Victorious in Christ (AV)
Addictions Victorious In Christ is a ministry that has gone beyond AA in the sense that on every hand Jesus Christ is boldly stated to be the Higher Power. Yes, Christ is the power for a man or woman to turn away from alcohol or drugs, but Christ is so much more. He is our elder Brother Who comes alongside us to encourage and convict us, not only in terms of addictions to alcohol and drugs, but also with respect to addictions throughout our lives. Lovingly but also severely Jesus Christ demands to be Lord over all of our lives. He will work with us and on us until we joyfully submit to Him in every respect. There in total submission to Him do we experience all the blessings that Christ has for us as a congregation and also as individuals. The "AV" leaders work with every person, gently appealing to each person to give up their addictions day by day, moment by moment. God has all the grace and enablement that we need for that. He just asks us to be willing. "AV" Meetings are held Thursdays at 7:00PM.
Prayer Station is a ministry developed by Youth with a Mission (YWAM). This is really a method of evangelism, but the wonderful thing about it is that it is a full church effort. Those who are more shy can either man/woman the table or they can organize boxes of tracts or Bibles. Participants don bright red aprons (also called ephods) that say "Prayer changes things." This ephod definitely deliniates participants. People can offer to pray for people "in the field" and also people come to the table for prayer. Bolder people can be in the field handing out tracts or Bibles. In New York City, if your congregation would like to take part in Prayer Station, then first of all you will need to get in touch with YWAM to buy your equipment and then you will need to get a permit from New York City (available from the Parks Dept on Dec 1, or after, for the next year). Prayer Station has been such a great blessing in the ministry of our congregation because ALL of us take part - even the children have taken part in it and have grown in their faith and commitment to evangelism. Prayer Station is active Friday nights from 6PM to 8PM either at the train station or the Boardwalk in Coney Island.
Homeless Ministry: Food & Clothes Distribution
Christ said (Mat 25:35-36) "I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in; naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. "The righteous do not understand. The Lord continues (v40) "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you to the extent that you did it to even the least of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me. "There are many of "the least of them" in our neighborhood. Many people have theories about the cause of homelessness. We do not ask nor condemn them. We offer them the gospel and kindness of Christ and a remnant of them have submitted to Christ. These have joined our congregation and now serve the homeless along with the rest of us. These are our joint heirs of our inheritance in Christ (Rom 8:17).
Each Monday morning, a number of homeless come for a hot shower, clean clothes, a hot meal, and a teaching from the Word of God. Meals are prepared in the Ralph T. Brown Memorial Kitchen. Ralph (note painting to right) had been a member of Fellowship Baptist Church since 1994 and ran Fellowship's kitchen until his passing in January 2007. One does not have to be homeless to receive materials.
ur heartfelt thanks go out to Shelter Rock Church, First Baptist Church of East Stroudsburg, PA, and Levittown Baptist Church for their prayers and support of this outreach. Without their prayers and faithful support, this work could not be accomplished. We also have great appreciation for the periodic supplying of meals for the homeless by New Dorp Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Babylon, NY, and First Baptist Church of East Stroudsberg, PA.