Mission: The mission of Brazos Bend Baptist Church is to help people in the surrounding community experience abundant life by coming to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.
Beliefs: Brazos Bend Baptist Church holds the following as truth:
The Scriptures: The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
God: There is one and only one living and true God. …The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God the Father: God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. …God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
God the Son: Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. …He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.
God the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. …He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. …He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Man: Man is the special creation of God, in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. …By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. … The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation: Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.
God's Purpose of Grace: Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. …All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.
The Church: A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Baptism & the Lord's Supper: Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. …It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members … memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
Evangelism & Missions: It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations... to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Last Things: God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. …Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly…the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. …The righteous… will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Education: The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence … there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. …The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.
Stewardship: God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions.
The Christian & the Social Order: All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society... in the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death...
Religious Liberty: Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. …A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.
Family: God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. ... The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation... Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage.
Members: Brazos Bend Baptist Church members come from a wide range of backgrounds. They span the spectrum of people in the community, and we desire for our church to grow.
There is a great sense of fellowship at this church which goes beyond superficial conversation to genuine concern with members ministering to each other. Visitors are always welcome at Brazos Bend Baptist Church whose members strive to make everyone feel at home.
We encourage an informal atmosphere at Brazos Bend and all people are encouraged to "come as you are". The church has also maintained a tradition of dressing casual at all services.
Worship: Each Sunday the church praises the Lord Jesus Christ through music, prayer, testimonies, and listening to an inspired message giving insight to God's Word. We also make an active effort to avoid falling into routine religious activities "according to the tradition of men" (Colossians 2:8).
Music: The Lord has blessed Brazos Bend Baptist Church with a great worship experience in music and several outstanding instrumentalists to accompany praise songs. The Psalms declares to us that we should praise the Lord with “everything that has breath.” Our church believes in a service with both contemporary and traditional (hymns) music played within the same service; we don't split up based on music preferences. The Brazos Bend Baptist Church praise team is open to all who want to sing, come join us!
Sunday School: Biblical education is a top priority at Brazos Bend Baptist Church. Bible study classes go from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. each Sunday. We have classes for children and youth. Adults have two classes, one for couples and one for women.
Prayer/Bible Study: Adults meet each Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM for prayer and Bible study led by the pastor. Participants are regularly blessed through witnessing the Lord's intervention in the lives of those for whom prayers are made.
Youth Program: The church has a great youth leader in Steven. The church youth meet Wednesdays at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 9:30 A.M. to fellowship, praise God, and learn about His Word. For more information on our Youth Program, click here.
Nursery: A nursery is provided for Sunday School and worship services each Sunday morning and for most special events.
Community Outreach: The church has a vested interest in the spiritual condition of the Brazos Bend area. Direct mail campaigns are conducted to keep people knowledgeable of opportunities to get involved with the church through special events. Members conduct lifestyle and friendship evangelism to help others see what it means to have Christ in us.
Special Programs: Special programs are conducted throughout the year like Vacation Bible School, music programs, family activities, movie nights, fellowship meals, and spiritual revivals in which extra effort is made to encourage visitors. The church, however, is always open to visitors.
History of our Church: The church had its beginning in the manner of the early New Testament churches, by first meeting in private homes when Pastor Orville Roberts started a home Bible Study September, 1986. On January 18, 1987 the church began to meet in two mobile homes on land donated by Mary Belle Day. The church purchased a historic chapel building from the George Foundation which was originally built 1917 in Beasley.
The first service held in the chapel at its present site was on Easter Sunday, 1987. Later that year, Bob Freeman was called as pastor. The church became self-supporting in 1988. The church replaced the two mobile homes in 1988 with an education building constructed by the Texas Baptist Men, a missionary group of retired men who travel around the country in RVs helping to erect church buildings. In 1994, the Texas Baptist Men returned to Brazos Bend to help with a new building that seats 250 people and adds more classrooms.
The Lord had blessed Brazos Bend Baptist Church with growth to the point where the chapel's 90 seat capacity was not sufficient. The new building was constructed with growth in mind so that it can be remodeled to seat 250 total by converting classrooms to expanded auditorium space, which was done about 10 years ago. The Lord's will was clearly seen in the construction of the new building through a donation of the exact number and size of pews needed from the New Gulf Baptist Church, the raising of funds, and many other providential occurrences.
The original chapel was sold to a private party and moved to its present location on Sawmill road. The church has since then completed a new fellowship building as well as a youth building and converted the previous fellowship hall into much needed classrooms. All this construction was done in phases using faith financing to avoid debt.
The Southern Baptist Convention: The Brazos Bend Baptist Church is part of an association of churches that make up the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). This association provides a cooperative program to support local and foreign missions, teaching materials, and other services to assist its member churches. All Southern Baptist churches are autonomous and not governed by the SBC or any authority on earth. The head of the church is Jesus Christ. Decisions are made at Brazos Bend Baptist Church by members voting on committee recommendations.
Your Invitation: If all this sounds good to you and you're thinking, "but I'm not a Baptist"; think again, our interest is not in making Baptists. Our goal is to bring people to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. ...So come check us out, we do love the Lord! Do not feel compelled to tithe when visiting the church. We encourage our members to tithe, but do not feel compelled when visiting us as a guest.
Where to find Brazos Bend Baptist Church: The Brazos Bend Baptist Church serves people in rural subdivisions around the Brazos Bend State Park in Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties. It is located on FM 762 just South of the Brazos Bend State Park entrance, 25 miles Southwest of Houston, Texas.
Brazos Bend Baptist Church 22311 FM 762 Needville, TX 77461 979-553-3049