Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)
Are you a church or a mission?
We are a historic church since 1910 in Cocoa Village located conveniently at the “circle” at 750 Brevard Avenue. We are blessed with a beautiful church campus (new steeple), lovely sanctuary and plentiful class room space and ample parking.
Do you have a youth ministry?
Yes, we have an active youth program and a dedicated minister to lead the youth group weekly and on special trips at least once per quarter.Click Here here to learn more about our Youth Ministry.
Do you provide a nursery during the Sunday Worship?.
Yes.Our nursery is staffed with 2 or more workers every Sunday during worship service. It is immediately adjacent to the Sanctuary in a glassed room for easy observation from the hallway.
Do you believe and teach the whole Bible?
Yes, absolutely, from Genesis to Revelation. We believe the Bible is the record of God’s revelation to man. We seek to apply divine truth to our lives in everyday situations. We hold strongly the truth that the Holy Scriptures makes one wise for salvation and service through faith in Christ. We teach and preach that “all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:15-16)
Are you Southern Baptist?
Yes, we partner with the Southern Baptist Convention but also partner with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and other mission and fellowship groups. We prefer the term “Missionary Baptist” as that defines us theologically in believing in grace and salvation for all who believe.
Is your church open to all people?
We are an inclusive body of evangelical believers in Christ. Our church is open to all people. As the children’s song says: “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.” Jesus loves all the people of the world and so do we!
Do you have a place for singles?
Fifty percent of the adult population in the US is single and 60% in the Cocoa area. Singles are always welcome at First Baptist Church of Cocoa.
Are you traditional or contemporary?
We seek to have a blended dynamic worship service. Our format is more traditional with organ, and choir, but on occasion we have special contemporary music. Beyond the style is the content and spirit of the worship service which will be a blessing to anyone who is seeking God.
How would the Pastor characterize First Baptist Church of Cocoa.
FRIENDLY- We must be “friendly” in more than name. “Pass the Peace” in worship is a special time to seek out and greet visitors. This helps us move from a crowd to a congregation. I can sense a welcome spirit that prevails for the rest of the service. Thank God for friendly ushers, but every person must be alert to others as they park cars, enter the building and show kindness after the service as well. Sunday School classes are great times of being friendly to members and guests. Please take the initiative in being friendly. The Bible says, “He that hath friends must show himself friendly.”HISTORIC – History is simply the story of past life and events. As one reads Day by Day, by former pastor, Frank Thomas, decision and direction are noted through which the church lived. Dr. Thomas says, “history is most valuable when it is allowed to be a “teacher” with lessons to impart. The book is subtitled, “A Pilgrimage in Faith.” Since 1910 our church has continued a journey of faith asking God for strength and guidance. The church had a numeric peak in the 1960’s and decline set in thereafter. Our hope is to be a “comeback church” with new vision and direction beyond stagnation and decline and be intentional about growing again. I like a a historic church and thank God for those who faithfully served the Lord through the years.Our worship services are traditional style, but creatively fresh and dynamic in presentation. Yes, we use the pipe organ, grand piano and other instruments plus a robed choir that blesses us regularly with inspirational music. Our blended service involves the great hymns and relevant contemporary songs. And we have comfortable pews, a lighted candle symbolizing the presence of Christ. We honor the past, worship and serve in the present, and anticipate an exciting future following our Lord Jesus Christ!COMMUNITY – On the new sign we painted “building Community since 1910”. According to Acts 1:8, the city of Cocoa is our “Jerusalem”! We must spend time, energy, and mission money on being the presence of Christ in Cocoa. Budgets must be adjusted with our mission statement because if the church in Cocoa is weak, then it can’t help others and becomes a mission itself needing help. I am not interested in constantly promoting denominations. I am passionate however, about First Baptist Church becoming a community minded church that is salt and light to historic Cocoa Village and our surrounding area wherever there are people. Actually, the fastest growing churches in America are “Community” “non-denominational” churches. We must learn from and be willing to change in priority and programs as we continue to preach and teach a changeless Christ, who is a cosmic Lord and Savior! The New Testament expresses the idea in Koinonia as a genuine fellowship of believers in which they bonded their lives together to help each other in living the Christian life with it’s privileges and responsibilities truly reaching people for Christ according to the great commission, (Matthew 28:19-20).In addition, we are joining with other churches in Cocoa establishing a “Cocoa Pastors’ Fellowship” which encourages pastors and instills moral values, ethical decision making, and good citizen behavior in Cocoa.
Who We Are
How do I become a Christian?
Becoming a Christian is a life-changing decision and the first and most important step is asking Jesus Christ to be your personal Lord and Savior.
STEPS TO A LIFE CHANGING DECISION
Step One: REALIZE THAT GOD REALLY LOVES YOU.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world.”
1 John 4:21 “We love because He first loved us”
Step Two: REALIZE THAT YOU ARE SEPARATED FROM GOD”S LOVE
Romans 3:23 …“All have sinned and come short of God’s glory.”
Romans 6:23 …“For the wages of sin is death”
Step Three: REALIZE THAT GOD’S LOVE SENT JESUS CHRIST TO EARTH TO PROVIDE SALVATION FOR EVERY PERSON.
2 Corinthians 5:19 …“God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting men’s sins against them.
Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father forgive them…”
Mark 10:45 “Jesus came not to be served, but to give His life as a ransom…”
Step Four: RECEIVE CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART BY FAITH NOW.
Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus you will be saved…”
Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls (prays) on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are you saved through faith, it is the gift of God.”
Personal Prayer of Faith
Lord Jesus, I am truly sorry for the wrongs in my life. I want to be a better person. Please forgive all my sins and save my soul. I need your guidance and strength for the future.
Thank you for becoming part of my life. I promise to serve you the best I can for the rest of my life. (1 John 5:11-13)
Personal InvitationIf you would like to talk further with our pastor about your journey of faith please e-mail email@example.com call 321-636-2868. We would like to share with you about God’s family at First Baptist Church of Cocoa.