2018 Decatur Township Community VBS
June 11-15, 2018
 
  
Join Us This Sunday!

Worship Service - 10:40am

  
SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG

PSALM 98:1

  
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

1 THESSALONIANS 5:17

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SHARING LIFE, FOLLOWING JESUS

 
Welcome to Friendswood Baptist Church!
Thanks for visiting our church website! Please check out our ministries, listen to a sermon, and see what God is doing at our church.
 
If you like what you see, then come pay us a visit! We’re not picky about what you wear or what version of the Bible you prefer. Just come as you are to worship.
 
It’s our prayer that you’ll feel: 
  • Welcomed as you gather together with people from every walk of life,
  • Blessed by great worship music,
  • Challenged and encouraged by relevant preaching from the Bible, and
  • Secure knowing that your children are lovingly cared for by our nursery and children’s ministries.
 

 Our Ministries

 
SERVICE TIMES
 
Sunday 
Sunday School  – 9:30a
Worship Service – 10:40a
Awana (K-6; Sep-Apr) – 5:30p
Youth Ministry – 5:30p
 
Wednesday
Prayer and
Bible Study – 6:30p
Kids Choir – 6:30p
 
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
 
On Sunday’s, your kids will be loved and ministered to through our Nursery, Sunday School, Kids Church (dismissed during the worship service), and Awana (evenings; Sep-Apr). Our Kids Choir meets on Wednesday evenings and seasonally features singing, hand chimes, and drama.
 
YOUTH MINISTRY
 
Students (6th-12th) gather on Sunday evenings year-round for Bible study, prayer, and fun. Our teens also gather weekly during Sunday School. In addition, we plan events both inside and outside the church grounds to develop healthy relationships and grow as faithful followers of Jesus.
 
WOMEN’S MINISTRY
 
Women join together for a weeknight Bible study in the Spring and Fall, in addition to gathering for our annual Spring banquet. 
 
For moms of preschoolers we also offer a MOPS ministry during the school year (childcare provided).
 
MUSIC
 
Our worship service features a great blend of hymns (with piano and organ) along with contemporary songs (with a full worship band) as a joyful and reverent offering of praise to the Lord that is designed to be a blessing to worshipers of all ages.
 
 

MEET OUR LEADERS

 
JOSH HESS
Pastor
 
Pastor Josh and his wife, Kristy, came to Friendswood in 2007. Since then, the Lord has added Samuel, Micah, Anna, and Emmett to their family. Josh is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary.
KENNY TRANBARGER
Worship Leader
 
Kenny has been serving as the worship leader at Friendswood since 1987. He and his wife, Jean, are blessed with three children and 13 grandchildren.
 

CORE VALUES

As a local church, we are committed to: 
  • Teaching and preaching God’s Word  
  • Worshipping the Lord 
  • Praying for one another 
  • Walking with one another in Christian love and service
  • Investing our lives to share the good news about Jesus
 

Sermons

As followers of Jesus at Friendswood Baptist Church, we acknowledge that the Bible must be the foundation for all that we believe and all that we do. It is essential for spiritual nourishment and transformation. Therefore, we commit ourselves to the clear and accurate teaching and preaching of God’s Word so that we will handle it correctly by hearing it, learning it, applying it to our lives, and sharing it with others.
 
Feel free to listen to sermons right on our website, or download them to your device. We pray that the Lord will teach, correct, rebuke, and encourage you by His Spirit through His Word being preached, just as He promised to do.
 
Of course, preaching was always intended to be received in community with a local body of believers. So, please don’t let these recordings take the place of joining in fellowship with your local church. If you’re in our area and looking for a place to worship, then we encourage you to join us in person, if you are able!

May 20, 2018
When The Lord Is With You
Have you ever looked for someone to watch over you? For, we all have needs and desires that go unmet in this fallen world. The needs themselves may be entirely legitimate, including things like physical, spiritual, and psychological needs, and our needs for restoration, guidance, and protection. The problem is that we look in the wrong places for those needs to be satisfied. In fact, we won't find what we're looking for in this world at all, but only in the Lord, where David did in Psalm 23.
 
In Psalm 23, David declared, "The Lord is my shepherd." It's a profound statement in itself, making significant statements about God, ourselves, and the relationship we can have with Him. Then, David explains how the Lord satisfies your needs and desires. For, as a good shepherd, He provides for, restores, guides, and protects His people. Furthermore, as a King, He invites you into fellowship at His royal banquet. 
 
So, if you're looking for someone to watch over you, because you find yourself feeling stressed, overwhelmed, confused, or terrified, like a sheep without a shepherd, then look to the Lord like David did in Psalm 23. Dwell with your shepherd who watches over you. 
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  • May 20, 2018When The Lord Is With You
    May 20, 2018
    When The Lord Is With You
    Have you ever looked for someone to watch over you? For, we all have needs and desires that go unmet in this fallen world. The needs themselves may be entirely legitimate, including things like physical, spiritual, and psychological needs, and our needs for restoration, guidance, and protection. The problem is that we look in the wrong places for those needs to be satisfied. In fact, we won't find what we're looking for in this world at all, but only in the Lord, where David did in Psalm 23.
     
    In Psalm 23, David declared, "The Lord is my shepherd." It's a profound statement in itself, making significant statements about God, ourselves, and the relationship we can have with Him. Then, David explains how the Lord satisfies your needs and desires. For, as a good shepherd, He provides for, restores, guides, and protects His people. Furthermore, as a King, He invites you into fellowship at His royal banquet. 
     
    So, if you're looking for someone to watch over you, because you find yourself feeling stressed, overwhelmed, confused, or terrified, like a sheep without a shepherd, then look to the Lord like David did in Psalm 23. Dwell with your shepherd who watches over you. 
  • May 13, 2018When You Just Can’t Contain Yourself (part 2)
    May 13, 2018
    When You Just Can’t Contain Yourself (part 2)
    We offer thanksgiving and praise for a lot of different people and accomplishments. But shouldn't we reserve our greatest praise for the person and work that is infinitely and eternally significant?
     
    In Psalm 22, we've seen how David demonstrated that we should never give up crying out to the Lord in seasons of hardship and suffering. Then, when we experience God's deliverance or blessing or goodness, we should be quick to give Him praise together with His people. However, if this is true with respect to God's faithfulness demonstrated in our individual lives, how much more should we praise God for His faithfulness demonstrated through the person and work of Jesus! In this message, we'll be studying Psalm 22:22-31 from the perspective of how it applies to our response to Jesus' resurrection and exaltation. 
     
    When you consider the death and resurrection of Jesus, and you just can't contain yourself:
     
    1. Join in the Celebration! [vv. 22-24]
    2. Come to the Table! [vv. 25-26]
    3. Share the Good News with Others! [vv. 27-31]
  • May 6, 2018When You Just Can’t Contain Yourself (part 1)
    May 6, 2018
    When You Just Can’t Contain Yourself (part 1)
    What has God done in your life that gets you excited? 
     
    In Psalm 22:22-31, David thanked God with his fellow worshipers after the Lord miraculously delivered him out of a hopeless situation (Psa 22:1-21). So, David fulfilled his vow to praise God by making a peace offering in the presence of his fellow faithful Israelites. He employed his thanks as a vehicle for corporate praise so that his fellow worshipers were encouraged. He even envisioned how non-worshipers would be impacted by his testimony of God's faithfulness to him.
     
    David's actions illustrate a timeless truth for God's people. That is, corporate thanksgiving has a far-reaching impact. It completes your joy. It encourages your fellow believers. It glorifies God. It even impacts those who do not believe. 
     
    Therefore, give thanks to God with His people. Consider how God has blessed you. Fashion your thanks as a vehicle for praise, making much of God. Then, share it with your fellow believers. In fact, be prepared to share it with unbelievers, too.
  • Apr 29, 2018When You Feel Like You’re All Alone
    Apr 29, 2018
    When You Feel Like You’re All Alone
    Long seasons of hardship and suffering are discouraging and disorienting, feeling at times like they are never going to end, especially when you feel alone.
     
    In Psalm 22:1-21, David persisted in prayer even when he felt abandoned by God. Then, during his one last prayer of faith, he seeming received assurance of his deliverance. 
     
    Of course, these verses find their ultimate fulfillment at the Cross of Christ. For, Jesus felt abandoned by God upon the Cross. As He bore the wrath of God towards humanity's sin, He was in many senses spiritually, emotionally, and physically alone. Yet, in the end, he was gloriously vindicated through His resurrection. 
     
    So, when you feel like you're all alone, keep crying out to the Lord. Remember His past faithfulness. Persist in prayer. Maintain your trust, following Jesus' example while knowing that you are never alone. For, your sin is the only thing that can separate you from God, and Jesus paid the penalty for your sin at the Cross. He suffered spiritual, emotional, and physical aloneness to an infinite degree so that by grace through faith in Him you could have the assurance that you will never be alone. 
  • Apr 22, 2018When God Shows Himself Strong
    Apr 22, 2018
    When God Shows Himself Strong
    It's easy for us to forget God's strength, because we start to focus on the size of our problems. In light of our present circumstances, the Lord's promises sound too good to be true and our opposition seems too great to overcome.
     
    However, in Psalm 21 we find David trusting and delighting in the Lord because the Lord is faithful to do what He says. The reason the Lord is faithful is not only because He is willing on account of His covenant love but also because He is able on account of His infinite strength.
     
    So, stop focusing on the problem and start focusing on the Almighty King. For, He is able to keep His "too-good-to-be-true" promises. He is able to overcome His enemies in establishing justice. 
     
    Therefore, like David and the Israelites, sing praises to the Lord for His strength. It is an expression of prayer in faith when we engage our hearts in praise. Furthermore, singing praises to the Lord helps us to remember who He is and what He has done.
  • Apr 15, 2018When Facing Sickness And Death
    Apr 15, 2018
    When Facing Sickness And Death
    Few things expose our weakness and lack of control as severely as sickness and death. So, it follows that few things elicit such feelings of fear, anxiety, hopelessness, and despair. 
     
    In Luke 8:40-56, we find an account of Jesus encountering a woman with an incurable sickness and a man whose only daughter has died. Together, they exemplify how sickness and death lead us to hopelessness and despair. For, sickness and death are humanly impossible to remedy. So, when all options are exhausted, we tend to give up hope.
     
    However, Jesus has authority over sickness and death. He healed the woman who could not be healed. He raised the man's daughter from the death. The only thing the woman and the man brought to the table was a little bit of faith. 
     
    Therefore, in the face of sickness and death, trust Jesus. Believe that Jesus is ABLE to overcome the impossible. It is up to Him whether or not He will. Remember, a lot of people stayed sick and stayed dead during Jesus' earthly ministry. The important thing is that we trust that He CAN overcome the impossible. Then, even if He doesn't, we still trust in His character. For, we know from His Word that He is in control and He is able. He is faithful and He is good. Thus, His purpose for ordaining hardship for His children will ultimately be good. Furthermore, as we trust Him, He will provide compassion and grace.
  • Apr 8, 2018Facing Spiritual Opposition
    Apr 8, 2018
    Facing Spiritual Opposition
    Series: Easter
    When it comes to Satan and demons, people have a tendency to go towards one of two extremes. Either we become obsessed with demonic activity or we essentially deny that it happens anymore, if it ever really did. However, the Scriptures are clear that demonic activity is real.
     
    In Luke 8:26-39, we find perhaps the most well known encounter between Jesus and demons. In this passage we find a striking example of how Satan seeks to destroy. While his methods may not always be so extreme, his goal has not changed over time. For, Satan still exerts influence today through temptation, accusation, deceit, and seeking to distort and destroy God's image in people. So, don't underestimate your spiritual opposition.
     
    That being said, Jesus' encounter with the demons in Luke 8 is also a striking example of how Jesus seeks to bring abundant life. For, in this account, there is no question that Jesus was in charge. Jesus has authority over Satan's schemes. Jesus knew it and so did the demons. Furthermore, Jesus would later secure the ultimate victory over Satan and his demons through the Cross and Resurrection. So, in the face of spiritual opposition, trust Jesus. Look to God's Word applied when Satan tempts and deceives. Look to the Cross when Satan accuses. Do not fear when Satan seeks to devour. 
  • Apr 1, 2018The Most Important Question Of All
    Apr 1, 2018
    The Most Important Question Of All
    Series: Easter
    The most important question of Easter is truly the most important question that each one of us will ever answer.
     
    Who is Jesus? In Philippians 2:5-11, we learn how Jesus humbled Himself as the Suffering Servant. He is, and always has been, fully God. Yet, God the Son became flesh as the person of Jesus. Then, because He was God, Jesus offered Himself as a sin offering. Therefore, having accepted Jesus' sacrifice, God the Father exalted Jesus as conquering King! Jesus is risen and ascended to the throne over God's Kingdom. So now, by nature and gift, Jesus is Lord. When He returns, He is coming as King.
     
    So, what are you going to do with Jesus? From Philippians 2:5-11, we can draw three appropriate responses. First, receive Him, trusting Him as your Savior and following Him as your Lord in response to who He is and what He has done for you. Second, worship Him with joyful awe and reverent obedience. Third, imitate Him, being willing to forego your "rights" and love others well, as Christ loved you, so that you might point others to Jesus. 
  • Mar 25, 2018In The Midst Of Storms
    Mar 25, 2018
    In The Midst Of Storms
    When Jesus said, "Follow me," His calling entailed taking up our cross daily and denying ourselves. In other words, following Jesus will include hardship, suffering, and self-sacrifice. Considering that, can you really trust Him with your life and everything and everyone in it? One way in which Jesus developed the faith of His disciples was in the context of a life-threatening storm.
     
    In Luke 8:22-25, we learn how the Lord ordains storms as we walk with Him. Even though as faithful disciples we might be right in the middle of God's will, we still encounter difficulties beyond our control. Jesus' disciples encountered a major storm, because they followed Jesus to the other side of the lake. We also encounter difficulties beyond our control as we follow Jesus. In fact, sometimes it even feels like God is sleeping as we perish. The important thing to realize is that even when we're doing what we're supposed to be doing, these things do happen and God ordains them to happen. The only variable is whether we will respond in fear or faith.
     
    So, trust the Lord in the midst of storms. Ask yourself the two critical questions contained in this passage. First, who then is this Jesus? In these verses, we learn that Jesus is God, His promises are true, and He understands and cares for His disciples. As a result, we can be confident that Jesus is sufficient in the storm. Second, if Jesus is sufficient in the storm, then where is your faith? Clearly, the disciples' faith was developing. They obeyed Jesus and turned to Jesus when they were in trouble, but they did so in panic and incomplete understanding. If you find yourself in a storm and you, like the disciples, possess a developing faith in Jesus, then don't be ashamed to cry out to Him like they did, trusting that He really is sufficient in the storm, even when life doesn't make sense.
  • Mar 18, 2018More Than Just Hearing
    Mar 18, 2018
    More Than Just Hearing
    In Luke 8, we see how Jesus secures our trust through His gracious acts. And if we trust Him, then we will listen to what He says. However, if we really trust Him, it involves more than just hearing. In Luke 8:16-21, Jesus warns us to be careful how we listen to God's Word. 
     
    Listening poorly means hearing but not doing. Are you hiding the light of Jesus' teaching by failing to live it out? Be careful! There are consequences for poor listening. For, the light of Jesus' teaching will expose you, to varying degrees in this life but ultimately at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Furthermore, if you don't use it, you'll lose it. In fact, if you never apply it, you never really had it. God's Word was meant to be applied so as to produce fruit!
     
    Listening well means hearing and doing. Are you in Jesus' family, bearing His family resemblance, by increasingly putting His teaching into practice? In doing, we betray our belief that Jesus' teaching is true. In doing, Jesus' teaching becomes part of who we are. In fact, we don't really have Jesus' teaching until we live it out. However, doing so takes a gracious act of God. So, be careful how you listen. For, there are consequences for listening well. You will produce fruit, and the more you apply God's Word, the more of it you'll truly have. 
 

VISIT US THIS SUNDAY

 
Driving South on Kentucky Ave
(from Indianapolis)
 
We are about 5 miles south of I-465. Our church will be on your left about 1 mile south of the stoplight at Camby Rd.
 
To access our parking lot you must either:
  • Drive past the church and do a U-turn at the next stoplight at Mooresville Rd
  • Or turn left at Mooresville Rd and then turn left into the back entrance to our parking lot (marked by a small sign).
 
Driving North on Kentucky Ave
(from Mooresville)
 
We are just north of Heartland Crossing (i.e. Walmart, Sonic, etc…), about 1/4 mile north of the stoplight at Mooresville Rd. The church will be on your right.
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CONTACT US
 
7901 S. Kentucky Avenue
Camby, IN 46113
Email: jhess_fbc@att.net
Phone: 317.856.4817
SERVICE TIMES
 
Sunday
Sunday School (all ages) – 9:30a
Worship Service – 10:40a
Awana (K-6; Sept-Apr) – 5:30p
Youth Ministry – 5:30p
 
Wednesday
Prayer and Bible Study – 6:30p
Kids Choir – 6:30p
ABOUT FRIENDSWOOD
BAPTIST CHURCH
 
Established in 1887, Friendswood
Baptist Church has been serving the Lord in the Camby, Mooresville, and Heartland Crossing communities for over 125 years.