Welcome!

Welcome to the website of Brushy Fork Baptist Church!  We hope this site will help you get acquainted with our church family, as well as provide resources that might assist you in living the Christian life.  If you have questions about our church that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us.

February Newsletter is Here

Feel free to download the February Newsletter in .pdf by clicking here or by clicking on the picture.

IMPORTANT: Church is Cancelled for 1/22/2012 Due to Icy Conditions

We will not be having either the evening or morning services at Brushy Fork tomorrow (1/22/12) due to our parking lot being a solid sheet of ice. We do not want to risk any injuries tomorrow. Please be careful if you intend on getting out tonight or tomorrow. We look forward to continuing with our normal schedule starting Wednesday night for Prayer Meeting. Come out and join us.

January Newsletter is here! Feel free to download it

"Welcome 2012"
The January Newsletter is hot off the press. We are excited to continue this publication from Brushy Fork Baptist Church. Look for the Newsletter in your mailbox and feel free to download the digital format for your convenience. If you would like to receive a mailed copy of the Newsletter please contact us with your current address and we will add you to our address book.

To download the January Newsletter in its digital format you can click the picture or click here

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Download May Newsletter (Mother’s Day Edition)

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April Newsletter (Easter Edition)

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Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast

Don’t forget our sunrise service Easter Sunday morning at 6:30am in the Sanctuary.  After the service, at 7:00am, we’ll enjoy a great breakfast cooked by the BFBC men.  Plenty of time will be given to go home, freshen up, and be back for our regular worship service at 10:30.

Remember, the sunrise service does not replace, but supplements, our regular morning worship service.  We hope to see everyone at the sunrise service, the breakfast, and regular morning worship.  See your there!

Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Book Recommendation)

Everything we say and do flows from what’s in our hearts.  Luke 6:45 says, “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”  As Christian parents, we know that our job includes more than making sure our children are fed, clothed, and taught things such as how to read and write.  Tedd Tripp, the author of Shepherding a Child’s Heart, believes that “the central focus of parenting is the gospel.  You need to direct not simply the behavior of your children, but the attitudes of their hearts.”  This book is useful for parents with children of all ages.  Tripp’s purpose is to lay out “a biblical vision for the parenting task: It involves being a kind authority, shepherding your children to understand themselves in God’s world, and keeping the gospel in clear view so your children can internalize the good news and someday live in mutuality with you as people under God.”  We highly recommend this book.  To order a copy through our church office, just let pastor Grant know you’re interested.

Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? Answers to Common Objections to the Resurrection

Easter has always been one of the Church’s greatest days of celebration—and rightfully so.  To quote the apostle Paul, “if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. . . . If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:14, 19).  But, Easter is also a time when many critics of Christianity raise objections to the claim that Christ rose from the dead.  Historically, there have been three major objections to the resurrection.  This article will present those objections and give brief apologetic responses to each.

1. The Swoon Theory

One of the major objections to the bodily resurrection of Jesus is the swoon theory.  Those who hold this theory claim that though Jesus was hung on the cross, he never actually died; he just “swooned”—kind of passed out or something.  The soldiers took him down (so they say) and put him in the tomb, unaware that he was still alive.  Then Jesus somehow escaped.

There are at least two major problems with this view.  First of all, it ignores the gruesome details surrounding Christ’s death.  The Romans were known for perfecting the art of torture and capital punishment.  What Jesus went through would have certainly killed him.  Second, there is no way a half-dead Jesus would’ve had the strength to role away the stone from the tomb by himself; and even if he did, he would have never been able to make it past the guards.  Jesus didn’t “swoon”; he died.

2. The Conspiracy Theory

Another common objection to the resurrection is the conspiracy theory.  This theory holds that Jesus really did die, but that after the burial his disciples stole his body from the tomb, and lied to everyone, telling them that Jesus had risen.  They did this, so the argument goes, because they wanted the Christian movement to continue.  If everyone knew Jesus was dead, then they wouldn’t be able to draw a crowd anymore.

Again, there are at least two major problems with this view.  First, it would have been nearly impossible for these men to have gotten past the Roman guards surrounding Jesus’ tomb.  Second, and most important, is the fact that most of these disciples wound up being martyred for their faith.  Are we supposed to believe that these men would be willing to face death without denying Christ all in the name of a lie they had concocted?

3. The Hallucination Theory

A third major objection to the resurrection is the hallucination theory.  This theory says that the disciples merely thought they saw the resurrected Jesus, but really they were just hallucinating.

One problem with this theory is the fact that Jesus’ body would’ve been in the tomb.  Are we supposed to believe that the disciples hallucinated about the empty tomb and the resurrection appearances?  Second, after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to multiple people in multiple places at multiple times.  Are we supposed to believe that all of these people had the same hallucination?

Brothers and sisters, these objections are lame.  Let’s celebrate this Easter with the confidence that Jesus really is risen!

 

Dr. Steve Gaines to Preach This Sunday

You won’t want to miss this Sunday morning’s worship service at 10:30.  Dr. Steve Gaines of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN will be preaching for us.  Dr. Gaines is our pastor’s father, and is a great preacher.