But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:27

Battle Ready Radio: 2017 Teen Retreat Audio Preview

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We are looking forward to the upcoming teen retreat with Pastor Carl Lubin, focused on the theme, “Back to the Basics” (2 Peter 3:18). To get a jump start on preparing your heart for this gathering, be sure to listen to this special “Battle Ready Radio” episode on your drive...

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 05:36

Episode 112: Candid Prayer

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Are you experiencing difficult trials that seem to have no end in sight? Do you struggle to know how to pray to God when you face trials like this? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in looking at Psalm 13 for an example of how to pray through your trials in a candid, biblical way.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017 05:02

Candid Prayer

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Learning from Psalms Sometimes a believer refrains from praying, whether in private or in public, because he feels that he doesn’t know the proper words or pattern to follow. Other times a believer prays, but never truly expresses what he wanted to say, choosing more formal, standard words...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 09:12

Viewing Family with the Right Perspective

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A Family Crisis The bookshelves and playlists of Christian homes are filled with resources about the Christian family. With all this interest and information around us, are Christian families thriving? Not really. These resources promote some helpful things, but they promote a lot of trendy or...

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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:21

Faith Baptist Church Values

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Faith Baptist Church desires to demonstrate our love for God in the Queens Borough, leading people of all ages to become joyful followers of Jesus. To that end, we embrace the following biblical values as guiding principles for all that we do. Though we do not reflect these values perfectly,...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 01:54

Deacons in the Church

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A Role of Service The NT assigns a second church office, in addition to the office of a pastor, using one, deacon, to describe this role. This word portrays the general activity of a servant or minister, one who serves and meets the needs of people. On certain occasions, the Bible uses this word to...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 01:50

Necessary Church Leadership Functions

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Pastors fulfill vital responsibilities for a church. To begin with, they govern, supervise, and oversee all church functions. This does not require them to be present or involved in every activity and event; but they should ensure that necessary and appropriate functions occur in an orderly,...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 01:46

Supporting Your Pastors

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Pastoring Well Understanding that the NT encourages multiple pastors for a given church, some also believe that the NT specifies two kinds of pastors: 1) those who study and teach doctrine and 2) those who rule and administrate (1 Tim. 5:17). They may call these ‘teaching elders’ and...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 01:43

The Pattern of Multiple Pastors

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A Regular Pattern The Bible consistently refers to a plurality of elders as the normal arrangement for church leadership. Consider the following examples: Jerusalem (Acts 11:30; 15:2, 4; 21:18; Jam. 5:14), Syrian Antioch (Acts 13:1), Derbe, Lystra, Iconium, Pisidian Antioch (Acts 14:23), Ephesus...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 01:40

Pastoral Qualifications

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Only men may hold this office (1 Tim. 2:11; 1 Tim. 3:6), but not every man is qualified to do so. Such a man must meet biblical qualifications, which Paul lists on two occasions, prescribed in parallel fashion for bishops (1 Tim. 3:1-7) and elders (Tit. 1:6-9), which are the same office. Exemplary...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 01:37

Three Words, One Office

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The NT uses three corresponding words to describe this role of church leadership. Pastor The first word is pastor or shepherd, an overarching word God chooses to describe the nature of this role (1 Pet. 5:2-3). It highlights the proper motive and manner of church leadership, leading a congregation...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 01:32

Pastors are a Gift from God

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Some Pastors Jesus Christ assigns the work of Christian ministry to every believer in every church (Eph. 4:12). To equip them for this mutual task, he provides churches with pastors. The New Testament describes pastors as something that he gives. So, he gives some men to churches as a gift (Eph....

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Monday, 04 September 2017 01:18

Pastors and Deacons

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A Gift from God Jesus Christ assigns the work of Christian ministry to every believer in every church (Eph. 4:12). To equip them for this mutual task, he provides churches with pastors. The New Testament describes pastors as something that he gives. So, he gives some men to churches as a gift (Eph....

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 08:03

The Basics of Bible Interpretation: Final Exam

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After you have 1) listened to the audio, 2) reviewed the slides, 3) read through the notes, 4) completed the homework, and 4) taken the quizzes for this class, then you may take the final exam. To do this, download the exam by clicking here. You may freely refer to your Bible and any class...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 01:29

Episode 111: Guest Interview with Stewart Overmiller

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Don’t miss this very special episode, because a very special guest joins us in the studio – my father! As an experienced husband and father, auto and diesel mechanic and United States Marine Corps veteran, and pastor, church planter and missionary, he has a lot of practical wisdom to...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 23:28

Morning and Evening Praise to God

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As a result of the Faith Baptist Church music seminar, with guest speaker David Ledgerwood, our family has increased the role that music plays in our family worship. As a result, we are singing two songs together as a family, as part of our daily, weekday routine. This has proven to be a wonderful...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 06:05

Sorrow for the Glory of God

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As a child, I can tell you that one place I did not like to go was a funeral. Who enjoys a funeral? And yet, the Bible teaches us that a funeral home is a beneficial place to go. It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house […]

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Monday, 28 August 2017 04:55

Sickness for the Glory of God

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Our culture has made an idol out of many things, and one of these things is good health. Now there is a fine line between avoiding bad health and despising it. We all should live responsible lives, caring for our body, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding sinful behavior which may cause physical...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 04:46

Episode 110: A Voice from the Past

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The Gospel of John wraps up the public ministry of Jesus in an unexpected way, by returning to the memory of John the Baptist. What can we learn from this and how can it shape our perspective on sharing with others the truth about Jesus today? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller in looking at the...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 04:22

Episode 109: Nine Reasons for Eternal Security

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Salvation is eternally secure for every person who believes the truth about Jesus. Some people teach, though, that those who believe the truth about Jesus may have salvation for a while, but may lose it along the way. How do we know that this is false? Join Pastor Thomas Overmiller to consider...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 03:52

The Basics of Bible Interpretation: Lesson 9

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This is the ninth lesson in the Faith Baptist Church Bible Institute class, The Basics of Bible Interpretation. The lesson is entitled Understanding Figures of Speech. Lecture Audio: click here Lecture Slides: click here Lecture Notes: click here Figures of Speech...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 03:28

A Voice from the Past

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The Background The Gospel of John wraps up the public ministry of Jesus in an unexpected way, by returning to the memory of John the Baptist. At the beginning of this gospel, we read about the message of John the Baptist (John 1:6-36). But after the introduction and baptism of Jesus, his followers...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 01:04

Nine Reasons for Eternal Security

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Salvation is eternally secure for every person who believes the truth about Jesus. Some people teach that those who believe the truth about Jesus may have salvation for a while, but may lose it along the way. They may phrase this view like this: “Jesus will never turn his back on you;...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 07:34

Episode 108: Killing Giants Sometimes

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Sometimes we draw the wrong lessons from Old Testament historical accounts, like David and Goliath for instance (1 Samuel 17). Who hasn’t heard a sermon or a song about killing your giants? But is it really true that this story provides a fool-proof guide for how to overcome gigantuous...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 07:00

Killing Giants Sometimes

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Sometimes we draw the wrong lessons from Old Testament historical accounts, like David and Goliath for instance. Who hasn’t heard a sermon or a song about killing your giants? But is it really true that if you 1) obey your parents (1 Sam. 17:15), 2) see that there is a cause (1 Sam. 17:29),...

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